Defending Betfred World Matchplay champion Peter Wright will take on Madars Razma in round one of the 2022 tournament.

The world number one’s match v the Latvian number one is expected to be part of the opening night at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool, as is tradition.

Elsewhere, standout ties of the first round include:

  • Pre tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen facing off against 2013 finalist Adrian Lewis
  • 2018 victor Gary Anderson taking on 2019 semi finalist Daryl Gurney
  • Masters winner Joe Cullen playing Damon Heta
  • Five time tournament winner in 2022 Luke Humphries against Nathan Aspinall as part of a brutal second section
Peter Wright holding the Betfred World Matchplay title
Peter Wright will open the defence of his Betfred World Matchplay title against Madars Razma. Credit: PDC

2022 Betfred World Matchplay Draw

Section One

(1) Peter Wright v Madars Razma

(16) Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting

(8) Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez

(9) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Callan Rydz

Section Two

(4) Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

(13) Joe Cullen v Damon Heta

(5) James Wade v Martin Lukeman

(12) Luke Humphries v Nathan Aspinall

Section Three

(2) Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler

(15) Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

(7) Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens

(10) Rob Cross v Chris Dobey

Section Four

(3) Michael Smith v Andrew Gilding

(14) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Searle

(6) Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

(11) Danny Noppert v Brendan Dolan

How does the draw work?

The draw for the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay sees the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit qualify automatically. They make up the 16 seeds for the event.

The top 16 players on the Pro Tour Order of Merit, who are not already on the main Order of Merit, also qualify for round one. They are unseeded, meaning they can play any seed in the first round.

Whoever wins their round one game moves onto round two, where 16 players remain. If all the seeds qualify, then it would be 1 v 16, 2 v 15, and so on. If a non-seeded player beats a seeded player in round one, they effectively take their seed for the remainder of the draw.

The semi finals will be the winner of section one v winner of section two. The winners of sections three and four will play in the other semi final.

The two semi final winners will play in the final, with the victor being crowned the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay Champion.

What’s the format?

Round One – First to 10 legs

Round Two – First to 11 legs

Quarter Finals – First to 16 legs

Semi Finals – First to 17 legs

Final – First to 18 legs

All games must be won by two clear legs. A game can be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie break leg is needed.

For example, in a first to 10 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12–12 then the 25th leg will be the deciding one.

What’s the schedule?

Saturday 16 July (19.00 BST)

First round x4

Sunday 17 July (13.00 BST)

First round x4

Sunday 17 July (19.30 BST)

First round x4

Monday 18 July (19.00 BST)

First round x4

Tuesday 19 July (19.00 BST)

Second round x4

Wednesday 20 July (19.00 BST)

Second round x4

Thursday 22 July (20.00 BST)

Quarter finals x2

Friday 23 July (20.00 BST)

Quarter finals x2

Saturday 24 July (20.00 BST)

Semi finals x2

Sunday 25 July (13.00 BST)

Women’s World Matchplay – Quarter finals, Semi finals and Final

Sunday 25 July (21.00 BST)


What’s the prize money?

There is an increase in prize money this year, up to £800,000. It’s broken down like this:

Winner – £200,000

Runner Up – £100,000

Semi Finals – £50,000

Quarter Finals – £30,000

Second Round – £15,000

First Round – £10,000

Can I still get tickets?

Yes. There are still limited tickets available for the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay.

Visit the PDC website to find out more.