BDO world number one and reigning champion Glen Durrant will begin the defence of his Winmau World Masters title against Malta’s Norbert Attard at the Lakeside tomorrow, after the final 16 qualifiers for this year’s event were confirmed earlier today.
Durrant will kick off the televised coverage of this year’s event on Premier Sports at noon tomorrow, when he faces Attard in the last 32. Current world champion Scott Waites is in action against David Copley, whilst three-time World Masters winner Martin Adams meets Irish qualifier John O’Shea.
Another former World Masters champion Martin Phillips faces Belgian Davy van Baelen, who also qualified for the 2017 BDO World Championships just 24 hours earlier, as BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton meets Welsh Open semi-finalist Dave Parletti
Former world champion Scott Mitchell will contest the final game of the first-round when he takes on Swedish qualifier Oskar Lukasiak, who last appeared at the World Masters in 2009. Elsewhere, BDO number three and German Open winner Danny Noppert plays Canada’s Kiley Edmunds.
England Classic champion Dean Reynolds locks horns with Northern Ireland’s Neil Duff, whilst Lithuanian number one Darius Labanauskas meets Welshman Steve Alker. BDO veteran Gary Robson will face world number four and recent Grand Slam of Darts debutant Jamie Hughes, after coming through qualification on Thursday.
Last year’s Lakeside runner-up Jeff Smith secured his World Masters berth after edging out two-time world champion Ted Hankey in the final round of qualifying, and his reward is a tie with former BDO Gold Cup winner Brian Dawson.
2015 BDO World Trophy winner Geert de Vos clashes with Ireland’s Michael Meaney, as last year’s Lakeside semi-finalist Richard Veenstra takes on Scotland’s Alan Souter. Another interesting tie sees Welsh star Jim Williams take on Germany’s Robert Allenstein, who has competed in two European Tour events on the PDC circuit this year.
Wesley Harms, a winner of fifteen BDO ranking events, does battle with Australian debutant Raymond Smith, and Mark McGeeney and James Hurrell contest an all-English encounter.
Photo Credit: Chris Dean
The full draw can be viewed below:
2016 Winmau World Masters- Last 32
Glen Durrant v Norbert Attard
Martin Phillips v Davy van Baelen
Wesley Harms v Raymond Smith
Darius Labanauskas v Steve Alker
Martin Adams v John O’Shea
Brian Dawson v Jeff Smith
Jim Williams v Robert Allenstein
Jamie Hughes v Gary Robson
Danny Noppert v Kiley Edmunds
Richard Veenstra v Alan Soutar
Mark McGeeney v James Hurrell
Scott Waites v David Copley
Dean Reynolds v Neil Duff
Darryl Fitton v Dave Parletti
Geert de Vos v Michael Meaney
Scott Mitchell v Oskar Alukasiak