The full line-up for the 2016 World Series of Darts has been announced and it promises to be the best one yet, with the addition of the Shanghai Masters accompanying existing tournaments in Dubai, New Zealand, Japan and Australia; featuring eight of the biggest names in world darts.
The World Series was initially introduced in 2013, beginning with tournaments in Dubai and Sydney. Perth was added to the calendar a year later, whilst events in Auckland and Japan were implemented in 2015. The Shanghai Masters will join these five events, with the 2016 World Series culminating in Glasgow for the end-of-season finals.
The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatically selected, so Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor will all be competing across the globe. Van Gerwen will go in search of his fourth consecutive Dubai Masters title in June, whilst Taylor will be vying for his fourth Sydney Darts Masters crown during the summer.
Adrian Lewis will be defending his Auckland Masters title, whilst reigning world champion Gary Anderson goes in search of his maiden World Series crown. After the six events have been completed, the top eight players on the World Series of Darts rankings will progress to the World Series Finals, hosted in Glasgow during early November.
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld has received an invitation from the PDC to compete in all six events. Van Barneveld, who was a runner-up to Adrian Lewis in last year’s epic Auckland Darts Masters final, will maintain his record of having competed in every single World Series event since the tournaments were first introduced in 2013.
World number five Peter Wright will also be competing in this year’s World Series. Wright, who lost in a last-leg decider to Phil Taylor in the final of last year’s Japan Darts Masters, will be aiming to go one better in 2016.
Eight-time major winner James Wade, runner-up in last year’s Perth Darts Masters, has received an invitation alongside world number 10 Dave Chisnall, who himself is a three-time World Series semi-finalist.
The Australian duo of Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson have received invitations to compete in the Sydney and Perth events, whilst regional qualifiers will make up the 16-man fields in New Zealand, China, Japan and Australia.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “The World Series of Darts not only gives players around the world their chance to compete against eight of the greatest stars ever to throw a dart, but also allows fans to see their heroes live in action, and we’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”
2016 PDC World Series of Darts
Dubai Darts Masters
Thursday May 26 (8pm)
Friday May 27 (8pm)
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Auckland Darts Masters
Friday June 17 (7pm)
Saturday June 18 (7pm)
Sunday June 19 (7pm)
Trusts Arena, Auckland
Shanghai Darts Masters
Saturday June 25 (6pm)
Sunday June 26 (6pm)
Himalaya Theatre, Shanghai
Tokyo Darts Masters
Wednesday July 6 (6pm)
Thursday July 7 (6pm)
Yoyogi Olympic Hall, Tokyo
Sydney Darts Masters
Thursday August 18 (7pm)
Friday August 19 (7pm)
Saturday August 20 (7pm)
Perth Darts Masters
Thursday August 25 (7pm)
Friday August 26 (7pm)
Saturday August 27 (7pm)
World Series of Darts Finals
Saturday November 5
Sunday November 6
Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Competing PDC Players
Michael van Gerwen – Three-time Dubai Darts Masters champion
Gary Anderson – Reigning World Champion
Adrian Lewis – 2015 Auckland Darts Masters Champion
Phil Taylor – Three-time Sydney Darts Masters champion
Peter Wright – 2015 Japan Darts Masters finalist
James Wade – 2015 Perth Darts Masters finalist
Raymond van Barneveld – 2013 Dubai Darts Masters finalist
Dave Chisnall – Three-time World Series of Darts semi-finalist