Ronnie O'Sullivan drawn against Michael Holt in final major appearance before World Championship

O'Sullivan drawn against Holt in final tournament appearance before World Championship
By Eurosport

02/03/2016 at 04:07Updated 02/03/2016 at 04:21

Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Michael Holt on the opening day of the World Grand Prix in what is likely to be his final competitive tournament appearance before the World Championship at the Crucible next month.

The Masters champion qualified for the event by winning the Welsh Open last week in a field which is determined by ranking points collected from the start of the season until last week's Gdynia Open in Poland won by Mark Selby with a 4-1 final success against Martin Gould.

    O'Sullivan has not qualified for the Players Championship (Mar 22-27) in Manchester and did not enter the China Open (Mar 28-Apr 3) in Beijing.

    He begins his quest for a sixth world title with the World Championship (Apr 16-May 2) ending the season in Sheffield.

    World Grand Prix defending champion Judd Trump - who beat O'Sullivan 10-7 in last year's final - will face former world champion Mark Williams in the opening round next Wednesday in Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

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    O'Sullivan opens up on Tuesday night against Holt.

    All matches are over the best of seven frames until the best-of-11 semi-finals and the best-of-19 frame final.

    The World Grand Prix runs from March 8 to 13.

    World Grand Prix first round draw

    John Higgins v Stephen Maguire

    Matthew Selt v Ryan Day

    Judd Trump v Mark Williams

    David Gilbert v Stuart Bingham

    Mark Selby v Tom Ford

    Luca Brecel v Ali Carter

    Joe Perry v Barry Hawkins

    Kyren Wilson v Jamie Jones

    Martin Gould v Tian Pengfei

    Shaun Murphy v Michael White

    Ronnie O'Sullivan v Michael Holt

    Liang Wenbo v Graeme Dott

    Mark Allen v David Grace

    Marco Fu v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

    Ben Woollaston v Ding Junhui

    Neil Robertson v Peter Ebdon