The inaugural World Seniors Masters commences at Lakeside on Friday with two multiple World Champions among a star-studded line-up. The…
The inaugural World Seniors Masters commences at Lakeside on Friday with two multiple World Champions among a star-studded line-up.
The over 50s tournament runs from May 27-29 and incorporates a prize fund of £31,000 as the stars of yesteryear return to the home of world darts – the Lakeside.
The field includes nine former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus number of multiple major winners.
Phil Taylor, who won the first of his 16 World Championship titles at Lakeside back in 1990, is now eyeing a maiden Seniors crown.
Taylor was thrashed three sets to nil by Kevin Painter in the Quarter-Finals of the World Seniors Championship at The Circus Tavern in February and will be determined to bounce back at the first time of asking.
The Stoke legend has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for glory this weekend but faces a tricky opener against either John Part of Paul Lim.
Both players are vying for their first win on the new World Seniors Tour, with three-time World Champion Part having lost out to John Walton in Purfleet, while Lim was also beaten 3-1 by Dave Prins.
Lim, 68, has featured in the last five consecutive PDC World Championships and returns to the scene of his most memorable moment – where he famously hit the first televised nine-dart finish at the BDO World Championship back in 1990.
Canadian legend Part, 55, won the first of his three world titles here in 1994 and made the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open as recently as 2018.
Meanwhile, former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter opens up with a tie against debutant qualifier David Cameron.
Painter, who first appeared at Lakeside in 1994, enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals of the World Seniors Championship with wins over Tony O’Shea, Wayne Warren and Phil Taylor before going down 4-2 to eventual champion Robert Thornton.
Cameron is no stranger to this iconic stage, having appeared in seven previous BDO World Championships, as well as this year’s WDF World Championship – where he was beaten by Ian Jones in Round One.
The Canadian veteran came through the qualifying event in Reading last month and will look to hit the ground running back on the televised stage.
Wayne Jones joined Cameron in progressing through the qualifying event, and the former European Championship finalist has been drawn to face former UK Open champion Roland Scholten.
Wolverhampton’s Jones recently dropped off the PDC circuit but continues to compete at a high standard and will fancy his chances of a challenging for the title.
Scholten saw his return to competitive action ended in straight sets by Terry Jenkins in Round One at The Circus Tavern, and the Dutchman will be eyeing an improvement on his match average of 76 as he returns to Lakeside for the first time since 1999.
The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of seven sets. All sets are the best of three legs.
World Seniors Masters 2022 Schedule of Play
Friday May 27
Paul Lim v John Part (RD1)
Kevin Painter v David Cameron (RD1)
Roland Scholten v Wayne Jones (RD1)
Phil Taylor v Part/Lim (R2)