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