World number one Mark Selby has been knocked out of the Wuxi Classic by Andrew Pagett in the qualifiers.
It is the first time that players in the world's top 16
are required to qualify for a major snooker event.
Pagett's shock 5-3 win in Gloucester means he qualifies for the main event in China which begins on 17 June.
Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has withdrawn from the tournament - the first of the season - citing personal reasons.
- China (5) - Wuxi Classic, Shanghai Masters, International Championship, Haikou World Open, China Open
- England (2) - UK Championship, World Championship
- Ireland (1) - Players Tour Championship
- Australia (1) - Goldfields Open
- Germany (1) - German Masters
- Wales (1) - Welsh Open
The 37-year-old became only the third player, after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry, to defend his world crown earlier this month with
his fifth victory in the Crucible.
O'Sullivan had played just one competitive match between winning his fourth title and beginning his campaign for a fifth. Following the success, he claimed
he was ready to retire,
before later saying he
could not afford to quit.
Michael Wasley, who O'Sullivan was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, will receive a bye through to the main event in China.
The qualifiers are taking place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester, with all 128 tour players starting in the same round as part of a
Players have to win at least one match to get any prize money. Those who progress to the last 64 in China will be guaranteed a minimum of £3,000 while the winner receives £80,000.
Elsewhere in the draw, six-time World Championship finalist
sealed his place on the plane to China with a 5-3 win over Lee Page, while defending champion
edged past Pankaj Advani 5-4.
Former world champion
beat Ross Muir 5-1 while
survived a scare to beat Noppon Saengkham 5-4.