Despite not even being ranked in the top 10 – he currently lies at 12th – the 41-year-old Englishman is third favourite to take the title behind world No 1 Mark Selby and Judd Trump.
And although he will fear no-one, a good draw could start him on the way to another Sheffield success.
So, let’s take a look at who he will, and could, face.
World ranking: 59
Nickname: Tyneside Terror
Rankings titles: 0
Nickname: The Magician
Rankings titles: 7
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