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Jamie Shaw in Players Championship Finals 23 Sep 2020
The main stage at Butlins Minehead (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2020 Players Championship Finals will be staged behind closed doors in November, with the Butlins Minehead Resort unable to host the event.

The three-day tournament, which traditionally welcomes around 4,000 fans to the resort and sees play held across two stages, will not take place in Minehead for the first time in nine years.

Butlins have confirmed that the current social distancing guidelines will prevent the tournament being staged there.

Fans who had booked a Weekend Break Package will have the option to move their booking to the 2021 tournament or to a different Butlins break, or to obtain a refund.

A replacement venue is yet to be confirmed to cover the original dates of November 27-29 but is likely to be done so in due course.

The prestigious major tournament features the top 64 players from the final Players Championship Order of Merit competing for £500,000 in prize money.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion after he defeated Gerwyn Price 11-9 in a thrilling final last year to claim his fifth Players Championship Finals title.

The first two days of action features play across two stages simultaneously, with the third day centred around the main stage from the Quarter-Finals onwards.

The weekend’s action also includes the PDC World Youth Championship Final, which is held between the Semi-Finals and final of the Players Championship Finals.