All to Play for in the Race to the Winmau World Masters
With just days to go until the September 11th deadline, this weekend’s England Classic, England Masters, Catalonia Open and FCD Anniversary Open represent the last chance for players to grasp one of the seeded places for the 44th Winmau World Masters.
The sport’s longest running darts major takes place at The Bridlington Spa, September 25th to 27th. The world’s best players will compete for five World Masters titles in Men’s, Ladies, Boys, Girls and Disability events. The top 16 BDO ranked men players and top 8 women will be guaranteed a seeded place. The rest of the field will have to compete on the floor to win a spot on one of the most famous stages in world darts.
Since our last update, players have battled for qualification points and progress up the BDO rankings at the Winmau Vizcaya International Open in Spain. The Men’s top ten is little changed, though 28 points for finishing fifth means Welshman Nick Kenny breaks into the top ten on 258 ranking points.
With time running out, it’s on the fringes of the top 16 rankings that things really get interesting. A 33rd position in Vizcaya for Scott Waites sees him drop six places to 16th on 243 rankings points, making a strong performance in the England Classic/Masters a must for the two-time World Champion and Team Winmau player.
Despite only finishing 17th in Vizcaya, England’s Scott Baker picked up enough points to climb three places in the rankings to 12 on 251 points. Ninth in Vizcaya was enough to propel Wales’s Jim Williams four places up the BDO list to share 13th position on 248 ranking points with countryman Martin Phillips, who climbs three rankings positions despite not making the trip to Spain.
Making their charge for automatic qualification at the Winmau World Masters are Andy Baetens and Willem Mandigers whose performances in Vizcaya see them move up two and three ranking places respectively to share 17th spot on 240 ranking points.
Just a couple of ranking points behind them is England’s Darryl Fitton who did not to compete in Spain but moves up two rankings places to 19th. Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas moves up one spot to share 20th position on 225 ranking points with Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry who drops two places.
Once again, there is little change in the Women’s race to the Winmau World Masters. With 450 ranking points, BDO number one Deta Hedman picked up maximum points when she added the Vizcaya trophy to her collection. On 416 ranking points, her number two-ranked Dutch rival, Aileen de Graaf, was runner-up. Despite not taking the plane to Spain, third and fourth spots stay with triple world champion, Lisa Ashton (387 ranking points), and Lorraine Winstanley (381 ranking points) respectively.
At fifth in the BDO table with 351 ranking points, triple world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova, is looking good to grace the stage at the Bridlington Spa as is Australia’s Corrine Hammond in sixth place on 343 ranking points. Just two points behind her and ranked seven is ten-time World Champion and Team Winmau player, Trina Gulliver MBE. Right now the last automatic qualifying place belongs to Fallon Sherrock. However, with 309 points, she is just one ahead of ninth placed Dutch player Sharon Prins who picked up 21 ranking points in Vizcaya.
“With just days to go until the September 11th cut-off date, players are really fighting to make the top 16 and top 8 places in the BDO rankings,” says Ian Flack, Sales and Marketing Director of Winmau. “The World Masters has such heritage and, after the World Championships, it’s the one all the players want to win. There are going to be a lot of nervous players at the final events as they look to make that final push to qualify.”
You can view the full BDO ranking tables at: http://www.bdodarts.com/rankings.php
Date : 07-09-2017