Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his BetVictor World Matchplay against former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting.
The draw which took place in Las Vegas prior to the World Series event also puts Gary Anderson against another Lakeside Champion in Dutchman Cristian Kist. Barney is up against the in form Joe Cullen who won Sundays Players Championship.
Peter Wright faces James Wilson, Simon Whitlock is drawn against fellow Australian Kyle Anderson with seven times winner Phil Taylor up against Gerwyn Price. The summer’s biggest tournament sees the 32-player field competing from July 22-30 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with a £500,000 prize fund on offer in the prestigious event.
Last weekend’s final qualifying events in Barnsley saw two Players Championship events held, as Justin Pipe leapt above emerging youngster Chris Dobey to secure his seventh successive Blackpool appearance and is drawn against Jelle Klaasen.
Pipe had overhauled Dobey in the rankings by reaching the semi-finals of Saturday’s Players Championship 15, and though he lost in the second round of Sunday’s event he held onto the final qualifying place ahead of Jonny Clayton and Dobey.
Rob Cross’ amazing debut year on the PDC circuit sees him qualify for his first World Matchplay after accumulating over £60,000 in ProTour events already in 2017, including two Players Championship wins and is up against Ian White.
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2017 BetVictor World Matchplay
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Stephen Bunting
Simon Whitlock (16) v Kyle Anderson
Phil Taylor (8) v Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld (9) v Joe Cullen
Dave Chisnall (5) v Mervyn King
Kim Huybrechts (12) v Alan Norris
Adrian Lewis (4) v Steve Beaton
Ian White (13) v Rob Cross
Gary Anderson (2) v Christian Kist
Benito van de Pas (15) v Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic (7) v John Henderson
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Justin Pipe
James Wade (6) v Darren Webster
Michael Smith (11) v Steve West
Peter Wright (3) v James Wilson
Robert Thornton (14) v Cristo Reyes
Last 16: £11,000
Last 32: £7,000
Premier Inns in BLACKPOOL
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Travel to the Blackpool, UK
Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HL
From the M55 exit at junction 4, follow A583 into central Blackpool or for sat nav – postcode FY1 1HW. Central Blackpool does have one-way systems and pedestrianised areas. You may wish to use one of the large, well sign-posted tourist car-parks close to the Promenade or there are 2 car-parks closer to the Winter Gardens.
A multi-storey facility is available within the Houndshill Shopping Centre. This is approx 150m from the Coronation Street entrance (lift access to the main areas of the Winter Gardens building) or approx. 300m from the Church Street entrance (ground level access to the main building)- the postcode of this car-park is FY1 4NY. This is a pay-on-return car-park.
Open air, ground level parking is also available on the corner of Adelaide Street and Alfred Street approx 200m from the Church Street entrance – the postcode of this car-park is FY1 4LA. This is a pay-&-display car-park.
Limited metered street-parking is also available close-by. St Johns Square is a shared use space and open to pedestrians only for long-periods. The Winter Gardens does not have on-site public parking.
A taxi rank is on Church Street, just a few minutes walk from the entrance to the building. Taxis may also drop off outside both entrances to the Winter Gardens subject to traffic restrictions.
Travelling by train
Blackpool North Station is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Winter Gardens.
Blackpool (6 Miles) and Manchester (63 Miles) Manchester is fully accesible by train via Preston.