World champion Michael van Gerwen will begin his bid for a fifth consecutive Masters title against debutant Jonny Clayton next month, whilst world number three Peter Wright will take on two-time world champion Adrian Lewis.
The tournament will be sponsored by leading bookmaker BetVictor, and the operator will continue their association with the PDC through the sponsorship of the three-day ITV4-televised event from February 1-3 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
“The Masters brings together the sport’s elite 16 players, and it is fantastic to have BetVictor on board as title sponsor,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn. “BetVictor is a long-standing and valued partner of the PDC, and the BetVictor Masters promises to be an exciting three-day event as our top stars return to action next month,” he added.
Van Gerwen has won the Masters for four straight years and is bidding to extend that run to five as he targets the £60,000 title. The three-time world champion kicks off his campaign against Welshman Jonny Clayton, who has climbed into the world’s top 16 following a successful 2018- which included his Austrian Darts Open success.
World number two Rob Cross faces another debutant in the shape of Joe Cullen, whilst arguably the tie of the round sees former UK Open champion Peter Wright play two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, who makes his Masters return after missing out on last year’s competition.
Fourth seed Gary Anderson takes on Darren Webster, whilst Players Championship Finals winner Daryl Gurney takes on former finalist Dave Chisnall. Elsewhere, World Championship finalist Michael Smith faces close friend and practice partner Ian White in his opener.
Former Masters champion James Wade meets Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price, while World Matchplay finalist Mensur Suljovic takes on Simon Whitlock, who will return to Milton Keynes with a point to prove after his Premier League omission.
The £200,000 event begins with four first round ties on Friday February 1st, with the remaining four games from round one being played on Saturday, February 2nd. The tournament then culminates on Sunday February 3rd, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session and the semi-finals and final taking place in a bumper evening session.
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2019 BetVictor Masters
(1) Michael van Gerwen v (16) Jonny Clayton
(8) Mensur Suljovic v (9) Simon Whitlock
(5) Daryl Gurney v (12) Dave Chisnall
(4) Gary Anderson v (13) Darren Webster
(2) Rob Cross v (15) Joe Cullen
(7) Gerwyn Price v (10) James Wade
(6) Michael Smith v (11) Ian White
(3) Peter Wright v (14) Adrian Lewis
Schedule of Play
Friday February 1 (1900 GMT)
4x First Round
Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson v Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Saturday February 2 (1900 GMT)
4x First Round
Gerwyn Price v James Wade
Rob Cross v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Ian White
Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis