There will be an almighty shootout for UK Open spots at the final qualifying event on Sunday.

The current cutoff point in the UK Open Order of Merit is £750 earned across six qualifiers. Lee Evans currently occupies the 96th and final spot. But 20 players are currently all locked on £750 each, with 15 more on £500. The likes of Benito van de Pas, Jan Dekker and Diogo Portela are all scraping through as it counts. But Max Hopp, Mark Webster and Brendan Dolan will need an excellent Sunday showing if they are to reach the UK Open this year. Peter Jacques struck a nine-darter on Friday, but will not be in Minehead unless he can break into the top 96.

There is also plenty of intrigue at the top of the Order of Merit. Joe Cullen sits in 32nd, and will join the top seeds in receiving a bye to the third round as it stands. But the likes of Kyle Anderson and Alan Norris are nipping at the Rockstar’s heels. Michael van Gerwen is still in the top spot, and it is impossible for the Dutchman to enter the UK Open as anything less than the second seed. Michael Smith will have the chance to leapfrog the world number one in Wigan.

Thanks to his maiden Pro Tour victory, Corey Cadby sits in third. He is followed by Gary Anderson and Rob Cross, who the Australian beat in Saturday’s final. Peter Wright follows close behind in fifth. The sixth and final qualifier will be hotly contested, with many players facing their last chance to secure a spot at the ‘FA Cup of Darts’. 32 Riley’s qualifiers will join the 96 successful professionals. Among the ranks of the ‘amateurs’ are former world finalist Andy Hamilton and UK Open ever-present Alex Roy.

Click here for the 2018 UK Open Qualifiers calendar, how the UK Open Qualifiers work, and the prize pot.

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Author: Edward McCosh