First 18 international qualifiers for the PDC World Darts Championship confirmed
The first 18 International Qualifiers have been confirmed ahead of the PDC World Championship as the countdown to Alexandra Palace continues.
Danny Lauby was the first player to qualify through being the CDC Continental Cup winner and he will be joined by fellow American, Danny Baggish and top Canadian, Matt Campbell. All of whom qualified from the CDC. The latter two both qualified last year.
Kim Viljanen and Daniel Larsson have plenty of experience at the World Championship and qualified as the PDCNB Number 1 and 2.
Gordon Mathers will make his return to the World Championship as DPA Number One and due to a lack of Oceanic Masters, it was announced earlier this week that James Bailey would join him.
Haupai Puha as DPNZ Number One will not have to go through their playoff this year due to COVID-19. While for Nico Kurz, he won through the German Super League in some of the first action back after the break.
Ryan Meikle and Keane Barry will make their returns to the World Championship after winning through the Development Tour. David Evans similarly came through the Challenge Tour.
Boris Krcmar was the winner of the Eastern European Qualifier and will make his return to the Alexandra Palace. 'The Biggest' will be one of the tougher draws due to being a Tour Card holder and a player on form.
Chengan Liu will also return for the first time since 2006 when he lost to John Part, he won through the Chinese qualifier while Edward Shoji pulled off a shock in the PDJ Qualifier which saw Seigo Asada dumped out in the latter stages.
They were joined recently by Women's Series winners Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman as well as Dimitry Gorbunov who won the EADC Qualifier which similar to Shoji's win saw big names in Boris Koltsov not come through and Aleksey Kadochnikov who didn't play.