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

Dan Brett@@DanBrett90Contributor IIIMarch 6, 2014

Phil "The Power" Taylor to defend his UK Open title.
Phil "The Power" Taylor to defend his UK Open title.Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

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
March 711.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ETPreliminary Round
Carl Green v Lionel SamsMain Stage
Brian Woods v Dean StewartStage Two
Paul Whitworth v Rhys GriffinStage Three
Alan Tabern v Tony RandallStage Four
Martin Stead v Alan CaseyStage Five
Kevin McDine v Aaron HoldstockStage Six
Ian Jones v Simon StevensonStage Seven
James Young v David O'BrienStage Seven
Nathan Derry v Jason MoldStage Eight
William Naylor v Sam AllenStage Eight
March 711.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ETFirst Round
Glenn Spearing v Antonio AlcinasMain Stage
Kevin Taylor v Arron MonkMain Stage
Raymond van Barneveld v Tony BroughtonMain Stage
Kyle Anderson v McDine/HoldstockMain Stage
Dennis Smith v Mark HyltonStage Two
Ewan Hyslop v Steve BrownStage Two
Alan Derrett v Jyhan ArtutStage Two
Ben Burton v Michael MansellStage Two
Steve Douglas v Johnny HainesStage Three
James Hubbard v Jeff BathamStage Three
Joe Murnan v Shaun LovettStage Three
Dean Reynolds v Stead/CaseyStage Three
Conan Whitehead v Aden KirkStage Four
Mark Cox v Shaun NarainStage Four
Green/Sams v Chris AubreyStage Four
Whitworth/Griffin v Karl MerchantStage Four
Adam Cousins v Paul HoganStage Five
Pete Dyos v William O'ConnorStage Five
Adam Hunt v Michael MaloneStage Five
Woods/Stewart v Graham DandoStage Five
Andy Boulton v Jonathan WorsleyStage Six
Matthew Edgar v Matt ClarkStage Six
Jason Lovett v I Jones/StevensonStage Six
Tabern/Randall v Rowby-John RodriguezStage Six
Benito van de Pas v Doug ThompsonStage Seven
Jim Hill v Alex RoyStage Seven
Naylor/Allen v Chris MackieStage Seven
Derry/Mold v Gerwyn PriceStage Seven
Nigel Daniels v Scott BennettStage Eight
Mick Baker v Mick ToddStage Eight
Kevin Dowling v Chris DobeyStage Eight
David Dodds v Young/O'BrienStage Eight
March 711.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ETSecond Round
John Henderson v Jelle KlaasenMain Stage
Keegan Brown v Mensur SuljovicMain Stage
Ian White v Daryl GurneyMain Stage
Cousins/Hogan v John PartMain Stage
Steve Maish v Ben WardStage Two
Ronny Huybrechts v Adrian GrayStage Two
Jason Hogg v Wayne JonesStage Two
Reynolds/Stead/Casey v van Barneveld/BroughtonStage Two
Garry Spedding v David PallettStage Three
D Smith/Hylton v Peter HudsonStage Three
Hyslop/S Brown v K Anderson/McDine/HoldstockStage Three
Hill/Roy v Tony NewellStage Three
John Bowles v Dirk van DuijvenbodeStage Four
Rocco Maes v Daniels/BennettStage Four
Derrett/Artut v Hunt/MaloneStage Four
Naylor/Allen/Mackie v Ross SmithStage Four
Boulton/Worsley v Josh PayneStage Five
Hubbard/Batham v Steve HineStage Five
K Taylor/Monk v Whitworth/Griffin/MerchantStage Five
van de Pas/Thompson v Dodds/Young/O'BrienStage Five
Nigel Heydon v Douglas/HainesStage Six
Dave Weston v Baker/ToddStage Six
Spearing/Alcinas v Edgar/M ClarkStage Six
Green/Sams/Aubrey v Murnan/S LovettStage Six
Michael Barnard v Stuart KellettStage Seven
Tabern/Randall/Rodriguez v Steve WestStage Seven
Jamie Caven v Dowling/DobeyStage Seven
Burton/Mansell v Woods/Stewart/DandoStage Seven
Cox/Narain v Darren WebsterStage Eight
Ian Lever v Dyos/O'ConnorStage Eight
Whitehead/Kirk v Derry/Mold/PriceStage Eight
J Lovett/I Jones/Stevenson v Mark BarilliStage Eight
March 77 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ETThird Round
Peter Wright v Michael SmithMain Stage
Ronnie Baxter v Adrian LewisMain Stage
Whitehead/Kirk/Derry/Mold/Price v Phil TaylorMain Stage
Michael van Gerwen v Hubbard/Batham/HineMain Stage
Justin Pipe v Dave ChisnallStage Two
Kevin Painter v Richie BurnettStage Two
Reynolds/Stead/Casey/van Barneveld/Broughton v Weston/Baker/ToddStage Two
James Wade v Burton/Mansell/Woods/Stewart/DandoStage Two
Steve Beaton v Brendan DolanStage Three
Derrett/Artut/Hunt/Malone v Paul NicholsonStage Three
Terry Jenkins v Barnard/KellettStage Three
Caven/Dowling/Dobey v Stephen BuntinStage Three
Mark Webster v Mark WalshStage Four
Hyslop/S Brown/K Anderson/McDine/Holdstock v Spedding/PallettStage Four
Andy Smith v Gary AndersonStage Four
Maish/Ward v Heydon/Douglas/HainesStage Four
R Huybrechts/Gray v Simon WhitlockStage Five
Jamie Lewis v Lever/Dyos/O'ConnorStage Five
Robert Thornton v Hogg/W JonesStage Five
K Brown/Suljovic v Tabern/Randall/Rodriguez/WestStage Five
Cousins/Hogan/Part v van de Pas/Thompson/Dodds/Young/O'BrienStage Six
Christian Kist v Spearing/Alcinas/Edgar/M ClarkStage Six
Wes Newton v Andrew GildingStage Six
Bowles/van Duijvenbode v Green/Sams/Aubrey/Murnan/S LovettStage Six
Kim Huybrechts v Naylor/Allen/Mackie/R SmithStage Seven
D Smith/Hylton/Hudson v White/GurneyStage Seven
Boulton/Worsley/Payne v Dean WinstanleyStage Seven
Nick Fullwell v Hill/Roy/NewellStage Seven
Cox/Narain/D Webster v Vincent van der VoortStage Eight
Maes/Daniels/Bennett v J Lovett/I Jones/Stevenson/BarilliStage Eight
K Taylor/Monk/Whitworth/Griffin/Merchant v Mervyn KingStage Eight
Andy Hamilton v Henderson/KlaasenStage Eight
March 811.45 a.m - GMT, 6.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ETFourth Round (Last 32)
16 Games on Four Stages
March 87 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ETFifth Round (Last 16)
Eight Games on Two Stages
March 912.45 a.m - GMT, 7.45 a.m. - 12 p.m. ETQuarter-Finals
Main Stage on Skyline Pavilion
March 97 p.m. - 11 p.m. GMT, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. ETSemi-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.

Taylor will be out for revenge against van Gerwen.
Taylor will be out for revenge against van Gerwen.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

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.

Taylor will be hoping for a little more of this.
Taylor will be hoping for a little more of this.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

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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