White, the world number 50, thrashed fellow veteran Dave Harold 4-1 to progress.
The 50-year-old faces a tough test in the next round, however, when he takes on China's Liang Wenbo, who progressed with a 4-0 whitewashing of Andy Hicks.
World number one Mark Selby matched Liang's whitewash as he enjoyed a 4-0 demolition of Fergal O'Brien.
Stephen Maguire also cruised into the second round of the tournament with a 4-1 win over Michael Walsey.
Andy Hicks 0-4 Liang Wenbo
Anthony McGill 2-4 Tian Pengfei
Stephen Maguire 4-1 Michael Wasley
Mark Joyce 2-4 Jamie Burnett
Kurt Maflin 4-2 Kyren Wilson
Dave Harold 1-4 Jimmy White
Michael Holt 4-2 Michael White
Ben Woollaston 1-4 Martin Gould
Fergal O'Brien 4-0 Mark Selby
Joe Perry 4-1 Mark Davis
Rory McLeod 4-1 Ken Doherty
Neil Robertson 4-3 Jamie Jones
Andrew Higginson 4-3 Stephen Lee
Tom Ford 0-4 Graeme Dott