Players Championship Finals 2020 Day Three preview and order of play: Final Eight battle for the title

The final available silverware of 2020 is up for grabs on Sunday as the eight remaining hopefuls battle it out at the Players Championship Finals.

The season’s penultimate major draws to a close in Coventry with the world’s top four plus a further quartet of in-form challengers left in the running for glory.

Only one of the remaining eight has ever lifted this prestigious trophy and four are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time.

Reigning and five-time champion Michael van Gerwen is the most successful player in the history of the Players Championship Finals and is looking to finally end his eight-month major title drought.

The world number one has not tasted televised success since the UK Open back in March but has shown real signs of a return to something like his top form in recent weeks.

Van Gerwen is now regularly registering ton-plus averages again and has brushed up on the finishing which proved his downfall against Simon Whitlock in the Quarter-Finals of last week’s Grand Slam.

The green machine averaged 103.3 and 100.6 in defeating Darius Labanauskas and Jonny Clayton 6-3 and 6-4 respectively, before dispatching compatriot Jeffrey de Zwaan 10-7 in the Last 16.

He now faces a player enjoying undoubtedly the best spell of his career so far – World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The world number 45 has dropped just six legs en route to the Quarter-Finals, defeating William O’Connor 6-4 with a 101 average before thrashing Niels Zonneveld 6-1 and Luke Woodhouse 10-1 to continue his charge.

The 28-year-old is appearing in his third major Quarter-Final of the season and is eyeing a first win over his Dutch nemesis in four attempts.

Another mouth-watering contest sees two of this season’s multiple ranking event winners collide as Gerwyn Price takes on Joe Cullen.

Despite admitting this weekend that he is “demotivated”, Price has remained on course for a fourth televised title of the year as he looks to go one better than his runner-up spot in this event 12 months ago.

The Welshman remains on a Semi-Final collision course with MVG, having so far seen off John Henderson, Jamie Hughes and Luke Humphries with a tournament average of 98.5.

Cullen, winner of the International Open and the final Winter Series event, has bounced back from last week’s Grand Slam heartbreak with a fine run to his first Quarter-Final in this event.

The world number 16 has dispatched Adam Hunt, Rob Cross and Ian White and is now targeting a first televised triumph over ‘The Ice Man’ since his 10-3 rout in the 2018 World Matchplay.

A repeat of January’s Masters final sees world number two Peter Wright take on world number four Michael Smith.

Wright triumphed 11-10 on that occasion after Smith had missed three match darts, and ‘Bully Boy’s’ wait for an elusive maiden major has stretched on for another ten months.

Smith finds himself at this stage of the competition for the first time, having battled back from behind in all three of his matches so far to defeat Boris Krcmar, Gary Anderson and Jose De Sousa with consecutive ton-plus averages.

Wright, meanwhile, survived a scare from emerging star Callan Rydz in the Last 16, edging over the line in a 19th leg decider, having previously defeated Ryan Meikle 6-5 and Simon Whitlock 6-1 with successive ton-plus averages.

The reigning World Champion is aiming to warm up for his title defence at Ally Pally next month in the best possible fashion by claiming his fourth major ranking title.

The opening match of the afternoon sees two of this weekend’s dark horses go head-to-head as Mervyn King takes on Damon Heta.

Both players have flown largely under the radar on Stage Two so far but now collide on the Main Stage for the right to face either Wright or Smith in the evening.

King was runner-up in this event a decade ago at the Circus Tavern and has rolled back the years with some vintage performances, averaging 105 in a 6-3 win over Dave Chisnall before thrashing Danny Noppert 6-1 and comfortably defeating Karel Sedlacek 10-5.

Heta is appearing in his second televised Quarter-Final in the space of a week following his superb run at the Grand Slam which was eventually ended by James Wade.

The 2019 Brisbane Masters champion continues to go from strength to strength in his debut season on the PDC circuit and will be ranked at least 56th come the end of the day, with the potential to climb a further 20 places if he were to lift the trophy.

The unflappable Aussie has won all three of his matches so far on Stage Two, easing past Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1 before surviving two match darts against Ryan Murray in a decider and going on to defeat Ross Smith 10-7.

The final will be preceded by the 2020 World Youth Championship final between Blackburn’s Bradley Brooks and Brighton’s Joe Davis for the £10,000 top prize and a place in the World Darts Championship.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the Semi-Finals and Final best of 21 legs.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Schedule

Sunday November 29

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta v Mervyn King
Peter Wright v Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
Michael Van Gerwen v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Wright/Smith v Heta/King
Price/Cullen v Van Gerwen/Van Duijvenbode

Final

PDC World Youth Championship Final
Joe Davis v Bradley Brooks
[Best of 11 legs]

Smith ends De Sousa’s winning run at the Players Championship Finals as Wright survives Rydz scare

Michael Smith ended Jose De Sousa’s winning run in the Last 16 of the Players Championship Finals in Coventry on Saturday, as Peter Wright edged out Callan Rydz in a deciding leg.

De Sousa has claimed the Grand Slam title in fairy-tale fashion at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday but saw his quest for back-to-back majors thwarted by Smith.

A high quality encounter saw both player produce seven maximums apiece and average above 100, but it was the world number four who prevailed to keep his hopes of a maiden major triumph alive.

With the scores tied at 7-7, Smith secured the crucial break of throw, taking out 61 on double nine to move in front, having trailed 6-3.

The former World Championship finalist then won the remaining two legs to gain revenge for his loss to De Sousa at the Grand Slam and move in to the quarter-finals.

“Mentally I feel better than I ever have,” admitted Smith.

“My scoring isn’t what it normally is but I know I can get that back, what really pleases me is how strong I feel in my own head at the moment.

“It’s not been meant to be yet for me but I believe in fate and I keep saying if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, and one day it will.

“I know it will happen, I just want to hurry up because it’s doing my head in because everyone else is getting one apart from me.”

Prior to defeating De Sousa, Smith defeated his former mentor Gary Anderson in round two, recovering from 4-1 down to defeat the 2014 champion – who was still suffering from a knee injury.

Smith will now face Peter Wright in Sunday’s Quarter-Finals after the World Champion came through a nervy last-leg decider to deny Callan Rydz – who was appearing in the Last 16 of a televised event for the first time.

Wright had moved 9-7 in front before Rydz produced a sensational 167 checkout to break throw, before landing double 18 to force a decider.

The Newcastle youngster, however, failed to threaten Wright’s throw and the world number two pressed home his experience to get over the line.

Wright was left dissatisfied with his performance, having averaged 102 in his 6-1 defeat of Simon Whitlock earlier in the day.

“I felt rubbish up there, I tried changing my darts and nothing was working, I’m a bit lucky to have won that,” said Wright.

“I can’t be as bad as that again tomorrow so everybody better watch out.”

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen will also be back in action on Sunday after he claimed a 6-4 win over Jonny Clayton and a 10-7 victory over Jeffrey de Zwaan.

The world number one again averaged over 100 and hit 50% of his double attempts in the Third Round tie with fellow Dutchman De Zwaan.

Van Gerwen raced in to an 8-3 lead against De Zwaan but gave his opponent hope as he lost four of the next five legs to lead by just two.

The three-time World Champion did eventually get over the winning line but was disappointed with his slip in concentration.

“At 8-3 I made a big mistake and started to play really bad, which is annoying,” said Van Gerwen.

“This is a big tournament and I have to give 100% and not make any mistakes if I am going to win.”

World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode dropped just two legs across a ruthless day’s work in thrashing Niels Zonnerveld 6-1 and Luke Woodhouse 10-1.

The afternoon session saw Damon Heta and Ross Smith make it through to the Last 16 by beating Ryan Murray and Nathan Aspinall respectively before the two took to the stage for a place in the Quarter-Finals.

Heta broke throw in the tenth leg, checking out 84 on the bullseye to move 6-4 ahead before going on to lead 9-5.

Smith attempted to produce a comeback, but ultimately it wasn’t enough as Heta ran out a 10-7 victor.

The Australian will now face a resurgent Mervyn King, who has gone about his business in classy fashion so far this weekend, first beating Danny Noppert 6-1 before registering a 10-5 victory over Czech ace Karel Sedlacek.

“The Winter Series took it out of me a bit and I needed that last day off just to recharge my batteries,” said King.

“That did me the world of good and a couple of changes to my darts and all of a sudden I’m feeling a lot better.”

Gerwyn Price completed another successful day after he overcame Jamie Hughes 6-2 with an average just shy of 100, before grinding out a 10-6 win over Luke Humphries to reach the final day.

Humphries had been involved in arguably the game of the day in the afternoon session as he overcame Jermaine Wattimena 6-4, with both players averaging over 107.

The clash with World Cup winner Price was a tamer affair however, with both men struggling to find their top form.

“I am here to win and will always do my best, I will never throw in the towel but for whatever reason I was struggling tonight,” Price revealed.

“It has been a very long few months and it is starting to catch up with me, but if I can take another trophy in to the two-week break before the Worlds I will be very happy.”

Price will take on Joe Cullen in the Last Eight after he overcame Rob Cross and then Ian White.

Cullen needed a last-leg decider in his Second Round game with Cross but after surviving two match darts he kept his composure to finish 83 in two darts.

The Last 16 victory over White was a far more impressive performance, with Cullen averaging the best part of 100 in his 10-8 win.

Sunday’s final day of Players Championship Finals action will be centred on the main stage, with the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon session followed by the Semi-Finals and final in the evening.

The PDC World Youth Championship final between Bradley Brooks and Joe Davis will be played between the second Semi-Final and final.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Results

Saturday November 28

Second Round

Afternoon Session

Main Stage
Ian White 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Ross Smith
Michael Smith 6-4 Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen 6-5 Rob Cross
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Vincent Van der Voort
Michael Van Gerwen 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-1 Simon Whitlock

Stage Two
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Andy Boulton
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Madars Razma
Ryan Searle 4-6 Callan Rydz
Damon Heta 6-5 Ryan Murray
Danny Noppert 1-6 Mervyn King
Jermaine Wattimena 4-6 Luke Humphries
Wayne Jones 4-6 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Niels Zonneveld 1-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Last 16

Evening Session

Main Stage
Michael Smith 10-7 Jose de Sousa
Gerwyn Price 10-6 Luke Humphries
Peter Wright 10-9 Callan Rydz
Michael Van Gerwen 10-7 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Stage Two
Joe Cullen 10-8 Ian White
Damon Heta 10-7 Ross Smith
Mervyn King 10-5 Karel Sedlacek
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-1 Luke Woodhouse

Players Championship Finals live stream | How to watch live online

The top performers from the ProTour head to Coventry for the 2020 Players Championship Finals, and all matches are available to live stream online.

The £500,000 major features 64 players battling it out in a culmination of the 23 Players Championship events held during the course of the season.

This year’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 27-29.

Play in the early rounds will be held across two stages, with main stage matches televised and matches from Stage Two streamed exclusively live online.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion after defeating Gerwyn Price 11–9 in last year’s final at Butlins Minehead.

The world number one is targeting a sixth Players Championship Finals title since 2013 and a first major title since the UK Open back in March.

Other former champions in the field include 2014 winner Gary Anderson and 2018 winner Daryl Gurney, while World Champion Peter Wright is the number one seed and World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price is seeded number two.

Newly-crowned Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa is the number nine seed, with beaten finalist James Wade seeded sixth behind Nathan Aspinall and Krzysztof Ratajski.

Mensur Suljovic and Jeff Smith have been replaced from the original list of qualifiers by Darren Webster and Ryan Meikle.

All matches will be available to watch live on desktop and mobile in the UK and various other regions.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Day Two preview and order of play: Moving day at the Ricoh Arena

The Players Championship Finals field will be whittled down from 32 players to just eight following Saturday’s action in Coventry.

Day One of the season’s penultimate major saw 32 matches held across two stages at the Ricoh Arena as a host of big names suffered early exits.

The world’s top six players, however, safely progressed through the opening round and will look to go through the gears in a bid to reach the final day of action.

The afternoon session on Saturday sees the Second Round ties held across two stages, before the format increases in the evening session for the Last 16.

The Main Stage plays host to a repeat of the 2017 final as reigning and five-time champion Michael van Gerwen faces Welsh World Cup winner Jonny Clayton.

Van Gerwen is the most successful player in the history of this competition and is looking to retain the title and end his eight-month major drought stretching back to the UK Open.

The world number one, who suffered last-leg heartbreak in the recent Grand Slam, dusted himself down to defeat Darius Labanauskas 6-3 on Friday with a 103.3 average and now faces a tricky test against the world number 17 – who averaged 101 in powering past Mickey Mansell 6-2.

Arguably the pick of the afternoon’s ties sees Premier League stars Michael Smith and Gary Anderson go head-to-head.

Despite struggling with injury, Anderson dug deep to reel off five consecutive legs from 4-1 down to defeat Keegan Brown in Round One, but knows he must improve on an average of 89 if he is to trouble the world number four.

Smith was involved in one of the stand-out matches of the opening round as he came from 2-0 down to land checkouts of 142 and 145 and average 100 to Boris Krcmar’s 107.8 in a thrilling 6-5 victory.

Newly-crowned Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa aims to continue his unforgettable week by booking his place in the Last 16 at the expense of Vincent van der Voort.

The Portuguese star, who received a video message from Jose Mourinho in midweek, averaged 97 in a 6-3 win over Mike De Decker and now faces a resurgent Van der Voort – who thrashed Derk Telnekes 6-2 on Stage Two.

World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price, last year’s runner-up in Minehead, steps up his latest title quest with a clash against Tipton ace Jamie Hughes.

Price aims to make his move (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

World Champion Peter Wright, who has never reached the final of this competition, aims to kick on from his superb opening salvo when he faces in-form Simon Whitlock.

Wright averaged 104.8 with 100 per cent on the doubles in a 6-5 success over Ryan Meikle and now comes up against the clinical scoring power of ‘The Wizard’ – who broke the match 180s record at the Grand Slam and fired in six in Friday’s 6-4 win over Adrian Lewis.

Three-time major champion Rob Cross faces International Open winner Joe Cullen in another tasty tussle for the right to take on either world number ten Ian White or German number one Gabriel Clemens in the Last 16.

Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall survived five missed match darts from Scott Waites in Round One and now looks to seize on that reprieve when he faces 2019 UK Open quarter-finalist Ross Smith.

Stage Two includes a notable show-down between former Lakeside finalists Danny Noppert and Mervyn King – who averaged 105 in a superb opening victory over Dave Chisnall.

Czech debutant Karel Sedlacek, who knocked out fifth seed Krzysztof Ratajski in Round One, faces Latvian ace Madars Razma – who overcame Chris Dobey 6-3.

Grand Slam quarter-finalist Damon Heta looks to continue his consistent run of form by ending the hopes of Scotland’s Ryan Murray – who saw off Stephen Bunting in hs opener.

Luke Woodhouse, who battled past Brendan Dolan on Friday, returns to Stage Two to face Stoke stalwart Andy Boulton, while world number 23 Jermaine Wattimena meets 219 World Youth Champion Luke Humphries – who put out Devon Petersen on the Main Stage.

Niels Zonneveld’s reward for a superb First Round scalp of Grand Slam finalist James Wade is a clash against World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Ryan Searle aims to pick up from where he left off in defeating Dimitri van den Bergh when he comes up against in-form Tyneside youngster Callan Rydz – who dumped out 2018 champion Daryl Gurney.

Wayne Jones rolled back the years with a 100 average to defeat Premier League champion Glen Durrant on Day One and now faces Dutch ace Jeffrey de Zwaan.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs and Third Round ties best of 19 legs.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Schedule

Saturday November 28

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Main Stage
Ian White v Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall v Ross Smith
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen v Rob Cross
Jose De Sousa v Vincent Van der Voort
Michael Van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price v Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock

Stage Two
Luke Woodhouse v Andy Boulton
Karel Sedlacek v Madars Razma
Ryan Searle v Callan Rydz
Damon Heta v Ryan Murray
Danny Noppert v Mervyn King
Jermaine Wattimena v Luke Humphries
Wayne Jones v Jeffrey De Zwaan
Niels Zonneveld v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Last 16

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Main Stage
Michael Smith/Gary Anderson v De Sousa/Vincent Van der Voort
Gerwyn Price/Jamie Hughes v Jermaine Wattimena/Luke Humphries
Peter Wright/Simon Whitlock v Ryan Searle/Callan Rydz
Michael Van Gerwen/Jonny Clayton v Wayne Jones/Jeffrey De Zwaan

Stage Two
Ian White/Gabriel Clemens v Joe Cullen/Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall/Ross Smith v Damon Heta/Ryan Murray
Karel Sedlacek/Madars Razma v Danny Noppert/Mervyn King
Niels Zonneveld/Dirk van Duijvenbode v Luke Woodhouse/Andy Boulton

Zonneveld shocks Wade as Ratajski, Gurney and Durrant also crash out in Players Championship Finals opener

Niels Zonneveld enjoyed the biggest win of his career so far by dumping out James Wade on Day One of the Players Championship Finals in Coventry on Friday.

The opening day of the season’s penultimate major saw 32 matches held across two stages at the Ricoh Arena as a host of big names suffered early exits.

Zonneveld, who reached the Semi-Finals of the recent World Youth Championship, marked a dream debut with a 6-3 scalp of Tuesday’s Grand Slam runner-up Wade.

The Dutch left-hander clinched victory in style with a stunning 122 checkout on the bull is now through to the Last 32 of a televised event for the first time.

Meanwhile, 2018 champion Daryl Gurney also crashed out at the first hurdle as he went down 6-2 to in-form youngster Callan Rydz on Stage Two.

Premier League champion Glen Durrant’s barren run of results continues after he was beaten 6-3 by former World Championship semi-finalist Wayne Jones – who averaged 100 in a strong display.

Krzysztof Ratajski was made to pay for 14 missed darts at doubles as Czech debutant Karel Sedlacek helped himself to a shock 6-4 success.

Gary Anderson fought back from 4-1 down with five consecutive legs to avert an early exit at the hands of former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown.

There was also relief for world number four Michael Smith as he denied a stunning 107.8 average from Croatia’s Boris Krcmar to prevail 6-5 with a 100.2 average.

Smith landed crucial pressure finishes of 142 and 145 as he averted a third defeat to the PDC newcomer this season.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen launched his title defence with a comfortable 6-3 win over Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas.

The world number one continued his return to form with an average of 103.3, missing just one double attempt on his way to victory.

Van Gerwen will now face Jonny Clayton in the second round after the Welsh World Cup winner defeated Mickey Mansell 6-2.

“I’m starting to be more consistent again and the ton plus averages are coming back,” said Van Gerwen.

“I know this year has not been good for me but I understand I need to do things differently and I am starting to do the right things at the right moments.

“I was gutted after losing to Simon [Whitlock] in the Grand Slam, I felt phenomenal then to hurt yourself that much is not in your favour.”

Number one seed Peter Wright enjoyed a perfect night on the doubles, hitting all six of his attempts at the outer ring to defeat Ryan Meikle is a deciding leg.

Meikle took out 167 to force a last-leg shoot-out but, the World Champion broke throw in the final leg to set up a second round tie with Simon Whitlock.

The Australian ace, a semi-finalist in the recent Grand Slam at the same venue, progressed with a 6-4 win over Adrian Lewis which saw him landed six 180s.

World number three Gerwyn Price will face Jamie Hughes on Saturday after the pair recorded 6-2 wins over John Henderson and Ricky Evans respectively.

Rob Cross and Joe Cullen will face-off in Round Two after the pair secured comfortable 6-3 wins against Jason Lowe and Adam Hunt and respectively.

Cross averaged just under 100 en route to victory, while Cullen scored a second win over Adam Hunt in as many weeks, repeating the result at the Grand Slam.

Premier League runner-up Nathan Aspinall will take on Ross Smith in the second round on Saturday after surviving five match darts in a dramatic deciding leg against Scott Waites.

Newly-crowned Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa continued his winning run on the Coventry stage with a 6-3 defeat of Belgium’s Mike De Decker.

An average of 97 was enough for the Portuguese sensation, who received a video message from Jose Mourinho earlier in the week.

Man of the moment De Sousa will now take on Vincent van der Voort after he defeated fellow Dutchman Derk Telnekes 6-2.

Former World Matchplay quarter-finalist Jeffrey de Zwaan safely saw off Darren Webster 6-3, while Ross Smith booked his place in the Last 32 with a thumping 6-1 win over Kim Huybrechts.

World Grand Prix runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode continued his impressive run of form as he dispatched Ireland’s William O’Connor 6-4.

Ian White and Gabriel Clemens will be first to take to the main stage on Saturday after White defeated William Borland 6-4 and Gabriel Clemens overcame Martijn Kleermaker in a decider.

World Youth Champion Luke Humphries pulled off an impressive 6-3 win over in-form Devon Petersen with a 99.6 average.

Jermaine Wattimena will be Humphries’ opponent in Round Two after a superb 103 average put Irish ace Steve Lennon to the sword 6-1.

World Matchplay Champion Dimitri van den Bergh slipped to a rare First Round defeat as Ryan Searle secured a 6-2 victory to set up a clash with Rydz.

Mervyn King averaged 105 in his high quality victory over Dave Chisnall, prevailing 6-3 winner with one of the stand-out performances of the day.

King now takes on Danny Noppert after the former World Series Finals runner-up averaged 100 in his 6-1 rout of Steve Beaton.

Damon Heta continued his fine run of form with a routine 6-1 win over Maik Kuivenhoven and will face Ryan Murray in round two after the Scot recovered from 3-1 down to beat Stephen Bunting 6-4.

Luke Woodhouse and Andy Boulton will face off in round two after 6-4 wins over Brendan Dolan and Ryan Joyce respectively.

Saturday sees the Second Round ties take place in the afternoon session and Third Round ties in the evening session, with play continuing across two stages.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Results

Friday November 27

First Round

Afternoon Session

Main Stage
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 William O’Connor
Michael Smith 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Rob Cross 6-3 Jason Lowe
Joe Cullen 6-3 Adam Hunt
Devon Petersen 3-6 Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 3-6 Mervyn King

Stage Two
Brendan Dolan 4-6 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Joyce 4-6 Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting 4-6 Ryan Murray
Krzysztof Ratajski 4-6 Karel Sedlacek
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker
Ian White 6-3 William Borland
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney 2-6 Callan Rydz

Evening Session

Main Stage
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Scott Waites
Gary Anderson 6-4 Keegan Brown
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price 6-2 John Henderson
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Mike De Decker

Stage Two
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Derk Telnekes
Jamie Hughes 6-2 Ricky Evans
Ross Smith 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Steve Lennon
Madars Razma 6-3 Chris Dobey
Wayne Jones 6-3 Glen Durrant
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Darren Webster
Danny Noppert 6-1 Steve Beaton

Players Championship Finals 2020 Day One preview and order of play: Round One commences in Coventry

The 2020 Players Championship Finals gets underway in Coventry on Friday as 64 players battle it out across two stages in Round One.

The £500,000 major is the culmination of the 23 Players Championship events held during the course of the season, with seedings based on finishing positions on the Players Championship Order of Merit.

This year’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 27-29.

Play in the early rounds will be held across two stages, with main stage matches televised and matches from Stage Two streamed exclusively live online.

Friday’s afternoon session plays host to seven matches on the main stage, including a stand-out clash between two-time finalist Adrian Lewis and recent Grand Slam semi-finalist Simon Whitlock.

Lewis, back-to-back runner-up in Minehead in 2014 and 2015, is appearing in his first televised ranking major since the World Matchplay back in July.

Lewis was withdrawn from the World Grand Prix due to a positive Covid test and failed to qualify for both the European Championship and Grand Slam of Darts.

The Stoke, who enjoyed a fine end to the Winter Series which included a Semi-Final and Quarter-Final run, will be keen to make up for lost time but faces a tough opener against a revitalised Whitlock.

Whitlock defeated Michael van Gerwen 16-15 in an epic Quarter-Final at this venue last weekend before losing to eventual champion Jose De Sousa 16-12 in the Semi-Finals, extending his wait for a first major title since 2012.

Elsewhere, German Championship winner Devon Petersen takes on 2019 World Youth Champion Luke Humphries in what promises to be a high-scoring affair.

International Open champion and Winter Series event winner Joe Cullen faces Adam Hunt in a repeat of last week’s group stage meeting at the Grand Slam which Cullen won 5-4.

World Cup finalist Michael Smith aims to avenge back-to-back defeats to Boris Krcmar in the Autumn Series when he takes on the Croatian debutant for the first time in a TV major.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh, who was also a semi-finalist at the Grand Slam, starts out against Players Championship event winner Ryan Searle.

Three-time major champion Rob Cross aims to avert a potential early scalp at the hands of Jason Lowe – who prevailed when the pair met in the Summer Series.

World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode kicks off the day’s action against former World Cup finalist William O’Connor, while 2016 finalist Dave Chisnall takes on world number 24 Mervyn King.

Stage Two also sees former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting take on Scottish debutant Ryan Murray, while Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski faces Czech Republic number one – Karel Sedlacek.

German number one Gabriel Clemens comes up against Dutch debutant Martijn Kleermaker, while World Cup winner Jonny Clayton faces former ProTour event winner Mickey Mansell.

Daryl Gurney, the 2018 champion, will look to avoid a potential banana skin against recent ProTour event semi-finalist Calln Rydz, while world number ten Ian White faces Scottish youngster William Borland.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a sixth Players Championship Finals title with a clash against Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas in the evening session.

Van Gerwen is targeting a first major title since the UK Open back in March as he looks to bounce back from squandering eight match darts in defeat to Whitlock last week.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Man of the moment Jose De Sousa aims to pick up from where he left off in lifting the Grand Slam trophy on the same stage less than 72 hours ago when he faces Belgium’s Mike De Decker.

Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall starts out against two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites – making his debut in this competition.

All eyes will be on Gary Anderson, the 2014 champion, when he faces former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown.

Anderson was thrashed 10-2 by Van Gerwen in the Last 16 of the Grand Slam amid a knee injury which has left him in considerable discomfort on the stage.

James Wade, who was beaten in the Grand Slam final for the third time on Tuesday, aims to bounce back at the first available opportunity by overcoming Dutchman Niels Zonneveld.

World Champion Peter Wright, bidding to reach the final of this event for the first time, opens up against fellow Suffolk star Ryan Meikle.

World number three and reigning World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price kicks off against Scotland’s John Henderson in another stand-out tie on the main stage.

Stage Two plays host to a notable show-down between Premier League champion Glen Durrant and former World Championship semi-finalist Wayne Jones.

Former Lakeside Champion Steve Beaton is up against former Lakeside finalist Danny Noppert, while Premier League Contender Chris Dobey faces Latvia’s Madars Razma.

Former Czech Open winner Jamie Hughes faces his new stablemate Ricky Evans, as Dutch duo Vincent van der Voort and Derk Telnekes go head-to-head.

Jeffrey de Zwaan takes on Darren Webster – who comes in as a late replacement for Mensur Suljovic, while world number 23 Jermaine Wattimena faces Irish ace Steve Lennon.

Autumn Series event winner and recent Grand Slam quarter-finalist Damon Heta opens up against Dutchman Maik Kuivenhoven, while Ross Smith faces 2012 finalist Kim Huybrechts.

The action gets underway from 1pm GMT, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Schedule

Friday November 27

First Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Main Stage
Dirk van Duijvenbode v William O’Connor
Michael Smith v Boris Krcmar
Rob Cross v Jason Lowe
Joe Cullen v Adam Hunt
Devon Petersen v Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock

Stage Two
Brendan Dolan v Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Joyce v Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting v Ryan Murray
Krzysztof Ratajski v Karel Sedlacek
Gabriel Clemens v Martijn Kleermaker
Ian White v William Borland
Jonny Clayton v Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney v Callan Rydz
Dave Chisnall v Mervyn King

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Main Stage
Nathan Aspinall v Scott Waites
Gary Anderson v Keegan Brown
James Wade v Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright v Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen v Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price v John Henderson
Jose De Sousa v Mike De Decker

Stage Two
Vincent van der Voort v Derk Telnekes
Ricky Evans v Jamie Hughes
Ross Smith v Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta v Maik Kuivenhoven
Jermaine Wattimena v Steve Lennon
Madars Razma v Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant v Wayne Jones
Darren Webster v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Danny Noppert v Steve Beaton

Players Championship Finals 2020 Draw, Live Scores and Tournament Schedule

The top performers from the ProTour head to Coventry for the 2020 Players Championship Finals, and you can follow all the latest results and fixtures here.

The £500,000 major features 64 players battling it out in a culmination of the 23 Players Championship events held during the course of the season.

This year’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 27-29.

Play in the early rounds will be held across two stages, with main stage matches televised and matches from Stage Two streamed exclusively live online.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion after defeating Gerwyn Price 11–9 in last year’s final at Butlins Minehead.

The world number one is targeting a sixth Players Championship Finals title since 2013 and a first major title since the UK Open back in March.

Other former champions in the field include 2014 winner Gary Anderson and 2018 winner Daryl Gurney, while World Champion Peter Wright is the number one seed and World Grand Prix champion Gerwyn Price is seeded number two.

Newly-crowned Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa is the number nine seed, with beaten finalist James Wade seeded sixth behind Nathan Aspinall and Krzysztof Ratajski.

Mensur Suljovic and Jeff Smith have been replaced from the original list of qualifiers by Darren Webster and Ryan Meikle.

First and Second Round ties are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, with Third Round and Quarter-Finals best of 19 and Semi-Finals and Final best of 21 legs.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Tournament Schedule

Friday November 27

First Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Main Stage
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 William O’Connor
Michael Smith 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Rob Cross 6-3 Jason Lowe
Joe Cullen 6-3 Adam Hunt
Devon Petersen 3-6 Luke Humphries
Ryan Searle 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 3-6 Mervyn King

Stage Two
Brendan Dolan 4-6 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Joyce 4-6 Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting 4-6 Ryan Murray
Krzysztof Ratajski 4-6 Karel Sedlacek
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker
Ian White 6-3 William Borland
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Daryl Gurney 2-6 Callan Rydz

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Main Stage
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Scott Waites
Gary Anderson 6-4 Keegan Brown
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Gerwyn Price 6-2 John Henderson
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Mike De Decker

Stage Two
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Derk Telnekes
Jamie Hughes 6-2 Ricky Evans
Ross Smith 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Steve Lennon
Madars Razma 6-3 Chris Dobey
Wayne Jones 6-3 Glen Durrant
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Darren Webster
Danny Noppert 6-1 Steve Beaton

Saturday November 28

Second Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Main Stage
Ian White 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Ross Smith
Michael Smith 6-4 Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen 6-5 Rob Cross
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Vincent Van der Voort
Michael Van Gerwen 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-1 Simon Whitlock

Stage Two
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Andy Boulton
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Madars Razma
Ryan Searle 4-6 Callan Rydz
Damon Heta 6-5 Ryan Murray
Danny Noppert 1-6 Mervyn King
Jermaine Wattimena 4-6 Luke Humphries
Wayne Jones 4-6 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Niels Zonneveld 1-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Last 16

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Main Stage
Michael Smith 10-7 Jose de Sousa
Gerwyn Price 10-6 Luke Humphries
Peter Wright 10-9 Callan Rydz
Michael Van Gerwen 10-7 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Stage Two
Joe Cullen 10-8 Ian White
Damon Heta 10-7 Ross Smith
Mervyn King 10-5 Karel Sedlacek
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-1 Luke Woodhouse

Sunday November 29

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Damon Heta 8-10 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 10-6 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Joe Cullen
Michael Van Gerwen 10-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 4-11 Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price 8-11 Michael van Gerwen

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Mervyn King

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final

Bradley Brooks 6-5 Joe Davis

Prize Fund
Winner: £100,000
Runner-up: £50,000
Semi-Final losers: £25,000
Quarter-Final losers: £15,000
Third Round losers: £10,000
Second Round losers: £5,000
First Round losers: £2,500

Players Championship Finals 2020 Draw: Van Gerwen to face Labanauskas

The draw for the 2020 Players Championship Finals has been confirmed, with Michael van Gerwen kicking off his title defence against Darius Labanauskas.

This year’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 27-29.

The field is comprised of the top 64 players from the Players Championship Order of Merit after the 23 Players Championship events held throughout the year.

Matches will be held across two stages simultaneously, with seedings based on finishing positions on the Players Championship Finals Order of Merit.

Michael van Gerwen is the reigning and five-time champion, having defeated Gerwyn Price 11-9 in last year’s final in Minehead.

The world number one is seeded number three and will start out against Lithuanian number one Darius Labanauskas.

World Grand Prix champion Price has drawn Scotland’s John Henderson, while World Champion Peter Wright – the number one seed – will face Ryan Meikle.

Meikle comes into the event as the 64th seed to replace Jeff Smith – who finished 33rd on the Players Championship Order of Merit but has withdrawn from the tournament and will return from Canada for next month’s World Championship.

World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh plays Ryan Searle, while Premier League champion Glen Durrant takes on Wolverhampton veteran Wayne Jones.

Gary Anderson, the 2014 champion, meets former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown, while 2018 champion Daryl Gurney has drawn Newcastle’s emerging talent Callan Rydz.

Fourth seed Nathan Aspinall has drawn former Grand Slam champion Scott Waites for their opening tie, while Michael Smith comes up against Croatia’s Boris Krcmar.

Former finalist Adrian Lewis will play top Australian Simon Whitlock in a tasty contest, while fifth seed Krzysztof Ratajski plays Czech Republic debutant Karel Sedlacek and number six seed James Wade meets Niels Zonneveld.

German Championship winner Devon Petersen will take on 2019 World Youth Champion Luke Humphries in another stand-out tie.

The full schedule of play and stage allocation will be confirmed in due course.

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Players Championship Finals 2020 Draw

First Round

(1) Peter Wright v (64) Ryan Meikle
(32) Adrian Lewis v (33) Simon Whitlock
(16) Ryan Searle v (49) Dimitri Van den Bergh
(17) Daryl Gurney v (48) Callan Rydz
(8) Michael Smith v (57) Boris Krcmar
(25) Gary Anderson v (40) Keegan Brown
(9) Jose De Sousa v (56) Mike De Decker
(24) Vincent van der Voort v (41) Derk Telnekes
(4) Nathan Aspinall v (61) Scott Waites
(29) Ross Smith v (36) Kim Huybrechts
(13) Damon Heta v (52) Maik Kuivenhoven
(20) Stephen Bunting v (45) Ryan Murray
(5) Krzysztof Ratajski v (60) Karel Sedlacek
(28) Madars Razma v (37) Chris Dobey
(12) Danny Noppert v (53) Steve Beaton
(21) Dave Chisnall v (44) Mervyn King
(2) Gerwyn Price v (63) John Henderson
(31) Ricky Evans v (34) Jamie Hughes
(15) Jermaine Wattimena v (50) Steve Lennon
(18) Devon Petersen v (47) Luke Humphries
(7) Ian White v (58) William Borland
(26) Gabriel Clemens v (39) Martijn Kleermaker
(10) Joe Cullen v (55) Adam Hunt
(23) Rob Cross v (42) Jason Lowe
(3) Michael van Gerwen v (62) Darius Labanauskas
(30) Jonny Clayton v (35) Mickey Mansell
(14) Glen Durrant v (51) Wayne Jones
(19) Mensur Suljovic v (46) Jeffrey de Zwaan
(6) James Wade v (59) Niels Zonneveld
(27) Dirk van Duijvenbode v (38) William O’Connor
(11) Brendan Dolan v (54) Luke Woodhouse
(22) Ryan Joyce v (43) Andy Boulton

The race to the 2020 Players Championship Finals: Latest ranking table

The race to secure places in the 2020 Players Championship Finals draws to a close in Coventry on Saturday.

Following the fifth and final PDC Winter Series event, the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit will form the field for Players Championship Finals later this month.

This year’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 27-29.

The qualifying criteria is solely based on prize money won in the 24 Players Championships events held throughout the season.

As it stands, reigning World Champion Peter Wright will be seeded number one, ahead of World Grand Prix and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen currently occupies the number three seeding, ahead of Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall in fourth.

Further down the Order of Merit, a number of players face a make-or-break end to the Winter Series as they look to rubber-stamp a top 64 finish.

Six players are locked on £8,500, four of which occupy top 64 places: Gavin Carlin, Adam Hunt, Scott Mitchell and Benito van de Pas.

Croatia’s Boris Krcmar and Dutchman Niels Zonneveld sit outside the top 64 on the countback rule and must win at least one game on Saturday in order to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Darius Labanauskas, Conan Whitehead, Ryan Meikle, Rowby-John Rodriguez, Kai Fan Leung and Christian Bunse must also avoid a First Round exit if they are to remain in contention.

Karel Sedlacek, Justin Pipe, James Wilson, Josh Payne, and Nick Kenny must reach at least the Third Round in order to remain in the running, while those below require a run to the Last 16 onwards.

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Players Championship Order of Merit as of November 13

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Peter Wright £75,000
2 Gerwyn Price £68,750
3 Michael van Gerwen £59,250
4 Nathan Aspinall £45,000
5 James Wade £40,250
6 Ian White £39,250
7 Krzysztof Ratajski £37,250
8 Michael Smith £36,500
8 Jose de Sousa £36,500
10 Danny Noppert £28,750
11 Brendan Dolan £28,250
12 Damon Heta £26,750
13 Joe Cullen £26,000
14 Glen Durrant £25,750
15 Ryan Searle £24,750
16 Jermaine Wattimena £23,750
17 Mensur Suljovic £22,250
18 Devon Petersen £22,000
19 Stephen Bunting £21,500
20 Daryl Gurney £20,750
21 Rob Cross £20,250
22 Dave Chisnall £20,000
23 Vincent van der Voort £19,250
24 Gary Anderson £19,000
25 Ryan Joyce £18,500
26 Gabriel Clemens £18,250
27 Madars Razma £18,000
28 Ross Smith £17,250
29 Dirk van Duijvenbode £17,000
30 Jonny Clayton £16,000
30 Ricky Evans £16,000
32 Jeff Smith £15,500
32 Simon Whitlock £15,500
32 Jamie Hughes £15,500
35 Adrian Lewis £14,000
36 Mickey Mansell £13,750
37 Chris Dobey £13,000
38 Martijn Kleermaker £12,750
39 William O’Connor £12,250
39 Keegan Brown £12,250
41 Mervyn King £12,000
41 Derk Telnekes £12,000
43 Jeffrey de Zwaan £11,750
44 Jason Lowe £11,500
45 Ryan Murray £11,250
45 Luke Humphries £11,250
47 Kim Huybrechts £10,500
47 Dimitri Van den Bergh £10,500
47 Maik Kuivenhoven £10,500
47 Steve Beaton £10,500
51 Mike De Decker £10,000
51 Steve Lennon £10,000
51 Wayne Jones £10,000
51 William Borland £10,000
55 Callan Rydz £9,500
56 Luke Woodhouse £9,250
56 John Henderson £9,250
58 Andy Boulton £9,000
58 Darren Webster £9,000
58 Scott Waites £9,000
61 Gavin Carlin £8,500
61 Adam Hunt £8,500
61 Scott Mitchell £8,500
61 Benito van de Pas £8,500
61 Boris Krcmar £8,500
61 Niels Zonneveld £8,500
67 Darius Labanauskas £8,250
67 Conan Whitehead £8,250
69 Ryan Meikle £8,000
69 Rowby-John Rodriguez £8,000
69 Kai Fan Leung £8,000
69 Christian Bunse £8,000
69 Karel Sedlacek £8,000
74 Justin Pipe £7,500
74 James Wilson £7,500
74 Josh Payne £7,500
74 Nick Kenny £7,500
78 Krzysztof Kciuk £7,250
78 Jelle Klaasen £7,250
78 Scott Baker £7,250
81 Jan Dekker £7,000
81 Robert Thornton £7,000
81 Kirk Shepherd £7,000
81 Matthew Edgar £7,000
85 Martin Schindler £6,750
86 Ron Meulenkamp £6,500
86 Joe Murnan £6,500
86 Steve Brown £6,500
86 Lisa Ashton £6,500
86 Robert Collins £6,500
91 Matt Clark £6,250
92 John Michael £6,000
92 Simon Stevenson £6,000
92 Ted Evetts £6,000
92 Alan Tabern £6,000
96 Jesus Noguera £5,750
97 Bradley Brooks £5,500
97 Max Hopp £5,500
97 Steve West £5,500
97 Andy Hamilton £5,500
97 Peter Jacques £5,500
102 Richard North £5,000
102 Gary Blades £5,000
102 Andrew Gilding £5,000
105 Scott Taylor £4,500
105 Carl Wilkinson £4,500
105 Reece Robinson £4,500
105 Ciaran Teehan £4,500
105 Geert Nentjes £4,500
110 Matthew Dennant £4,000
110 Toni Alcinas £4,000
110 Vincent van der Meer £4,000
113 Keane Barry £3,500
113 Harald Leitinger £3,500
113 Mark McGeeney £3,500
116 Jitse van der Wal £3,000
116 Daniel Larsson £3,000
116 Adrian Gray £3,000
116 Martin Atkins (Wigan) £3,000
116 Eddie Lovely £3,000
116 Wesley Harms £3,000
122 Jim Willaims £2,500
122 David Pallett £2,500
122 Arjan Konterman £2,500
122 Harry Ward £2,500
122 Jamie Lewis £2,500
127 Ritchie Edhouse £2,000
127 Aaron Beeney £2,000
127 Yordi Meeuwisse £2,000
127 Marko Kantele £2,000
127 Jonathan Worsley £2,000
127 Mike van Duivenbode £2,000
127 Darren Penhall £2,000
134 Brian Raman £1,500
134 Cristo Reyes £1,500
136 David Evans £1,000
136 Kevin Doets £1,000
136 Steffen Siepmann £1,000
136 Graham Usher £1,000
136 Carl Hamilton £1,000
136 Dom Taylor £1,000
136 Adam Huckvale £1,000
136 Barrie Bates £1,000
144 Richie Burnett £500
144 Justin Hood £500
144 Maikel Verberk £500
144 Nathan Derry £500
144 Cameron Menzies £500
144 Nathan Rafferty £500
144 James Hubbard £500
144 Connor Scutt £500
144 Diogo Portela £500
144 Kyle Anderson £500
144 Michael Barnard £500

Players Championship Finals to be held behind closed doors

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.

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