Players Championship Finals 2018 Draw: Michael van Gerwen to face Matthew Edgar in Minehead

64 players will compete for glory in Minehead (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Players Championship Finals title with a clash against Matthew Edgar at Butlins Minhead.

The ITV4-televised tournament will feature the top 64 players from the Players Championship Order of Merit competing for £460,000 in prize money from November 23-25.

Van Gerwen, the reigning and four-time Players Champion, looks to extend his incredible run in the event since 2015 and as the number three seed, will open up against Daventry's Edgar.

Ian White is seeded number one after topping the Players Championship Order of Merit and will take on Scott Taylor - who held on to the 64th and final qualifying spot following Players Championship 22.

Gary Anderson, the number two seed and four-time TV event winner in 2018, will take on former UK Open semi-finalist Alan Tabern.

Reigning World Champion Rob Cross meets Spain's Cristo Reyes, while fourth seed Peter Wright takes on Reyes' compatriot Antonio Alcinas.

Jonny Clayton, last year's runner-up, faces former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster, while former World Grand Prix champions Daryl Gurney and Robert Thornton collide.

Another stand-out tie sees Australian World Cup team-mates Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson lock horns, as Dutch duo Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jelle Klaasen also do battle.

Mensur Suljovic will face former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown, while Euro Tour event finalist James Wilson meets German Masters runner-up Dimitri van den Bergh.

The full schedule of play will be confirmed in due course.

Players Championship Finals 2018 Draw


First Round

Ian White (1) v Scott Taylor (64)
Brendan Dolan (32) v Michael Barnard (33)
Daryl Gurney (16) v Robert Thornton (49)
Josh Payne (17) v Ryan Searle (48)
James Wade (8) v Ross Smith (57)
Nathan Aspinall (25) v Martin Schindler (40)
Dave Chisnall (9) v Jamie Lewis (56)
Chris Dobey (24) v Ron Meulenkamp (41)
Peter Wright (4) v Toni Alcinas (61)
Max Hopp (29) v Steve West (36)
Stephen Bunting (13) v Richard North (52)
Mickey Mansell (20) v Madars Razma (45)
Adrian Lewis (5) v Adam Hunt (60)
Krzysztof Ratajski (28) v Gerwyn Price (37)
Danny Noppert (12) v Rowby-John Rodriguez (53)
Mervyn King (21) v Simon Stevenson (44)
Gary Anderson (2) v Alan Tabern (63)
Simon Whitlock (31) v Kyle Anderson (34)
Steve Beaton (15) v Kim Huybrechts (50)
John Henderson (18) v Joe Cullen (47)
Michael Smith (7) v Vincent van der Voort (58)
Jonny Clayton (26) v Mark Webster (39)
Jeffrey de Zwaan (10) v Jelle Klaasen (55)
Ricky Evans (23) v Jan Dekker (42)
Michael van Gerwen (3) v Matthew Edgar (62)
Keegan Brown (30) v Mensur Suljovic (35)
Jermaine Wattimena (14) v Stephen Burton (51)
Darren Webster (19) v Jeffrey de Graaf (46)
Rob Cross (6) v Cristo Reyes (59)
Ryan Joyce (27) v Steve Lennon (38)
James Wilson (11) v Dimitri van den Bergh (54)
Gabriel Clemens (22) v Andrew Gilding (43)


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