The 2018 Scottish Open has attracted more than 1000 players.

A grand total of 916 men and 129 women will compete in the Renfrew event. They go head-to-head from 16-18 February. Men’s champion Cameron Menzies will not defend his title after attempting a switch to the PDC. But former PDC stars Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton will be at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel. 2012 PDC world finalist Hamilton lost his Tour Card at the end of 2017. The Hammer has opted to focus on BDO events, though he recently qualified for the UK Open. Wes Newton, who failed to win back his PDC card, has also added his name to the Scottish Open list. Dennis Harbour and Wesley Harms, the 2015 and 2013 champions, will be in attendance.

Lakeside finalists Glen Durrant and Mark McGeeney will also be involved. Fallon Sherrock returns to Scotland to defend her 2017 crown. She faces tough competition. Four-time Scottish Open winner Deta Hedman and Lakeside runner-up Anastasia Dobromyslova are among the competitors. But world champion Lisa Ashton is not on the 129-strong list.

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Author: Edward McCosh