Legends to return for World Masters?

By JR Lott 07/02/2021

WHEN Bob Anderson again qualified for the Winmau World Masters many great memories of darts' first golden era were stirred. To qualify, on merit, almost forty years after first doing so and touching seventy-years old was an attention-grabbing effort. Yet it may not be the last time we see the three-time champion, and perhaps other star names, at the World Masters!

The recently released WDF qualification criteria for the prestigious event include provision for all former World Masters and all former World champions to take part in the relaunch of the event later this year.

The relaunched and revamped event will take place in The Netherlands between December 2-5 2021.
(details here)
Anderson, 1988 World Champion, was not slow to call on his fellow darting stars to get together and attend. Taking to Twitter he hinted that even Phil Taylor may join the party. 

" I don’t think any of us would do well or be competitive Phil... it would be fun to get together again! I’m looking for a sponsor for the week"

'The Power' was swift to put a dampener on his participation, although he wished all those taking part well, Keith Deller was quick to accept the idea and perhaps an iconic team of legendary champions may yet be assembled?

Phil Taylor via twitter:

"I honestly wish everybody well. However, I have no desire to compete. Good luck to you all."
The list of champions that could possibly accept such an invitation reads like a who's who of darts. Assuming that the WDF has been magnanimous with their definition of World Champion we could see an almost unique cast of iconic talent.

Recent Champions, such as John O Shea and Adam Smith Neale, now have an ensured path to Masters' opportunity whilst icons such as John Lowe, Dennis Priestley, Andy Fordham, and many more, may find themselves with an unexpected opportunity to rekindle old fires and bathe in the limelight once again.

Darts World looks forward to seeing who feels able to compete, who wishes to enjoy the company of peers, friends, and fans after the tough times that many have endured recently.

Credit to the WDF for their acknowledgment of the contributions of our game's legendary figures and their contribution.



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