This year’s Winmau World Masters has been moved back a week and will now be played on November 30 to December 4.
With a new venue for the BDO major tournament still yet to be announced following the cancellation of the Copper Box Arena, in an unexplained move the event will now take place a week later than scheduled.
Rumours are circulating that the switch of dates could be to do with the availability of the Lakeside Country Club, which stepped in at the last minute to host the World Trophy earlier this year after the previous venue pulled out due to a breach in their contract with the organisation.
With ITV4 set to show live coverage of the PDC’s Players Championship Finals on November 25-27 (the original date of the World Masters), the move could help the BDO gain television coverage for the tournament now that it won’t have any direct competition that weekend.
The switch in dates has caused problems for the overseas players who had already booked flights for the previous week. American Wayne Budgen has said it will cost him $300 to amend his flights to the following week when the tournament will now take place.
It is believed that the BDO sent out an email on Wednesday night notifying the counties that their BICC fixture on December 3-4 will now take place on November 26-27.