Six places in the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay remain up for grabs heading into the final event before the cut-off…
Six places in the 2020 Betfred World Matchplay remain up for grabs heading into the final event before the cut-off on Sunday.
The field for the sport’s summer show-piece will be confirmed following Sunday’s fifth and final PDC Summer Series event – Players Championship 13.
This year’s Betfred World Matchplay will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from July 18-26, with 32 players competing for the Phil Taylor Trophy.
It will be the first time the prestigious major has not been staged at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool since the tournament began in 1994.
The top 16 players in the PDC Order of Merit will be joined by the 16 highest ranked players from the ProTour Order of Merit, with the First Round draw to be conducted on Sunday evening.
Six qualification places remain up for grabs via the ProTour Order of Merit, while the top 16 seeds are now known, though their seeding order could still be altered.
Glen Durrant has climbed one place to 15th in the main Order of Merit following Saturday’s ProTour event, meaning he would avoid a potential Second Round clash with Michael van Gerwen if he can consolidate that position.
Krzysztof Ratajski has also climbed one place to a career-high 13th and will be seeded in only his second World Matchplay appearance.
Ricky Evans is currently holding on to the 16th and final qualification spot, £1,000 clear of Ryan Searle – who is closely followed by Kim Huybrechts and Stephen Bunting.
Ryan Joyce has clinched a debut spot in the Matchplay following his landmark first PDC title on Thursday, while Portugal’s Jose De Sousa and Germany’s Gabriel Clemens are also assured of their debuts.
Joe Cullen, Brendan Dolan, Danny Noppert, Jermaine Wattimena, Jonny Clayton and Jeffrey de Zwaan are also guaranteed to be in the hat for the draw on Sunday evening.
Searle would need to win at least three games on Sunday to stand a chance of forcing his way into a qualification position, while Huybrechts would need at least a Quarter-Final berth to keep his hopes alive.
Bunting would need at least a Semi-Final, while Steve West, Luke Humphries and John Henderson would all need to reach the final.
Devon Petersen heads a group of 15 players who would need to claim Sunday’s title to stand a chance of qualifying.
Betfred World Matchplay Qualification Tables
PDC Order of Merit (Top 16 qualify)
1. Michael van Gerwen £1,526,750
2. Peter Wright £918,000
3. Gerwyn Price £800,000
4. Rob Cross £546,750
5. Michael Smith £520,250
6. Nathan Aspinall £473,750
7. Daryl Gurney £448,250
8. Gary Anderson £435,250
9. James Wade £418,750
10. Dave Chisnall £381,750
11. Ian White £358,000
12. Mensur Suljovic £317,250
13. Krzysztof Ratajski £248,750
14. Adrian Lewis £248,750
15. Glen Durrant £246,500
16. Simon Whitlock £245,750
17. Stephen Bunting £230,500
18. Joe Cullen £224,500
PDC ProTour Order of Merit (Top 16 qualify)
1. Joe Cullen £56,250 (Q)
2. Brendan Dolan £39,000 (Q)
3. Jose De Sousa £38,500 (Q)
4. Danny Noppert £35,500 (Q)
5. Jermaine Wattimena £33,000 (Q)
6. Gabriel Clemens £29,250 (Q)
7. Jonny Clayton £29,000 (Q)
8. Jamie Hughes £26,500 (Q)
9. Jeffrey de Zwaan £26,000 (Q)
10. Ryan Joyce £25,750 (Q)
11. Dimitri van den Bergh £24,500
12. Justin Pipe £24,000
13. Vincent van der Voort £23,750
14. Keegan Brown £23,250
15. Steve Beaton £23,000
16. Ricky Evans £22,500
17. Ryan Searle £21,500
18. Kim Huybrechts £20,250
19 Stephen Bunting £19,750
20. Steve West £19,000
21. Luke Humphries £18,500
22. John Henderson £18,250
23. Devon Petersen £16,250
24. Ron Meulenkamp £16,250
25. Mervyn King £16,000
26. William O’Connor £15,750
27. Mickey Mansell £15,500
28. Chris Dobey £15,000
29. Dirk van Duijvenbode £15,000
30. Ross Smith £14,500
31. Steve Lennon £13,500
32. Darren Webster £13,000
33. Maik Kuivenhoven £13,000
34. James Wilson £12,750
35. Luke Woodhouse £12,750
36. Jeff Smith £12,500
37. Rowby-John Rodriguez £12,500