A host of top players are among the 91 entries who will be bidding to take one of two qualifying places that are up for grabs and play in the 2012 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship which takes place from the 15th December 2011 - 2nd January 2012 at the Alexandra Palace.
Included in the line-up are former World Champions Dennis Priestley and Jelle Klaasen, along with former World Championship finalists Mark Dudbridge, Peter Manley and Wayne Mardle who has reached the semi-finals in the past. Yorkshireman Priestley who hasn’t played as much on the PDC Pro Tour this year and as a result finds himself playing in the PDPA World Qualifier for the first time will be eager to continue his run of never missing a PDC World Championship.
Also playing in the qualifier is former World Champion Jelle Klaasen, it shows the quality and strength in depth within the PDC that a player the calibre of the likeable Dutchman has to try and qualify for the World Championships. Jelle hasn’t had the best of results of late but will be hoping to bring some ‘Dutch Magic’ to Wigan on Monday and show us his best form.
Crowd favourite Wayne Mardle another player who hasn’t played regularly on the tour will be hoping to recapture his semi-final form of old along with seasoned professionals Dennis Smith, Alex Roy, Andy Jenkins, Barrie Bates.
A number of the younger players who played on the very successful PDC Unicorn Youth Tour throughout 2011 including Shaun Griffiths, Arron Monk and Michael Smith will be hoping that experience will stand them in good stead in what is sure to be a high pressure event.
One thing is for certain there are going to be many disappointed players who won’t be making the trip to the Alexandra Palace stage this Christmas.
The winner of the PDPA World Championship Qualifier will be entered directly into the last 64 of the main draw with Monday’s runner-up being placed in the Preliminary round.
The draw for the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship will take place on Tuesday 29th November 2011 live on SkySports News at 11.30am.
The countdown will then begin to what will be the biggest and best Ladbrokes World Darts Championship in it’s history and if you can’t make the action live then you can catch every dart thrown throughout the event exclusively live on SkySports with updates and reports appearing here at www.pdpa.co.uk
‘Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the magic of The Ladbrokes’
Ladbrokes World Darts Championship
PDPA Qualifier Entries
Play in the PDPA Qualifier will commence at 12pm, with the draw being made at 11am following the close of registration. The top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit who are competing will be seeded, and all games are the best of nine legs.
Prize money will be awarded to the losing semi-finalists (£1,000 each) and losing quarter-finalists (£250 each) by the PDPA. This prize money will not count on the PDC Order of Merit.
Andrew Devonshire PDPA Fanzone.