Gary Anderson will be the top seed on home soil at next month’s World Series of Darts Finals, after the World Series Order of Merit was finalised following the culmination of last weekend’s inaugural German Darts Masters in Dusseldorf.
This brought the global World Series tour to a close for 2017 and Anderson tops the tree after the seven events held this year. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ retained his Dubai Darts Masters crown and sealed glory in Perth, which ensures he will be the top seed at next month’s World Series of Darts Finals, which takes place at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow.
World number one Michael van Gerwen will be seeded second, despite missing the Australasia triple-header in August due to the birth of his first child, Zoe. ‘Mighty Mike’ was also forced to pull out of the German Darts Masters due to an ankle problem, but still prevailed at the Shanghai Darts Masters and the inaugural U.S Masters in July.
Peter Wright will be third seed in Glasgow after his German Darts Masters triumph. The UK Open champion thrashed Phil Taylor 11-4 to clinch his maiden World Series title, to finish joint second on the Order of Merit alongside Van Gerwen. Nevertheless, MvG is seeded second in Glasgow due to his number one status on the PDC Order of Merit.
Raymond van Barneveld will be fourth seed after a consistent showing across the seven events this year. The five-time world champion is the only player to have competed in all 26 World Series events since its inception in 2013, and reached the final in Perth, whilst recording semi-final showings in Shanghai and Dusseldorf.
The other four seeds include eight-time major winner James Wade, World Grand Prix champion and U.S Masters finalist Daryl Gurney, Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson and UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, who reached the semi-finals in two of his three World Series appearances this year.
However, the Welshman is only seeded in the absence of 16-time world champion Phil Taylor. ‘The Power’ triumphed in Melbourne earlier this year and reached the final in Dusseldorf last weekend, which would have seen him seeded fourth in Glasgow. Nevertheless, Taylor has opted not to feature in the season-ending tournament.
Corey Cadby and Dave Chisnall- both of whom made World Series finals this year, have been handed wildcard invitations alongside Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith, who finished 11th and 13th on the Order of Merit respectively.
Mensur Suljovic sits 14th after making his World Series debut in Dusseldorf. The Austrian edged out Kyle Anderson in round-one before losing 10-9 to eventual winner Peter Wright in an epic quarter-final clash, but Suljovic will join Chisnall, Adrian Lewis and Jelle Klaasen at the Braehead Arena- who all qualify via the PDC Order of Merit.
German number one Max Hopp has also been handed a wildcard despite losing in round-one on both of his World Series appearances in 2017, whilst Rob Cross, Mark Webster, Jonny Clayton, Justin Pipe, Jan Dekker, Dimitri van den Bergh, Chris Dobey and Simon Stevenson all sealed their qualification via the PDPA World Series qualifier.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
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