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World Grand Prix 2013 First Round Draw

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen takes on legend John Part in one of an array of top first round ties (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
The draw for the 2013 World Grand Prix has been made, with Michael van Gerwen kicking off the defence of his title against three-time World Champion John Part in the double-in, double-out event in Dublin in October.

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Dutch sensation van Gerwen captured his first career major title at the Citywest 12 months ago, and faces a tough opener against Canadian ace Part, runner-up in 2002 and 2003.

Ten-time champion Phil Taylor, the world number one and top seed, opens up against in-form thrower Jamie Caven - with The Power hoping to avert a potential early exit over the unique and short format.

Form horses Wes Newton and Peter Wright collide in another mouth-watering tie, while quick-fire stars Gary Anderson and Jelle Klaasen face off in a potential classic.

Brendan Dolan, a beaten finalist and nine-dart hero in 2011, is handed a clash with two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis, as ProTour powerhouses Dave Chisnall and Ian White get set to lock horns in what promises to be a close-run battle.

Belgium's Kim Huybrechts takes on Premier League star Andy Hamilton, while two-time runner-up Raymond van Barneveld hosts newcomer Stuart Kellett.

Australian ace Simon Whitlock faces local hero Michael Mansell, with 2007 and 2010 winner James Wade making his televised return against the resurgent Steve Beaton.

The £350,000 tournament features the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit, with eight being seeded for the first round draw, plus 14 ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers and the two leading non-qualified players from Ireland & Northern Ireland from the ProTour Order of Merit.

Wayne Jones' run to the German Darts Masters Semi-Finals has seen him oust youngster Jamie Lewis from the final qualifying place through the ProTour Order of Merit.

Connie Finnan and Michael Mansell are the leading players from Ireland & Northern Ireland from the ProTour Order of Merit, with Daryl Gurney and William O'Connor unable to edge them out at the German Masters.

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First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket

Phil Taylor (1) v Jamie Caven
Paul Nicholson v Robert Thornton
Wes Newton (8) v Peter Wright
Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen
James Wade (5) v Steve Beaton
Connie Finnan v Terry Jenkins
Simon Whitlock (4) v Michael Mansell
Ronnie Baxter v Colin Lloyd
Michael van Gerwen (2) v John Part
Stuart Kellett v Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall (7) v Ian White
Wayne Jones v Mervyn King
Andy Hamilton (6) v Kim Huybrechts
Kevin Painter v Richie Burnett
Adrian Lewis (3) v Brendan Dolan
Justin Pipe v Andy Smith

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World Grand Prix 2013 First Round Draw

The draw for the 2013 World Grand Prix has been made, with Michael van Gerwen kicking off the defence of his title against three-time World Champion John Part in the double-in, double-out event in Dublin in October.

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