Field and draw finalised for first Euro Tour of 2019 in Leverkusen

Raymond van Barneveld’s return to the European Tour will see him face Steve Beaton in Leverkusen, with the winner going on to play Rob Cross as the draw for the 2019 European Darts Open was confirmed, followed by the final qualifiers.

It has been over five months since Michael van Gerwen beat James Wade to finish the 2018 European Tour season with eight titles, a campaign which saw four saw winners on the continent. The likes of Rob Cross and Joe Cullen are still without a title in Europe, while PDC newcomer Glen Durrant will be fancied by many to pick up a title sooner rather than later, especially with world number one Michael van Gerwen not at his best.

The final qualifiers for a place in ET1 were held at the Ostermann Arena on Thursday evening, and the theme carried on of surprise qualifiers as the seven UK players without a Tour Card and European Tour debutant Pavel Jirkal were joined by two Dutch debutants in Wesley Plaisier and Danny van Trijp, while Jyhan Artut is set to make a long-awaited return to the PDC stage. Fabian Herz will continue his quest for a European Tour win against Scott Taylor, while youngster Nico Kurz faces Kim Huybrechts in his ET debut.

Veteran Michael Rosenauer completed the field and will take on Glen Durrant on Friday evening with the winner set to meet Jermaine Wattimena. That means there’s the potential for a battle of the two World Champions in the last 16 should ‘Duzza’ come through and ‘MVG’ beat either Mervyn King or Jason Wilson. The Euro Tour season gets underway with two players in danger of losing their Tour Card at the end of the year, Justin Pipe and Ryan Meikle, while a couple of rising stars take to the stage in the third game of the tournament in Matthew Dennant and Madars Razma.

Other intriguing clashes see Wayne Jones take on Vincent van der Voort, Matthew Edgar face Krzysztof Ratajski and Jeffrey de Zwaan meet Josh Payne. On Saturday, Simon Whitlock will look to resurrect his disappointing year with a win over one of Ross Smith or Ricky Williams, while Darren Webster is guaranteed to face a European Tour debutant in either Pavel Jirkal or William Borland.

In form Ted Evetts has a date with the Leeds version of Martin Atkins and next Wednesday’s Premier League ‘contender’ Dimitri Van den Bergh takes on Challenge Tour leader Ritchie Edhouse for the right to play Adrian Lewis. The action kicks off at 1200 GMT with the Friday afternoon session headlined by Euro Tour debutants and the evening featuring a whole host of big names, including Raymond van Barneveld fresh from his first Premier League victory of the season.

2019 European Darts Open
Draw Bracket

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Jason Wilson/Mervyn King
Jermaine Wattimena (16) v Michael Rosenauer/Glen Durrant
Michael Smith (8) v Matthew Edgar/Krzysztof Ratajski
Gerwyn Price (9) v Fabian Herz/Scott Taylor
Mensur Suljović (5) v Matthew Dennant/Madars Razma
Joe Cullen (12) v Wayne Jones/Vincent van der Voort
James Wade (4) v Wesley Plaisier/Jyhan Artut
Dave Chisnall (13) v Ted Evetts/Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Ian White (2) v Justin Pipe/Ryan Meikle
Darren Webster (15) v Pavel Jirkal/William Borland
Rob Cross (7) v Steve Beaton/Raymond van Barneveld
Jonny Clayton (10) v Adam Hunt/Danny van Trijp
Adrian Lewis (6) v Ritchie Edhouse/Dimitri Van den Bergh
Daryl Gurney (11) v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Josh Payne
Peter Wright (3) v Kim Huybrechts/Nico Kurz
Simon Whitlock (14) v Ross Smith/Ricky Williams

Schedule of Play
Friday March 22
First Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT) 

Justin Pipe v Ryan Meikle
Pavel Jirkal v William Borland
Matthew Dennant v Madars Razma
Fabian Herz v Scott Taylor
Ross Smith v Ricky Williams
Adam Hunt v Danny van Trijp
Ted Evetts v Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Wesley Plaisier v Jyhan Artut

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 GMT)
Matthew Edgar v Krzysztof Ratajski
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Josh Payne
Kim Huybrechts v Nico Kurz
Jason Wilson v Mervyn King
Michael Rosenauer v Glen Durrant
Ritchie Edhouse v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Steve Beaton v Raymond van Barneveld
Wayne Jones v Vincent van der Voort

Saturday March 23
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

Darren Webster v Jirkal/Borland
James Wade v Plaisier/Artut
Ian White v Pipe/Meikle
Gerwyn Price v Herz/Taylor
Dave Chisnall v Evetts/Atkins
Jonny Clayton v Hunt/Van Trijp
Michael Smith v Edgar/Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v De Zwaan/Payne

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 GMT)
Adrian Lewis v Edhouse/Van den Bergh
Jermaine Wattimena v Rosenauer/Durrant
Joe Cullen v Jones/Van der Voort
Michael van Gerwen v Wilson/King
Rob Cross v Beaton/Van Barneveld
Mensur Suljović v Dennant/Razma
Simon Whitlock v R Smith/Williams
Peter Wright v Huybrechts/Kurz

Sunday March 24
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

Third Round

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 GMT)

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000

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