UK Open Darts 2021 Day Three preview and order of play: Final eight face off

The eight remaining hopefuls will battle it out for the right to be crowned 2021 UK Open champion in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

A frenetic and fascinating weekend of action has seen a field of 151 whittled down to just eight, with two multiple UK Open champions among those left standing.

Sunday’s afternoon session at the Marshall Arena plays host to the Quarter-Finals, before the Semi-Finals and final take centre stage in the evening.

Michael van Gerwen steps up the defence of his crown with a mouth-watering tie against Krzysztof Ratajski in the final match of the afternoon.

The world number two is bidding to claim this title for a fourth time since 2015 and send out an emphatic statement of intent to his rivals as he vies to reclaim the number one ranking this season.

Van Gerwen has averaged above 99 in each of his three wins en route to this stage, kicking off with a 10-8 success over Scott Mitchell before thrashing Mensur Suljovic 10-4 and going on to edge out Jose De Sousa in a last-leg shoot-out.

Ratajski, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage of the competition for the first time, having registered consecutive ton-plus averages in impressive victories over Nathan Aspinall, Madars Razma and Masters champion Jonny Clayton.

The Polish number one has never reached the Semi-Finals of a PDC major and is looking to do so by recording his first win over MVG at the sixth attempt.

Reigning World Champion Gerwyn Price aims to mark his 36th birthday in dream fashion by claiming this prestigious title for the first time.

The world number one has lost in two previous UK Open finals and now comes up against South African star Devon Petersen in what promises to be a heavy-scoring thriller.

Price has raised his game accordingly as each round has progressed, opening up with a 10-5 win over Peter Hudson before thrashing Ricky Evans 10-3 with a 98.7 average and going on to dispatch Chris Dobey 10-5 with a 102 average.

Petersen has progressed to his first UK Open Quarter-Final since 2015 courtesy of a series of strong displays on the outer boards, winning all three of his matches by at least a five-leg margin.

The world number 32 has seen off Jeffrey de Zwaan, Scott Waites and Peter Jacques so far and is now eyeing a first televised triumph over the Welsh talisman.

The opening Quarter-Final sees two-time UK Open champion James Wade continue his pursuit of further glory with a tie against former European Champion Simon Whitlock.

Wade last picked up this trophy ten years ago and has gone about his business with typical efficiency this weekend, registering two ton-plus averages in his three matches so far.

The Machine began by denying Ryan Joyce in a last-leg decider on Friday and went on to defeat Rob Cross 10-7 and Gabriel Clemens 10-5 to continue his progress.

Whitlock is appearing in his first UK Open Quarter-Final in four years, having beaten Karel Sedlacek 10-7 before coming through two nail-biting deciders against Darius Labanauskas and and Brendan Dolan with consecutive 98 averages.

The Aussie ace has been one of the most consistent performers in televised competition over the past 12 months, with this his fourth major Quarter-Final since July.

Dave Chisnall marks his first UK Open Quarter-Final appearance since 2012 with a show-down against first-time quarter-finalist Luke Humphries.

Chisnall, who is looking to claim his first major title in memory of his late mother, has performed superbly so far, averaging 100 and 104 in wins over Peter Wright and Danny Noppert before coming 8-6 down to defeat Alan Soutar 10-8 on Saturday night.

World Championship semi-finalist at the beginning of the year, ‘Chizzy’ continues to produce his brilliant best on the sport’s biggest stages and now faces a player with similarly clinical scoring ability.

Former World Youth Champion Humphries is into his first Quarter-Final outside of the World Championship, having benefitted from a Third Round walkover before going on to defeat Kim Huybrechts, Ryan Searle and Martijn Kleermaker.

Humphries has undergone a significant health kick in recent months and appears re-energised and refocused on stage after a below-par 2020 by his standards.

The action gets underway from 12.45pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

The draw for the Semi-Finals will be made shortly after the conclusion of the previous round.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Schedule

Sunday March 7

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall v Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski v Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final

Van Gerwen denies De Sousa in a decider to set up Ratajski clash at the UK Open

Michael van Gerwen held firm to edge out Jose De Sousa in a last-leg decider for a place in the UK Open Quarter-Finals, as Krzysztof Ratajski thrashed in-form Jonny Clayton.

Reigning champion Van Gerwen continued the defence of his title with victories over Mensur Suljovic and De Sousa in the fifth and sixth rounds respectively on Day Two of the multi-board event in Milton Keynes.

Following a comfortable 10-4 success over Suljovic which saw him average 103.8, the Dutchman was pushed all the way by De Sousa, eventually producing a strong last leg to come through the decider.

“I think I played a good game but there were too many points I should have done better,” said Van Gerwen.

“I let him come back a couple of times into the game and I should put him more under pressure and I should have taken advantage more of my chances and I didn’t do that.

“I can only blame myself for that unfortunately, but a win is a win and you need to try to take the positives out of the game because that’s really important, and we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

Van Gerwen will now take on Krzysztof Ratajski in Sunday afternoon’s Quarter-Finals after the Polish number one impressed with averages of 100.5 and 103.5 in victories over Madars Razma and Clayton.

“Krzysztof is a great player and it’s a tough draw again, but you have to beat everyone if you want to win this tournament,” added Van Gerwen.

“I need to make sure I concentrate on my own form and then I’m sure I can do more damage in this tournament.

“When he plays against me he’s going to feel more under pressure as well – it’s a totally different game for him playing any other players than playing me.”

It was a comfortable day for world number one Gerwyn Price, who began with a 10-3 rout of Ricky Evans, before averaging 102 in a 10-5 success over Chris Dobey.

The reigning World Champion will be looking to add a first UK Open title to his collection on Sunday on his 36th birthday, having reached the final twice in the past four years.

“I’m happy with my work so far, but there’s a lot more to come from me and I’ll have to produce it if I’m going to win this title,” said Price.

“One minute I feel like I can’t miss and two minutes later I can’t hit a barn door.

“I’m getting more confident as the weekend goes by, every game I’m progressing and getting better so hopefully if I get to the final I produce my best game.

“It would be a good birthday present to even get to the final, and even nicer to win.”

Price’s next assignment will see him take on Devon Petersen after the South African ace secured victories over Yorkshire duo Scott Waites and Peter Jacques to reach the Last Eight for the first time since 2015.

James Wade, the 2008 and 2011 champion, continued his quest for a third UK open title with typically efficient wins over Rob Cross and Gabriel Clemens.

Wade will now meet Simon Whitlock in the Quarter-Finals after the Australian came through successive last-leg deciders against Darius Labanauskas and Brendan Dolan to reach the Last Eight for only the second time.

Dave Chisnall, semi-finalist in 2012, continued his bid for a maiden televised title with victories over Danny Noppert, in which he averaged 104.4, and impressive Scottish newcomer Alan Soutar.

World number seven Chisnall will now take on former World Youth Champion Luke Humphries, who defeated Ryan Searle and Martijn Kleermaker to reach his first televised Quarter-Final outside of the World Championship.

Sunday’s Finals Day will see the draw for the Semi-Finals made at the conclusion of the Quarter-Finals, before the semis and final are contested in the evening session.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Results

Saturday March 6

Afternoon Session

Fifth Round
James Wade 10-7 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
José de Sousa 10-9 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock 10-9 Darius Labanauskas
Gabriel Clemens 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 10-1 John Brown
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Luke Humphries 10-7 Ryan Searle
Martijn Kleermaker 10- Callan Rydz
Alan Soutar 10-7 Ron Meulenkamp
Brendan Dolan 10-6 Luke Woodhouse
Peter Jacques 10-9 Max Hopp
Devon Petersen 10-5 Scott Waites
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-8 Madars Razma
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Danny Noppert

Evening Session

Sixth Round
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Alan Soutar
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen 10-9 Jose de Sousa
Luke Humphries 10-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Devon Petersen 10-4 Peter Jacques
Simon Whitlock 10-9 Brendan Dolan
James Wade 10-5 Gabriel Clemens

UK Open Darts 2021 Day Two preview and order of play: Last 32 collide in Milton Keynes

The 2021 UK Open enters its business end in Milton Keynes on Saturday as the 32 remaining players vie to reach the final day of action.

A frenetic opening day at the Marshall Arena saw 119 players depart the competition across the opening four rounds, with a number of big names among those to bow out.

A further double session on Day Two features the Fifth Round ties held across four stages in the afternoon before the Last 16 is held across two stages in the evening.

Michael van Gerwen navigated his way past former Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell in a close-run contest on Friday and now faces another methodical thrower in Mensur Suljovic.

Reigning champion Van Gerwen is bidding to successfully defend this title for the second time and claim UK Open glory for the fourth time since 2015 as he vies to regain the world number one spot this year.

Suljovic, quarter-finalist in 2014 and 2015, began with a 10-6 victory over 17-year-old Polish sensation Sebastian Białecki and is out to climb back up the rankings after dropping out of the world’s top 16.

The Main Stage also sees world number one and World Champion Gerwyn Price taking on Kettering ace Ricky Evans.

Price has finished runner-up in this event on two occasions, most recently 12 months ago, and will be determined to add this prestigious trophy to ever-expanding haul of major silverware.

The Welshman cruised to a 10-5 victory over Peter Hudson in Round One and will be keen to improve on his match average of 94 when he faces the man responsible for knocking out Ian White on the outer boards.

James Wade, who last won this event a decade ago, resumes his quest for a third UK Open title with a show-down against 2019 runner-up Rob Cross.

Wade, twice a major finalist last season, held his nerve to edge out Ryan Joyce in a last-leg decider on Friday, while Cross came from 8-5 down to deny 2013 finalist Andy Hamilton 10-8.

Another mouth-watering contest sees Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa take on Michael Smith – the man he defeated 16-14 in an epic Quarter-Final en route to the title last November.

De Sousa produced a timely 103 checkout in the deciding leg to deny Mervyn King in Round Four and finds himself at this stage of the UK Open for the first time.

Smith, semi-finalist in 2019, also came through a last-leg thriller on Stage Two as he edged out Joe Cullen with a 101.5 average and a 170 checkout along the way.

Stage Two features a clash between two-time major semi-finalist Chris Dobey and rising star John Brown – the only player to have started out in Round One to be left standing in this year’s competition.

Brown, whose father Steve was timed out of the tournament after failing to show for his match, began by defeating Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin 6-3 with a 98 average before edging out Nathan Rafferty 6-5 and overcoming Chas Barstow 6-3.

He then knocked out former Lakeside finalist Mark McGeeney 10-6 to continue his superb run.

Reigning Masters champion and Super Series event winner Jonny Clayton comes up against World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode – who denied Gary Anderson in a dramatic deciding leg on the Main Stage.

Two-time major champion Daryl Gurney faces a tough test against German number one Gabriel Clemens, while former European Champion Simon Whitlock faces Lithuanian ace Darius Labanauskas.

Scottish star Alan Soutar, who knocked out Raymond van Barneveld in Round Two, aims to continue his memorable debut by overcoming Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp on Stage Three.

Stage Four features a clash between Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski and Latvia’s Madars Razma, while Dave Chisnall – who knocked out Peter Wright in Round Four – faces former World Series Finals runner-up Danny Noppert – who saw off Glen Durrant last night.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs.

The draw for the Last 16 will be made shortly after the conclusion of the previous round.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Schedule

Saturday March 6

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-5pm)

Fifth Round

Main Stage
Rob Cross v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Ricky Evans
Michael Smith v Jose de Sousa
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic

Stage Two
Darius Labanauskas v Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney v Gabriel Clemens
Chris Dobey v John Brown
Jonny Clayton v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Stage Three
Luke Humphries v Ryan Searle
Callan Rydz v Martin Kleermaker
Alan Soutar v Ron Meulenkamp
Luke Woodhouse v Brendan Dolan

Stage Four
Peter Jacques v Max Hopp
Scott Waites v Devon Petersen
Krzysztof Ratajski v Madars Razma
Dave Chisnall v Danny Noppert

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Sixth Round
Main Stage & Stage Two

Van Duijvenbode denies Anderson in UK Open decider as Chisnall dispatches Wright on thrilling opening day

Dirk van Duijvenbode closed out a dramatic 10-9 victory over Gary Anderson on the opening day of the UK Open, while Dave Chisnall knocked out Peter Wright.

An action-packed day at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes began with 151 players, but just 32 remain standing after a marathon double session across eight stages.

The world’s top 32 ranked players awaited the winners from the Third Round in the evening session, with the traditional open draw format producing a number of mouth-watering ties.

History was made by Lisa Ashton on the Main Stage in Round Two as the four-time Women’s World Champion averaged 100.3 – the highest ever recorded by a woman in a televised event, in a 6-2 win over Aaron Beeney.

It was also Ashton’s first win on a TV stage in the PDC and the first victory for a woman in the tournament since Deta Hedman achieved the feat in 2005, although her progress was later halted by Darius Labanauskas in Round Three.

Two nine-darters were hit in the opening two rounds, firstly by 17-year-old Polish debutant Sebastian Bialecki in his First Round win over Jim McEwan, before Dutchman Jitse van der Wal achieved perfection against Bialecki in a Second Round defeat.

Round One saw early exits for the likes of Adam Gawlas, Ritchie Edhouse, Geert De Vos, John Michael and former World Champion Richie Burnett.

The Second Round saw two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld fall by the wayside as his return to the competition was ended by impressive debutant Alan Soutar.

Scotland’s Soutar, who secured his Tour Card at UK Qualifying School last month, went on to reach the Last 32, defeating Mickey Mansell and Stephen Bunting in the process.

Canada’s Jeff Smith and America’s Danny Baggish both departed in Round Two, alongside Scottish pair Ryan Murray and William Borland.

Scott Waites received a walkover into Round Three after his scheduled opponent Steve Brown was incredibly timed out for failing to show at the board on time.

Brown’s son John, however, enjoyed a contrastingly successful day as he reached the Last 32 on his UK Open debut, becoming the only player to do so having started out in Round One.

Emerging star Brown began by defeating Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin 6-3 with a 98 average before edging out Nathan Rafferty 6-5 and overcoming Chas Barstow 6-3.

He then knocked out former Lakeside finalist Mark McGeeney 10-6 to continue his superb run, setting up a Last 32 meeting with Chris Dobey.

The Third Round saw the likes of William O’Connor, Damon Heta, Keane Barry, Jim Williams and Jelle Klaasen crash out.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen made it safely through to Saturday afternoon’s Fifth Round with a hard-fought 10-8 win over Scott Mitchell.

World number one Gerwyn Price, meanwhile, cruised through with a 10-5 defeat of Peter Hudson.

Peter Wright’s slow start to 2021 continued as he went down 10-5 to Dave Chisnall – who averaged 100 and landed six 180s on his way to victory.

Michael Smith recovered from 5-1 down and survived a match dart to defeat Joe Cullen in a last-leg epic, taking out 170 along the way.

Nathan Aspinall, the 2019 champion, bowed out following a 10-5 loss to Krzysztof Ratajski – who averaged 102.6 in a clinical display.

2018 champion Gary Anderson and 2014 winner Adrian Lewis also fell at the first hurdle at the hands of Dirk van Duijvenbode and Ryan Searle respectively, both of whom averaged above 100.

Van Gerwen is joined by James Wade as the only former winners remaining in the tournament after the 2008 and 2011 champion came through a last-leg decider against Ryan Joyce.

Dutch ace Danny Noppert enjoyed a 10-6 victory over Premier League champion Glen Durrant – whose struggles in major competition continue.

Luke Woodhouse dispatched World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5, with the Belgian recovering from a recent knee operation, while Rob Cross battled back from 8-5 down to deny 2013 finalist Andy Hamilton 10-8.

Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa produced a timely 103 checkout in the deciding leg to defeat Mervyn King 10-9.

The action continues on Saturday with the Fifth Round ties in the afternoon session, followed by the Last 16 in the evening session, with the draw to be made at the conclusion of the previous round.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Results

Friday March 5

Afternoon Session

Main Stage
Berry van Peer 5-6 Martin Schindler (R1)
Brett Claydon 3-6 Danny Baggish (R1)
Aaron Beeney 2-6 Lisa Ashton (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R2)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld (R2)
Keane Barry 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2)
Max Hopp 6-3 William O’Connor (R3)
Damon Heta 1-6 David Evans (R3)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Mickey Mansell (R3)

Stage Two
Gordon Mathers 3-6 Kirk Shepherd (R1)
Boris Koltsov 6-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (R1)
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-6 Jim Williams (R1)
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Richie Burnett (R1)
Martin Atkins 6-3 Bradley Brooks (R2)
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2)
Lewis Williams 5-6 Scott Mitchell (R2)
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Danny Baggish (R2)
Mark McGeeney 6-5 Steve Beaton (R3)
Ross Smith 5-6 Callan Rydz (R3)
Lisa Ashton 2-6 Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-6 Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Stage Three
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Sean Fisher (R1)
Matt Jackson 3-6 Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Keelan Kay 5-6 Kevin McDine (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Brian Raman (R1)
Nick Kenny 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R2)
Jeff Smith 1-6 Martin Schindler (R2)
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Damian Mol (R2)
Jim Williams 6-1 Kirk Shepherd (R2)
James Wilson 1-6 Keegan Brown (R3)
Martin Atkins 4-6 Scott Waites (R3)
Keane Barry 6-2 Luke Woodhouse (R3)
Scott Taylor 0-6 Adam Hunt (R3)

Stage Four
Geert De Vos 2-6 Niels Zonneveld (R1)
Martin Lukeman 4-6 Maikel Verberk (R1)
Scott Taylor 6-4 John Michael (R1)
Michael Rasztovits 2-6 Peter Jacques (R2)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Jesus Noguera (R2)
Scott Waites W/O Steve Brown (R2)
Kevin McDine 3-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Eddie Lovely 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Nick Kenny (R3)
Jim Williams 2-6 Madars Razma (R3)

Stage Five
Shane McGuirk 2-6 Jack Main (R1)
Jason Heaver 6-2 Lorenzo Pronk (R1)
Luc Peters 3-6 Lewis Williams (R1)
Steffen Siepmann 4-6 David Evans (R2)
Niels Zonneveld 2-6 Derk Telnekes (R2)
Alan Tabern 5-6 Gino Vos (R2)
Joe Murnan 3-6 Kai Fan Leung (R2)
Steve West 1-6 Jason Lowe (R3)
Andy Boulton 6-3 Jelle Klaasen (R3)
Kevin Doets 4-6 Steve Lennon (R3)
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Rhys Griffin (R3)
Peter Jacques 6-1 Ciaran Teehan (R3)

Stage Six
Jim McEwan 2-6 Sebastian Bialecki (R1) – *Bialecki hits a nine-darter*
Chas Barstow 6-4 Lukas Wenig (R1)
Joe Murnan 6-2 Matthew Dennant (R1)
Jon Worsley 1-6 Andrew Gilding (R2)
Jack Main 6-4 Robert Collins (R2)
Mike De Decker 4-6 Rhys Griffin (R2)
Scott Taylor 6-5 Maikel Verberk (R2)
John Henderson 6-5 Matt Edgar (R3)
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Gary Blades (R3)
Martin Schindler 5-6 Martijn Kleermaker (R3)
John Brown 6-3 Chas Barstow (R3)

Stage Seven
Joe Davis 3-6 Kevin Doets (R1)
Adam Gawlas 4-6 Gino Vos (R1)
Ritchie Edhouse 4-6 Damian Mol (R1)
Harald Leitinger 0-6 Karel Sedlacek (R2)
Dom Taylor 0-6 Gary Blades (R2)
John Brown 6-5 Nathan Rafferty (R2)
Chas Barstow 6-1 Martin Thomas (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 1-6 Brendan Dolan (R3)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Gino Vos (R3)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Josh Payne (R3)

Stage Eight
Jake Jones 5-6 Dom Taylor (R1)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Ryan De Vreede (R1)
John Brown 6-3 Gavin Carlin (R1)
Ryan Murray 2-6 Krzysztof Kciuk (R2)
William Borland 4-6 Kevin Doets (R2)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Jitse van der Wal (R2) – *Van der Wal hits a nine-darter*
Jason Heaver 5-6 Eddie Lovely (R2)
Ted Evetts 4-6 Darren Webster (R3)
Jack Main 5-6 Ryan Searle (R3)
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Andrew Gilding (R3)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Derk Telnekes (R3)

Evening Session

Fourth Round

Main Stage
Gary Anderson 9-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Scott Mitchell
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Peter Hudson
Peter Wright 5-10 Dave Chisnall

Stage Two
Mervyn King 9-10 Jose de Sousa
Andy Hamilton 8-10 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
Joe Cullen 9-10 Michael Smith

Stage Three
Daryl Gurney 10-8 Jason Lowe
Ryan Searle 10-7 Adrian Lewis
Max Hopp 10-6 Vincent van der Voort
John Brown 10-6 Mark McGeeney

Stage Four
Callan Rydz 10-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Darius Labanauskas 10-5 Darren Webster
Ryan Joyce 9-10 James Wade

Stage Five
Ian White 7-10 Ricky Evans
Alan Soutar 10-5 Stephen Bunting
Kai Fan Leung 7-10 Brendan Dolan
Martijn Kleermaker 10-8 Jamie Hughes

Stage Six
Karel Sedlacek 7-10 Simon Whitlock
Devon Petersen 10-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Luke Woodhouse 10-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Andy Boulton 9-10 Peter Jacques

Stage Seven
Mensur Suljovic 10-6 Sebastian Bialecki
Gabriel Clemens 10-4 Adam Hunt
Steve Lennon 7-10 Ron Meulenkamp
David Evans 6-10 Madars Razma

Stage Eight
Scott Waites 10-6 Keegan Brown
John Henderson 6-10 Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant 6-10 Danny Noppert
Kim Huybrechts 8-10 Luke Humphries

UK Open Darts 2021 Day One preview and order of play: FA Cup of Darts commences in Milton Keynes

A jam-packed opening day of the 2021 UK Open features 151 players battling it out across eight stages in Milton Keynes.

This year’s UK Open will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena from March 5-7, with play held simultaneously in the early rounds across eight stages in the same area of the venue.

Commonly referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’, the UK Open features a unique open draw format from the outset, with all Tour Card holders invited to compete.

With no amateur qualifiers in this year’s field, the line-up is comprised of 151 players, including top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Qualifying School Orders of Merit.

Players will enter the tournament based on their ranking position, with the world’s top 32 joining in the Fourth Round on Friday night, including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, world number one Gerwyn Price and former UK Open champions Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Nathan Aspinall and Adrian Lewis.

The afternoon session plays host to the opening three rounds, kicking off on the main stage with a clash between resurgent Dutchman Berry van Peer and German ace Martin Schindler – who recently regained his Tour Card at European Qualifying School.

A further two PDC newcomers then collide as Brett Claydon faces 2019 North American champion Danny Baggish – who secured his Tour Card in dramatic fashion on the final day at this very venue last month.

Elsewhere in Round One, former world finalist Kirk Shepherd faces Australian newcomer Gordon Mathers on Stage Two, while Russian number one Boris Koltsov meets Austrian youngster Rusty-Jake Rodriguez.

Jim Williams, the 2020 BDO World Championship runner-up, takes on Austria’s Zoran Lerchbacher, while former World Champion Richie Burnett meets Dutch left-hander Geert Nentjes.

Former World Youth finalist Adam Gawlas faces Dutchman Gino Vos on Stage Seven, while emerging Bristol star John Brown makes his UK Open debut against Northern Ireland’s Gavin Carlin.

The stand-out Second Round tie sees two-time UK Open champion Raymond van Barneveld mark his return to the event with a show-down against Scotland’s Alan Soutar.

In only his third event after regaining a Tour Card, Van Barneveld ended an eight-year wait for a PDC ranking title by claiming glory in the Super Series, defeating Soutar 6-2 in the Quarter-Finals along the way.

Soutar, a firefighter by day, defeated the likes of Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis during his first ProTour campaign, picking up a healthy £4,750 in prize money across the four days.

Other notable Second Round ties include four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton versus Aaron Beeney – who pulled off a sensational scalp of Gerwyn Price in last week’s PDC Super Series

Ashton is eyeing her first win at the UK Open, while Beeney is making his debut in front of the television cameras as he looks to build on last week’s confidence-boosting upset.

Lisa Ashton in action (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites commences his campaign against Steve ‘Bomber’ Brown – whose sole PDC ranking title to date came in a UK Open qualifier a decade ago.

Rapid Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker faces Wayne Jones – one of only three ever-presents in the UK Open since the event began back in 2003.

Scotland’s Ryan Murray, who gave a fine account of himself against Michael van Gerwen in the recent World Championship, takes on Polish number two Krzysztof Kciuk on Stage Eight.

Confirmed Third Round ties include recent first-time ranking event winner Callan Rydz up against Ross Smith – who reached the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open two years ago.

Steve Beaton, who joins Jones and Wade as an ever-present in this prestigious competition, opens up against former BDO world finalist Mark McGeeney on Stage Two.

Former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen faces a tough opener against Stoke ace Andy Boulton, while former World Youth champion Keegan Brown plays former World Trophy winner James Wilson.

John Henderson, who represented Scotland for the first time in last year’s World Cup, kicks off his campaign against Matthew Edgar in a repeat of their Super Series clash last week, in which ‘The Highlander’ prevailed 6-5.

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

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Schedule

Friday March 5

Afternoon Session (11am Start, 12pm Main Stage)

Main Stage
Berry van Peer v Martin Schindler (R1)
Brett Claydon v Danny Baggish (R1)
Aaron Beeney v Lisa Ashton (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven v Koltsov/Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (R2)
Alan Soutar v Raymond van Barneveld (R2)
Keane Barry v Nentjes/Burnett (R2)
Max Hopp v William O’Connor (R3)
Damon Heta v Siepmann/D Evans (R3)
Soutar/Van Barneveld v Mickey Mansell (R3)

Stage Two
Gordon Mathers v Kirk Shepherd (R1)
Boris Koltsov v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (R1)
Zoran Lerchbacher v Jim Williams (R1)
Geert Nentjes v Richie Burnett (R1)
Martin Atkins v Bradley Brooks (R2)
Martijn Kleermaker v Wayne Jones (R2)
Peters/L Williams v Scott Mitchell (R2)
Ciaran Teehan v Claydon/Baggish (R2)
Mark McGeeney v Steve Beaton (R3)
Ross Smith v Callan Rydz (R3)
Beeney/Ashton v Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Murray/Kciuk v Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Stage Three
Rhys Griffin v Sean Fisher (R1)
Matt Jackson v Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Keelan Kay v Kevin McDine (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Brian Raman (R1)
Nick Kenny v Ryan Meikle (R2)
Jeff Smith v Van Peer/Schindler (R2)
Andy Hamilton v Edhouse/Mol (R2)
Lerchbacher/J Williams v Mathers/Shepherd (R2)
James Wilson v Keegan Brown (R3)
Atkins/Brooks v Waites/S Brown (R3)
Barry/Nentjes/Burnett v Luke Woodhouse (R3)
S Taylor/Michael/Lukeman/Verberk v Adam Hunt (R3)

Stage Four
Geert De Vos v Niels Zonneveld (R1)
Martin Lukeman v Maikel Verberk (R1)
Scott Taylor v John Michael (R1)
Michael Rasztovits v Peter Jacques (R2)
Hudson/De Vreede v Jesus Noguera (R2)
Scott Waites v Steve Brown (R2)
Kay/McDine v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Raman (R2)
Heaver/Pronk/Lovely v Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Murnan/Dennant/Leung v Kenny/Meikle (R3)
Lerchbacher/J Williams/Mathers/Shepherd v Madars Razma (R3)

Stage Five
Shane McGuirk v Jack Main (R1)
Jason Heaver v Lorenzo Pronk (R1)
Luc Peters v Lewis Williams (R1)
Steffen Siepmann v David Evans (R2)
De Vos/Zonneveld v Derk Telnekes (R2)
Alan Tabern v Gawlas/Vos (R2)
Murnan/Dennant v Kai Fan Leung (R2)
Steve West v Jason Lowe (R3)
Andy Boulton v Jelle Klaasen (R3)
Borland/Davis/Doets v Steve Lennon (R3)
Leitinger/Sedlacek v De Decker/Griffin/Fisher (R3)
Raztovits/Jacques v Teehan/Claydon/Baggish (R3)

Stage Six
Jim McEwan v Sebastian Bialecki (R1)
Chas Barstow v Lukas Wenig (R1)
Joe Murnan v Matthew Dennant (R1)
Jon Worsley v Andrew Gilding (R2)
McGuirk/Main v Robert Collins (R2)
Mike De Decker v Griffin/Fisher (R2)
S Taylor/Michael v Lukeman/Verberk (R2)
John Henderson v Matt Edgar (R3)
Hamilton/Edhouse/Mol v J Jones/D Taylor/Blades (R3)
J Smith/Van Peer/Schindler v Kleermaker/W Jones (R3)
J Brown/Carlin/Jackson/Rafferty v Barstow/Wenig/Thomas (R3)

Stage Seven
Joe Davis v Kevin Doets (R1)
Adam Gawlas v Gino Vos (R1)
Ritchie Edhouse v Damian Mol (R1)
Harald Leitinger v Karel Sedlacek (R2)
J Jones/D Taylor v Gary Blades (R2)
J Brown/Carlin v Jackson/Rafferty (R2)
Barstow/Wenig v Martin Thomas (R2)
Kuivenhoven/Koltsov/Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Brendan Dolan (R3)
Hudson/De Vreede/Noguera v Tabern/Gawlas/Vos (R3)
Kay/McDine/Rowby-John Rodriguez/Raman v Josh Payne (R3)

Stage Eight
Jake Jones v Dom Taylor (R1)
Peter Hudson v Ryan De Vreede (R1)
John Brown v Gavin Carlin (R1)
Ryan Murray v Krzysztof Kciuk (R2)
William Borland v Davis/Doets (R2)
McEwan/Bialecki v Jitse van der Wal (R2)
Heaver/Pronk v Eddie Lovely (R2)
Ted Evetts v Darren Webster (R3)
McGuirk/Main/Collins v Ryan Searle (R3)
Peters/L Williams/Mitchell v Worsley/Gilding (R3)
McEwan/Bialecki/Van der Wal v De Vos/Zonneveld/Telnekes (R3)

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Fourth Round
Main Stage, Stage Two & Stages Three-Eight

UK Open Darts Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The stars of PDC Darts assemble in Milton Keynes for the 2021 UK Open and we’ve picked out our daily betting tips.

This year’s UK Open will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena from March 5-7, with play held simultaneously in the early rounds across eight stages.

Commonly referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’, the 2021 UK Open features a unique open draw format from the outset, with all Tour Card holders invited to compete.

With no amateur qualifiers in this year’s field, the line-up is comprised of 154 players, including top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Qualifying School Orders of Merit.

Players will enter the tournament based on their ranking position, with the world’s top 32 joining in the Fourth Round, including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, world number one Gerwyn Price and former UK Open champions Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Nathan Aspinall and Adrian Lewis.

Raymond van Barneveld, back-to-back UK Open champion in 2006 and 2007, makes his return to the prestigious major having come out of retirement and regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School before claiming a first ranking title for over seven years at the recent Super Series.

Danny Baggish, Alan Soutar, Jim Williams and Adam Gawlas are among the notable debutants.

We’ve picked out our top betting tips for each day’s play at the UK Open.

UK Open Betting Tips

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UK Open Darts 2021 Draw, Live Scores and Tournament Schedule

The stars of PDC Darts assemble in Milton Keynes for the 2021 UK Open, and you can follow the latest results and match schedules here.

This year’s UK Open will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena from March 5-7, with play held simultaneously in the early rounds across eight stages.

Commonly referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’, the 2021 UK Open features a unique open draw format from the outset, with all Tour Card holders invited to compete.

With no amateur qualifiers in this year’s field, the line-up is comprised of 151 players, including top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Qualifying School Orders of Merit.

Players will enter the tournament based on their ranking position, with the world’s top 32 joining in the Fourth Round, including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, world number one Gerwyn Price and former UK Open champions Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Nathan Aspinall and Adrian Lewis.

Raymond van Barneveld, back-to-back UK Open champion in 2006 and 2007, makes his return to the prestigious major having come out of retirement and regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School before claiming a first ranking title for over seven years at the recent Super Series.

Danny Baggish, Alan Soutar, Jim Williams and Adam Gawlas are among the notable debutants.

First, Second and Third Round matches are to be contested over the best of 11 legs, Fourth Round to Quarter-Finals best of 19 and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Tournament Schedule

Friday March 5

Afternoon Session (11am Start, 12pm Main Stage)

Main Stage
Berry van Peer 5-6 Martin Schindler (R1)
Brett Claydon 3-6 Danny Baggish (R1)
Aaron Beeney 2-6 Lisa Ashton (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R2)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld (R2)
Keane Barry 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2)
Max Hopp 6-3 William O’Connor (R3)
Damon Heta 1-6 David Evans (R3)
Alan Soutar 6-3 Mickey Mansell (R3)

Stage Two
Gordon Mathers 3-6 Kirk Shepherd (R1)
Boris Koltsov 6-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez (R1)
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-6 Jim Williams (R1)
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Richie Burnett (R1)
Martin Atkins 6-3 Bradley Brooks (R2)
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2)
Lewis Williams 5-6 Scott Mitchell (R2)
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Danny Baggish (R2)
Mark McGeeney 6-5 Steve Beaton (R3)
Ross Smith 5-6 Callan Rydz (R3)
Lisa Ashton 2-6 Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Krzysztof Kciuk 5-6 Kim Huybrechts (R3)

Stage Three
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Sean Fisher (R1)
Matt Jackson 3-6 Nathan Rafferty (R1)
Keelan Kay 5-6 Kevin McDine (R1)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Brian Raman (R1)
Nick Kenny 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R2)
Jeff Smith 1-6 Martin Schindler (R2)
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Damian Mol (R2)
Jim Williams 6-1 Kirk Shepherd (R2)
James Wilson 1-6 Keegan Brown (R3)
Martin Atkins 4-6 Scott Waites (R3)
Keane Barry 6-2 Luke Woodhouse (R3)
Scott Taylor 0-6 Adam Hunt (R3)

Stage Four
Geert De Vos 2-6 Niels Zonneveld (R1)
Martin Lukeman 4-6 Maikel Verberk (R1)
Scott Taylor 6-4 John Michael (R1)
Michael Rasztovits 2-6 Peter Jacques (R2)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Jesus Noguera (R2)
Scott Waites W/O Steve Brown (R2)
Kevin McDine 3-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Eddie Lovely 2-6 Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Nick Kenny (R3)
Jim Williams 2-6 Madars Razma (R3)

Stage Five
Shane McGuirk 2-6 Jack Main (R1)
Jason Heaver 6-2 Lorenzo Pronk (R1)
Luc Peters 3-6 Lewis Williams (R1)
Steffen Siepmann 4-6 David Evans (R2)
Niels Zonneveld 2-6 Derk Telnekes (R2)
Alan Tabern 5-6 Gino Vos (R2)
Joe Murnan 3-6 Kai Fan Leung (R2)
Steve West 1-6 Jason Lowe (R3)
Andy Boulton 6-3 Jelle Klaasen (R3)
Kevin Doets 4-6 Steve Lennon (R3)
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Rhys Griffin (R3)
Peter Jacques 6-1 Ciaran Teehan (R3)

Stage Six
Jim McEwan 2-6 Sebastian Bialecki (R1) – *Bialecki hits a nine-darter*
Chas Barstow 6-4 Lukas Wenig (R1)
Joe Murnan 6-2 Matthew Dennant (R1)
Jon Worsley 1-6 Andrew Gilding (R2)
Jack Main 6-4 Robert Collins (R2)
Mike De Decker 4-6 Rhys Griffin (R2)
Scott Taylor 6-5 Maikel Verberk (R2)
John Henderson 6-5 Matt Edgar (R3)
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Gary Blades (R3)
Martin Schindler 5-6 Martijn Kleermaker (R3)
John Brown 6-3 Chas Barstow (R3)

Stage Seven
Joe Davis 3-6 Kevin Doets (R1)
Adam Gawlas 4-6 Gino Vos (R1)
Ritchie Edhouse 4-6 Damian Mol (R1)
Harald Leitinger 0-6 Karel Sedlacek (R2)
Dom Taylor 0-6 Gary Blades (R2)
John Brown 6-5 Nathan Rafferty (R2)
Chas Barstow 6-1 Martin Thomas (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 1-6 Brendan Dolan (R3)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Gino Vos (R3)
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Josh Payne (R3)

Stage Eight
Jake Jones 5-6 Dom Taylor (R1)
Peter Hudson 6-1 Ryan De Vreede (R1)
John Brown 6-3 Gavin Carlin (R1)
Ryan Murray 2-6 Krzysztof Kciuk (R2)
William Borland 4-6 Kevin Doets (R2)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Jitse van der Wal (R2) – *Van der Wal hits a nine-darter*
Jason Heaver 5-6 Eddie Lovely (R2)
Ted Evetts 4-6 Darren Webster (R3)
Jack Main 5-6 Ryan Searle (R3)
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Andrew Gilding (R3)
Sebastian Bialecki 6-3 Derk Telnekes (R3)

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Fourth Round

Main Stage
Gary Anderson 9-10 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Scott Mitchell
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Peter Hudson
Peter Wright 5-10 Dave Chisnall

Stage Two
Mervyn King 9-10 Jose de Sousa
Andy Hamilton 8-10 Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
Joe Cullen 9-10 Michael Smith

Stage Three
Daryl Gurney 10-8 Jason Lowe
Ryan Searle 10-7 Adrian Lewis
Max Hopp 10-6 Vincent van der Voort
John Brown 10-6 Mark McGeeney

Stage Four
Callan Rydz 10-6 Jermaine Wattimena
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Darius Labanauskas 10-5 Darren Webster
Ryan Joyce 9-10 James Wade

Stage Five
Ian White 7-10 Ricky Evans
Alan Soutar 10-5 Stephen Bunting
Kai Fan Leung 7-10 Brendan Dolan
Martijn Kleermaker 10-8 Jamie Hughes

Stage Six
Karel Sedlacek 7-10 Simon Whitlock
Devon Petersen 10-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Luke Woodhouse 10-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Andy Boulton 9-10 Peter Jacques

Stage Seven
Mensur Suljovic 10-6 Sebastian Bialecki
Gabriel Clemens 10-4 Adam Hunt
Steve Lennon 7-10 Ron Meulenkamp
David Evans 6-10 Madars Razma

Stage Eight
Scott Waites 10-6 Keegan Brown
John Henderson 6-10 Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant 6-10 Danny Noppert
Kim Huybrechts 8-10 Luke Humphries

Saturday March 6

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-5pm)

Fifth Round

Main Stage
Rob Cross 7-10 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
Michael Smith 9-10 Jose de Sousa
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Mensur Suljovic

Stage Two
Darius Labanauskas 9-10 Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney 7-10 Gabriel Clemens
Chris Dobey 10-1 John Brown
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Stage Three
Luke Humphries 10-7 Ryan Searle
Callan Rydz 6-10 Martin Kleermaker
Alan Soutar 10-7 Ron Meulenkamp
Luke Woodhouse 6-10 Brendan Dolan

Stage Four
Peter Jacques 10-9 Max Hopp
Scott Waites 5-10 Devon Petersen
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-8 Madars Razma
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Danny Noppert

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Last 16

Main Stage
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Alan Soutar
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-3 Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey 5-10 Gerwyn Price
Jose de Sousa 9-10 Michael van Gerwen

Stage Two
Luke Humphries 10-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Devon Petersen 10-4 Peter Jacques
Brendan Dolan 9-10 Simon Whitlock
Gabriel Clemens 5-10 James Wade

Sunday March 7

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 8-10 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall 9-10 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-10 Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Semi-Finals
James Wade 11-6 Gerwyn Price
Luke Humphries 11-5 Michael van Gerwen

Final
James Wade 11-5 Luke Humphries

UK Open 2021 Prize Fund
Winner: £100,000
Runner-up: £40,000
Semi-Final losers: £20,000
Quarter-Final losers: £12,500
Last 16 losers: £7,500
Last 32 losers: £4,000
Fourth Round losers: £2,000
Third Round losers: £1,000
Total: £450,000

UK Open Darts 2021 live stream: How to watch live online

The stars of PDC Darts assemble in Milton Keynes for the 2021 UK Open, and a live stream is available for various matches.

This year’s UK Open will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena from March 5-7, with play held simultaneously in the early rounds across eight stages.

Commonly referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’, the 2021 UK Open features a unique open draw format from the outset, with all Tour Card holders invited to compete.

With no amateur qualifiers in this year’s field, the line-up is comprised of 154 players, including top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Qualifying School Orders of Merit.

Players will enter the tournament based on their ranking position, with the world’s top 32 joining in the Fourth Round, including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen, world number one Gerwyn Price and former UK Open champions Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, James Wade, Nathan Aspinall and Adrian Lewis.

Raymond van Barneveld, back-to-back UK Open champion in 2006 and 2007, makes his return to the prestigious major having come out of retirement and regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School before claiming a first ranking title for over seven years at the recent Super Series.

Danny Baggish, Alan Soutar, Jim Williams and Adam Gawlas are among the notable debutants.

Multiple matches are available to watch live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices in various regions.

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4) Select the play icon next to the match in progress and the stream window will appear

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UK Open Darts 2021 Draw: Van Barneveld handed Soutar show-down

The draw for the opening three rounds of the 2021 UK Open has been confirmed, with Raymond van Barneveld versus Alan Soutar among the notable ties.

This year’s UK Open will take place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from March 5-7.

Commonly referred to as the ‘FA Cup of Darts’, the 2021 UK Open features a unique open draw format from the outset, with all Tour Card holders invited to compete.

With no amateur qualifiers in this year’s field, the line-up is comprised of 154 players, including top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Qualifying School Orders of Merit.

Van Barneveld, back-to-back UK Open champion in 2006 and 2007, makes his return to the prestigious major having come out of retirement and regained his Tour Card at Qualifying School before claiming a first ranking title for over seven years at the recent Super Series.

The Dutch legend will enter the opening day of the tournament at the second round stage, and has drawn Scottish debutant Soutar – who has made an impressive start to life as a PDC Tour Card Holder.

Players will enter the tournament based on their ranking position, with the world’s top 32 joining at the Fourth Round stage.

The following PDC Tour Card Holders have withdrawn from the tournament: Wesley Harms, Robert Marijanovic, Daniel Larsson, Michael Unterbuncher, Darren Penhall and Boris Kcrmar. As a result, six players received a bye in the First Round.

Notable First Round ties include American ace Danny Baggish making his UK Open debut against Brett Claydon, while former World Champion Richie Burnett faces Dutch youngster Geert Nentjes.

Russia’s Boris Koltsov faces Austrian ace Rusty-Jake Rodriguez, while impressive newcomer Chas Barstow takes on Germany’s Lukas Wenig.

Second Round ties include four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton against Aaron Beeney and two-time Lakeside Champion Scott Waites against Bristol’s Steve Brown.

Wayne Jones, one of three UK Open ever-presents in the field, will face Martijn Kleermaker in Round Two, with Steve Beaton entering in Round Three against Mark McGeeney.

Two-time UK Open winner James Wade, the only other player to have appeared in the event each year since 2003, enters at the fourth round stage alongside the world’s top 32 on Friday evening.

Play is held simultaneously in the early rounds across eight stages, with the allocations for Friday’s afternoon session to be confirmed in due course.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Draw

First Round
Robert Collins Bye
David Evans Bye
Andrew Gilding Bye
Michael Rasztovits Bye
Martin Thomas Bye
Scott Mitchell Bye
Rhys Griffin v Sean Fisher
Matt Jackson v Nathan Rafferty
Brett Claydon v Danny Baggish
Keelan Kay v Kevin McDine
Boris Koltsov v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Rowby-John Rodriguez v Brian Raman
Berry van Peer v Martin Schindler
Jitse Van der Wal v Florian Hempel
Geert De Vos v Niels Zonneveld
Martin Lukeman v Maikel Verberk
Scott Taylor v John Michael
Shane McGuirk v Jack Main
Jason Heaver v Lorenzo Pronk
Luc Peters v Lewis Williams
Jim McEwan v Sebastian Bialecki
Chas Barstow v Lukas Wenig
Joe Murnan v Matthew Dennant
Joe Davis v Kevin Doets
Adam Gawlas v Gino Vos
Geert Nentjes v Richie Burnett
John Brown v Gavin Carlin
Jake Jones v Dom Taylor
Zoran Lerchbacher v Jim Williams
Gordon Mathers v Kirk Shepherd
Peter Hudson v Ryan De Vreede
Ritchie Edhouse v Damian Mol

Second Round
Scott Waites v Steve Brown
S Taylor/Michael v Lukeman/Verberk
Nick Kenny v Ryan Meikle
Ciaran Teehan v Claydon/Baggish
Peters/L Williams v Scott Mitchell
Keane Barry v Nentjes/Burnett
Maik Kuivenhoven v Koltsov/Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Kay/McDine v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Raman
Murnan/Dennant v Kai Fan Leung
Andy Hamilton v Edhouse/Mol
Alan Soutar v Raymond van Barneveld
McGuirk/Main v Robert Collins
McEwan/Bialecki v Van der Wal/Hempel
Barstow/Wenig v Martin Thomas
Michael Rasztovits v Peter Jacques
William Borland v Davis/Doets
Aaron Beeney v Lisa Ashton
Martin Atkins v Bradley Brooks
Heaver/Pronk v Eddie Lovely
De Vos/Zonneveld v Derk Telnekes
Jon Worsley v Andrew Gilding
Martijn Kleermaker v Wayne Jones
Hudson/De Vreede v Jesus Noguera
Lerchbacher/J Williams v Mathers/Shepherd
J Brown/Carlin v Jackson/Rafferty
J Jones/D Taylor v Gary Blades
Steffen Siepmann v David Evans
Mike De Decker v Griffin/Fisher
Alan Tabern v Gawlas/Vos
Ryan Murray v Krzysztof Kciuk
Jeff Smith v Van Peer/Schindler
Harald Leitinger v Karel Sedlacek

Third Round
Beeney/Ashton v Darius Labanauskas
Barry/Nentjes/Burnett v Luke Woodhouse
Max Hopp v William O’Connor
Murnan/Dennant/Leung v Kenny/Meikle
Peters/L Williams/Mitchell v Worsley/Gilding
Leitinger/Sedlacek v De Decker/Griffin/Fisher
James Wilson v Keegan Brown
Steve West v Jason Lowe
Murray/Kciuk v Kim Huybrechts
Kuivenhoven/Koltsov/Rusty-Jake Rodriguez v Brendan Dolan
McGuirk/Main/Collins v Ryan Searle
Ryan Joyce v Cristo Reyes
Mark McGeeney v Steve Beaton
Heaver/Pronk/Lovely v Ron Meulenkamp
Lerchbacher/J Williams/Mathers/Shepherd v Madars Razma
Ted Evetts v Darren Webster
J Smith/Van Peer/Schindler v Kleermaker/W Jones
Justin Pipe v Luke Humphries
John Henderson v Matt Edgar
S Taylor/Michael/Lukeman/Verberk v Adam Hunt
Kay/McDine/Rowby-John Rodriguez/Raman v Josh Payne
Damon Heta v Siepmann/D Evans
Borland/Davis/Doets v Steve Lennon
McEwan/Bialecki/Van der Wal/Hempel v De Vos/Zonneveld/Telnekes
Hudson/De Vreede/Noguera v Tabern/Gawlas/Vos
J Brown/Carlin/Jackson/Rafferty v Barstow/Wenig/Thomas
Andy Boulton v Jelle Klaasen
Hamilton/Edhouse/Mol v J Jones/D Taylor/Blades
Ross Smith v Callan Rydz
Raztovits/Jacques v Teehan/Claydon/Baggish
Atkins/Brooks v Waites/S Brown
Soutar/Van Barneveld v Mickey Mansell

Top 32 in the PDC Order of Merit (enter in Fourth Round)

1 Gerwyn Price
2 Michael van Gerwen
3 Peter Wright
4 Rob Cross
5 James Wade
6 Gary Anderson
7 Dave Chisnall
8 Michael Smith
9 Dimitri Van den Bergh
10 Nathan Aspinall
11 Daryl Gurney
12 Ian White
13 Glen Durrant
14 Krzysztof Ratajski
15 Jose de Sousa
16 Joe Cullen
17 Stephen Bunting
18 Jonny Clayton
19 Simon Whitlock
20 Mensur Suljovic
21 Mervyn King
22 Danny Noppert
23 Jeffrey de Zwaan
24 Adrian Lewis
25 Chris Dobey
26 Vincent van der Voort
27 Jermaine Wattimena
28 Jamie Hughes
29 Gabriel Clemens
30 Dirk van Duijvenbode
31 Ricky Evans
32 Devon Petersen

Ladbrokes UK Open to be held behind closed doors in Milton Keynes

The 2021 Ladbrokes UK Open will be held behind closed doors in March at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes for the first time.

Due to ongoing restrictions, the 160-player tournament will be moved from Butlins Minehead to Milton Keynes without a crowd.

The Ladbrokes UK Open completes a clean sweep of major televised events to be held behind closed doors, and for the first time in 2021, will not feature Rileys Amateur qualifiers.

Instead, the 128 PDC Tour Card holders will be joined by top-ups from the 2020 Development Tour and Challenge Tour Order of Merit, as well as 16 non-qualified players from the respective Q School Orders of Merit.

The full breakdown of additional qualifiers is as follows:

  • The top eight non-qualified players from 2020 Development Tour OOM who remain PDPA Associate Members in 2021
  • The top eight non-qualified players from 2020 Challenge Tour OOM who remain PDPA Associate Members in 2021
  • The top eight non-qualified players from 2021 UK Qualifying School Final Stage Order of Merit
  • The top eight non-qualified players from 2021 European Qualifying School Final Stage Order of Merit

PDC chief executive Matt Porter said: “We share the disappointment of players and fans that the 2021 Ladbrokes UK Open will not be able to be staged in its popular home at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort in front of a live crowd this March.

“The UK Open forms an important part of the PDC calendar and it is appropriate that this retains it place in March this year.

“We’re pleased to be able to keep the spirit of the UK Open alive by incorporating amateur players, even though we are unfortunately not able to stage qualifying events with Rileys this year due to the current circumstances.

“As always we’ll be playing across eight stages simultaneously on the opening day, and I’m sure that the excitement and drama will remain for everyone watching the coverage around the world throughout the tournament.”

The layout of the venue is yet to be confirmed, with matches from eight stages previously split across three different areas of the venue in Minehead.

Before moving to Minehead in 2014, Bolton’s Reebok Stadium had hosted all matches in the same area of the venue.

Michael van Gerwen will head to Milton Keynes as the defending Ladbrokes UK Open champion, having defeated rival Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

The full UK Open field of players will be confirmed following Q School on February 17.

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PDC Order of Merit following the 2020 UK Open

Michael van Gerwen has extended his lead at the top of the PDC Order of Merit after claiming his third UK Open title, while Gary Anderson has slipped to eighth.

Van Gerwen claimed his first ranking title of 2020 in style in Minehead on Sunday as he landed a nine-darter en route to Ladbrokes UK Open glory.

The world number one had gone more than 100 days without winning a PDC tournament but opened his account for the new season superbly by coming from 5-1 down to defeat Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

Van Gerwen was beaten in the Third Round of the tournament in 2018, with his 2020 triumph adding just under £100,000 to his PDC order of merit tally to move £720,000 clear of Peter Wright in second.

Gerwyn Price’s £40,000 runner-up prize sees him extend his cushion over Rob Cross as world number three, while Daryl Gurney has moved up to sixth following his run to the Semi-Finals.

Gary Anderson’s failure to defend his title winning prize money from two years ago has seen him drop to eighth position, with World Matchplay winning and Grand Slam runner-up prize money still to defend this season.

Jonny Clayton, who produced a magnificent nine-dart finish on his way to reaching the Semi-Finals, has regained a place in the top 16 at the expense of Stephen Bunting.

Jelle Klaasen ended a four-year wait for a major Quarter-Final appearance and has subsequently climbed one place to 48th.

Kyle Anderson has dropped three places to 45th, while former World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis falls to 60th and faces a battle to save his Tour Card at the end of the season.

Jamie Hughes, who reached his first PDC major Quarter-Final in Minehead, is up two places to 42nd, while Germany’s Martin Schindler also climbs two places to 51st.

Dirk van Duijvenbode’s superb start to the campaign after regaining a Tour Card via Qualifying School has seen him pick up £16,000 in prize money to occupy 77th position.

PDC Order of Merit following the 2020 UK Open

Position Name Total Prize Money
1 Michael van Gerwen £1,683,750
2 Peter Wright £963,000
3 Gerwyn Price £830,750
4 Rob Cross £588,250
5 Michael Smith £561,000
6 Daryl Gurney £477,750
7 Nathan Aspinall £465,750
8 Gary Anderson £449,750
9 James Wade £449,250
10 Dave Chisnall £398,250
11 Ian White £395,250
12 Mensur Suljovic £369,250
13 Adrian Lewis £291,750
14 Simon Whitlock £281,500
15 Jonny Clayton £267,750
16 Joe Cullen £260,500
17 Stephen Bunting £256,750
18 Krzysztof Ratajski £246,750
19 Chris Dobey £240,250
20 Glen Durrant £237,500
21 Jeffrey de Zwaan £230,250
22 Mervyn King £229,750
23 Max Hopp £220,000
24 Jermaine Wattimena £218,000
25 Steve Beaton £207,500
26 Danny Noppert £203,500
27 Darren Webster £198,000
28 Dimitri Van den Bergh £197,750
29 Ricky Evans £190,000
30 Keegan Brown £169,000
31 John Henderson £165,500
32 Brendan Dolan £157,500
33 Vincent van der Voort £153,750
34 Steve West £153,000
35 Luke Humphries £151,250
36 William O’Connor £141,000
37 Gabriel Clemens £140,500
38 Kim Huybrechts £138,750
39 James Wilson £132,250
40 Steve Lennon £130,250
41 Ryan Searle £128,250
42 Jamie Hughes £128,000
43 Ryan Joyce £118,000
43 Josh Payne £118,000
45 Kyle Anderson £115,750
46 Cristo Reyes £111,000
47 Ross Smith £107,500
48 Jelle Klaasen £106,750
49 Ron Meulenkamp £102,000
50 Darius Labanauskas £82,500
51 Martin Schindler £79,500
52 Benito van de Pas £76,000
53 Mickey Mansell £75,000
53 Richard North £75,000
55 Justin Pipe £73,750
56 Devon Petersen £71,250
57 Jan Dekker £69,000
58 Jose de Sousa £68,250
59 Luke Woodhouse £67,750
60 Jamie Lewis £65,000
61 Robert Thornton £59,250
62 Toni Alcinas £58,750
63 Matthew Edgar £56,250
64 Harry Ward £51,750
65 Simon Stevenson £51,000
66 Ted Evetts £45,000
67 Andy Boulton £41,250
68 Mark McGeeney £41,000
69 Madars Razma £29,000
70 Rowby-John Rodriguez £28,500
71 Geert Nentjes £21,000
72 Joe Murnan £19,500
73 Scott Baker £18,500
74 Conan Whitehead £18,000
75 Marko Kantele £17,500
76 Gavin Carlin £17,250
77 Dirk van Duijvenbode £16,000
78 Kirk Shepherd £15,500
79 Maik Kuivenhoven £14,500
80 Niels Zonneveld £12,000
80 Christian Bunse £12,000
80 Matt Clark £12,000
83 Adrian Gray £11,500
83 Reece Robinson £11,500
85 Yordi Meeuwisse £11,000
85 David Pallett £11,000
87 John Michael £10,500
88 Vincent van der Meer £10,000
88 Carl Wilkinson £10,000
90 Jonathan Worsley £8,000
90 Jeff Smith £8,000
92 Kyle McKinstry £7,500
92 Jason Lowe £7,500
92 Barrie Bates £7,500
95 Nathan Derry £7,000
96 Alan Tabern £6,500
96 Mike van Duivenbode £6,500
98 Mike De Decker £5,000
98 Martijn Kleermaker £5,000
98 Scott Waites £5,000
101 Martin Atkins (Wigan) £4,500
102 Kai Fan Leung £4,000
103 Andy Hamilton £3,500
103 Damon Heta £3,500
103 William Borland £3,500
103 Karel Sedlacek £3,500
103 Wesley Harms £3,500
103 Nick Kenny £3,500
109 Scott Mitchell £3,000
110 Darren Penhall £2,500
110 Michael Barnard £2,500
110 Derk Telnekes £2,500
110 Adam Hunt £2,500
110 Wayne Jones £2,500
110 Steve Brown £2,500
116 Bradley Brooks £2,000
116 Callan Rydz £2,000
116 Lewis Williams £2,000
116 Rhys Hayden £2,000
116 Ronny Huybrechts £2,000
116 Wesley Plaisier £2,000
116 Robert Collins £2,000
116 Gary Blades £2,000
116 Peter Jacques £2,000
116 Daniel Larsson £2,000
126 Jesus Noguera £1,500
126 Boris Krcmar £1,500
126 Harald Leitinger £1,500
126 Ryan Meikle £1,500
126 Ryan Murray £1,500
126 Lisa Ashton £1,500
132 Benjamin Pratnemer £1,000
132 Geert De Vos £1,000
132 Jason Askew £1,000
132 Jeffrey Van Egdom £1,000
132 Jitse van der Wal £1,000
132 Kevin Doets £1,000
132 Nathan Rafferty £1,000
132 Ryan Harrington £1,000
132 Steffen Siepmann £1,000
132 Stephen Burton £1,000
132 Andrew Gilding £1,000
132 Ciaran Teehan £1,000
144 Adam Huckvale £500
144 Matthew Dennant £500