The final leg of the PDC World Series takes place this weekend, as the Perth Darts Masters hits our screens. The draw took place last night and has thrown up two mouthwatering ties. So far on the Oceanic leg of the World Series, we have seen wins for Kyle Anderson in Auckland and Phil Taylor in Melbourne. With world number one Michael van Gerwen missing this leg of the World Series due to the birth of his first child, has given the opportunity to the rest of the PDC stars to shine.
Perth Darts Masters Draw
Gary Anderson (1) v Rob Szabo
Simon Whitlock v Justin Thompson
James Wade (4) v Darren Hayes
Michael Smith v Adam Rowe
Phil Taylor (2) v Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Corey Cadby
Peter Wright (3) v Rhys Mathewson
Daryl Gurney v Koka Kokiri
The standout tie of the first round is a repeat of the match from Melbourne, as Raymond van Barneveld takes on Corey Cadby again. Cadby has been one of the stars of the Oceanic leg of the World Series, Cadby beat RvB in the first round in Melbourne as the young Aussie has beaten Peter Wright, Michael Smith Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld so far. Cadby is expected to make the switch to the UK next year, to further his darts career, based on what we have seen so far then he will be a significant danger to the darting world. The other standout games see’s the winners of the previous two events meet, as Phil Taylor and Kyle Anderson battle it out. Taylor who will retire at the end of the year, is enjoying his farewell season having won the World Matchplay and the Melbourne Darts Masters in recent weeks.
Taylor said “It will be tough against Kyle because his confidence is up at the moment and he’s a really good player,
“I’ve loved it in Perth before and it will be great again this week.
“I’m looking forward to it, and it’s lovely in Perth, probably my favourite place in Australia so far.”
Local lad Anderson said: “It’s good to be home, I’m happy to be here.
“I’ve said before that if I get how I play on the floor onto TV then I can get to the end of the events and that’s shown in the last couple of weeks.
“I’m playing well, and I’m looking forward to seeing my family, playing in front of friends and hearing that roar again like I have for the last four years.”
The rest of the first round draw seems to be really straightforward on paper, as the PDC seeds will fancy their chances of beating the Oceanic qualifiers. The action will be on our screen in ITV tomorrow; the event is time shifted for the UK, so will be screened from 7 pm Friday evening. Number one seed Gary Anderson in the bookies 2/1 favourite, the Flying Scotsman hasn’t had the best of World Series so far. A win in Perth would be a great way for Anderson to sign off his World Series.