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