The field for the Players Championship Finals has been confirmed following the culmination of the 20th and final Players Championship event of the year in Barnsley, which saw Benito van de Pas clinch victory and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld seal qualification for next month’s event in Minehead.
World number one Michael van Gerwen heads the list of 64 participants, whilst Benito van de Pas occupies second spot on the Players Championship Order of Merit after winning his third title of the year on Saturday. Stoke star Ian White will be third seed, after also clinching a hat-trick of victories in Barnsley this year.
Simon Whitlock is seeded fourth after his two Players Championship victories over the last month, whilst Gerwyn Price is fifth, having also won two titles earlier in the year. Dave Chisnall, Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic occupy spots in the top ten, whilst Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting will be ninth and tenth seeds respectively.
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld secured two victories on the final day of Players Championship action to seal his spot in Minehead. Van Barneveld was under pressure to qualify after taking a six-month hiatus from Pro Tour events earlier this year, which left him 117th a few months ago.
Nevertheless, Van Barneveld defeated Terry Jenkins and Joe Murnan to confirm his qualification on Saturday, as he finishes the campaign 58th on the Players Championship Order of Merit.
World champion Gary Anderson will be seeded 24th, whilst two-time world champion Adrian Lewis is 26th. Eight-time major winner James Wade is a place below in 27th, whilst former World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton will be the 41st seed.
Nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins is 35th seed, whilst Michael Smith ends a disappointing Pro Tour campaign in 44th position. Elsewhere, Ronnie Baxter will make his first TV appearance for over a year, after finishing 48th on the Order of Merit.
The one big-name absentee from next month’s event will be Phil Taylor, who finished 105th on the Players Championship Order of Merit. ‘The Power’ entered the first three events of the year in Barnsley but has not participated since, and the 16-time world champion opted not to compete in this week’s double-header.
The full 64-man field for the Players Championship Finals can be viewed below:
|1||Gerwen, Michael van||£71,750|
|2||Pas, Benito van de||£53,250|
|32||Voort, Vincent van der||£15,250|
|49||Peer, Berry van||£10,750|
|52||Graaf, Jeffrey de||£10,000|
|58||Barneveld, Raymond van||£8,750|
|60||Bergh, Dimitri Van Den||£8,500|