The seven-time world champion will return after a nine-year hiatus next week.
The number sixteen has already been whittled down to eight in the race for the £125,000 cheque.
The Scot is making his comeback after almost nine years away from the professional game.
The Englishman only just reached the final of the previous event on Sunday.
The former world champion is through a tough opening test in this week’s ranking event.
The best 16 players from this season will be in action.
The Antrim Ferrari was a 750/1 outsider before the tournament began.
The duo will battle for the right to lift the Ray Reardon Trophy aloft.
There was an exciting race to see who could snatch the final positions.