The draw for the 2016 Auckland Masters was done last night. The defending champion Adrian Lewis will play PDC debutant, Stuart Leach, as Jackpot tries to defend his title in Auckland. The back to back World Champion beat Raymond van Barneveld in a thrilling last leg showdown last year. The current World Champion and number one seed Gary Anderson will have to tackle Bernie Smith in the first round. The Scott will be looking to win his first TV tournament since winning the World Title for a second time in January.
Michael van Gerwen will face Damon Heta, in what looks a regular first round game for the mighty Dutchman. Off the back of his victory in Austria last weekend Phil Taylor will play Rob Szabo, and it’s hard to see Taylor slipping up in this one.
Cody Harris was the draw that none of the top seeds wanted, and unfortunately, Raymond van Barneveld drew the local star. Harris has been talked about for a long time in the darting circles down under for a long time, but after the recent World Cup Of Darts Harris is now on the lips of the darting world. Harris was unlucky to be on the losing side in the first round of the World Cup, the second seeds Scotland just edged out the rank outsiders New Zealand, but it was Harris, who stole the show. Harris outplayed both Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton, both established top 10 players. Barneveld hasn’t been in the best of form over the last year, and this could be the giant-killing at the Auckland Masters.
Round one draw
Gary Anderson (1) v Bernie Smith
Peter Wright (6) v Warren Parry
Dave Chisnall (4) v Clinton Bridge
Raymond van Barneveld (8) v Cody Harris
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Damon Heta
James Wade (7) v Ken Moir
Phil Taylor (3) v Rob Szabo
Adrian Lewis v Stuart Leach