Players Championship Finals Line-up Complete

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 30 Nov 2011

The line-up and draw for the 2011 Players Championship Darts Finals has been confirmed following the final Players Championship events of the year in Wigan.

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Phil Taylor will begin the defence of his title against the gritty Terry Jenkins at the Doncaster Dome next month.
 
The Power shot up the Players Championship order of merit following his double win in Wigan and will hope to continue his ruthless streak in televised majors against The Bull in round one.

Simon Whitlock has withdrawn from the event due his to ongoing ankle problem. The Australian hopes make a return for the upcoming World Championship.

His withdrawl means John Henderson takes his place having finished in 33rd position on the Players Championship order of merit.

Justin Pipe rounded off the best year of his career by reaching the final of the last event in Wigan and ensured he topped the rankings going into the finals.
 
The former tree surgeon will face John Henderson in round one, after The Highlander was drafted in to replace Simon Whitlock.

Raymond van Barneveld returns to the event after a lengthy absence and faces The Rocket - Ronnie Baxter in a tasty opener.
 
Other notable ties include multiple ranking winner Gary Anderson against Dutch wonderkid Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King versus Colin Lloyd.
 
Vincent van der Voort and Co Stompe will contest a rapid all-Dutch encounter; a reprieve for Stompe, who was due to play Phil Taylor had it not been for the withdrawl of Simon Whitlock.

The tournament is to be played from December 8-11 from the Dome, Doncaster and contains a prize fund of £250,000.
   
Players Championship Finals Draw

Justin Pipe (1) v John Henderson (32)
Mark Webster (16) v Steve Beaton (17)
Vincent van der Voort (8) v Co Stompe (2)
Dave Chisnall (9) v Alan Tabern (24)
John Part (5) v Wayne Jones (28)
Mark Walsh (12) v Mark Hylton (21)
Wes Newton (4) v Richie Burnett (29)
Peter Wright (13) v Denis Ovens (20)
Gary Anderson (2) v Michael van Gerwen (31)
Colin Osborne (15) v Kevin Painter (18)
Phil Taylor (7) v Terry Jenkins (26)
Mervyn King (10) v Colin Lloyd (23)
Ronnie Baxter (6) v Raymond van Barneveld (27)
Jamie Caven (11) v Scott Rand (22)
Paul Nicholson (3) v Steve Brown (30)
James Wade (14) v Andy Smith (19)

Final 2011 Players Championship order of merit (top 32)

1. Pipe, Justin England
2. Anderson, Gary Scotland
3. Nicholson, Paul Australia
4. Newton, Wes England
5. Part, John Canada
6. Baxter, Ronnie England
7. Taylor, Phil England
8. Voort, Vincent van der Netherlands
9. Chisnall, Dave England
10. King, Mervyn England
11. Caven, Jamie England
12. Walsh, Mark England
13. Wright, Peter Scotland
14. Wade, James England
15. Whitlock, Simon Australia *withdraws through injury*
16. Osborne, Colin England
17. Webster, Mark Wales
18. Beaton, Steve England
19. Painter, Kevin England
20. Smith, Andy England
21. Ovens, Denis England
22. Hylton, Mark England
23. Rand, Scott England
24. Lloyd, Colin England
25. Tabern, Alan England
26. Stompé, Co Netherlands
27. Jenkins, Terry England
28. Barneveld, Raymond van Netherlands
29. Jones, Wayne England
30. Burnett, Richie Wales
31. Brown, Steve England
32. Gerwen, Michael van Netherlands

33. John Henderson (takes place of Simon Whitlock)


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