McLeod through amid 'handshake controversy'
Rory McLeod booked a place in the Australian Goldfields Open, allegedly not without controversy at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.
Having completed a 5-2 victory over Robert Milkins, McLeod, a Muslim, is said to have refused to shake female referee Ivy Zhu by the hand, in keeping with his religious beliefs.
The claim came from the Twitter page of respected Dutch referee Jan Verhaas, who posted: "Rory McLeod refused to shake female ref Ivy Zhu's hand this morning because of his muslim believes. You may think what you like about it..."
The alleged snub, however, did not take the gloss off an excellent victory for the Wellingborough potter, who will now go on to meet Peter Ebdon at the championship proper in Bendigo, Australia next month.
Joining him in the state of Victoria will be Matthew Selt, who completed an impressive 5-0 whitewash over Ricky Walden to set up a clash with John Higgins at the reintroduced tournament - back on the calendar for the first time since Mike Hallett won the title in 1989.
Martin Gould's 5-3 qualifying win over Mark Joyce means he will meet Stephen Hendry while Dominic Dale, who beat Liam Highfield 5-2, will face Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Nigel Bond downed Barry Hawkins 5-4 to set up a clash with Australia's former world champion Neil Robertson, who will play a ranking tournament on his home patch for the first time.
And the reward for Barry Pinches's 5-3 win over Stephen Lee is a match Down Under against world number one Mark Williams, with Joe Perry meeting Mark Selby after his 5-2 win over Fergal O'Brien.
The Australian Goldfields Open runs from July 18 to 24.
Full Round 4 results (Australian Goldfields opponent in brackets):
Matthew Selt 5-0 Ricky Walden (Will play John Higgins)
Martin Gould 5-3 Mark Joyce (Will play Stephen Hendry)
Rory McLeod 5-2 Robert Milkins (Will play Peter Ebdon)
Andrew Higginson 5-4 Jamie Burnett (Will play Shaun Murphy)
Marcus Campbell 5-4 Mike Dunn (Will play Ali Carter)
Ryan Day 5- 0 Yu Delu (Will play Mark Allen)
Tom Ford 5-2 Gerard Greene (Will play Jamie Cope)
Stuart Bingham 5-2 Michael Holt (Will play Ding Junhui)
Joe Perry 5-2 Fergal O'Brien (Will play Mark Selby)
Mark Davis 5-4 Tian Pengfei (Will play Judd Trump)
Liang Wenbo 5-3 Ben Woolaston (Will play Matthew Stevens)
Ken Doherty 5-2 Scott MacKenzie (Will play Stephen Maguire)
Nigel Bond 5-4 Barry Hawkins (Will play Neil Robertson)
Dominic Dale 5-2 Liam Highfield (Will play Ronnie O'Sullivan)
Dave Gilbert 5-0 Mark King (Will play Graeme Dott)
Barry Pinches 5-3 Stephen Lee (Will play Mark Williams)