The race is on. Venue for 45th Winmau World Masters announced
Players race to qualify for the world’s longest-running darts major
The world’s best 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 tournament 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.
Team Winmau’s Ricky Chilton heads the BDDA Road to the Winmau Tour ranking table, with Pete Bramley in second and Shane Havard in third.
“We’re still three months away from the 45th Winmau World Masters, but already players are jostling for position,” says Winmau’s Sales and Marketing Director, Ian Flack. “With such a high standard of darts, they don’t want to have to battle their way through the floor stages. The Winmau World Masters and Lakeside World Championships are the titles everyone on the WDF circuit wants to win. I’m sure Bridlington will do us proud again this year.”
Sue Williams, Chairman of the BDO, said: “This announcement has been a long time coming and the BDO are pleased that once again we will be back in Bridlington for the 2018 Winmau World Masters at the Iconic SPA building”
Ticket information will be available on the Bridlington Spa website shortly: www.bridspa.com