Tension surrounds Metrodome ahead of final Players Champs
With the World Championships now in such close proximity, few players will be missing the opportunity to sharpen up their match skills in the final two Players Championship events of the year in Barnsley this weekend; and for some it will be their penultimate chance to make it to the Alexandra Palace at all.
It is rare that Phil Taylor graces a floor event with his presence but given his recent failures (maybe a bit of a harsh word) at the Grand Prix and Grand Slam he is keen to get back to winning ways before the PDC descends on London next month and he will be scrapping with the rest of the pack in South Yorkshire over the weekend.
The only men not on their way to Barnsley are Raymond van Barneveld who is obviously pretty happy with his game after his stunning Grand Slam win, and Ted Hankey who is recovering from the minor stroke he suffered last week and now won’t be able to make it to the world champs.
The kings of the Pro Tour this year have been Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock and they will all be in attendance, although whilst they are usually favourites to win these events, they must make do with being behind the Power for these two.
All the big names may be on show in Barnsley but it isn’t really about them this weekend, it is about the men battling away to make it to the Ally Pally come mid-December.
There are 16 places in the World Championships for the best performing players on the Pro Tour outside of the world’s top 32 and those places are very highly sought after.
Currently, that much desired 16th spot is shared by three men, all of whom have won £6,800 on the tour this year, these men being, Dennis Smith, Stuart Kellett and Mark Jones. If there is still a tie for the last place come Sunday evening, then the countback rule applies, meaning whoever has won the most over the last four events goes through.
It is incredibly tight, and it isn’t just this trio in the hunt, far from it, as with £6,000 available for the winner of each event, any number of men know that a good weekend could see them make the final 16. Winning the events may be out of the reach of many of these players, but there is £1,000 on offer for quarter-finalists, and this is a more realistic target for many. This means the likes of Adrian Gray, Mark Hylton and Nigel Heydon, all of whom have appeared at the world champs before, are in with a shout even though they are over a grand off the pace at the moment.
Realistically it looks like Dennis Priestley in ninth place on the Pro Tour qualifiers list is all but qualified, but the men below him will be incredibly nervous about what the weekend holds in store. There are some great players just outside the magic 16, the likes of Andy Jenkins, Alan Tabern and Tony West, and any of these men could make a late surge for the Ally Pally.
It’s going to be a tense and exciting weekend of darts at the Metrodome in Barnsley, it’s just a shame no one gets to watch it.
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 23/11/2012 - 17:45 PM
Filed in:- Players Championship Finals Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock