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Who wins the UK Open 2021?
UK Open Darts 2021
The UK Open 2021 is an upcoming darts event and the first ranked major tournament of the calendar year, it is set to be held in Minehead for the eighth time however this is subject to change as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic in Europe. At present, the tournament is set to take place over three days from the 5th until the 7th of March however this may change due to regulation on mixing in the United Kingdom.
The event will see all 128 Tour Cardholders gain an invite along with the Top 8 in the Challenge and Development tour order of merits. Any “fills” required through withdrawal or a cardholder refusing to play will come from the challenge tour order of merit. Also, this event will feature sixteen pub qualifiers to reach a total field of 160 players (the highest of any televised event).
Michael van Gerwen, the current world number two, is the reigning champion however goes into the tournament as the second favourite behind the newly crowned world champion and world number one Gerwyn Price. However, due to the event’s open draw format no player is safe from an early-round exit and the tournament is known to produce shocks.
It is also yet unknown whether rumours surrounding Phil Taylor, the sixteen-time champion of the world who has won the tournament five times, returning through the pub qualifier route are true as Phil himself has expressed interest in doing this several times, however, ruled it out due to needing a hip replacement in 2020, so perhaps 2021 could be the year of his return.
The event due to its high amount of players is also known to have several nine-darters hit along the way in the history of the tournament ten have been hit which is on average one every other edition.
The winner of the tournament will receive £100,000 which could be crucial for some players namely Michael van Gerwen in attempting to regain his spot as World Number One. Due to the high amount of players, the event will be played across multiple boards with only two of the boards being opened to streaming and being televised meaning the majority of matches will only be able to be followed through the live scoring services.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the event is looking more likely to be held behind closed doors if this does happen it would be the second time in the history of the event after the event took behind closed doors due to extreme weather condition in 2018, if this is the case it will be the 7th consecutive televised event held behind closed doors.
The event will be broadcast by ITV in the UK and PDC’s international broadcasting partners form going into the event is yet to be seen and the first indication will be seen at The Master's Darts event in late January. The event is still subject to change per ever-changing rules and regulations however at present the UK still recognises darts as an elite level sport and the event is still likely to go ahead.