The seven-time world champion will return after a nine-year hiatus next week.
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The number sixteen has already been whittled down to eight in the race for the £125,000 cheque.
The Englishman only just reached the final of the previous event on Sunday.
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.
Three former winners and a surprise contender remain in the hunt for glory.
It means Ronnie O’Sullivan will receive a bye through to the semi-finals.
A high-quality octet will vie to reach the last four.
The “Rocket” is bidding for a record-equalling fifth Welsh Open title this week.