UK Open Darts: Wes Newton withdraws due to illness
Wes Newton has been forced to pull out of the UK Open due to illness.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 12:33pm
The 36-year-old has been struck down with tonsillitis this week, and he missed Thursday night's Premier League date in Exeter, where he was due to face Simon Whitlock.
His withdrawal led to Robert Thornton playing twice, and Newton had hoped to recover in time to compete at the Butlins Minehead Resort this weekend.
But Newton, runner-up at the event in 2011, has decided he is not fit enough to take to the oche in the "FA Cup of Darts".
He was scheduled to play on Friday evening against Andrew Gilding, who has now been handed a bye into the fourth round.
Newton is expected to return to Premier League action at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham next Thursday, when he will face world champion Michael van Gerwen.
The Fleetwood thrower will double up in week eight at the O2 Arena on March 27, taking on Gary Anderson and Whitlock while Thornton enjoys a night off.