2017 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers
A total of three of the BDO’s eight designated places for the bwin 2017 Grand Slam of Darts have been filled up, after Peter Machin was a shock winner at the recent World Trophy.
The 44-year-old Australian saw off Martin Phillips to claim his first Major title, after being a losing finalist at the event last year, and joins 2017 BDO World Championship and 2016 World Masters winner Glen Durrant and 2017 Lakeside runner-up Danny Noppert in taking part in the cross-organisation tournament later in November.
Durrant and Noppert both made their maiden Grand Slam appearances last year, and reached the quarter-finals – as did fellow Lakeside stars Darryl Fitton, Jeff Smith and Jamie Hughes.
A further five spots are still up for grabs, and will be awarded to the top five players in the BDO rankings by September 30, 2017 – not including the aforementioned players.
Meanwhile, 10 PDC stars have provisionally qualified for this year’s Grand Slam, which will again take place at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.
Recent World Cup of Darts champion Raymond van Barneveld and runner-up Mark Webster were the latest added to the list, after partnering already qualified Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price respectively in a thrilling final.
MvG makes another appearance by a number of methods, being the current World Championship, Premier League, Masters, Players Championship and of course Grand Slam champion. While, Wales’ Price was runner-up at the 2017 UK Open, after losing to Peter Wright.
Snakebite, therefore, also makes the list, as do World Youth champion Corey Cadby, and runners-up at the last Worlds Gary Anderson, Grand Slam James Wade, Players Championship Dave Chsinall and World Youth Championship Berry van Peer.
A further six places are available to PDC stars based on TV appearances, with the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship, Champions League and World Series of Darts Finals still yet to take place before the cut-off in 2017.
If the places are not all filled, then additional places will be filled from the reserve list of the following in order: 2017 European Tour winners, 2017 Players Championship winners and 2017 UK Open Qualifier winners (all in Order of Merit order at November 6).
Wright (3), Van Gerwen (1) and Michael Smith (1) have all been European Tour winners this year so far, meaning the latter currently stands to earn a place, with seven more to come.
Meanwhile, Wright, Van Gerwen, Anderson, Alan Norris, Rob Cross (2), Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis, Daryl Gurney and Joe Cullen have all claimed Players Championship titles, with 10 to play.
Another eight places are then available through a PDC qualifying event.
Qualifying Players: From PDC report
Invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players
2017 PDC World Championship champion – Michael van Gerwen
2016 Grand Slam champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 Premier League champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 World Matchplay champion – TBC
2017 World Grand Prix champion – TBC
2016 World Youth champion – Corey Cadby
2017 Masters champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 UK Open champion – Peter Wright
2017 European Championship champion – TBC
2016 Players Championship champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 Champions League champion – TBC
2017 World Series of Darts Finals champion – TBC
2017 World Cup winners (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Michael van Gerwen), Raymond van Barneveld
2017 PDC World Championship runner-up – Gary Anderson
2016 Grand Slam runner-up – James Wade
2017 Premier League runner-up – Peter Wright
2017 World Matchplay runner-up – TBC
2017 World Grand Prix runner-up – TBC
2016 World Youth Championship runner-up – Berry van Peer
2017 Masters runner-up – Gary Anderson
2017 UK Open runner-up – Gerwyn Price
2017 European Championship runner-up – TBC
2016 Players Championship runner-up – Dave Chisnall
2017 Champions League runner-up – TBC
2017 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up – TBC
2017 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – Gerwyn Price, Mark Webster
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:
2017 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 UK Open qualifier winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Tour Card holder qualifier and eight BDO qualifiers.
2017 Lakeside champion – Glen Durrant
2017 Lakeside runner-up – Danny Noppert
2016 World Masters champion – Glen Durrant
2017 BDO World Trophy champion – Peter Machin
Plus top five players from BDO Rankings at September 30, 2017
Tickets for the 2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available now and can be purchased online through www.theticketfactory.com/PDC or from the Wolves Civic Box Office by calling 0870 320 7000.