THE final European Tour event of 2014 takes place this weekend, with the European Darts Trophy set to see 48 players compete in the first PDC event in Leipzig, Germany.
Following seven previous European Tour events this year, the season of continental PDC ProTour events concludes from Friday September 19-Sunday September 21 at the Kohlrabizirkus.
The £100,000 European Darts Trophy is the final event before the cut-off for the partypoker.com World Grand Prix, with the world’s top 16 players joined by 14 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit plus the top two Irish/Northern Irish players from the ProTour Order of Merit.
From the original entries for the European Darts Trophy, Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor have now withdrawn, with the highest-ranked qualifiers – Terry Jenkins and Michael Smith, who came through the UK Qualifier in July – now moving up to become seeded players.
A further two places will now be on offer in Thursday’s final qualifying events in Leipzig, with nine players set to come through the European Qualifiers and five players to win through the Host Nation Qualifier.
Friday’s first round of the European Darts Trophy sees the 32 qualifiers drawn to face each other, with play in one bumper session of 16 games from 3pm local time. The 16 seeded players then enter the event in the second round on Saturday, with play held across two sessions as they come up against the first round winners.
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European Darts Trophy – European Tour Event Eight
Kohlrabizirkus, Leipzig, September 19-12 2014
Seeded Players – Enter at Second Round
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Brendan Dolan
3 Robert Thornton
4 Dave Chisnall
5 Peter Wright
6 Ian White
7 Kim Huybrechts
8 Steve Beaton
9 Adrian Lewis
10 Simon Whitlock
11 Mervyn King
12 Vincent van der Voort
13 Justin Pipe
14 Jamie Caven
15 Terry Jenkins
16 Michael Smith
UK Qualifiers (18): Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Kevin Painter, Ronnie Baxter, Dean Winstanley, Stephen Bunting, Shaun Narain, James Wade, James Hubbard, Andrew Gilding, Gerwyn Price, Michael Mansell, Andy Smith, Richie Burnett, Steve West, Ricky Evans, Ross Smith, William O’Connor
European Qualifiers (9): To be confirmed on Thursday September 18
Host Nation Qualifiers (5): To be confirmed on Thursday September 18
The draw and schedule of play for the European Darts Trophy will be available on Thursday evening, with the finalised schedule available following the completion of the qualifiers on Thursday night.