Players Championship Finals to be held behind closed doors
The PDC have announced that November’s Players Championship Finals will be held behind closed doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament has been held at Butlin’s Minehead since 2012, but the Somerset venue have confirmed that they will be unable to host this year because of social distancing guidelines. The new venue will be announced in due course.
It becomes the latest PDC televised event to take place without a crowd as increasing doubts are placed over the season-ending World Championship.
The Players Championship Finals are the culmination of a year of PDC floor events, with the top 64 players from those qualifying. There have been 18 Players Championship tournaments played so far, with at least five more to come.
The tournament is played over two stages for the first three rounds, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final played on the same stage.
Michael van Gerwen has won five of its last seven editions, including his 2019 triumph against Gerwyn Price, 11-9 in the final.
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