Only two wins stand between the remaining players and the Crucible.
The Welshman reached the last 16 in last year’s event.
The seven-time world champion won’t be returning to the Crucible Theatre this year.
A total of 32 players have already bitten the dust in this year’s tournament.
There will be a staggered return of fans throughout the 17-day event.
The Whirlwind will likely have to rely on another ITC to remain on the tour.
There are 128 players hoping to claim one of the 16 coveted qualifying spots for the Crucible Theatre.
The preliminaries get under way on Monday at the English Institute of Sport.
It’s the second edition of the competition he has emerged victoriously from this season.