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THE field for the Unibet World Grand Prix has been confirmed, following the completion of the Players Championship treble-header in Barnsley.

The three PDC ProTour events in Barnsley were the final ranking tournaments before the cut-off for the unique double-start World Grand Prix, which will be held from October 2-8 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, live on Sky Sports.

The world's top 16 players qualify by right for the World Grand Prix, with the top eight players - headed by world number one Michael van Gerwen and reigning champion Robert Thornton - seeded.

A further 14 players qualify from the ProTour Order of Merit alongside the top two players from Ireland/Northern Ireland in the ProTour Order of Merit.

A dramatic week of Players Championships concluded on Thursday as both runner-up Steve West and quarter-finalist Cristo Reyes forced their way into qualifying places at the expense of Justin Pipe and Josh Payne, with Vincent van der Voort also narrowly missing out.

Ireland's Mick McGowan also edged out Northern Irish left-hander Mickey Mansell for a qualifying place, with the Balbriggan thrower having reached his first ProTour semi-final since 2008 on Tuesday to end a six-year absence from the World Grand Prix.

The draw for the Unibet World Grand Prix will be made during the forthcoming Unibet Champions League of Darts event in Cardiff on September 24-25, with details to follow at www.pdc.tv.

Tickets for the Unibet World Grand Prix are still available fromwww.ticketmaster.ie and pdc.seetickets.com or from the Citywest Hotel Box Office by calling 00353 (0)1 401 0505.

2016 Unibet World Grand Prix
PDC Order of Merit Top 16

(Top Eight Players Seeded)
1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Adrian Lewis
4 Phil Taylor
5 Peter Wright
6 James Wade
7 Robert Thornton
8 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen, Ian White, Kim Huybrechts, Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic, Stephen Bunting, Terry Jenkins

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers: Benito van de Pas, Gerwyn Price, Alan Norris, Joe Cullen, Simon Whitlock, Daryl Gurney, Steve Beaton, James Wilson, Mervyn King, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Steve West, Cristo Reyes, Robbie Green

Top Two Non-Qualified Players From Ireland/Northern Ireland From ProTour Order of Merit: Brendan Dolan, Mick McGowan
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Should be some great match ups this time around with some very hungry players qualified, I don't think anyone will look forward to playing Steve West right now as he was on fire yesterday.... Sooo close to beating Shrek
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This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year I love how they have to double on to start the leg. Doubling on gives a different dynamic and makes it for interesting viewing. I don't see MVG not winning this one but there are upsets sometimes in darts so it will be exciting to watch.
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One of my favourites as well - not sure why but I think Wright may actually break his tv duck and win this one
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I'm really looking forward to this tournament, everyone looks in good form going into this. The only 1 who looks a bit off lately is Dolan but he has a habit of turning up and doing some damage in this event.

The first round could be carnage with only 8 seeded players 

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Yeah, looking forward to this.

Heaps of dangerous players outside of the seedings.

Hoping Kyle can pick things up again after a bit of a dip since Perth and also that Whitlock can continue his decent recent form.


Possibly dumb question: Why do Ireland/N. Ireland get to extra players?

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(09-23-2016, 10:56 PM)Banz Wrote: Yeah, looking forward to this.

Heaps of dangerous players outside of the seedings.

Hoping Kyle can pick things up again after a bit of a dip since Perth and also that Whitlock can continue his decent recent form.


Possibly dumb question:  Why do Ireland/N. Ireland get to extra players?

100% agree with you on this MVG will have his hands full in this one.  Kyle is a very strong player and so is Whitlock. This tournament and the Worlds are my two favorite tournaments of the year.
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I think in the past it's been to add local interest with it being in Dublin. 

Maybe not so much required now with the talent in depth but Northern Ireland and Rep of Ireland have now got enough talent within the top 50/64 where it's not just a steam roll the locals job and when the likes of Dolan have a good run it does seem to give the crowd that extra involvement 

I remember a game between I think it was Priestley v Mardle and it went on well over midnight as Priestley battled back, nothing against Mardle but it was great to see Dennis chipping away the lead leg by leg, set by set 

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(09-23-2016, 11:11 PM)HB501 Wrote: I think in the past it's been to add local interest with it being in Dublin. 

Oh yeah, of course. I skimmed the main text and just saw "Barnsley" leaping out. Didn't notice it was in Dublin but I should've remembered. I did say it was possibly a dumb question!

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I think Dolan is a potentially dangerous player as we saw at the Matchplay and McGowan is in great form, so I'm happy to see those two there.
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2016 Unibet World Grand Prix Draw

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Beaton
Mick McGowan v James Wilson
Michael Smith (8) v Alan Norris
Joe Cullen v Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright (5) v Brendan Dolan
Dave Chisnall v Robbie Green
Phil Taylor (4) v Steve West
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson (2) v Jamie Caven
Kyle Anderson v Cristo Reyes
Robert Thornton (7) v Stephen Bunting
Ian White v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade (6) v Terry Jenkins
Gerwyn Price v Benito van de Pas
Adrian Lewis (3) v Jelle Klaasen
Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld

Live on Sky Sports, October 2-8, Citywest Hotel, Dublin
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(09-25-2016, 11:58 AM)Great White North Wrote: 2016 Unibet World Grand Prix Draw

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Steve Beaton
Mick McGowan v James Wilson
Michael Smith (8) v Alan Norris
Joe Cullen v Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright (5) v Brendan Dolan
Dave Chisnall v Robbie Green
Phil Taylor (4) v Steve West
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson (2) v Jamie Caven
Kyle Anderson v Cristo Reyes
Robert Thornton (7) v Stephen Bunting
Ian White v Kim Huybrechts
James Wade (6) v Terry Jenkins
Gerwyn Price v Benito van de Pas
Adrian Lewis (3) v Jelle Klaasen
Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld

Live on Sky Sports, October 2-8, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

Really looking forward to this now. I like that there's 8 seeds and a lot of dangerous opponents floating around. Should open things up.

I reckon Lewis vs Klaasen is the pick of the first round ties.

And, apart from Kyle and Simon, looking forward to Merv King vs Barney.

Actually looks like a decent draw for Whitlock. Apart from having MvG his other seed is Michael Smith who looked out of sorts against Wadey in the CL. He could well get to the quarters.

Another potential quarter final match up is Adrian Lewis vs Gerwyn Price. Not such a clear path for either of them though.

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