Jimmy White continued his mini resurgence of late by comfortably beating David John 4-0 in the Scottish Open first round on Tuesday.
The 10-time ranking event champion compiled a 133 total clearance in the first frame to go along with additional runs of 57 and 56 to move into the last 64, where he’ll play Ryan Day.
At 54, White is the oldest competitor plying his trade on the professional Main Tour but, even though he is languishing around the 100 mark in the world rankings, the Londoner has never lost his love for playing the game.
In August, the ‘Whirlwind’ reached the quarter-finals of the Paul Hunter Classic, and just last week recorded excellent victories over Zhou Yuelong and Joe Perry to qualify for the last 32 of the German Masters.
White, winner of just a single match during the last campaign, has demonstrated the benefits of losing several stone in weight over the summer months.
The win in Scotland sees the six-time World Championship runner-up move into eighth provisionally on a one-year list of players who have earned the most money this season but are set to finish it ranked outside the top 64.
These eight players will receive a fresh two-year tour card, albeit there is a long way to go and a lot of money to fight for between now and the conclusion of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the second day of action inside the Emirates Arena was another dominated by the higher seeds.
Ronnie O’Sullivan began another quest for a first title of the season with a 4-2 victory over Matthew Selt, while Shaun Murphy constructed a brace of even tons in repeating that scoreline against Zhao Xintong.
World Open champion Ali Carter similarly won 4-2, fighting back from two down to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, with Neil Robertson going one better and a 4-1 defeat of Thor Chuan Leong.
The Australian, who won the last ranking event in Scotland six years ago, knocked in a tournament-high break of 135.
Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for the home contingent.
Experienced duo Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott hammered Zhou Yuelong and Jak Jones 4-0 respectively, but Ross Muir, amateur Chris Totten and Fraser Patrick all fell by the wayside.
The latter had enjoyed a 3-1 advantage over Anthony Hamilton before the in-form Sheriff reeled off the final three frames with breaks of 126, 93 and 57 for a crushing defeat.
Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien moved into the last 64 with a resounding 4-0 triumph over Brandon Sargeant, another of the amateurs invited to make up the numbers.
There was one amateur success, though, as Poland’s Adam Stefanow edged James Cahill in a decider to set up a showdown with the ‘Rocket’.
Among the other players to progress unscathed were English Open champion Liang Wenbo, Thai pair Akani Songsermsawad and Noppon Saengkham, Peter Ebdon and Joe Swail.
Thursday sees the second round played in its entirety with coverage continuing on Eurosport and Quest TV.
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