Stephen Hendry reached the last 16 of the Northern Ireland Trophy with a 5-3 win over Lancaster's Ian McCulloch at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
Hendry came from behind to beat McCulloch
The Scot was joined in progressing by world number nine Stephen Maguire who beat Cleveland qualifier Mike Dunn 5-2.
And local favourite Gerard Greene went through with an impressive 5-2 win over Steve Davis along with Ding Junhui.
Neil Robertson, Stephen Lee and Shaun Murphy also went through, as did Ireland's Ken Doherty.
Doherty beat James Wattana 5-4 in a thrilling second-round match, the same scoreline by which Murphy overcame China's Tian Pengfei.
But the Chinese will be represented in the latter stages of the tournament by UK champion Ding, who beat Nottingham potter Anthony Hamilton 5-3.
Hendry did not have it all his own way as he had to battle back from 2-0 behind.
The seven-times world champion will now face either Trowbridge's Lee, last season's Welsh Open winner, who beat David Roe 5-2.
"Stephen got stronger and stronger," admitted McCulloch, who was left to rue a missed chance to go 3-0 ahead when he ran out of position.
"I also chucked a frame away, but I have got some valuable ranking points from my first-round win. It is a shame I lost because I fancied the job."
Maguire was also forced to fight back from 2-0 behind, after breaks of 35 and 62 saw Dunn take an early lead.
However, it was one-way traffic from there on in as Maguire compiled breaks of 65, 57, 77 and 131 to win five frames on the spin.
"You could tell Mike had played a couple of matches because he was right in on the balls, but from 2-0 down I played brilliantly," said a delighted Maguire.