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Who wins the 2022 World Matchplay Darts?

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The World Matchplay 2021 is an upcoming darts event and the third major event on the calendar, it is set to take place over eight days from the 17th until the 25th of July. The tournament will return to its long-time home at the Winter Garden in Blackpool after a one-year absence from the venue.

The event will see a total of 32 players compete, the top sixteen players from the PDC two-year order of merit will be joined by the top sixteen players from the one-year Pro Tour order of merit. This event will be the big stage return for the World Number One and current World Champion Gerwyn Price, who is returning to television screens after a positive Covid test ruled him out of the Premier League earlier in the year.

Belgian number one Dimitri van den Bergh is the defending champion, however, due to form over the last few months only goes into the tournament as the fifth favourite. The favourite going into the competition is Michael van Gerwen, however, he is still seeing a lapse in form. Others to look out for include new Premier League champion Jonny Clayton and Jose de Sousa, who has quickly become one of the most consistent players on tour.

The prize fund is expected to remain at £700,000 with £150,000 going to the winner of the event. Rob Cross is the Order of Merit defending champion (the person who is defending the most prize money).

The event is also set to allow fans into the venue only the second time since restrictions were lifted. It is still unknown whether the event will run at full capacity following a complete easing of restriction in the United Kingdom that is currently set for July 19th. It is also unknown how different the event will be with this being the first major TV event to be held since Eddie Hearn became chairman of the PDC.

The first round of the event will be played in a first to ten legs format, the second round goes to first to eleven legs, the quarter-finals are first to sixteen legs, the semi-finals are first to seventeen legs and the final is first to eighteen legs. Making this event the longest leg-play format on the tour.

Currently, the field of players is yet to be confirmed, we will only know for certain who is in and who is out after the conclusion of Players Championship 20 in early July. However, as things stand Steve Beaton is set to miss his first World Matchplay since 2000. Five times World Champion Raymond van Barneveld is also not currently in the qualifying positions however, if he wins or has a good run in any of the four upcoming Player’s Championships it may lift him into a qualifying spot.

The event is set to be broadcast on Sky Sports to viewers in the UK, and on other domestic sports broadcaster around the world. In countries where coverage is not available on TV, people will be able to watch the event through PDC-TV or other partner streaming platforms including DAZN and Matchroom Live.

World Matchplay 2022 will be held after Darts world championship 2022.