European Championship Draw: Wade begins title defence against Clayton
Following the seventh showing of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, where Krzysztof Ratajski lifted his maiden European Tour title, the 2019 European Tour season came to an intriguing finale.
The European Tour Order of Merit’s top 32 now head to Gottingen, Germany for the Unibet European Championships from October 24-27.i
Defending champion James Wade will commence his title defence as he takes on Jonny Clayton, while top seed Michael van Gerwen will begin his bid to win a fifth European Championship title when he takes on Ross Smith.
Ian White will face Michael Smith, who narrowly booked his place in Gottingen at the final event of the year, as Danish Darts Open champion Dave Chisnall takes on Dimitri van den Bergh in the first round.
Elsewhere, International Darts Open champion Gerwyn Price will face Ted Evans, German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney takes on William O’Connor and newly-crowned Gibraltar Darts Trophy champion Krzysztof Ratajski will open his account against Chris Dobey.
Austrian Darts Championship winner Mensur Suljovic faces Vincent van der Voort, while Czech Darts Open champion Jamie Hughes makes his European Championship debut as he takes on Jermaine Wattimena.
Alongside Evetts, Ross Smith and Hughes, Glen Durrant and Keegan Brown will make their European Championship debuts. They’ll take on Ricky Evans and Stephen Bunting, respectively.
A finalist in 2018, Rob Cross, will be hoping to go one better in Gottingen; his campaign begins against Darren Webster, with either Joe Cullen or Mervyn King awaiting the winner, while Peter Wright faces Jefffey de Zwaan.
Former finalists Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock will face off in the first round, while US Darts Masters winner Nathan Aspinall takes on the ever-present Steve Beaton.
The Unibet European Championship will take place at the Lokhalle in Gottingen, Germany. A grand total of £500,000 will be on offer, with a mere £120,000 going to the winner.
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