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Players Championship Finals Report!

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Michael van Gerwen continued his magnificent run of form to secure a third successive Players Championship Finals title with an emphatic 11-2 victory over Jonny Clayton in Minehead on Sunday evening. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals Report!”

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2017 UK Open Draw & Schedule!

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Former winner Robert Thornton will face either Kevin Bambrick or Nicky Bell on the opening afternoon of the 2017 Coral UK Open Finals, whilst former Lakeside world champions Mark Webster and Stephen Bunting will collide in a mouthwatering second-round clash in Minehead next month.

The 2017 Coral UK Open TV Finals, broadcast live on ITV4, will see 128 players compete across three days from March 3rd-5th at the Butlins Minehead Resort, in the tournament affectionately dubbed ‘The FA Cup of Darts’ due to the unique open draw format.

After the conclusion of the six UK Open qualifiers hosted at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight, the top 96 players from the UK Open Order of Merit all secured their spots. They’ll be joined in Minehead by 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers, who progressed through knockout events staged across the United Kingdom.

Thornton, who clinched the 2012 UK Open crown with victory over Phil Taylor, will begin his campaign on Friday afternoon after finishing 37th on the final Order of Merit. He will face either Kevin Bambrick, who came through the Solihull qualifiers, or plasterer Nicky Bell, who triumphed in the Rileys event held in Nottingham. Continue reading “2017 UK Open Draw & Schedule!”

UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!

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Peter Wright will be the top seed heading into next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead, after winning three of the six qualification events at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight.

Wright tops the Order of Merit after defeating Adrian Lewis, Michael Smith and James Wade in the respective finals, as he amassed a staggering £35,000 in prize money across the qualification campaign.

Simon Whitlock finished in second position after maintaining his excellent Pro Tour form. ‘The Wizard’ won two of the six UK Open qualifiers to record his fourth PDC title in as many months, as he finished with a total of £21,250 in prize money.

World champion Michael van Gerwen was the only other player to win one of the qualifying events and finished in third position as a consequence. MvG endured a disappointing triple-header last week, but performed magnificently in Friday’s fourth qualifier. Continue reading “UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!”

Phil Taylor to miss out on next month’s UK Open!

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Five-time UK Open winner Phil Taylor will not feature at the televised Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead next month, after choosing not to enter any of the six qualification events in Wigan.

‘The Power’ skipped the opening qualification triple-header at the Robin Park Tennis Centre last weekend, and the entries for the final three events, which take place this weekend; confirmed Taylor’s absence.

The 16-time world champion has significantly scaled down his Pro Tour involvement over recent years, and he revealed last month that 2017 would be his last year on the professional circuit.

Taylor missed out on the Players Championship Finals in Minehead last November, and that was the first TV major Taylor had missed in the history of the PDC. Nevertheless, given his reluctance to compete on the Pro Tour, the 56-year-old could also be set to miss out on the European Championship and Players Championship Finals later this year. Continue reading “Phil Taylor to miss out on next month’s UK Open!”

NEWS: First Seven UK Open Qualifiers confirmed!

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The first seven Riley Amateur Qualifiers for the 2017 Coral UK Open have been confirmed, following the opening weekend of knockout competitions hosted at various Rileys Sports Bars across the United Kingdom.

In total, 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers will compete in this year’s Coral UK Open at the Butlins Minehead Resort in March, where they may get the opportunity to lock horns with the best players in world darts. The UK Open is commonly referred to as ‘The FA Cup of Darts,’ due to the open draw format and multi-board aspect of the tournament.

The highest-profile qualifier from this weekend’s Rileys qualifiers was Steve Maish. The 53-year-old nicknamed ‘Mr Magic’, came through the qualifiers in Chester to secure a place in his 13th UK Open. The seven-time World Championship qualifier will be hoping to replicate the performance which saw him reach the last 32 back in 2006.

Lee Evans will make his third UK Open appearance in a couple of months after securing his place via the London Victoria-based qualifiers. The Gloucester has defeated Ronny Huybrechts and Rowby-John Rodriguez in Minehead over recent years, but he’s yet to go beyond the last 64, which he’ll be hoping to rectify in 2017. Continue reading “NEWS: First Seven UK Open Qualifiers confirmed!”

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