By Alex Moss
24 NOVEMBER 2016 • 12:51PM
Former World Championship finalists Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter head the list of entries for Monday’s William Hill World Darts Championship PDPA Qualifier.
Hamilton has been an ever present in the PDC’s World Championship since joining the tour in 2004, but is currently set to miss out on a place at the Alexandra Palace next month.
The world number 40 would need a run to the final at the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals this weekend to stand a chance of climbing back into the top 32, otherwise he will be among 121 players competing in Monday’s PDPA Qualifier.
Painter has played in the last 15 PDC World Championships since switching over from the BDO in 2001, but is also set to miss out on this year’s tournament, which has an increased prize fund of £1,650,000.
Andrew Gilding, currently 32nd on the PDC Order of Merit, is the highest ranked player to have entered the qualifer. But barring a surprise winner or finalist at Minehead this weekend he should not need to go to the PDPA Qualifier next week.
Gilding will need to reach the last 16 at least this weekend to have a chance of staying in the top 32, but even if he drops out he occupies the last qualifying place on the Pro Tour Order of Merit.
Former Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson is also in the field for Monday’s qualifier in Wigan, and will be joined by former major finalists Ronnie Baxter, Wayne Jones and Wes Newton.
The winner of the qualifier will go straight into the first round of the World Championship, while the runner-up qualifies for the preliminary round.
William Hill World Darts Championship PDPA Qualifier
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