UK Open Darts 2014: Dates, Draw, Fixtures, Prize Money and Participants

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UK Open Darts 2014: Dates, Draw, Fixtures, Prize Money and Participants
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Phil "The Power" Taylor to defend his UK Open title.

Seasoned professionals and inspired amateurs will take to the stage as the 2014 Coral UK Open gets underway on March 7.

At their new home at Butlins' Minehead Resort, the televised finals will get underway with eight stages set for simultaneous darts action as the early rounds get going. 

UK Open 2014: Dates, Fixtures and Participants
Date Time Round Fixture Stage
March 7 11.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Preliminary Round
Carl Green v Lionel Sams Main Stage
Brian Woods v Dean Stewart Stage Two
Paul Whitworth v Rhys Griffin Stage Three
Alan Tabern v Tony Randall Stage Four
Martin Stead v Alan Casey Stage Five
Kevin McDine v Aaron Holdstock Stage Six
Ian Jones v Simon Stevenson Stage Seven
James Young v David O'Brien Stage Seven
Nathan Derry v Jason Mold Stage Eight
William Naylor v Sam Allen Stage Eight
March 7 11.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET First Round
Glenn Spearing v Antonio Alcinas Main Stage
Kevin Taylor v Arron Monk Main Stage
Raymond van Barneveld v Tony Broughton Main Stage
Kyle Anderson v McDine/Holdstock Main Stage
Dennis Smith v Mark Hylton Stage Two
Ewan Hyslop v Steve Brown Stage Two
Alan Derrett v Jyhan Artut Stage Two
Ben Burton v Michael Mansell Stage Two
Steve Douglas v Johnny Haines Stage Three
James Hubbard v Jeff Batham Stage Three
Joe Murnan v Shaun Lovett Stage Three
Dean Reynolds v Stead/Casey Stage Three
Conan Whitehead v Aden Kirk Stage Four
Mark Cox v Shaun Narain Stage Four
Green/Sams v Chris Aubrey Stage Four
Whitworth/Griffin v Karl Merchant Stage Four
Adam Cousins v Paul Hogan Stage Five
Pete Dyos v William O'Connor Stage Five
Adam Hunt v Michael Malone Stage Five
Woods/Stewart v Graham Dando Stage Five
Andy Boulton v Jonathan Worsley Stage Six
Matthew Edgar v Matt Clark Stage Six
Jason Lovett v I Jones/Stevenson Stage Six
Tabern/Randall v Rowby-John Rodriguez Stage Six
Benito van de Pas v Doug Thompson Stage Seven
Jim Hill v Alex Roy Stage Seven
Naylor/Allen v Chris Mackie Stage Seven
Derry/Mold v Gerwyn Price Stage Seven
Nigel Daniels v Scott Bennett Stage Eight
Mick Baker v Mick Todd Stage Eight
Kevin Dowling v Chris Dobey Stage Eight
David Dodds v Young/O'Brien Stage Eight
March 7 11.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Second Round
John Henderson v Jelle Klaasen Main Stage
Keegan Brown v Mensur Suljovic Main Stage
Ian White v Daryl Gurney Main Stage
Cousins/Hogan v John Part Main Stage
Steve Maish v Ben Ward Stage Two
Ronny Huybrechts v Adrian Gray Stage Two
Jason Hogg v Wayne Jones Stage Two
Reynolds/Stead/Casey v van Barneveld/Broughton Stage Two
Garry Spedding v David Pallett Stage Three
D Smith/Hylton v Peter Hudson Stage Three
Hyslop/S Brown v K Anderson/McDine/Holdstock Stage Three
Hill/Roy v Tony Newell Stage Three
John Bowles v Dirk van Duijvenbode Stage Four
Rocco Maes v Daniels/Bennett Stage Four
Derrett/Artut v Hunt/Malone Stage Four
Naylor/Allen/Mackie v Ross Smith Stage Four
Boulton/Worsley v Josh Payne Stage Five
Hubbard/Batham v Steve Hine Stage Five
K Taylor/Monk v Whitworth/Griffin/Merchant Stage Five
van de Pas/Thompson v Dodds/Young/O'Brien Stage Five
Nigel Heydon v Douglas/Haines Stage Six
Dave Weston v Baker/Todd Stage Six
Spearing/Alcinas v Edgar/M Clark Stage Six
Green/Sams/Aubrey v Murnan/S Lovett Stage Six
Michael Barnard v Stuart Kellett Stage Seven
Tabern/Randall/Rodriguez v Steve West Stage Seven
Jamie Caven v Dowling/Dobey Stage Seven
Burton/Mansell v Woods/Stewart/Dando Stage Seven
Cox/Narain v Darren Webster Stage Eight
Ian Lever v Dyos/O'Connor Stage Eight
Whitehead/Kirk v Derry/Mold/Price Stage Eight
J Lovett/I Jones/Stevenson v Mark Barilli Stage Eight
March 7 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET Third Round
Peter Wright v Michael Smith Main Stage
Ronnie Baxter v Adrian Lewis Main Stage
Whitehead/Kirk/Derry/Mold/Price v Phil Taylor Main Stage
Michael van Gerwen v Hubbard/Batham/Hine Main Stage
Justin Pipe v Dave Chisnall Stage Two
Kevin Painter v Richie Burnett Stage Two
Reynolds/Stead/Casey/van Barneveld/Broughton v Weston/Baker/Todd Stage Two
James Wade v Burton/Mansell/Woods/Stewart/Dando Stage Two
Steve Beaton v Brendan Dolan Stage Three
Derrett/Artut/Hunt/Malone v Paul Nicholson Stage Three
Terry Jenkins v Barnard/Kellett Stage Three
Caven/Dowling/Dobey v Stephen Buntin Stage Three
Mark Webster v Mark Walsh Stage Four
Hyslop/S Brown/K Anderson/McDine/Holdstock v Spedding/Pallett Stage Four
Andy Smith v Gary Anderson Stage Four
Maish/Ward v Heydon/Douglas/Haines Stage Four
R Huybrechts/Gray v Simon Whitlock Stage Five
Jamie Lewis v Lever/Dyos/O'Connor Stage Five
Robert Thornton v Hogg/W Jones Stage Five
K Brown/Suljovic v Tabern/Randall/Rodriguez/West Stage Five
Cousins/Hogan/Part v van de Pas/Thompson/Dodds/Young/O'Brien Stage Six
Christian Kist v Spearing/Alcinas/Edgar/M Clark Stage Six
Wes Newton v Andrew Gilding Stage Six
Bowles/van Duijvenbode v Green/Sams/Aubrey/Murnan/S Lovett Stage Six
Kim Huybrechts v Naylor/Allen/Mackie/R Smith Stage Seven
D Smith/Hylton/Hudson v White/Gurney Stage Seven
Boulton/Worsley/Payne v Dean Winstanley Stage Seven
Nick Fullwell v Hill/Roy/Newell Stage Seven
Cox/Narain/D Webster v Vincent van der Voort Stage Eight
Maes/Daniels/Bennett v J Lovett/I Jones/Stevenson/Barilli Stage Eight
K Taylor/Monk/Whitworth/Griffin/Merchant v Mervyn King Stage Eight
Andy Hamilton v Henderson/Klaasen Stage Eight
March 8 11.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Fourth Round (Last 32)
16 Games on Four Stages
March 8 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET Fifth Round (Last 16)
Eight Games on Two Stages
March 9 12.45 a.m - GMT, 7.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET Quarter-Finals
Main Stage on Skyline Pavilion
March 9 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ET Semi-Finals and Final
Main Stage on Skyline Pavilion
Preliminary/First/Second Rounds – best of nine legs
Third Round – best of 17 legs
Fourth Round – best of 17 legs
Fifth Round – best of 17 legs
Quarter-Finals – best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – best of 19 legs
Final – best of 21 legs

Top names such as Michael van Gerwen, Phil "The Power" Taylor, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld will all be in contention to go the distance, but as always in darts, there's no sure thing.

The blend of youth is also on show with Dublin's Glenn Spearing, who will step out to make his UK Open debut in his match with Spaniard Antonio Alcinas, just two months after turning professional at his qualifying school, per Professional Darts Championships.

But it's thought that the big boys will dominate the tournament once again, despite a number of high-quality youngsters breaking onto the big stage.

Another debutant, Jeff Batham, only completed qualifying school himself earlier this year, and he will be looking to make an instant impact in his first UK Open, per Darts Database.

Taylor, as seen below, will be looking to retain the UK Open title after beating Andy Hamilton in last year's final:

The afternoon session on launch day will see the preliminary, first and second rounds of the tournament get underway, with the first two rounds featuring the professional players ranked from 65 to 96 in the UK Open Order of Merit.

They'll be joined by the 32 Rileys Amateur qualifiers, who will be up to cause an upset against more experienced throwers like Alan Tabern and Kevin McDine.

Kevin Painter will also be in action in Minehead, tweeting of his preparations ahead of the tournament:

Former World Youth Champion Arron Monk also gets his tournament underway against an amateur qualifier, Kevin Taylor, before twice-champion van Barneveld takes to the stage against Tony Broughton in their first-round match.

Phil Taylor, Brendan Dolan, Gary Anderson, Andy Hamilton, Stephen Bunting and Michael van Gerwen will also come into the fold in the evening session, with the six UK Open Qualifier winners entering the tournament in the third round.

Darts Performance Centre's Aiden Farrelly, who has previously fought van Barneveld, has backed Taylor to impress once again as he continues to build back his form:

Taylor's turmoils. I think it's crazy. The man hit two nine-darters this year already. Yet he's past it. Whilst he may no longer be elusive, he still holds it. It. Whatever it is. Taylor has always done ordinary things extraordinarily well. Because he's not conscious of his actions.

I imagine Taylor, and indeed all professionals, transcend into a place of peaceful meditation and tranquillity whilst playing. Blissfully unaware of what they are doing. It's just natural. But having changed his darts, his brand, his everything...he's had to begin thinking about what he's doing again. Becoming all too aware of the mechanics of his throw. Which is not good.

He's stepped outside his zone of optimal performance. But when it becomes natural once again, and we seen a glimpse of that with a 100+ average in last week’s Premier League, we will no longer be talking about a has been.

The first three rounds will be completed by the evening session on opening day, with 32 matches giving athletes the chance to progress to the fourth round on the afternoon of March 8.

The fifth round will begin on the same evening with eight games across two stages, before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place across afternoon and evening sessions on March 9—all games set to take place on the Main Stage in the Skyline Pavilion.

Taylor has won the competition five times previously, with his nearest challengers being Netherlands' van Barneveld and fellow Englishman James Wade, who have both scooped the tournament twice.

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Taylor will be out for revenge against van Gerwen.

It will be imperative for Taylor to pick up another victory this time around, as he looks to continue his supremacy in the UK Open.

He'll also be out for revenge on van Gerwen, should the pair face up in the latter stages, after the Dutchman overtook Taylor to reach the world No. 1 spot after the 2014 World Champions.

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Taylor will be hoping for a little more of this.

Then, just six weeks later, van Gerwen made it double agony for Taylor after recording a 13-minute Premier League whitewash with a 7-0 win.

Taylor, though, will brush himself down ahead of the tournament, and if there's one thing to be certain of with "The Power," it's that he knows how to play to his strengths.

One of those, of course, is the UK Open.

Prize Money:

According to the Professional Darts Championship, the winner of this year's tournament will scoop a £50,000 prize with potential for a rolling £5,000 nine-dart bonus, with the runner-up receiving £25,000, per Professional Darts Championship.

Each semi-finalist will bag £12,500 in prizes, while also able to pick up the bonus, with quarter-finalists being awarded £7,500.

It doesn't stop there, though, with last-16 players gaining £5,000, last-32 participants getting £3,000 and final-64 athletes handed £1,000 each.

In total, the UK Open is worth £250,000 in prize money and, with titles also at stake, it's clear to see why darts is becoming a popular sport worldwide.

With Taylor already sitting on UK Open earnings of £267,000, per Darts Database, could he break the £300,000 mark this time around?

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