James Wade tops a list of players who will continue a proud UK Open record this year.
Five players battled through qualifiers to maintain their ever-present status. Chief among them is Wade, who has won the tournament twice since its inception in 2003. The Machine came out on top in 2008 and 2011, when the tournament was held in Bolton. In the first ever UK Open, Wade lost 8-4 to Alex Roy in the fourth round. Roy is another ever-present, thanks to his success in Rileys’ qualifying. The Harlow winner has appeared in two quarter-finals. Fellow Riley’s champion Wayne Jones reached the last eight in 2003, and repeated the feat in 2008. The 2006 PDC World Championship semi-finalist also keeps up a 100 per cent record.
Steve Beaton is the only Tour Card holder other than Wade to maintain a perfect record. The Bronzed Adonis was a semi-finalist back in 2004. Fan favourite Terry Jenkins kept his streak going following the UK Open qualifying in Wigan. The Bull finished runner-up to Adrian Lewis in 2014, in the first UK Open held in Minehead. Lewis keeps up a run of appearing at every UK Open since the beginning of his career. But, as he began in 2004, he is not one of the ever-presents. This will be the first UK Open not to feature Kevin Painter. The former world finalist failed to make it through qualifying.Tags: James Wade | Rileys UK Open Qualifiers | Steve Beaton | Terry Jenkins | UK Open 2018
Author: Edward McCosh