RACE TO CARDIFF: Mensur Suljovic seals Champions League debut + one spot left to be decided

Mensur Suljovic will make his debut in the Champions League of Darts in September after securing the penultimate spot in the invitational event this week.

The world number seven takes on Daryl Gurney in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay tonight, with his place in the BBC-televised Champions League having now been secured.

Suljovic joins defending champion Phil Taylor, who qualified automatically, and Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall in the second staging of the Champions League, which will take place in September.

Raymond van Barneveld, who currently occupies the final qualifying spot, exited the World Matchplay after losing 11-3 to Taylor last night.

But the Dutchman is hopeful of clinging on to the final place, with only Daryl Gurney or Alan Norris able to overtake him by winning the World Matchplay on Sunday night.

Provisional PDC Order of Merit (Phil Taylor + the next top seven qualify) Players in green are still in the World Matchplay (as of 26/07/2017)

Pos  Player Prize Money
1 Michael van Gerwen (Q) £1,660,750
2 Gary Anderson (Q) £760,000
3 Peter Wright (Q) £677,750
4 Adrian Lewis (Q) £395,500
5 Dave Chisnall (Q) £356,500
6 Mensur Suljovic (Q) £346,000
7 Raymond van Barneveld £324,500
8 Michael Smith £312,750
9 James Wade £312,500
10 Jelle Klaasen £312,250
11 Phil Taylor (Q) £311,750
12 Kim Huybrechts £279,250
13 Ian White £272,000
14 Daryl Gurney £267,000
15 Benito van de Pas £265,750
16 Robert Thornton £255,750
17 Alan Norris £251,250

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