After some amazing play, wins and competition shocks, the Co-Op International Open 2017 is now over and the bowlers have headed home. The tournament marks the end of the World Bowls Tour season, which is when the points get added up and calculated to decide future rankings.
The World Number 1 is then announced and we are over the moon to announce that our very own
Potters Bowls Ambassador, Greg Harlow, is ranked in first position as the 2017 World Number 1!
We caught up with Greg to find out how is feeling…
Are you still buzzing after finding out your ranking?
I’m just so chuffed. It’s an amazing feeling as I’ve worked hard all season and have been really proud of my performance. It’s the icing on the cake after my win at the Scottish International Open and making the final of the Just 2017 World Indoor Bowls Championships. Both events helped me earn points towards this result.
When were you last World Number 1?
It’s the third time that I’ve had the number one title, first in 2006 and then in 2011. To be honest, a few years ago I wouldn’t have said that I’d have got back to being number one again and I was ranked number 4 last year.
When did you find out?
It’s not been on my radar to try and be World Number 1 as my goal is just to try and win every tournament I play. Nick Brett and I knew that it was between us if we both won our first round matches in the International Open, which we both did, so then it was a case of who made it the furthest in the competition. There was one point in it and I made it through to the quarter finals to play against Stewart Anderson.
Is there much rivalry between you and Nick?
He was the first to come up and shake my hand. I’ve known Nick a long time and we’re team mates, and both support each other. He is really pleased for me.
What have you got coming up now?
I’m playing in the Belfast International Series from Wednesday and then the Grand Prix series is coming up after that, but it’s pretty much the end of the season for me.
And have you celebrated your ranking yet?
Not yet, but Kay and I will celebrate when we get back from Belfast.
Will you be World Number 1 for a whole year?
Yes, and at many events will automatically be seeded as the Number 1, but others base it on seed numbers based on the following year’s competition. I’m also thinking of going to the World Bowls in Australia next year.
Congratulations Greg and best of luck in the Belfast International Series this week.
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