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2020 Ladbrokes Masters draw confirmed

Peter Wright will play Joe Cullen in his first match as World Champion, with the draw for the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters now confirmed.

The eighth staging of the elite event will be held from January 31 - February 2 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes with the the world's top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit following the 2019/2020 World Championship in action - a limited number of tickets remain available.

The first televised event of the 2020 campaign will see world number two Wright face Cullen in his first appearance as World Champion as he bids for a first Masters title.

Five-time Masters winner Michael van Gerwen will begin his bid for a sixth successive title against Jonny Clayton, as world number three Gerwyn Price faces Simon Whitlock in a repeat of their World Championship meeting.

Two-time World Championship semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall will make his Masters debut against 2014 champion James Wade, while former World Champions Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis will collide.

The schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.

The tournament will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, on PDCTV-HD for Rest of the World Subscribers and through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7.

2020 Ladbrokes Masters
(1) Michael van Gerwen v (16) Jonny Clayton
(8) Nathan Aspinall v (9) James Wade
(4) Rob Cross v (13) Adrian Lewis
(5) Michael Smith v (12) Mensur Suljovic
(2) Peter Wright v (15) Joe Cullen
(7) Daryl Gurney v (10) Dave Chisnall
(3) Gerwyn Price v (14) Simon Whitlock
(6) Gary Anderson v (11) Ian White
And given this takes place in Milton Keynes what's the odds that Fallon gets an invite to go along and watch
Or is asked to commentate, or gets more coverage than anyone actually playing Smile
Here's the schedule for anyone who will be watching

2020 Ladbrokes Masters
Schedule of Play
Friday January 31 (1900 GMT)
First Round

Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Nathan Aspinall v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross v Adrian Lewis

Saturday February 1 (1900 GMT)
First Round

Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Ian White
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock

Sunday February 2
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)

Cross/Lewis v Smith/Suljovic
Van Gerwen/Clayton v Aspinall/Wade
Price/Whitlock v Anderson/White
Wright/Cullen v Gurney/Chisnall

Evening Session (1900 GMT)

First Round - Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals - Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals - Best of 21 legs
Final - Best of 21 legs
I’m off to this on the Saturday night would’ve preferred the gurney and Aspinall games to have been swapped but overall I’m quite pleased with who we’ll see.

This is my local event, I only live 20 minutes down the road so a nice local night for me and the Mrs.
^ Watch the roundabouts

Always a fun tournament. Could do with opening the draw up a bit (Maybe just top 8 or top 4 seeded) as this makes some matches very predictable, particularly on Saturday, although I guess everyone is there on merit. Looking forward to a Duzza free major, even if it is quite a low down "major" with it being a season opener and not ranked.
Just found out that I have won VIP tickets to the Friday night Courtesy of Selco Builders Warehouse. So, after some jiggling round of my social calendar. I'm now going to this on Friday night instead of Saturday.

Big Grin  One very happy Jester right now!!
As I bumped the Dutch Open which starts tomorrow I may as well bump this one as well for anyone watching.  The PDC posted this preview earlier this evening:

2020 Ladbrokes Masters preview

The 2020 Ladbrokes Masters begins on Friday at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, as Michael van Gerwen begins his quest for a sixth successive title against Jonny Clayton on the opening night.

The opening televised event of the year will take place from January 31 - February 2 with the new-look top 16 following the World Championship competing across three days.

The action will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and RTL7 and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

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Since the tournament moved to Milton Keynes in 2015, Van Gerwen is yet to taste defeat on the Masters stage and the Dutchman will look to continue that run against Welsh number two Clayton on Friday's opening night.

"This tournament is an important one because it sets the tone for the rest of the year, it gives me a chance to put out a message," said Van Gerwen.

"It's not the first time I've come into the start of the year not being World Champion and I come back strong, people know that.

"I'm looking forward to getting back up on the big stage and performing in front of a great crowd. Hopefully I will be walking away with the title again.

"You always have to set yourself new targets and I'm going to give everything this year."

The tournament will begin with a meeting between Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic, while former World Champions Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis also collide on night one.


The opening night of action will also see two-time World Championship semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall make his Masters debut against 2014 champion James Wade.

Aspinall's success over the last 18 months has seen him fly up to eighth place on the PDC Order of Merit, and the 28-year-old is out to further cement his place among the sport's elite this year.

"I'm going into this tournament as one of the favourites to win it so you have to take confidence from that," said Aspinall.

"The last three weeks seem to have taken forever so I'm itching to get back into it now.

"I've played James many times, he's beaten me and I've beaten him but I don't think I've played him in over a year.

"He's probably ahead of me on the head-to-head stats but I'm a different animal now to what I was 12 months ago."

Saturday's second night of first round action will see Peter Wright announced onto the stage as World Champion for the first time as he begins his bid for a first Masters title against Joe Cullen.

World number three Gerwyn Price faces Simon Whitlock in a repeat of their World Championship meeting, while two-time World Champion Gary Anderson takes on Ian White and Daryl Gurney plays Dave Chisnall.

The winners will advance to Sunday's final day of action which will see the quarter-finals take place in the afternoon session, before the semi-finals and final in the evening.

A limited number of tickets are available. 

Oh, and The Jester, enjoy yourself in the VIP area tomorrow Smile
I just know I'm glad live darts is back tomorrow. Its been a long month
Looking forward to this
Really up for this one. I think the ITV4 coverage is pretty good. I record them on HDR and start watching late so I can skip the ads. Last tournament I was gutted as it was at the business end of a match then the recording abruptly stopped. It happens when you record stuff on Quest too, like snooker. It appears the box is not intelligent enough to know that the program is still on, weird because when I record something from BBC, and it goes on longer than planned, the recording extends automatically. I only recently learned that you can manually extend the finish time of a program recording. So now I'll add an hour to each one just in case it goes over. Can't wait for this tonight
Curious about how MVG will behave with new darts...
Dave-79 . I can’t seem to quote so maybe try recording the next programme and hope it picks up from the darts.
PDC Darts in back on the Tellybox! Dry January is over, let the floodgates open up! I'm so excited! (Probably more the fact I'm going than just the fact that it is back.)

Interested to see how the big guns react this weekend, personally I think MVG will win this again and remain undefeated on the MK stage.
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