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STUART BINGHAM admits he paid the price for not taking his chances in the 5-3 defeat to Yan Bingtao at the Evergrande China Championship.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Yan carried on his strong start to the season with an eye-catching win on the opening morning in in Guangzhou.

Ballrun said: "I had good preparation before heading to Hong Kong and got there a couple of days early to get use to the time difference and meet with a potential sponsor.

Read more: Bingham admits he didn't take his chances in Yan defeat

STUART BINGHAM joked he finally managed to impress his new coach Terry Griffiths after three wins from three in qualifiers this week.

Ballrun beat Chen Zifan 4-1 in the Indian Open and Tian Pengfai 4-1 in the European Masters, then triumphed 5-1 against Me Xi Wen today (Aug 8) to secure his spot at next month's World Open in China.

It was an excellent return on a week of back-and-forth trips on the train to the Preston Guild Hall and proof the world No 9 is adapting well to his new Cue Creator cue and the guidance of Welsh legend Griffiths.

Bingham said: "I got a seven-out-of-ten mark from the Griff after the Chen match - but that came down to a three after Tian! And that was probably fair enough as my highest break was 36, but I got the job done.

"But Terry is spot on and a good laugh. He knows when to have a joke and when to be serious and what he says gets me in the right frame of mind.

Read more: Bingham gets thumbs up from Griff after three wins from three

STUART BINGHAM made the most of a quiet month for him on the snooker Tour by dusting off his golf clubs for charity. 

The world No 9 was part of a four-man team in action at the Celebrity Golf Classic at Hanbury Manor in support of the President's Sports Club and The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Ballrun and fellow sporting stars including Nigel Mansell, Kriss Akabusi, Luther Blissett, Micky Hazard and Ozzie Ardiles took part in the event in Ware in early July.

Bingham (pictured second from the right at the top) said: "It was on one of the par threes and with the old hickory clubs. It makes it a bit of a showpiece.

"I didn't do as well as I could have but still got 33 points and our team, which was me and three guys on a corporate day, came about middle of the pack. 

"But it was a great occasion and I was honoured to take part and, importantly, it raised the profile of a great Essex-based charity."

Read more: Bingham hits the greens during quiet month on the baize

STUART BINGHAM is hoping to kick-start his season as he embarks on qualifying matches against three Chinese players at Preston Guild Hall this week.

Ballrun starts his busy schedule against against Chen Zifan in the Indian Open at 4pm on Tuesday (Aug 1), then faces Tian Pengfai in the European Masters on Friday, and he finishes against Me Xi Wen in the World Open next Tuesday.

He said: "I saw Chen play a bit at the Academy in Sheffield when I was there for the World Championships and he looks good.

"I don't know a lot about any of them to be fair but I think it will be more about how I play - and if I play as well as I can I should win.

Read more: Bingham faces Chinese trio in week of qualifiers

STUART BINGHAM was very pleased with the feel of his new cue this month - and is now itching to use it in top-class action.

The 2015 world champion has been supplied bespoke equipment by the Cue Creator team, an American company which is headed up by the Sharp family and uses cues manufactured by McDermott Cues made in Menomonee Falls.

Bingham started using it on the practice table on the weekend and says it immediately had a positive impact on his game. 

Ballrun said: "I got it after Riga and used it for practice and I knocked in a ton and four or five fifties, so it feels good. It just feels like it has a bit more life in it than my old cue, and I hope that margin of improvement can pay off for me.

Read more: Bingham keen to put new cue into action

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