Jimmy White qualified for the Welsh Open on Wednesday, continuing his recent surge in form.
At the Barnsley Metrodome, the 60-year-old easily defeated Craig Steadman 4-0 with breaks of 67, 65, and 67.
Jimmy White finished the year 2022 on a high note by winning four games. To earn a spot in the UK Championship venue stages.
He then won two more games in the German Masters preliminary round to secure his spot. In the last 32 in Berlin at the beginning of the following month.
The oldest participant on the professional circuit and ten-time ranking event champion has now taken home nine victories so far this season.
To put this in perspective, White only achieved two victories over the whole 2021/22 campaign. He completed the previous season in the bottom half of the rankings because to that awful stretch, which made many wonder why he used an invitational tour card.
But rather than relying solely on his reputation in the sport. White has a real possibility of finishing this season with his tour card renewed through his play at the poker table.
The Londoner is positioned favourably on the one-year rankings. Even if it is still improbable that he will be able to perform well enough to enter the top 64.
White is now in second position and will obtain a new two-year card as one of the four highest-ranked players on this list at the end of the season who aren’t in the top 64.
White is slated to play either Zhao Xintong or Tian Pengfei in the Welsh Open’s first round proper in February.
But as the former is now on leave while a probe into alleged match-fixing. Among Chinese athletes continues, Tian appears to be his opponent.
In contrast, Ken Doherty also made it to the round of 64 after defeating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-3. On the first day of the Welsh Open preliminary round, Gary Wilson, a recent Scottish Open champion, and Anthony McGill, a former world number 12, are among those competing.
On Discovery+ and Matchroom Live, the Welsh Open qualifications will be broadcast live.