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Nic Ladds 27th Sep 2012 - 10:28

Taylor draws top young prospect in World Grand Prix

PHIL TAYLOR will begin his challenge to win an 11th PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix against youngster Michael Smith when the £350,000 tournament commences on Monday October 8 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Taylor defeated Brendan Dolan in last year's final to continue his unrivalled run of success in the tournament, which is unique for the double-start format which sees players have to both begin and end each leg with a double.

Taylor's first round opponent will be talented St Helens youngster Michael Smith, who is managed by world number four Gary Anderson and won his second senior ranking title at a Players Championship in Benidorm earlier this year.

"I love the World Grand Prix because it's a great challenge," said Taylor. "The double-start format always makes it interesting but it's a title I love winning.
"The Irish fans create a great atmosphere and when I played Brendan in the final last year it was one of the most special nights I've ever had. It would be brilliant to win the title again this year, but it won't be easy.
"Michael's a great young prospect and he's already won a couple of ranking events, which shows his quality. I've got ten days or so to prepare and I know I'll have to be at the top of my game."

World Champion Adrian Lewis drew Welshman Richie Burnett, who was a semi-finalist last year, while two-time World Grand Prix champion James Wade will face Colin Osborne in the first round.

European Championship winner Simon Whitlock faces Justin Pipe, number four seed Anderson drew Northern Irish ace Dolan, while Fleetwood's Wes Newton takes on Blackpool rival Ronnie Baxter.
Andy Hamilton will play Mark Webster and Terry Jenkins, the number eight seed, drew Mervyn King.
With the tournament featuring just eight seeded players, the draw has thrown up a host of other tasty ties, including 2004 World Grand Prix champion Colin Lloyd up against in-form Dutchman Michael van Gerwen.

Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld drew in-form Stoke ace Ian White, Dave Chsinall will play debutant Dean Winstanley and Kevin Painter faces another new face, the European Championship semi-finalist Kim Huybrechts.

Ireland's William O'Connor plays Vincent van der Voort, while Northern Irish left-hander Michael Mansell comes up against Paul Nicholson.

Three-time World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Andy Smith drew Steve Beaton, and Speedy Services UK Open champion Robert Thornton plays Mark Walsh.

The first round is split across Monday October 8 and Tuesday October 9, with the second round then played on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Citywest Hotel.

The quarter-finals will be held on the Friday night, with the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday, which will be preceded by the final of the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay final between Daryl Gurney and Campbell Jackson.

 

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Schedule of Play
Monday October 8 (7pm-12am)
First Round

Mark Walsh v Robert Thornton
Dean Winstanley v Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock v Justin Pipe
Terry Jenkins v Mervyn King
Gary Anderson v Brendan Dolan
Phil Taylor v Michael Smith
Kevin Painter v Kim Huybrechts
Vincent van der Voort v William O'Connor
Table Tickets €20
Tuesday October 9 (7pm-12am)
First Round
Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
Andy Hamilton v Mark Webster
Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
Wes Newton v Ronnie Baxter
James Wade v Colin Osborne
Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White
Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson

Table Tickets €20
Wednesday October 10 (7pm-11pm)

Second Round
Anderson/Dolan v van der Voort/O'Connor
Whitlock/Pipe v Painter/Huybrechts
Taylor/M Smith v Walsh/Thornton
Jenkins/King v Winstanley/Chisnall
Table Tickets €25
Thursday October 11 (7pm-11pm)

Second Round
Hamilton/Webster v Beaton/A Smith
Wade/Osborne v Mansell/Nicholson
Lewis/Burnett v van Gerwen/Lloyd
Newton/Baxter v van Barneveld/White
Table Tickets €25
Friday October 12 (7pm-11pm)
Quarter-Finals
Order of Play To Be Confirmed
Table Tickets - SOLD OUT
Tier Tickets €35
Saturday October 13 (7pm-10pm)
Semi-Finals
Table Tickets - SOLD OUT
Tier Tickets €35
Sunday October 14
Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Final (6.15pm)
Campbell Jackson v Daryl Gurney
Followed by
PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix Final (7pm-9pm)
Table Tickets - €40
Tier Tickets €35
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket
Phil Taylor (1) v Michael Smith
Mark Walsh v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins (8) v Mervyn King
Dean Winstanley v Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock (5) v Justin Pipe
Kevin Painter v Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson (4) v Brendan Dolan
Vincent van der Voort v William O'Connor
Adrian Lewis (2) v Richie Burnett
Michael van Gerwen v Colin Lloyd
Andy Hamilton (7) v Mark Webster
Steve Beaton v Andy Smith
Wes Newton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Raymond van Barneveld v Ian White
James Wade (3) v Colin Osborne
Michael Mansell v Paul Nicholson

Prize Fund
Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £40,000
Semi-Finalists £20,000
Quarter-Finalists £12,500
Second Round Losers £7,000
First Round Losers £4,000
Total Prize Money £350,000
In addition, should a player hit a nine-dart finish, they would receive a £5,000 bonus. If more than one player achieves this feat, the bonus would be shared equally on a pro-rata basis.
Format
First Round Best of Three Sets
Second Round Best of Five Sets
Quarter-Finals Best of Five Sets
Semi-Finals Best of Nine Sets
Final Best of 11 Sets
All sets are the best of five legs. There will be no tie-break.
All games are double-start and double-finish, meaning a player must first hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.

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