Gerwyn Price will replace two-time world champion Adrian Lewis for the World Series of Darts events in Shanghai and Las Vegas next month, whilst four of the Asian representatives for the Shanghai Darts Masters have also been confirmed.
Lewis, who missed out on this year’s opening World Series event in Dubai, was due to compete in both of July’s events, but with his wife expecting a baby in the summer, ‘Jackpot’ has opted to withdraw from the double-header; with Price stepping in to take the place of the former Auckland Masters winner.
The Welshman made his World Series debut in Dubai last month; defeating James Wade in a thrilling last-leg decider, before succumbing to Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals. However, ‘The Iceman’ has been rewarded for his magnificent start to 2017, as he continues to enjoy the best year of his darting career to date.
Price reached his first major televised final in March’s Coral UK Open, before partnering former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster to the World Cup of Darts Final with Wales last weekend; where they were only beaten by the irrepresible Dutch pairing of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn sang Price’s praises, stating: Gerwyn is enjoying a brilliant year and is really establishing himself on the world stage, His performances in the last year, especially at the UK Open, Dubai Darts Masters and World Cup of Darts and in winning his first ranking events, show that he deserves his place in the elite.”
Price will be joined in Shanghai and Las Vegas by Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, who will all compete in both events. James Wade and Dave Chisnall will just compete in Shanghai, whilst Daryl Gurney & Max Hopp will make their World Series debuts at the inaugural U.S Masters.
In addition to the eight high-profile PDC stars, the Shanghai Darts Masters will also feature four Chinese qualifiers, as well as Singapore’s legendary Paul Lim, Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu, Hong Kong’s Royden Lam and South Korea’s HyunChul Park.
The PDC U.S. Masters in Las Vegas will then see the eight American and Canadian players who qualify for the North American Championship on July 13th also compete in the World Series of Darts event the following day, although the list of qualifiers are yet to be confirmed.
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