The Welshman claimed his 24th ranking title 24 years after he first captured the British Open prize.
The last encounter of the competition will see the winner earn £100,000.
Eight players remain in the hunt for glory in this season’s second ranking event.
The world champion will usurp Judd Trump at the top of the standings.
There are still plenty of heavy hitters left despite the short format.
The pair couldn’t get going in their respective second-round clashes.
The Welshman’s last tournament success was also under a short format.
The seven-time world champion is playing in just his third tournament since making his comeback.
The names were paired off on Tuesday ahead of the next stage at the Morningside Arena.