The Players Championship Finals will take place from Nov. 24 to 26 in Minehead. The field of participants consists of the best 64 players from this year's Players Championship tournaments. However, there will also be some notable names missing from the Butlins Minehead Resort.
The biggest name that will be missing from the Players Championship Finals is Peter Wright. The two-time world champion ended up playing sixteen of the thirty Players Championship tournaments. No less than eight times Wright lost in the first round and earned no prize money. Missing the Players Championship Finals has consequences for Wright in the world rankings. After all, he won the Players Championship Finals in 2021 and the prize money won then disappears from the world rankings at the end of November. That loss was compensated somewhat, however, by 'Snakebite' winning the European Darts Championship. Nevertheless, 100,000 pounds are taken off his prize money on the PDC Order of Merit. This has no immediate effect on his position in the world rankings, but the Scot may lose positions in the world rankings after the World Darts Championship because he will have to defend 500,000 pounds at Alexandra Palace.
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Wright is not the only major winner this season not to have qualified for the Players Championship Finals. World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall is also missing from Minehead. However, 'The Asp' announced that he would deliberately miss the tournament in connection with his partner's birthday.
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Mervyn King will not participate in the Players Championship Finals for the first time since 2008. King made the final in Minehead twice, most recently in 2020 against Michael van Gerwen. Vincent van der Voort, who has 14 participations to his name, will also be missing Minehead this year. Both players are also likely to be missing from the World Darts Championship in December for the first time since 2008.
Darius Labanauskas and Devon Petersen participated in the 2021 Players Championships Finals. However, the past two Pro Tour seasons were a lot less successful for both players, both of whom are likely to lose their Tour Card at the end of the year.
Mensur Suljovic was not among the top64 of the Players Championship rankings at the end of this Pro Tour season for the first time since 2015. As a result, the Austrian, who is also not currently seeded for the World Darts Championship, will be missing this year in Minehead. His best result at the Players Championship Finals was a semifinal place on his debut in 2015.