World Seniors Darts Masters: Phil Taylor to face John Part or Paul Lim in his Lakeside opener

Phil Taylor will take on either three-time world champion John Part or Singapore veteran Paul Lim in his opener at the World Seniors Darts Masters, after the draw for the inaugural event was confirmed on Thursday.

The iconic Lakeside Country Club hosts the next stage of the World Seniors Tour from May 27-29, with 16-time world champion Taylor and World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton headlining the 20-player field.

Taylor suffered a quarter-final exit to Kevin Painter at the Circus Tavern last month, but he’s vowed to make amends ahead of his Lakeside return – the scene of his first world title in 1990.

‘The Power’ will feature on a star-studded opening night at the Lakeside, and he could renew his rivalry with Canadian legend Part, who famously edged out Taylor in a deciding-set classic to win the 2003 PDC World Championship.

However, ‘Darth Maple’ must first overcome ‘The Singapore Slinger’ in the tournament’s curtain-raiser, with the 68-year-old receiving an invitation for the event after seeing off six rivals to win the fans’ vote.

Thornton could begin his bid for a second World Seniors title against Kevin Painter, who he defeated in the semi-finals en route to glory last month. ‘The Artist’ performed superbly in Purfleet, and he’ll kick off his campaign on the opening night, against one of the winners of next month’s qualifier.

Three-time BDO world champion Martin Adams will be on familiar territory at Frimley Green, and having finished as runner-up to Thornton at the World Seniors Championship, ‘Wolfie’ will meet 2004 UK Open winner Roland Scholten or a qualifier in the last 16.

Bob Anderson became the first player in darting history to scoop three successive World Masters titles in 1986, 1987 and 1988, and the legendary ‘Limestone Cowboy’ has been pitted against 1983 world champion Keith Deller in a mouth-watering tussle.

Three-time world champion John Lowe MBE – who captured two World Masters crowns during his illustrious career – meets Scottish stalwart Les Wallace, who followed up his 1997 World Championship success by sealing a first World Masters title less than a year later.

Four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton takes on three-time finalist Tony O’Shea in an intriguing last 16 clash, while 1996 World Master Colin Monk makes his World Seniors bow against Deta Hedman, who lifted the Women’s World Masters title in 1994 and 2013 respectively.

Trina Gulliver MBE is the third and final female representative in this year’s showpiece, and she could take on nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins in the last 16. ‘The Bull’ reached the semi-finals of last month’s World Seniors Championship, and he will play the Order of Merit leader from the WSDT in round one.

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