Darts Events are Back!
The PDC's Summer Series is set to start this week where we will see five Players Championship events held from July 8-12, as full ranked events from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, broadcast live on PDCTV.
Under normal circumstances, this series of events would not have taken place and the Matchplay list would be completed and updated by now, but that’s not the case, so these 5 days hold huge potential for drama, upsets and new names to make the World Matchplay.
In addition, the PDC has announced that the winner of the 2020 PDC Summer Series Order of Merit will receive a place in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts.
The current PDC qualifying criteria is the Top 16 from the 2-year rolling Order of Merit qualify, and the Top 16 from the one year rolling PDC ProTour Order of Merit.
Currently based on the Top 16 criteria, World Champion Peter Wright and Grand Slam Champion Gerwyn Price have sealed the 2nd and 3rd seed spots respectively. Jonny Clayton finds himself trailing by £22,000 from the seeded position, however, a big Summer Series from the Ferret could see him take a seeded spot.
From the Top 16 one year rolling Order of Merit, Clayton finds himself as the 6th positioned qualifier along with Jamie Hughes currently holding a qualification spot. John Henderson and Luke Humphries both close in the hunt for qualification, just over £1,000 off the ProTour Order of Merit qualification.
With the current cut-off for qualification set at £18,750, a strong performance across the 5 days could rocket a player into a World Matchplay spot.