By Alex Moss
23 JUNE 2017 • 4:46PM
The 2017 PDC World Series of Darts has expanded to seven events following the announcement of a new tournament in Germany this autumn.
The German Darts Masters will take place at the Castello Arena in Dusseldorf on October 20-21, with 16 players to compete in the year’s final international World Series of Darts tournament.
Eight top PDC players will be joined by eight local stars in the first round of the two-day event, with the top two ranked German players from the PDC Order of Merit at August 7 qualifying by right and to be joined by six German qualifiers.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn said: “Darts in Germany is making massive strides, both with the impact of Max Hopp in recent years and the incredible growth of the European Tour, and it will be another step forward for them to host a World Series of Darts event.
“This tournament will be the perfect way to end the year’s global tour of events as we build up to November’s World Series of Darts Finals in Scotland, and is a great addition to the calendar.”
This year’s World Series of Darts kicked off last month with the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, which was won by Gary Anderson.
Further events are scheduled to be held in Shanghai and Las Vegas next month, before the World Series heads to Auckland, Melbourne and Perth in August.
Following the introduction of the new tournament, the PDC Pro Tour weekend, originally planned for October 21-22 in Barnsley, has been moved to be held on October 10-11.
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