The World Matchplay starts shortly and there have been changes for 2018. These include the format of the games changing from best of 21 to best of 25 legs for the second round.

This in itself means a longer format from the very beginning favouring players like Michael van Gerwen who get stronger as it gets longer. It could also cut down the likelihood of shocks in the World Matchplay this year leading to the best players getting to the latter stages of the tournament.

Format:
First Round – Best of 19 legs
Second Round – Best of 21 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 33 legs
Final – Best of 35 legs

UPDATE: The format for the World Matchplay remains unchanged. The PDC made a typing error on their website, which has been amended.

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Author: Samuel Gill