Six-time world champion Steve Davis has failed to qualify for this year’s World Championship in Sheffield after being beaten by Leicester’s Ben Woollaston.
Woollaston won the qualifying encounter 10-7 and will progress to the first round proper if he can get past Dominic Dale.
Davis lost four of the first five frames but hit back to level the encounter at 5-5 only for Woollaston to win the next two frames with breaks of 128 and 64.
The 54-year-old Davis then put together a break of 63 to take frame 13 but Woollaston was unperturbed and eventually sealed victory by winning the 17th.
Davis won six world titles in the 1980s, his last coming in 1989 when he beat John Parrott 18-3 in a one-sided Crucible final.
Davis, now ranked 39 in the world, also missed out on Crucible qualification last year, and that was the first time since he turned professional in 1978 that he had failed to qualify for the final stages of either the World or UK Championships. Even he had made the finals he would have been an outsider in the snooker betting.
Stephen Hendry will play China’s Yu Delu for a place at the Crucible, after Yu beat Matthew Selt 10-5, while Gerard Greene edged past the former world number three, James Wattana, 10-9.
In other qualifiers, Welshman Jamie Jones won the last three frames to beat Andy Hicks 10-9, while Anthony Hamilton saw off Anthony McGill 10-8 and will now meet former world champion Ken Doherty.
Rob Milkins made a 147 as he crushed Xiao Guodong 10-4, while Dave Harold suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 defeat to Chinese cueman Cao Yupeng after at one point leading 9-6.