Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of next month’s Dafabet Masters.
The tournament at Alexandra Palace in London runs from January 12 to 19.
The world’s top 16 players qualify for the event. But O’Sullivan has decided not to take his place.
The player ranked 17th, Ali Carter, will now qualify.
The draw for the first round will be made on Sunday afternoon during the mid-session interval of the Betway UK Championship final, televised by BBC.