- World Darts Championship
Seeds confirmed for World Championship
Reigning world champion Phil Taylor has been confirmed as first seed for the PDC World Darts Championship in December.
Taylor will be aiming for a 17th world crown when he begins the defence of his title at Alexandra Palace from December 13.
Michael van Gerwen, who was runner-up to Taylor in the last World Championship final in January, is second seed with two-time winner Adrian Lewis being named third seed.
Simon Whitlock is fourth with Premier League star and 2012 finalist Andy Hamilton fifth, while James Wade, Dave Chisnall, Wes Newton, Robert Thornton and five-time champion Raymond van Barneveld complete the top ten.
World youth champion Michael Smith moved into the world's top 32 players for the first time in his career and has been announced as 32nd seed.
The field for the tournament was confirmed following the two final Players Championships events on Saturday and Sunday - won by Dave Chisnall and Brendan Dolan respectively - with only two places for the chance to play on the stage at 'Ally Pally' remaining.
The final two spots will go to the winner and runner-up of the Professional Darts Players Association (PDPA) qualifier, which takes place in Barnsley on Monday, and includes former world champions Dennis Priestley and Ted Hankey in the field.
The draw for the first round of the World Championship is expected to take place on December 2.
PDC Top 32 players (seed): Phil Taylor (1), Michael van Gerwen (2), Adrian Lewis(3), Simon Whitlock (4), Andy Hamilton (5), James Wade (6), Dave Chisnall (7), Wes Newton (8), Robert Thornton (9), Raymond van Barneveld (10), Justin Pipe (11), Kim Huybrechts (12), Kevin Painter (13), Mervyn King (14), Brendan Dolan (15), Peter Wright (16), Terry Jenkins (17), Gary Anderson (18), Ronnie Baxter (19), Paul Nicholson (20), Ian White (21), Steve Beaton (22), Jamie Caven (23), Colin Lloyd (24), John Part (25), Mark Webster (26), Andy Smith (27), Richie Burnett (28), Mark Walsh (29), Vincent van der Voort (30), Wayne Jones (31), Michael Smith (32)
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