ROB CROSS will make his bwin Grand Slam of Darts debut in November after becoming the latest qualifier for the cross-code tournament in Wolverhampton.
Shooting star Cross continued his brilliant debut year on the circuit by reaching the Unibet European Championship final in Belgium over the weekend.
Also a four-time Players Championship winner in his first year as a professional, the former electrician will gain further big-stage experience at the Wolves Civic from November 11-19.
The Sky Sports-televised tournament features 32 players as stars from the PDC and BDO circuits collide, with next weekend’s Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals being the last chance for players to qualify by reaching a televised final.
The final eight spots reserved for PDC players will then be determined in the PDC Tour Card Holders’ Qualifier on Monday November 6 in Wigan.
Tickets for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available through www.wolvescivic.co.uk or by calling 0870 320 7000.
bwin Grand Slam of Darts
(invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players)
2016/17 PDC World Champion – MICHAEL VAN GERWEN – 1
2016 Grand Slam Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 Premier League Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 World Matchplay Champion – PHIL TAYLOR – 2
2017 World Grand Prix Champion – DARYL GURNEY – 3
2016 World Youth Champion – COREY CADBY – 4
2017 Masters Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 UK Open Champion – PETER WRIGHT – 5
2017 European Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2016 Players Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2017 Champions League Champion – MENSUR SULJOVIC – 6
2017 World Series of Darts Finals Champion –
2017 World Cup winners (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Michael van Gerwen), RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD – 7
2016/17 PDC World Championship runner-up – GARY ANDERSON – 8
2016 Grand Slam runner-up – JAMES WADE – 9
2017 Premier League runner-up – (Peter Wright)
2017 World Matchplay runner-up – (Peter Wright)
2017 World Grand Prix runner-up – SIMON WHITLOCK – 10
2016 World Youth Championship runner-up – BERRY VAN PEER – 11
2017 Masters runner-up – (Gary Anderson)
2017 UK Open runner-up – GERWYN PRICE – 12
2017 European Championship runner-up – ROB CROSS – 13
2016 Players Championship runner-up – DAVE CHISNALL – 14
2017 Champions League runner-up – (Gary Anderson)
2017 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up –
2017 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Gerwyn Price), MARK WEBSTER – 15
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) – MICHAEL SMITH -16
2017 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6) – No possible qualifiers
2017 UK Open Qualifier winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6) – No new qualifiers
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 Championship 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: