Jimmy White produced a magnificent fightback from 3-0 down to defeat Joe Perry 5-3 for a place in the 2017 German Masters on Friday, while Tom Ford thrashed an out of sorts Judd Trump in Barnsley.
Six-time world finalist White, the oldest player on the professional tour, rolled back the years to overcome the world number eight at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Perry cruised to the opening three frames despite a high break of just 59, before ‘The Whirlwind’ edged a close-run fourth to get off the mark before the interval.
White, who had seen off Zhou Yuelong in Round One, produced a terrific 94 break to close the gap and was back on level terms after dominating frame six.
White continued the momentum by edging a close-run seventh frame 67-59 before sealing victory in style with a break of 61 to reach the last 32 of a ranking event for only the second time in two years.
World number four Trump became the latest decorated star to fail to qualify after suffering a 5-1 defeat at the hands of an inspired Ford.
Ford took the opening three frames with breaks of 59, 89 and 71 before Trump stopped the rot prior to the mid-session interval.
Ford, though, regained command by controlling frame five, before closing out a memorable win with a nerveless break of 69.
Shaun Murphy, the 2015 German Masters runner-up, will also be absent from February’s main event following a shock last-frame defeat to Chinese wonderkid Yan Bingtao.
Murphy became the latest scalp of the 16-year-old sensation despite high breaks of 133, 80 and 117 in a high quality affair.
Mark Williams, the 2011 Champion in Berlin, survived a scare as he edged out Mark Joyce by the same scoreline in the afternoon session.
World number 16 Kyren Wilson will also miss the first major ranking event of 2017 after going down 5-4 to John Astley – who staged a sensational comeback from 4-0 down.
Wilson looked to be cruising to the winning line after opening up with breaks of 114, 96 and 53, but only for the North East cueist to hit back with five on the spin to take his place in the main stages.
There was to be no such misfortune for UK Champion Mark Selby, though, as he stormed to a 5-0 whitewash of Fang Xiongman with high breaks of 61, 64, 120 and 72 along the way.
Neil Robertson bounced back from his disappointing early exit in York with a comfortable 5-1 win over Christopher Keogan, rounding off the display with a break of 76.
Thailand’s Akani Songsermsawad, quarter-finalist in the Indian Open, demonstrated further promise with three century breaks in a 5-4 victory over Jack Lisowski.
German Masters Qualifiers 2017 Results
Friday December 9
66 Jamie Jones 5-2 James Cahill
67 Kyren Wilson 4-5 John Astley
69 Robert Milkins 3-5 Ryan Day
72 Jimmy White 5-3 Joe Perry
84 David Gilbert 5-2 Allan Taylor
85 Igor Figueiredo 3-5 Michael Holt
88 Yan Bingtao 5-4 Shaun Murphy
91 Barry Hawkins 5-0 Jak Jones
70 Adam Duffy 2-5 Mark Allen
71 Matthew Stevens 3-5 Robin Hull
74 Matthew Selt 4-5 Peter Ebdon
78 Ross Muir 4-5 Ali Carter
79 Jack Lisowski 4-5 Akani Songsermsawad
90 Ben Woollaston 5-1 Tian Pengfei
93 Boonyarit Keattikun 3-5 Anthony Hamilton
94 Mark Joyce 4-5 Mark Williams
73 Judd Trump 1-5 Tom Ford
81 Stuart Bingham 5-3 Yu De Lu
82 Mark Davis 3-5 Zhang Yong
83 Marco Fu 5-1 Adam Stefanow
86 Stuart Carrington 5-1 Sam Craigie
89 Neil Robertson 5-1 Christopher Keogan
95 Aditya Mehta 4-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
96 Fang Xiongman 0-5 Mark Selby