3. Invitations and Seedings
3.1 Invitations, seedings and structures for Premier Events are played according to the following criteria:
2019 Masters (non-ranked)
Cut-off date: January 1 2019
Seeds: Top 16 in OoM (drawn in seed pattern)
Qualifying Players: Top 16 in OoM
2019 UK Open Finals
Cut-off date: February 24 2019
Seeds: Tour Card holders will enter from round one onwards depending on their position on the main Order of Merit as follows:
97 – 128: first round
65 – 96: second round
33 – 64: third round
1 – 32: fourth round
Qualifying Players: 128 Tour Card Holders
Top 16 from the 2018 Challenge Tour Merit Table who remain PDPA Associate Members in 2019. Associate Members from 2018 who become Full Members for 2019 will qualify as Full Members and further places will be offered down the 2018 final Challenge Tour table until all 16 places are filled.
16 Amateur Qualifiers (non-PDPA Full Members) from specific Events
2019 World Cup
Cut-off date: May 12 2019
Seeds: Top 8 ranked nations based on combined Order of Merit ranking (lowest total = highest seed)
Qualifying Players: 32 pairs representing different nations selected at the discretion of the PDC
2019 World Matchplay
Cut-off date: June 30 2019
Seeds: Top 16 in OoM
Qualifying Players: Top 16 in OoM, Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified.
2019 Champions League
Cut-off date: July 28 2019
Seeds: Top 8 in OoM
Qualifying Players: Previous year’s winner plus top 7 on Order of Merit not otherwise qualified drawn in two groups of four as per seed pattern
2019 World Grand Prix
Cut-off date: September 22 2019
Seeds: Top 8 in OoM
Qualifying Players: Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
2019 European Championship
Cut-off date: September 29 2019
Seeds: Top 32 in European Tour Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern) Top
Qualifying Players: 32 in European Tour Order of Merit
2018 World Series Finals
Cut-off date: October 12 2019
Seeds: Top 8 in World Series Merit Table
Qualifying Players: Top 8 in World Series Merit Table
Top 4 in Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
Between 4 and 8 invited players at discretion of PDC board Between 4 and 8 qualifiers from a Full Member qualifier
2019 Grand Slam of Darts
Cut-off date: November 3 2019
Seeds: Top 8 qualified from Order of Merit (one drawn per group)
Qualifying Players: (invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players) 2018/19 PDC World Champion; 2018 Grand Slam Champion; 2019 Premier League Champion; 2019 World Matchplay Champion; 2019 World Grand Prix Champion; 2018 World Youth Champion; 2019 Masters Champion; 2019 UK Open Champion; 2019 European Champion; 2018 Players Champion; 2019 Champions League Champion; 2019 World Series of Darts Finals Champion; 2019 World Cup winners ; 2018/19 PDC World Championship runner-up; 2018 Grand Slam runner-up; 2019 Premier League runner-up; 2019 World Matchplay runner-up; 2019 World Grand Prix runner-up; 2018 World Youth Championship runner-up; 2019 Masters runner-up; 2019 UK Open runner-up; 2019 European Championship runner-up; 2018 Players Championship runner-up; 2019 Champions League runner-up; 2019 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up; 2019 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available).
This list can produce a maximum of 28 players. If it produces more than 16 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically.
If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:
2019 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 3)
2019 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 3)
Players shall be separated within the reserve list first by the number of Events in each category they have won and then by their position in the PDC main Order of Merit on the cut-off date.
Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Full Member qualifier and eight players from the BDO system.
The 24 competing PDC players shall be ordered in three pots of eight players each, determined in Order of Merit order after the Grand Slam qualifier.
The top eight ranked PDC players on the main Order of Merit at the cut-off date shall be seeded as per the bracket order in groups A – H with the remaining 16 players placed in main Order of Merit order in to the two remaining pots.
The eight BDO qualifiers shall be drawn randomly, one placed in each group.
2019 Players Championship Finals
Cut-off date: October 15 2019
Seeds: Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
Qualifying Players: Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit
2019/20 World Championship
Cut-off date: November 24 2019
Seeds: Top 32 in Order of Merit seeded through to Last 64
Qualifying Players: Top 32 in Order of Merit
Top 32 in the ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified.
32 invitations at the PDC’s discretion (international qualifying Events, PDPA qualifier, PDC Secondary and Affiliate Tours). Full criteria to be published in 2019.
For the avoidance of doubt, as per rule 3.6 below, in the event of a player in any qualifying Order of Merit for any above listed Event not being eligible to participate in the Event, all players beneath the non-eligible player will move up one place until all places have been filled.
3.2 In the case of ties in any Order of Merit (money won) or Merit Table (points won), the countback rule will apply; this will be the cumulative money or points won by a player in the previous four eligible Events in the Order of Merit or Merit Table where a tie has occurred. In cases where there is still a tie, this countback will continue one Event at a time until there is a separation.
If two or more players cannot be separated by countback over the entire eligible period of the relevant Order of Merit, the player ranked highest in the main Order of Merit shall be deemed to be highest ranked, with countback continuing indefinitely until a split can be made after the initial four Events on the main Order of Merit.
If this procedure does not produce a separation, a play-off will be organised between the affected players.
3.3 Seedings for Premier Events will be ordered as follows:
TOP HALF: 1-(16)-8-(9)-5-(12)-4-(13)
Seedings for European Tour Events will be as per Premier Events but the top and bottom halves will alternate across Events. To clarify, in odd numbered Events on the European Tour the number one seed will be in the top half but in even numbered Events the halves will switch positions.
Seedings for Players Championship Events, and the World Championship are ordered as follows:
TOP HALF: 1-32-16-17-8-25-9-24-5-28-12-21-4-29-13-20
BOTTOM HALF: 2-31-15-18-7-26-10-23-6-27-11-22-3-30-14-19
Seedings for the 64-player Players Championship Finals are ordered as follows:
TOP HALF: 1-64-32-33-16-49-17-48-8-57-25-40-9-56-24-41-5-60-28-37-12-53-21-44-4-61-29-36- 13-52-20-45
BOTTOM HALF: 2-63-31-34-15-50-18-47-7-58-26-39-10-55-23-42-6-59-27-38-11-54-22-43-3-62- 30-35-14-51-19-46
3.4 For PDC ranked events qualification and seedings will be determined by the relevant Order of Merit on the closing date for each particular Event.
The Orders of Merit in operation are as follows:
- – PDC main Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 104-week period in Premier Ranked and Pro Tour (European Tour and Players Championship) events;
- – European Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s European Tour Events;
- – Players Championship Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Players Championship Events;
- – ProTour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 52-week period in European Tour and Players Championship Events;
- – Development Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Development Tour Events;
- – Challenge Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Challenge Tour Events.
3.5 Seedings for Players Championship Events and European Tour Events, and qualification for Premier Events through the ProTour Order of Merit will be determined on a 52-week rolling basis with 32 seeds per Players Championship Event and 16 per European Tour Event (or as many as entries permit). Seedings will be determined by the rolling 52-week ProTour Order of Merit up to and including the most recent Event completed for Players Championship Events and as of the entry cut- off date for European Tour Events.
3.6 If a player withdraws from a Premier Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons before the draw for the Event has been announced by the PDC, the next highest available non-qualified player from the Order of Merit (or if required in the case of the World Championship, the qualifying route) through which the unavailable player qualified will be invited to participate in the Event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate.
3.7 If a player withdraws from a Premier Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the draw for the Event has been made, the next available non-qualified player from the relevant Order of Merit (or if required in the case of the World Championship, the qualifying route) through which the withdrawn player qualified will be invited to participate in the Event and will take the place of the withdrawn player directly in the draw with no alteration made to seedings if applicable. This does not apply to the UK Open where no replacement player shall be named.
If this occurs at the World Championship or other Premier Event where the replacement player is invited directly in to a round other than the earliest round of the Event and misses an earlier round, he will only be awarded prize money due for the earliest round of the Event should he lose his first match. However, should he win his first match, prize money will be awarded as normal.
3.8 Full Members may choose to enter their own nation or region’s World Championship qualifying Event and/or the PDPA Full Members qualifier. The PDPA Full Members qualifier will be the last qualifying Event held and will offer the appropriate number of spots required to complete the field for the Event. Therefore, all other qualifying Events must conclude prior to the PDPA Full Members qualifier being held.
If a player qualifies through his own nation or region’s World Championship or World Youth Championship qualifying Event as well as his position on an Order of Merit, he will be deemed to have qualified through that route and not through the relevant Order of Merit and so the next non- qualified player on the relevant Order of Merit will be invited to participate.
3.9 Any player who declines an invitation to any Event may be denied an invitation to that or other future Events at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors.