Monday, 24 February 2014

PDC UK Open Field

THE field of professional qualifiers for the 2014 Coral UK Open has been confirmed, following the completion of the six Qualifiers in Wigan.
The Coral UK Open Televised Finals will be held from March 7-9 at the Butlins Minehead Resort in Somerset, with 138 players set to do battle live on ITV4 across eight stages.

The top 96 professional players, plus ties, from the UK Open Order of Merit following the six Qualifiers which have been held in Wigan, qualify to compete in the Televised Finals, where they are joined by 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

Following the six Coral UK Open Qualifiers, which ended on Saturday with Michael van Gerwen's victory in Wigan, a total of 106 players qualified for the Televised Finals with at least £500 in prize money, meaning that ten preliminary round ties will be held in Minehead.

Van Gerwen's victory means that he tops the UK Open Order of Merit with £16,000 prize money, with Qualifier One winner Andy Hamilton, two-time finalist Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson - Saturday's Qualifier Five winner - all topping £13,000 prize money.

Reigning UK Open champion Phil Taylor picked up £12,500 in prize money as he qualified on the opening weekend a fortnight ago, hitting two nine-darters in Qualifier Three, while Stephen Bunting and Brendan Dolan topped £10,000 following their victories.

Bunting is joined in entering his debut Coral UK Open Televised Finals in the third round in Minehead by another PDC newcomer, Dutchman Christian Kist, after the former Lakeside Champion finished inside the top 32.

The field of players to be drawn in the preliminary and first rounds includes two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld, experienced pair Dennis Smith and Alex Roy, former UK Open semi-finalist Alan Tabern, Australian ace Kyle Anderson and ex-World Youth Champions Arron Monk and James Hubbard.

Three-time World Champion John Part, the 2004 UK Open runner-up, is amongs the stars ranked from 33-64 who will enter at the second round stage in the Televised Finals, alongside emerging young talents Keegan Brown, Ben Ward, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ross Smith and Josh Payne.

There was disappointment, though, for 2005 UK Open finalist Barrie Bates, two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley and double major winner Colin Lloyd, who were amongst the players to miss out with only £250 prize money, with Colin Osborne, Denis Ovens, Scott Rand, Mark Dudbridge and Joe Cullen other notable absentees from the Televised Finals.

The top 32 then enter at the third round stage of the Televised Finals on Friday night in Minehead, with the tournament progressing throughout the weekend until the new champion is crowned on Sunday night.

The draw for the opening day of the Coral UK Open will be made on Monday afternoon in conjunction with the PDPA, and will be displayed at once available.

The final Rileys Qualifiers will be confirmed in due course.

Final Coral UK Open Order of Merit
Pos Name Nationality Prize Money
1 van Gerwen, Michael Netherlands£16,000
2 Hamilton, Andy England£13,750
3 Lewis, Adrian England£13,500
4 Anderson, Gary Scotland£13,250
5 Taylor, Phil England£12,500
6 Bunting,Stephen England£11,500
7 Dolan, Brendan Northern Ireland£10,500
8 Huybrechts,Kim Belgium£8,500
9 Thornton, Robert Scotland£8,500
10 Pipe, Justin England£8,250
11 Smith, Michael England£7,250
12 Gilding, Andrew England£6,500
13 Beaton, Steve England£6,250
14 Wright, Peter Scotland£6,000
15 Winstanley, Dean England£5,750
16 Lewis,Jamie Wales£5,750
17 Newton, Wesley England£5,500
18 van der Voort, Vincent Netherlands£5,250
19 Webster, Mark Wales£4,750
20 Painter, Kevin England£4,250
21 Chisnall,Dave England£4,250
22 Whitlock, Simon Australia£4,000
23 Smith, Andy England£3,750
24 Jenkins, Terry England£3,750
25 King, Mervyn England£3,500
26 Nicholson, Paul Australia£3,500
27 Wade, James England£3,500
28 Baxter, Ronnie England£3,250
29 Kist,Christian Netherlands£3,000
30 Walsh, Mark England£2,750
31 Burnett, Richie Wales£2,500
32 Fullwell, Nick England£2,500
Players 33-64
33 Maish,Steve England£2,250
34 Klaasen, Jelle Netherlands£2,250
35 White, Ian England£2,250
36 Brown,Keegan England£2,250
37 Ward,Ben England£2,000
38 Pallett,David England£2,000
39 Jones, Wayne England£2,000
40 Gurney,Daryl Northern Ireland£2,000
41 van Duijvenbode,Dirk Netherlands£2,000
42 Caven, Jamie England£1,750
43 Webster, Darren England£1,750
44 West, Steve England£1,500
45 Part, John Canada£1,500
46 Kellett, Stuart England£1,500
47 Spedding,Garry England£1,500
48 Suljovic, Mensur Austria£1,500
49 Barilli,Mark Scotland£1,500
50 Hogg,Jason Scotland£1,500
51 Huybrechts, Ronny Belgium£1,500
52 Heydon, Nigel England£1,250
53 Newell,Tony England£1,000
54 Smith, Ross England£1,000
55 Hine,Steve England£1,000
56 Maes,Rocco Belgium£1,000
57 Henderson,John Scotland£1,000
58 Barnard, Michael England£1,000
59 Hudson, Peter England£1,000
60 Gray, Adrian England£1,000
61 Lever,Ian England£1,000
62 Bowles, John England£1,000
63 Payne,Josh England£1,000
64 Weston,Dave England£1,000
Players 65-96 (plus ties)
65 Hunt, Adam England£1,000
66 van Barneveld, Raymond Netherlands£1,000
67 Rodriquez,Rowby-John Austria£1,000
68 Merchant,Karl England£750
69 Lovett,Jason England£750
70 Murnan, Joe England£750
71 Smith, Dennis England£750
72 Haines, Johnny England£750
73 Alcinas, Antonio Spain£750
74 Roy,Alex England£750
75 Hylton,Mark England£750
76 Cox, Mark England£750
77 O'Connor, William Ireland£750
78 Brown, Steve England£750
79 Dyos,Pete England£750
80 Dowling,Kevin England£750
81 Mansell,Michael Northern Ireland£750
82 Hubbard,James England£750
83 Todd,Mick England£750
84 Edgar,Matthew England£750
85 Monk, Arron England£500
86 Spearing,Glenn Ireland£500
87 Derrett, Alan England£500
88 Kirk,Aden England£500
89 Douglas,Steve England£500
90 Thompson,Douglas England£500
91 Worsley,Jonathan England£500
92 Dodds,David England£500
93 Hyslop,Ewan Scotland£500
94 Anderson,Kyle Australia£500
95 Clark, Matt England£500
96 Price,Gerwyn Wales£500
97 Artut, Jyhan Germany£500
98 Aubrey,Chris England£500
99 Narian,Shaun Canada£500
100 McDine,Kevin England£500
101 Whitehead,Conan England£500
102 Tabern,Alan England£500
103 Woods,Brian England£500
104 Derry,Nathan England£500
105 van de Pas,Benito Netherlands£500
106 Batham,Jeff England£500