The PDC European Tour is set to return in September with events confirmed for Budapest and Gibraltar.
The Hungarian Darts Trophy will take place at the Papp László Sportaréna in Budapest from September 3-5, marking the start of the 2021 European Tour.
The tournament will be the first to be held in Hungary as the PDC continues its expansion into new territories.
This will be followed later in the month by a return to Gibraltar, an established European Tour destination, for the Gibraltar Darts Trophy from September 24-26.
Both tournaments will see a field of 48 players competing across three days of action, with further qualification and seeding details listed below.
The PDC is continuing to work with its partners towards additional European Tour events for 2021 subject to travel and quarantine restrictions permitting, with details to be confirmed once available.
The current top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 30) have been confirmed as the seeded players for the two confirmed European Tour events.
Joe Cullen and Jose de Sousa – both winners of 2020 European Tour events – will be number one and two seeds respectively, with Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price taking the next three seedings.
PDC Tour Card Holders currently outside the top 16 on the ProTour Order of Merit will compete in Tour Card Holder Qualifiers on Friday July 9 in Coventry.
UK Associate Member Qualifiers for each event will be held on Monday August 9 in Milton Keynes, while European Associate Member Qualifiers will take place on July 5 in Niedernhausen.
The Tour Card Holder Qualifiers and Associate Member Qualifiers will be triple-headers, providing players for the Budapest and Gibraltar events as well as for any third confirmed event.
Hungarian Darts Trophy (ET1)
Papp László Sportaréna, Budapest
Gibraltar Darts Trophy (ET2)
PDC European Tour 2021 Events 1-2
Seeded Players (enter in Second Round)
1. Joe Cullen
2. Jose de Sousa
3. Peter Wright
4. Michael van Gerwen
5. Gerwyn Price
6. Michael Smith
7. Jonny Clayton
8. James Wade
9. Devon Petersen
10. Krzysztof Ratajski
11. Dirk van Duijvenbode
12. Damon Heta
13. Danny Noppert
14. Brendan Dolan
15. Mensur Suljovic
16. Nathan Aspinall
PDC European Tour Events 1-2 – Tour Card Holder Qualifier Entries
Mike De Decker
Geert De Vos
Jeffrey De Zwaan
Kai Fan Leung
Raymond van Barneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Vincent van der Voort
Berry van Peer
A further four PDC European Tour events scheduled for this year have been cancelled, while a new event will take place in Hildesheim.
The PDC European Tour is set to return to action this autumn, with four events scheduled to join the previously contested Belgian Darts Championship to comprise a condensed five-event series in 2020.
However, the planned events in Budapest from September 4-6, Jena from September 11-13, Gibraltar from September 25-27 and Prague from October 16-18 have now been called off.
As it stands, the German Darts Championship will now be held in Hildesheim from September 25-27, while two more events are in planning for later in the year.
The German Championship is set to feature a reduced capacity crowd of up to 500 fans per session, with drinks served at tables and no costumes or singing permitted.
Following the fifth and final Euro Tour event of the year, the top 32 players on the European Order of Merit will comprise the field for the European Championship.
The European Championship is currently scheduled to take place from October 29 to November 1 in Dortmund.
Tickets purchased for the cancelled events will remain valid for next year’s staging, with the dates for 2021 to be announced in autumn alongside the rest of the European Tour schedule.
Meanwhile, a one-year extension has been agreed with the Gibraltar Ministry of Sport to stage the Gibraltar Trophy in the country in both 2021 and 2022.