Player entries have been confirmed for the opening four Players Championship events of the season at the inaugural PDC Super Series, which will take place in Bolton from February 25-28.
The four £75,000 tournaments mark the start of the new ranking season, and the events will feature 121 PDC Tour Card holders, along with seven players from a combined Qualifying Schools Final Stage Order of Merit.
World No 1 Gerwyn Price will compete in his first ranking events since being crowned world champion, and he’ll be joined by the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson at the Bolton Whites Hotel.
Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will make his first Pro Tour appearance since October 2019 after coming through European Qualifying School in Niedernhausen last week, while former Lakeside winner Scott Mitchell prepares for his first foray as a Tour card holder.
The seven Tour Card holders absent from the Super Series include Cristo Reyes, Wesley Harms, Jamie Hughes, Wayne Jones, Darren Penhall and the German duo of Robert Marijanovic and Florian Hempel – both of whom advanced through European Qualifying School seven days ago.
Their replacements include brothers Rowby-John and Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, while their Austrian compatriot Michael Rasztovits will also feature. Dutch duo Luc Peters and Lorenzo Pronk will make their Pro Tour debuts, alongside fellow newcomers Chas Barstow and Martin Thomas.
Danny Baggish became the first American to progress through Q School last week, and ‘The Gambler’ will be hoping to upset the odds alongside a host of other debutants, including former World Youth finalist Adam Gawlas and Jack Main, who topped the UK Q-School Order of Merit in Milton Keynes.
All players will be tested upon arrival at the University of Bolton stadium – which played host to the UK Open for 10 years between 2003 and 2013 – before players are placed in a bubble environment. Live coverage is available on PDC.TV, with each day’s play getting underway from 2pm.
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Players Championships 1-4 (PDC Super Series 1)
Premier Suite, Bolton Whites Hotel
Mike De Decker
José de Sousa
Geert De Vos
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Kai Fan Leung
Raymond van Barneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent van der Voort
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen
Berry van Peer