2017 UK Open Draw & Schedule!

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Former winner Robert Thornton will face either Kevin Bambrick or Nicky Bell on the opening afternoon of the 2017 Coral UK Open Finals, whilst former Lakeside world champions Mark Webster and Stephen Bunting will collide in a mouthwatering second-round clash in Minehead next month.

The 2017 Coral UK Open TV Finals, broadcast live on ITV4, will see 128 players compete across three days from March 3rd-5th at the Butlins Minehead Resort, in the tournament affectionately dubbed ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ due to the unique open draw format.

After the conclusion of the six UK Open qualifiers hosted at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight, the top 96 players from the UK Open Order of Merit all secured their spots. They’ll be joined in Minehead by 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers, who progressed through knockout events staged across the United Kingdom.

Thornton, who clinched the 2012 UK Open crown with victory over Phil Taylor, will begin his campaign on Friday afternoon after finishing 37th on the final Order of Merit. He will face either Kevin Bambrick, who came through the Solihull qualifiers, or plasterer Nicky Bell, who triumphed in the Rileys event held in Nottingham.

Nevertheless, the stand-out second-round tie sees Stephen Bunting and Mark Webster lock horns. Both men are former UK Open semi-finalists; Webster lost-out in a last-leg decider to eventual champion James Wade back in 2011, whilst Bunting reached the last four in 2015, where he was unceremoniously whitewashed 10-0 by Peter Wright.

Vincent van der Voort, a 2007 finalist, could face former BDO world number one James Wilson in another potential second-round cracker. Van der Voort was beaten by his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld at the Reebok Stadium almost a decade ago, and he’ll face either Wilson or Twickenham qualifier Gary Eastwood in his opening tie this year.

Nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins could face his fellow veteran Wayne Jones in round-two. Jenkins, a finalist in Minehead back in 2014, entered the final set of qualifiers last weekend and finished 57th on the overall Order of Merit. He’ll meet either Jones or Lee Bryant, who secured his maiden PDC Tour Card at Q-School last month.

World Championship quarter-finalist Daryl Gurney takes on debutant Ryan Palmer, whilst 2006 UK Open finalist Barrie Bates faces a difficult assignment against talented Dutchman Jeffrey de Graaf.

Elsewhere, Ted Evetts, who landed a nine-darter in the opening qualification triple-header, will play either Paul Milford or BDO star Brian Dawson. ‘Doggy’, ranked 17th in the BDO system, came through the Sheffield qualifiers to seal his spot in Minehead.

The first round, which features the players ranked from 65-96 in the UK Open Order of Merit and the 32 Rileys Qualifiers, will include Spanish World Cup star Antonio Alcinas up against James Richardson.

However, the tie of the first-round sees former World Youth champion Keegan Brown take on veteran Hampshire star Paul Hogan. Hogan, who reached the last 32 in Minehead back in 2014, missed three match darts to defeat eventual champion Glen Durrant in the last 16 of January’s BDO Lakeside World Championship.

Seven-time PDC ranking winner, Jamie Caven faces Rileys Victoria qualifier Dan Read on the main stage in round-one; whilst emerging Dutchman Ron Meulenkamp meets Hong Kong’s number one Ting Chi Royden Lam- who secured a PDC Tour Card at Q-School last month.

The legendary Ronnie Baxter will make his UK Open return in 2017 with a tie against Paul Rowley, whilst Suffolk youngster Ryan Meikle takes on Vincent Kamphuis, with the winner set to meet three-time major semi-finalist Justin Pipe in the second-round.

Alex Roy came through the amateur qualifiers to maintain his record of having competed in every UK Open since its first staging in 2003, and he’ll play Kevin Edwards. Elsewhere, the experienced Darren Johnson takes on Raymond van Barneveld’s protege Jeffrey de Zwaan.

BDO star Dean Reynolds faces amateur qualifier Andy Roberts, whilst Reynolds’ BDO colleagues Dave Parletti and Dave Prins take on Gareth Pass and Jonathan Worsley respectively.

PDC Development Tour Event winner Steve Lennon will play William O’Connor in an all-Irish second-round clash, whilst talented Shropshire ace David Pallett meets with the veteran Andy Jenkins- a former UK Open semi-finalist.

The top 32 players from the Coral UK Open Order of Merit will enter the tournament in the third round on Friday evening. This includes world champion and reigning UK Open champion Michael van Gerwen, who has prevailed in the past two years at Minehead.

Van Gerwen finished third on the UK Open Order of Merit after winning the fourth qualifier last Friday. ‘The Green Machine’ hit two nine-dart finishes, within the same game, in his third-round meeting with Ryan Murray on Friday, before going on to defeat Gary Anderson in the final.

Top seed Peter Wright, who won three of the six qualifying events, will enter in round-three alongside double-winner Simon Whitlock. They will be joined by former champions Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Adrian Lewis and two-time world champion Gary Anderson.

Nevertheless, five-time winner Phil Taylor will miss his first ever UK Open. ‘The Power’ is scaling down his Pro Tour commitments ahead of his impending retirement and as a result, he opted not to enter any of the six qualifiers. World number eight Mensur Suljovic will also be absent, after missing the qualifiying events due to family reasons.

The tournament sees action take place across eight stages simultaneously, in the early rounds at Minehead, and the unique open-draw format allows for the big players to be pitted against each other at any stage. The full draw and tournament schedule for the opening two-rounds can be viewed below!

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

2017 Coral UK Open
First Round

Ryan Murray v John Ferrell
Scott Robertson v Alan Tabern
Johnny Haines v Wayne Morris
Jamie Caven v Dan Read
Rob Hewson v Ritchie Edhouse
Joe Davis v Paul Harvey
Paul Hogan v Keegan Brown
Wayne Jones v Lee Bryant
Mark Frost v Jamie Bain
Brett Claydon v Paul Barham
James Carroll v Brandon Walsh
Alex Roy v Kevin Edwards
Darren Johnson v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gary Eastwood v James Wilson
Antonio Alcinas v James Richardson
Ron Meulenkamp v Ting Chi Royden Lam
Yordi Meeuwisse v Martin Biggs
Brian Dawson v Paul Milford
Mark Layton v Tony Newell
Paul Cartwright v Matt Padgett
Paul Rowley v Ronnie Baxter
Jimmy McKirdy v Jonny Clayton
Kai Fan Leung v Jermaine Wattimena
Kevin Bambrick v Nicky Bell
Darryl Pilgrim v Ben Green
Lee Evans v Andrew Davidson
Dean Reynolds v Andy Roberts
Jonathan Worsley v Dave Prins
Damian Smith v Brian Woods
Neil Smith v Steve Maish
Ryan Meikle v Vincent Kamphuis
Gareth Pass v Dave Parletti

Second Round
Hogan/Brown v Jamie Lewis
Claydon/Barham v Scott Taylor
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Palmer
Evans/Davidson v Meulenkamp/Lam
Devon Petersen v Leung/Wattimena
Hewson/Edhouse v Jan Dekker
Ted Evetts v Dawson/Milford
Zoran Lerchbacher v Matthew Dennant
Layton/Newell v D Smith/Woods
Carroll/Walsh v Robertson/Tabern
Pilgrim/Green v Caven/Read
Meeuwisse/Biggs v Worsley/Prins
Vincent van der Voort v Eastwood/Wilson
Meikle/Kamphuis v Justin Pipe
David Pallett v Andy Jenkins
Steve Lennon v William O’Connor
Davis/Harvey v Ross Twell
Cartwright/Padgett v Martin Lukeman
Kirk Shepherd v Mark Barilli
Peter Hudson v John Michael
Terry Jenkins v Jones/Bryant
Alcinas/Richardson v N Smith/Maish
Mark Webster v Stephen Bunting
Murray/Ferrell v Andrew Gilding
Pass/Parletti v Roy/Edwards
Rowley/Baxter v Richard North
Frost/Bain v McKirdy/Clayton
Bambrick/Bell v Robert Thornton
Mick McGowan v Reynolds/Roberts
Barrie Bates v Jeffrey de Graaf
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Stuart Kellett
Johnson/de Zwaan v Haines/Morris

Schedule of Play
Friday March 3
Afternoon Session (11.45am-5pm)
Preliminary Round, First Round & Second Round
Played across eight stages
Main Stage
First Round

Antonio Alcinas v James Richardson
Ron Meulenkamp v Ting Chi Royden Lam
Paul Hogan v Keegan Brown
Jamie Caven v Dan Read
Second Round
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Palmer
Mark Webster v Stephen Bunting
Bambrick/Bell v Robert Thornton

Stage Two
First Round

Mark Frost v Jamie Bain
Wayne Jones v Lee Bryant
Alex Roy v Kevin Edwards
Dean Reynolds v Andy Roberts
Second Round
Kirk Shepherd v Mark Barilli
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Stuart Kellett
Ted Evetts v Dawson/Milford
Meikle/Kamphuis v Justin Pipe
Vincent van der Voort v Eastwood/Wilson

Stage Three
First Round

Ryan Murray v John Ferrell
Scott Robertson v Alan Tabern
Johnny Haines v Wayne Morris
Rob Hewson v Ritchie Edhouse
Second Round
David Pallett v Andy Jenkins
Peter Hudson v John Michael
Zoran Lerchbacher v Matthew Dennant
Hogan/Brown v Jamie Lewis

Stage Four
First Round

Joe Davis v Paul Harvey
Yordi Meeuwisse v Martin Biggs
James Carroll v Brandon Walsh
Brett Claydon v Paul Barham
Second Round
Barrie Bates v Jeffrey de Graaf
Johnson/de Zwaan v Haines/Morris
Terry Jenkins v Jones/Bryant
Rowley/Baxter v Richard North

Stage Five
First Round

Gary Eastwood v James Wilson
Darren Johnson v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Brian Dawson v Paul Milford
Mark Layton v Tony Newell
Second Round
Steve Lennon v William O’Connor
Murray/Ferrell v Andrew Gilding
Claydon/Barham v Scott Taylor
Mick McGowan v Reynolds/Roberts

Stage Six
First Round

Paul Cartwright v Matt Padgett
Paul Rowley v Ronnie Baxter
Jimmy McKirdy v Jonny Clayton
Kai Fan Leung v Jermaine Wattimena
Second Round
Davis/Harvey v Ross Twell
Alcinas/Richardson v N Smith/Maish
Evans/Davidson v Meulenkamp/Lam
Hewson/Edhouse v Jan Dekker

Stage Seven
First Round

Kevin Bambrick v Nicky Bell
Darryl Pilgrim v Ben Green
Lee Evans v Andrew Davidson
Jonathan Worsley v Dave Prins
Second Round
Cartwright/Padgett v Martin Lukeman
Frost/Bain v McKirdy/Clayton
Layton/Newell v D Smith/Woods
Pass/Parletti v Roy/Edwards

Stage Eight
First Round

Damian Smith v Brian Woods
Neil Smith v Steve Maish
Ryan Meikle v Vincent Kamphuis
Gareth Pass v Dave Parletti
Second Round
Pilgrim/Green v Caven/Read
Carroll/Walsh v Robertson/Tabern
Devon Petersen v Leung/Wattimena
Meeuwisse/Biggs v Worsley/Prins

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Third Round
Played across eight stages

Saturday March 4
Afternoon Session (12.30pm-5pm)

Fourth Round
Played across four stages

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Fifth Round
Played on Main Stage & Stage Two

Sunday March 5
Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Played on Main Stage

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final
Played on Main Stage

Format
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Third Round – Best of 19 legs
Fourth Round – Best of 19 legs
Fifth Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

Top 32 Ranked Players (enter at Third Round stage)
Peter Wright, Simon Whitlock, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, James Wade, Ian White, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld, Mervyn King, Steve Beaton, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen, Benito van de Pas, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Darren Webster, Kim Huybrechts, Ronny Huybrechts, Alan Norris, Brendan Dolan, John Henderson, Kyle Anderson, Kevin Painter, Cristo Reyes, Christian Kist, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans, Joe Cullen, Mick Todd, Ryan Searle.

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