The world’s best BDO darts players will descend on the Bridlington Spa, UK once again following the announcement that the 45th Winmau World Masters – the world’s oldest major darts tournament – is to be held at the Yorkshire venue on October 4th to 7th 2018.

The Winmau World Masters will showcase the best darting talent culminating in World Masters titles being won in competitions for men, women, boys, girls and players with disabilities.

Players will compete on the floor on October 4th to win places in the Winmau World Masters stage matches, which will culminate in finals to be played on Sunday, October 7th. If that isn’t enough world class darts for you, play-offs for a place in the Lakeside World Championships will take place on October 3rd in the same venue.

The race is now on to win one of the seeded places and automatic qualification for the stage matches. Sixteen are on offer for the men, eight for the women and fifteen for the WDDA disability event. This closes for the seeds on September 9th 2018.

Between now and the cut off date of 30th August players will be focused on qualifying for the Winmau World Masters around the world. We’ll be keeping you up to date on who’s in and who’s out of the qualifying spots in our ‘Race to the Winmau World Masters’ series.

With a long way to go, current World Champion Glen Durrant is sitting on top of the BDO rankings with Mark McGeeney and Jim Williams following. Team Winmau’s Scott Mitchell is fourth. In the BDO women’s rankings, Deta Hedman is just ahead of defending Winmau World Master, Lorraine Winstanley in second and Aileen de Graaf. Ten times World Champion and Team Winmau player, Trina Gulliver MBE, is just one place outside the top eight.

The BDO also made clear indirectly that the Lakeside Championship will continue in 2019. This was not confirmed yet. However, the British Darts Corporation reports that playoffs will be played prior to the World Masters, where qualifying spots for Lakeside will be on offer.

Source: BDODarts.com

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Author: Pieter