The four-times world champion has earned £300,000 in the past two weeks after winning the China Championship and Champion of Champions events, and looks good to challenge for a third straight trophy if his form in Northern Ireland is a good indicator.

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Higgins - who beat Stuart Bingham and Ronnie O'Sullivan in finals over the past two weeks - simply sizzled at the Titanic Exhibition Centre as he made runs of 137, 130 and 147 to blitz his poor opponent, whose 58 in the third frame at least allowed him to avoid a whitewash.
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The Scotsman finished off in style with a brilliant double on the final red enough to help him make the maximum and a possible £12,000 bonus with £10,000 for the 147 and £2,000 for the highest break.
Higgins once made two maximum breaks in consecutive matches at the LG Cup final and British Open in 2003.
At the age of 41, he is playing as good if not better than ever with every ball appearing to hit the back of the pockets without touching the sides.
Higgins will face Zhou Yuelong on Thursday for a place in the last 16.
Also in the early action on Wednesday there were wins for Peter Ebdon and Joe Perry, but world semi-finalist Alan McManus was beaten 4-0 by world number 93 Sanderson Lam.
With additional reporting from PA Sport

Wednesday's latest second round results

Second round (Best of seven frames)

Sam Baird 4 – 3 Marco Fu
Anthony McGill 4 – 3 Aditya Mehta
Mark J Williams 4 – 0 Craig Steadman
Yan Bingtao 4 – 0 Eden Sharav
Mark King 4 – 2 Liang Wenbo
Jack Lisowski 4 – 1 John Astley
Akani Songsermsawad 4 – 3 Mark Davis
Ricky Walden 4 – 3 K Lertsattayatthorn
Barry Hawkins 4 – 1 Michael Holt
Mark Allen 4 – 2 Michael Georgiou
Robbie Williams 4 – 1 Yu Delu
Dominic Dale 4 – 0 Tom Ford
Robin Hull 4 – 2 Lee Walker
Joe Perry 4 – 3 Jimmy Robertson
Gary Wilson 4 - 3 Andrew Higginson
Zhang Anda 4 – 3 Chris Wakelin
Sanderson Lam 4 – 0 Alan McManus
Michael White 4 - 3 Chen Zhe
Fraser Patrick 4 – 0 Duane Jones
John Higgins 4 – 1 Sam Craigie
Scott Donaldson 4 – 3 Kurt Dunham
Josh Boileau 4 – 2 Hamza Akbar
Peter Ebdon 4 - 3 Adam Duffy
Zhou Yuelong 4 – 0 Allan Taylor
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri 4 - 2 Zak Surety
Kurt Maflin 4 – 1 Alex Borg
Luca Brecel 4 – 2 Jamie Cope
Fergal O'Brien 4 – 0 Mitchell Mann
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