Denis Ovens came through a potentially tricky encounter with Dave Askew to set up a second-round clash with Roland Scholten at the Paddy Power World Grand Prix in Dublin tonight.
The world number nine had too much firepower for Askew, who has struggled in the last couple of years, and clinched a 2-0 success.
Ovens won the first two legs before Askew fought back to level with a shot at double four. However, the Stevenage thrower held his nerve to hit double four for the first set.
Ovens quickly established a two-leg lead in the second set before Askew took out an 89 finish to reduce the deficit.
But his opponent was not about to let his lead slip and a shot at double 16 clinched the match for the 46-year-old.
“You want to play with a 100 average every game, but it’s double in double out and I’m pleased to win,” said Ovens.
“I’ve come into the tournament with my confidence high but it’s a relief to get through the first round. My draw is tough all the way through but I’m looking forward to playing Roland next.”
Dutchman Scholten put his disappointing performance in Blackpool behind him as he cruised to an emphatic 2-0 victory over veteran John Lowe.
Scholten, who slumped to an unexpected defeat against Peter Evison in the first round of the Stan James World Matchplay in July, reeled off the first two legs before clinching the set with a 52 checkout.
The interval did not break Scholten’s concentration and he made Lowe pay for missing a shot at double eight by naming the same double.
Scholten also took the next leg before closing out the match with a shot at double 10.