UK Open Session 2- Taylor v Barney in round-four!

Barney Taylor
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Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld will renew their classic rivalry in round-four of the 2016 UK Open on Saturday afternoon, whilst Michael van Gerwen made an imperious start to the defence of his UK Open crown with a comprehensive 9-2 victory over Ryan Harrington at Butlins, Minehead.

Taylor survived a mini-scare as he defeated former World-Youth champion Arron Monk, who had earlier beaten Robert Thornton in round-two. Taylor led 5-2, before Monk reeled off three straight legs to level up proceedings at 5-5. He did so in terrific style, producing an exhibition 134 finish (T18, D20, D20).

However, the break appeared to quash Monk’s momentum and after spurning opportunities to break Taylor in both the eleventh and thirteenth legs, Taylor prevailed courtesy of a 9-5 scoreline, to keep his hopes of securing a sixth UK Open crown alive.

Two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld came through a nerve-jangling last-leg decider against the immensely talented David Pallett to reach round four. Pallett led 8-7, but van Barneveld forced a decider, in which he produced an inspired 11-darter against the throw to set up a meeting against his old adversary Taylor.

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2016 UK Open Draw Confirmed!

Robert Thornton WC
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The draw for the opening two rounds of the 2016 Coral UK Open was made on Monday afternoon, and Robert Thornton, Kevin Painter and Wes Newton are among some of the players set to grace the main stage when the tournament begins on Friday 4th March, at Butlins, Minehead.

The final three UK Open qualifiers took place over the weekend and world number one Michael van Gerwen will be aiming to defend his title in Minehead in a fortnight’s time. Van Gerwen will enter the fray in round three, as he finished top of the UK Open Order of Merit by virtue of winning three of the six qualification events.

The likes of Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld all finished in the top 32 of the Order of Merit and will subsequently enter in round-three. Nevertheless,  due to the unique open-draw format, the biggest names could collide as early as the last 64 stage.

However, World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton, a former UK Open winner back in 2012, will begin his assault for another UK Open crown in the second-round. Thornton finished joint 44th on the overall Order of Merit standings and will face either former World-Youth champion Arron Monk, or Riley’s amateur qualifier Stewart Rattray.

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