Six players will make their debuts in the 2019 Boylesports World Grand Prix next month, after the 32-player field for Dublin was confirmed at the weekend.
The 22nd staging of the double-start tournament takes place at the Citywest Convention Centre, from October 6-12, and will see half a dozen players make their first appearances in the event.
Following this past weekend’s Players Championship double-header, the final two events before the cut-off, the 32-player field has been finalised, with the top eight on the PDC Order of Merit seeded in the first round.
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen, a four-time winner of the World Grand Prix, is the top seed, with World Matchplay winner Rob Cross seeded second.
Daryl Gurney, the 2017 World Grand Prix champion, is the third seed, 2016 runner-up Gary Anderson is the fourth seed, and recent World Matchplay runner-up Michael Smith is the fifth seed.
Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price is the sixth seed, last year’s runner-up Peter Wright is the seventh seed, and 2007 and 2010 winner James Wade is the eighth seed.
Nathan Aspinall, the reigning UK Open and US Darts Masters, is among the six debutants, and qualifies via the top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit, while Krzysztof Ratajski, Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Chris Dobey and Dimitri van den Bergh have secured their debuts in the event through the ProTour Order of Merit.
The draw for this year’s World Grand Prix will take place this Friday at 9.30am.
2019 BoyleSports World Grand Prix (October 6-12)
PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers (Seeding in brackets)
(1) Michael van Gerwen
(2) Rob Cross
(3) Daryl Gurney
(4) Gary Anderson
(5) Michael Smith
(6) Gerwyn Price
(7) Peter Wright
(8) James Wade
ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers
Jeffrey de Zwaan
Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC