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The winner of the 2020 PDC Summer Series Order of Merit will receive a place in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts, while the PDC can also confirm that next month’s five events in Milton Keynes will be ranked.

 

PDC tournaments have been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the innovative PDC Home Tour providing unranked competition during the enforced break. The PDC Summer Series from July 8-12 in Milton Keynes will see the sport’s stars return to competition in-person with five one-day Players Championship events being staged behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena.

Confirmation that the events will be ranked means that the PDC Summer Series will comprise the final five tournaments to count towards qualification for the Betfred World Matchplay, which will take place from July 18-26. In addition, the winner of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit, based on prize money won across the five events, will be awarded a place in the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts.

Following discussions with the PDPA, the following has been confirmed in relation to rankings:

  • Prize money which would naturally have lapsed from the PDC Order of Merit and ProTour Order of Merit between March 16 and July 8 will be removed ahead of the start of the PDC Summer Series.
  • The seedings for PDC Summer Series Day One (PC9) will be based on the ProTour Order of Merit at July 8, with 52 weeks of prize money included.
  • The seedings for PDC Summer Series Days Two-Five will be based on that day’s ProTour Order of Merit, with previous days’ prize money included.
  • Qualification for the Betfred World Matchplay will be confirmed following PDC Summer Series Day Five, with the cut-off date amended from the original date (Sunday July 5) to Sunday July 12. This will be based on 104 weeks’ prize money for 16 qualifiers from the PDC Order of Merit and 52 weeks’ prize money for 16 qualifiers from the ProTour Order of Merit.
  • A place in the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts will be awarded to the winner of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit.

PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “There is understandably a lot of anticipation for players ahead of the PDC Summer Series and confirmation of the situation around rankings will give them all clarity as they prepare to return to action.

“We thank the PDPA for their constructive support during recent months as they represented the interests of all their members during an unprecedented time.”

The PDC Order of Merit and ProTour Order of Merit have now been updated to reflect this situation, and can be seen at the following links:

Each day’s play in the PDC Summer Series will commence at 12.00 BST, with coverage from two boards simultaneously broadcast through PDCTV and bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Entries for the PDC Summer Series will be available for players on the PDC Entry System from Monday. Full player information will be sent to players through the PDPA very shortly.

We ask our players to read everything rigorously as it is very important, so they are fully aware of its contents, any players with translation issues will be contacted direct.

The PDPA

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The Professional Darts Corporation is pleased to announce that live darts will return on Wednesday July 8th with the launch of the PDC Summer Series.

 

The Summer Series will see all 128 Tour Card Holders given the chance to compete in five one-day Players Championship events from July 8-12, played behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes subject to the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors.

As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.

In the event that quarantine restrictions make it impractical for non-UK players to travel to the events, the PDC will announce a revised schedule of non-ranked events for the same dates.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Throughout the challenging times of recent weeks we have continuously explored different ways of getting players back on the oche and live darts back on fans’ screens.

“I was proud of our players and staff who broadcast 43 nights of live remote darts through the innovative PDC Home Tour, which thrust darts into the limelight in a unique way at a time when almost all other sports were unable to provide any form of competitive action.

“Prior to the Home Tour, I outlined the three-stage plan for the return of darts, starting with events played remotely, followed by events played behind closed doors, before events can be played in front of crowds.

“I am delighted that we are now able to move on to the second stage of that plan, and hopefully we will be able to safely welcome crowds back to our events in the not-too-distant future.

“The PDC Summer Series will provide a welcome return of live darts for both players and fans alike, and I’m sure the event will whet the appetite for the prestigious Betfred World Matchplay.

“We appreciate the patience of our players in recent weeks as we worked to secure these events, and further details will be confirmed to them in due course.”

The PDC understands that players will have further questions regarding these events and we can assure them that as soon as details are able to be confirmed we will release the information appropriately. The PDC’s intention at this time is to confirm the dates and proposed format of the events so that players can begin to prepare for a return to competitive events and plan accordingly. Please be aware that hotel bookings for the Summer Series will be handled centrally by the PDC and players should not contact the Marshall Arena directly to make reservations.