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Littler among stars to qualify for Euro Darts Open but must start in first round

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THE PDC have announced that Luke Littler, 17, has automatically qualified for June’s Euro Tour tournament in Leverkusen.

That’s because the top 32 players in the world have already been given a spot at the championship.

Luke Littler will have to win the tournament from the first round

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Luke Littler will have to win the tournament from the first roundCredit: Alamy

16 places have been given to the top 16 players on the ProTour, with these players being given a bye to the second round.

The top 16 earning players on the Order of Merit will also be invited to the tour without needing qualification, but they will have to start in the first round.

Unfortunately for Littler, he does not feature on the top 16 seeded players yet, so will have to start in the first round.

The teenage sensation simply has not been in the men’s professional league for long enough to accrue enough points to become seeded.

Luke Humphries heads up the top 16, followed by Dave Chisnall, Damon Heta, Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Danny Noppert, Michael van Gerwen, Josh Rock, Ross Smith, Ryan Searle, Stephen Bunting, Martin Schindler, Peter Wright, Chris Dobey and Ricardo Pietreczko – who will all enter the tournament in the second round.

Littler will be in the first round draw alongside Gian van Veen, Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney, Jonny Clayton, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ryan Joyce, Joe Cullen, Raymond van Barneveld, Krzysztof Ratajski, Andrew Gilding, James Wade, Gabriel Clemens, Luke Woodhouse, Nathan Aspinall and Dimitri van den Bergh.

Players that lose their first round match in Leverkusen will not be able to claim their prize money towards their order of merit, but will still be paid.

With 32 players already qualified for the tournament, an additional 16 spots are still up for grabs.

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Ten of those will be distributed during a qualifying tournament for Tour Card holders tomorrow.

Four spots are also reserved for host nation qualifiers.

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The remaining two spots will be handed to a Nordic and Baltic qualifier.

Top 16 seeded qualifiers

1. Luke Humphries

2. Dave Chisnall

3. Damon Heta

4. Gary Anderson

5. Rob Cross

6. Gerwyn Price

7. Danny Noppert

8. Michael van Gerwen

9. Josh Rock

10. Ross Smith

11. Ryan Searle

12. Stephen Bunting

13. Martin Schindler

14. Peter Wright

15. Chris Dobey

16. Ricardo Pietreczko

Order of Merit qualifiers

  • Gian van Veen
  • Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Ryan Joyce
  • Raymond van Barneveld
  • Joe Cullen
  • Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Andrew Gilding
  • James Wade
  • Luke Littler
  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Luke Woodhouse
  • Nathan Aspinall
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh
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