Over 3000 dart players will be making the trip to De Bonte Wever Assen next weekend for the 38th Dutch Open.
The Dutch Open is the largest open darts event held by the BDO/WDF and hosts the Men’s Open, Men’s Pairs, Ladies Open, Ladies Pairs and also a Youth Open tournament. In total there are 4614 entries across the different events.
In the Men’s event, Martin Adams is looking to retain the title after his triumph over Darryl Fitton in last year’s event. But it will be another very tough test as “Wolfie” would have to play over 10 games over the weekend to win the 2016 event.
Wolfie will start his defence against either Siegfried Grantner or Yvo Verdel.
Newly crowned BDO Champion Scott Waites will play either Jacco ten Veen or Arjan Ravensbergen.
Last year’s runner up Darryl Fitton starts his campaign against Albert Bunning or Robin Hand.
Dutch favourite Wesley Harms plays the winner of Pjotr Van Echten vs Michael Hofman.
Other notable draws include the following:
Tony O’Shea vs Pieter Collijn/Phillipp Ruckstuhl
Martin Phillips vs Koos Kerstholt/Eddy Fokke
Pip Blackwell vs Dammy Werhman/Martin Olierook
Scott Mitchell vs Jeffrey Miljnen/Jan Vos
To show how large this event is, Martin Adams is the “Group 1” part of the draw whereas at the very other end of the draw Lakeside semi-finalist Jamie Hughes is drawn to play either Michiel Nagelmaeker or Michael Hollander in “Group 128”. Noticeably absent is world number 1 Glen Durrant, who is expected to return to action at the Scottish Open in February.
In the ladies event, two-time World Champion Lisa Ashton kicks off against Vibeke Solvik or Ellen Nijveld.
Trina Gulliver—the newly crowned 10 times World Champion—will face either Jellie van der Veen or Christa Karin Jost.
Dutch hopeful and two-time defending champion Aileen de Graaf faces the winner of the Everlien Raven/Monique Paalman match
And youngster Fallon Sherrock will play either Gea Schepers or Ans Romelingh.
First prize for the men’s singles champion is €5,000, while the ladies’ singles champion will earn €2,250.
The Dutch Open has the following format:
Best of 5 legs 501 until last 64
Best of 7 legs 501 until last 8
Best of 9 legs in the quarter-final
The semi-final and final are in set formats
Best of 3 sets 5 legs in the semi finals
The final is played Best of 5 Sets 5 legs a set
Best of 5 legs until last 16
Best of 7 legs until the final
Best of 9 legs in the final
Best of 5 legs 701 until semi finals
Best of 7 legs 701 in the semi final
Best of 9 legs 701 in the final
Best of 5 legs 701 until the final
Best of 7 legs 701 in the final.
The 2016 BDO/WDF Dutch Open Darts starts Friday 29th January and ends on Sunday 31st January.