Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney are the latest big names to pull out of the PDC Home Tour. The two…
Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney are the latest big names to pull out of the PDC Home Tour.
The two Premier League stars have withdrawn from the event, which gets underway on Friday, due to issues with their home internet connection.
All 128 Tour Card Holders had been given the opportunity to take part in the inaugural PDC Home Tour, which will feature four players in action each night.
A daily league format will see all four competitors play each other once, with a winner crowned each night.
Following the conclusion of the initial 32 nights of league phase action, the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.
Anderson was the first to opt out of the competition, citing WiFi issues in his Burnham-on-Sea home, before Londonderry-based Gurney quickly followed suit.
— Gary Anderson (@GaryAnderson180) April 17, 2020
Sorry to everyone but I won’t be participating in the fantastic @OfficialPDC innovation darts at home. My internet WiFi is not up to scratch and the set up I use for practice wouldn’t be sufficient good luck to everyone
— Daryl Gurney (@Superchin180) April 17, 2020
This comes after world number one Michael van Gerwen told Dutch broadcaster RTL7 that he will not participate.
Van Gerwen said: “I cannot meet the requirements of the PDC.
“For example, it has to be quiet, but with a newborn baby, a child of 2.5 years and three dogs, it really won’t work. It is also two match days in the month. My training hours with Vincent (van der Voort) are worth more.”
It is unclear who will replace withdrawn Tour Card holders in the field, though Challenge Tour players are expected to be drafted in as top-ups.
Though the event does not count towards the Order of Merit, players will receive a fixed appearance fee.
The format will mirror that of the recent PDC At Home events, with the action commencing from 7.30pm and commentary and on-screen live scoring available.
The tournament gets underway on Friday April 17 and will be streamed exclusively live online, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine legs.