After an absence of seven years the BDO Winmau World Masters returns to The Spa Royal Hall, Bridlington from Monday 25th to Wednesday 27th September, where history beckons for the current BDO Lakeside World Champion, Glen Durrant.
‘Duzza’ is bidding to follow in the footsteps of former Champions Bob Anderson and Martin Adams by lifting the prestigious trophy for a third consecutive time.
In recent years the event has taken place in the Hull City Hall Arena and last year at The Lakeside Country Club and if Glen does manage to win a third consecutive Masters title, it will have been achieved at three different venues.
Last year at The Lakeside, Frimley Green, Glen captured his second title with a 7-3 sets triumph over Mark McGeeney.
The ‘Gladiator’ McGeeney has since gone on to achieve BDO World Number One status after lifting numerous titles during 2017 and showing a consistency that suggests he could go one better this year and lift the famous Masters trophy.
English players have dominated the men’s event in recent times, winning eight of the last nine titles, with Wales’ Martin Philips (in 2014) being the exception. Another Welshman, Jim Williams, will fancy adding his name to the roll of honour after enjoying a very successful last few months.
Throw into the mix Scott Mitchell, former finalists Jamie Hughes and Darryl Fitton, young guns Dean Reynolds and Nick Kenny and once again we have all the ingredients to make this another World Masters to remember.
Oh, and you can never rule out the legend, Martin Adams, he couldn’t make it four wins could he?
The Ladies event is being played for the 36th time and this years event is probably the most difficult to predict with so many of the top lady players in with a chance of success.
Last years Champion, Trina Gulliver, who lifted her sixth Masters title, will be eager to make it seven whilst England’s Lorraine Winstanley will be confident of a first title after enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks.
Current World Champion, Lisa Ashton has surprisingly only won the title once. That was in 2010 and she will no doubt be eager to add a second.
She’ll face stiff competition from previous Champions Deta Hedman, Aileen De Graaf and Anastasia Dobromyslova.
Boys and Girls
The Boy’s and Girl’s World Masters titles will once again be played for by the next generation of young darters who will gain valuable tournament experience.
Defending Champion Vincent D’hondt will be back to defend his Winmau World Disability Darts Association (WDDA) World Masters title. 16 Players from all over the World will make up the field – the event takes place in The Bay View Room at the Bridlington Spa.
This story originally appeared on the BDO website.