“I seem to be one of the few people where my target is not survival. I’m not too bothered about survival because thinking about it makes it into something that it isn’t.”
The latest chapter in a series of articles looking back at each campaign from the Crucible era.
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.
There are 64 players still hoping to beat the clock and collect the £50,000 top prize.
The Northern Irishman previously reached the final of the competition in 2013.
The quick-paced ranking event returns for another edition on the calendar.
The fast-paced tournament will have a very different outlook this year while being played behind closed doors.
The four-tournament swing provided a handsome bonus that motivated some of the marquee names to enter the smaller events.