BWIN GRAND SLAM OF DARTS 2017
PETER MACHIN is to make his bwin Grand Slam of Darts debut in 2017 after being confirmed alongside Glen Durrant and Danny Noppert as three of the eight BDO Qualifiers for November's event.
Australia ace Machin won the recent BDO World Trophy in Wales to secure his first big title, having lost out to Darryl Fitton in the final 12 months earlier.
The Adelaide ace will make his first Grand Slam of Darts appearance in November's 32-player event at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Lakeside Champion Durrant and runner-up Noppert - who both impressed on their Grand Slam of Darts debuts in 2016 - have also secured automatic places in this year's tournament.
With Durrant having also won the 2016 World Masters title, the remaining five places will go to the top five non-qualified players from the BDO Rankings at the end of September 2017.
A further two PDC qualifiers for the Grand Slam of Darts came from the World Cup of Darts, with Netherlands' Raymond van Barneveld securing his place as champion alongside Michael van Gerwen.
Mark Webster, who partnered UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, put himself into one of the provisional qualifying places, with a total of 16 PDC players set to win spots based on televised events.
However, the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship, Champions League of Darts and World Series of Darts Finals are all still to be played ahead of the cut-off for qualification in November, meaning that a further ten qualifying places are still available.
Tickets for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available now and can be purchased online through www.theticketfactory.com/PDC or from the Wolves Civic Box Office by calling 0870 320 7000.
2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts
2017 Lakeside Champion - Glen Durrant
2017 Lakeside Championship runner-up - Danny Noppert
2016 World Masters Champion - (Glen Durrant)
2017 BDO World Trophy Champion - Peter Machin
Plus top five players from BDO Rankings at September 30 2017