The field for the 2022 UK Open has been confirmed ahead of next month’s event, which takes place at Butlin’s Minehead Resort from March 4-6.
The unique multi-board tournament will see 127 PDC Tour Card holders feature alongside Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and the top-ranked players from the 2021 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit.
The first round will see the Tour Card Holders ranked from 97-127 joined by 16 players from the respective Challenge Tours and Development Tours, along with the 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.
Tour Card Holders ranked from 65-96 will enter in round two, with the players ranked from 33-64 joining the event in round three, before the sport’s biggest hitters enter the fray in round four.
Ten-time major winner James Wade defeated Luke Humphries to capture last year’s crown, and ‘The Machine’ headlines the 159-player field at Minehead.
World No 1 Gerwyn Price is still eyeing a first UK Open triumph, while former champions Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Nathan Aspinall will be among the protagonists at next month’s showpiece.
Elsewhere, 2014 winner Adrian Lewis begins his campaign in round three, as does two-time champion Raymond van Barneveld, who claimed back-to-back successes in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
The Rileys Amateur Qualifiers include former BDO world champion Jelle Klaasen, who came through the Coventry event having relinquished his PDC Tour Card following last year’s World Championship.
World Cup participants Danny Lauby and Diogo Portela were among the high-profile names to seal their spots, while former PDC Tour Card holders Ryan Murray, Ryan Harrington, Scott Taylor, Prakash Jiwa and Kai Fan Leung were also successful.
Paul Hogan famously defeated Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis en route to reaching the last 16 in 2017, and ‘Crocodile Dundee’ prevailed in the Rileys South Benfleet Qualifier to secure his seventh UK Open appearance in 2022.
Two-time BDO World Championship semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner has withdrawn from next month’s event due to personal reasons, therefore one player will receive a bye through to the first round.
The full 159-player field is listed below, with Tour Card Holders listed in their current Order of Merit position.
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2022 Cazoo UK Open Field
PDC Tour Card Holders
Michael van Gerwen
Jose de Sousa
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dirk van Duijvenbode
Vincent van der Voort
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Raymond van Barneveld
Mike De Decker
Geert De Vos
Berry van Peer
Jules van Dongen
2021 UK Challenge Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers
2021 European Challenge Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers
2021 UK Development Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers
2021 European Development Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers
Jurjen van der Velde
NB: From the 2021 European Challenge Tour rankings, Steven Noster has chosen not to compete, with Lukas Wenig taking the fourth place.
Rileys Amateur Qualifiers
Steve Clayson – Rileys Nottingham
Matt Good – Rileys Norwich
Graham Hall – Rileys Solihull
Ryan Harrington – Rileys Harlow
Paul Hogan – Rileys South Benfleet
Prakash Jiwa – Rileys Coventry
Jelle Klaasen – Rileys Coventry
Danny Lauby – Rileys Chorlton
Kai Fan Leung – Rileys Chester
Paul Marsh – Rileys Norwich
Ryan Murray – Rileys Chorlton
Diogo Portela – Rileys London Victoria
Dan Read – Rileys Solihull
Mark Rice – Rileys Chester
Scott Taylor – Rileys Liverpool
Adam Warner – Rileys Liverpool