Jimmy White fought back from 3-1 behind to beat Duane Jones in Scottish Open qualifying on Tuesday in Leicester.
A resurgent White impressed many fans last term with his runs to the last 32 of the UK Championship and the last 16 of the German Masters.
Those performances helped the 61 year-old secure his pro card through his results on the table, having previously relied on an invitational tour card.
This campaign, however, has mostly been a struggle for the ten-time ranking event winner and former world number two.
White got off to a poor start with three losses in the Championship League during the summer, and it has been much the same since then.
Tough deciding-frame defeats to Aaron Hill and Anthony McGill in subsequent ranking events left many believing it would be a long-term struggle.
But the Londoner again proved that there’s wind in his sails, clawing his way back from 2-0 and 3-1 down to deny Duane Jones – a replacement in the draw for Marco Fu – in a decider.
It means White, who captured the World Seniors Championship title for a record fourth time in May, will feature at the venue stages of the Scottish Open next month in Edinburgh.
Elsewhere on day two of the qualifiers, Hill overcame Ken Doherty in an all-Irish battle.
The Cork cueist has shown glimpses of his potential of late, including a run to the last eight in Wuhan.
Northern Ireland Open finalist Chris Wakelin bounced back from his defeat to Judd Trump in Belfast at the weekend with a 4-2 triumph over Mark Joyce.
A high-scoring affair between David Gilbert and Jak Jones ended 4-3 in favour of the former, while Stuart Bingham thrashed Michael White 4-0.
Thailand’s Manasawin Phetmalaikul, meanwhile, conjured his maiden victory as a professional by ousting Ben Woollaston 4-2.
The Scottish Open qualifiers continue on Wednesday and Thursday at the Morningside Arena.
Scottish Open qualifiers schedule
Monday, October 30
Jamie Clarke 4-2 Xiao Guodong
Cao Yupeng 4-2 David Lilley
Sanderson Lam 4-3 Fan Zhengyi
Noppon Saengkham 4-0 Rebecca Kenna
Zhou Yuelong 4-0 Anthony Hamilton
Si Jiahui 4-3 Tian Pengfei
Alfie Burden 4-1 Ian Burns
Oliver Lines 4-0 John Astley
Anthony McGill 4-0 Ryan Thomerson
Ashley Carty 4-2 Andres Petrov
Tuesday, October 31st (Times: UTC)
Ma Hailong 2-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Ben Wooollaston 2-4 Manasawin Phetmalaikul
Mink Nutcharut 0-4 Xu Si
Chris Wakelin 4-2 Mark Joyce
David Gilbert 4-3 Jak Jones
Duane Jones 3-4 Jimmy White
Liam Pullen 1-4 Zak Surety
Ken Doherty 1-4 Aaron Hill
Jackson Page 4-1 Himanshu Jain
Martin O’Donnell 4-2 Andrew Pagett
Jordan Brown 4-2 Adam Duffy
Stuart Bingham 4-0 Michael White
Stuart Carrington 1-4 Lukas Kleckers
Wednesday, November 1st (Times: UTC)
Ryan Day 4-2 Jiang Jun
Andy Hicks 2-4 Zhang Anda
Joe Perry 2-4 Lyu Haotian
Scott Donaldson 4-3 Ashley Hugill
Ahmed Aly Elsayed 0-4 Ben Mertens
Ricky Walden 4-3 Hammad Miah
Rod Lawler 1-4 Robbie Williams
Ross Muir 1-4 Dominic Dale
Matthew Stevens 4-0 Victor Sarkis
Joe O’Connor 4-0 Andy Lee
Tom Ford 4-1 Louis Heathcote
Anton Kazakov 2-4 Jenson Kendrick
Thursday, November 2nd (Times: UTC)
Yuan Sijun 4-0 Muhammad Asif
Peng Yisong 0-4 He Guoqiang
Wu Yize 0-4 Alexander Ursenbacher
Rory Thor 4-1 Graeme Dott
Baipat Siripaporn 0-4 Julien Leclercq
James Cahill 4-3 Stan Moody
Andrew Higginson 4-3 Allan Taylor
Liam Highfield 4-0 Dean Young
Fergal O’Brien 3-4 Xing Zihao
Reanne Evans 2-4 Martin Gould
Monday, December 11th (Times: UTC)
Gary Wilson vs Elliot Slessor
Jimmy Robertson vs Amaan Iqbal
Mark Selby vs Sean O’Sullivan
Ding Junhui vs David Grace
Mark Williams vs Sam Craigie
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Liam Graham
Barry Hawkins vs Pang Junxu
Ali Carter vs Long Zehuang
Not before 2pm
Hossein Vafaei vs Daniel Wells
Jack Borwich vs Ishpreet Singh Chadha
Shaun Murphy vs Liu Hongyu
Luca Brecel vs Iulian Boiko
Kyren Wilson vs Mostafa Dorgham
Robert Milkins vs Mark Davis
Judd Trump vs Sydney Wilson
Not before 8pm
Mark Allen vs Jamie Jones
Jack Lisowski vs Mohamed Ibrahim
John Higgins vs Oliver Brown
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