The UK Open famously brings together top professionals and aspiring amateurs.

But this year, some big names will be absent from the ‘FA Cup of Darts’. Almost all of the world’s top 32 has qualified for the UK Open after six qualifying tournaments. Sixteen players from the top 64 of the PDC Order of Merit did not make it.

Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Benito van de Pas and Joe Cullen needed just one day’s work to qualify. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ even won one of the qualifiers, and his earnings allow him to skip the first two rounds.

Based on the current rankings, world number six Mensur Suljovic is the biggest absentee in Minehead. The Austrian opted not to enter any of the six qualifiers. Mark Webster failed to make the UK Open Order of Merit’s top 96, and misses out. The former Lakeside champion earned just £750, and fell short on countback.

Christian Kist, Jan Dekker and Jeffrey de Graaf will also miss the UK Open. The same applies to Dekker as to Webster; countback counted against him. De Graaf (£500) and Kist (£0) fared even worse

Well-known names such as Ronny Huybrechts, Kevin Painter, Devon Petersen, Brendan Dolan, Josh Payne and Max Hopp also failed.

Highest-placed absentees on the UK Open

6 Mensur Suljovic
34 Mark Webster
36 Brendan Dolan
37 Christian Kist
41 Ronny Huybrechts
42 Robbie Green
44 Jan Dekker
45 Jamie Caven
46 Kevin Painter
48 Max Hopp
49 Josh Payne
50 Devon Petersen
53 Joe Murnan
54 Jeffrey de Graaf
58 Steve Lennon
60 Rowby-John Rodriguez

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Author: Edward McCosh