The 15th edition of UK Open will be held from 3rd to 5th of March, 2017 at the Butlin’s Minehead Arena. The players can earn a starting place for the final competition with a total of six qualifying tournaments. There will also be a separate ranking, the UK Open Order of Merit.
128 participants, including some amateurs, will fight for the UK Open crown in 2017 and a total prize of £ 300,000. Michael De Gerwen, who defeated Peter Wright in the final by 11: 4, won the title defense for the second time in a row. The world's top scorer dominated the game from the start, scoring 106.68 points on average to show a turnover of 103. Wright could not get his usual performance and had to beat van Gerwen for the second time within three days after the Premier League matchday in Exeter give.
The top 32 players will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in the third round of the UK Open, also known as the FA Cup of Darts. The special feature of this tournament is that it is played without a seeding list, which means that the top players can meet each other at any time.
In the first round, the UK Open Order of Merit and the Riley amateur qualifiers will be ranked 65 to 96. In the second round, in addition to the 32 winners of the first round, seats 33 to 64 of the UK Open Order of Merit will be added. The final is being scheduled on Sunday night and is playing ’’best of 21 legs’’.
As all the darts competition at this level, this event’s winner will be decided on the last day of competition, depending on how good the competitors are on respectively day. To sum up the possible winner, there would be to mention:
-Phil Taylor, who is the most successful player in the history of UK Open. He won this competition 5 times, finishing on the 2nd place once. The one nicknamed ’’The Power’’ showed a good form in 2016, winning the inaugural Champions League of Darts tournament in September 2016 defeating Michael van Gerwen 11–5 in the final. That win against van Gerwen was a revenge after the Dutch player defeated him in the semifinals of UK Open earlier in that year.
- The winner of 2015 and 2016 World Championships winner, Gary Anderson is also a contender for the 1st place of UK Open 2017. Anderson’s best result in this competition is the final which he achieved in 2010. Last season he lost in the 3th round.
- The world number 1 and last year’s winner, Michael van Gerwen is expected to get his 3rd consecutive title at the UK Open next year. The Dutch is a constant presence in (at least) the quarterfinal stage of this competition, last time he lost before that stage being in the edition held in 2012. In 2016, Gerwen won 5 of the 7 big events in which he participated.
-Peter ’’Snakebite’’ Wright and his interesting haircut style is one of the big names from the world of darts that are yet to get the title of this competition. Wright played the final in the last 2 years, losing both to van Gerwen.