I agree with you, because it would allow me to play the 2nd round
But...there will be 9 players in the second round with a rating of 1059 - 1413. I think there will be 2 groups (4 and 5) players. If Treakhead is in the group of 5 he will play 8 games but he won't get any ratingpoints for his wins. A win on a 1444-1639 player will only give him ONE ratingpoint :'( . So he can better compete with higher rated players. And the same will happen in the final round, so 12 or 14 games to play and no ratingpoints to win (and probably no points to lose) unless one of the players is up to 1444!!
So I think he will withdraw from this tournament.