There are still 32 first-round matches to be played.
Author: David Caulfield
The Welshman won many of the game’s biggest events.
The third longest-running ranking event takes place this week.
The “Captain” has qualified for the final stages of the invitational tournament for the first time since 2018.
The Kettering cueist is the tournament’s defending champion.
The Englishman is bidding for a record-extending fourth title in the competition.
There is one more counting event before the final places are determined.
The Welshman had been in the doldrums for a couple of years after a dismal run of form.
There is a £50,000 cheque on offer for the champion at the Marshall Arena.