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Simon Gott 3rd Dec 2014 - 8:39

William Hill World Darts Championship Field Comfirmed

 

THE field for the William Hill World Darts Championship has been confirmed, following Monday's decisive PDPA Qualifier in Coventry.

The £1.25 million tournament will feature 72 players competing for the Sid Waddell Trophy from December 18-January 4 at London's Alexandra Palace.

The top 32 players from the main PDC Order of Merit qualify by right for the tournament, alongside a series of qualifiers from the PDC ProTour Order of Merit - based on the year-long series of non-televised events - and International Qualifiers.

The last two places in the field were confirmed at Monday's PDPA Qualifier in Coventry, when Aberdeen's Jason Hogg won a place in the first round proper and Hong Kong's Scott Mackenzie secured a preliminary round spot.

Last weekend's Cash Converters Players Championship Finals was the last ranking event before the cut-off, with Gary Anderson's victory seeing him secure the number four seeding for the World Championship.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is the number one seed as he defends his title at Alexandra Palace, with 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor seeded second and two-time winner Adrian Lewis the number three seed.

2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld is the number 14 seed - raising the prospect of a tasty third round clash with Lewis if they progress, although the Stoke ace could also meet three-time World Champion John Part in round two.

Stephen Bunting, the 2014 Lakeside Champion, will make his Alexandra Palace debut as the number 27 seed, while another former Lakeside Champion, Christian Kist, is one of the debutants amongst the ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers.

Andrew Gilding is the leading ProTour Order of Merit qualifier as he earned his World Championship debut following a fine year, with Holland's Benito van de Pas and former Welsh rugby professional Gerwyn Price both capping their first year on the PDC circuit with debuts.

The draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship will be made at 12.30pm (GMT) on Tuesday December 2 live on Sky Sports News HQ.

LIVEPDC.TV International Pass Subscribers can also watch live on www.LIVEPDC.TV.

William Hill World Darts Championship Field
(Number denotes seeding & draw number)
PDC Order of Merit Qualifier
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Phil Taylor
3 Adrian Lewis
4 Gary Anderson
5 Peter Wright
6 James Wade
7 Simon Whitlock
8 Dave Chisnall
9 Robert Thornton
10 Mervyn King
11 Brendan Dolan
12 Andy Hamilton
13 Wes Newton
14 Raymond van Barneveld
15 Ian White
16 Terry Jenkins
17 Justin Pipe
18 Kim Huybrechts
19 Jamie Caven
20 Kevin Painter
21 Steve Beaton
22 Michael Smith
23 Vincent van der Voort
24 Ronnie Baxter
25 Paul Nicholson
26 Dean Winstanley
27 Stephen Bunting
28 Andy Smith
29 Jelle Klaasen
30 John Part
31 Mark Webster
32 Stuart Kellett

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers
33 Andrew Gilding
34 Darren Webster
35 Benito van de Pas
36 Christian Kist
37 Jamie Lewis
38 Ronny Huybrechts
39 Wayne Jones
40 Gerwyn Price
41 John Henderson
42 Keegan Brown
43 David Pallett
44 Joe Cullen
45 Kyle Anderson
46 Jyhan Artut
47 Mickey Mansell
48 Rowby-John Rodriguez

European Qualifiers from ProTour Order of Merit
49 Mensur Suljovic
50 Ron Meulenkamp
51 Max Hopp
52 Ryan de Vreede

Other Qualifiers
53 Lawrence Ryder
54 John Weber
55 Dave Richardson
56 Jason Hogg

Preliminary Round
57 Christian Perez or Cristo Reyes
58 Jani Haavisto or John Michael
59 Nolan Arendse or Alex Hon
60 Boris Koltsov or Haruki Muramatsu
61 Kim Viljanen or Sascha Stein
62 Mark McGrath or Scott Kirchner
63 Jermaine Wattimena or Robert Marijanovic
64 Scott Mackenzie or Daryl Gurney


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