Gerwyn Price and James Wilson to meet at 2018 UK Open in Minehead
By Josh Gorton
Last Updated: 13/02/18 3:49pm
Premier League debutant Gerwyn Price will take on James Wilson on the opening day of the 2018 UK Open in Minehead in March.
Price, who reached the final of last year's event, will play former BDO No 1 Wilson in the second round on Friday, March 2.
Two-time UK Open winner and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld faces debutant Mike Norton, Dave Chisnall plays either Rene Eidams or Andrew Johnson, while former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting will take on either Bradley Brooks or Chris Quantock.
The first round, which features 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and players ranked from 65-96 in the UK Open Order of Merit, will see nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins face 2010 Players Championship Finals winner Paul Nicholson.
World Youth champion Dimitri van den Bergh will lock horns with Lee Evans, while world No 14 Benito van de Pas has been pitted against Spain's Cristo Reyes.
Elsewhere, former UK Open finalists Andy Hamilton and Mark Walsh take on William O'Connor and Alex Roy respectively.
The top 32 players from the UK Open Order of Merit will enter the tournament in the third round on Friday evening, and they include defending champion Peter Wright and world champion Rob Cross.
World No 1 Michael van Gerwen, who topped the UK Open Order of Merit, will also enter in round three alongside former champions James Wade and Adrian Lewis, as well as Premier League stars Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock and Daryl Gurney.
The unique tournament sees play across eight stages simultaneously in the early rounds at the Butlins Minehead Resort, as the open draw can see top names drawn against each other at any stage.
The 2018 Premier League heads to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle this Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action. Thirteen weeks of tungsten action will continue through to the season's conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.
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