RICHIE BURNETT has been removed from this month’s World Darts Championship.An official statement from the Professional Darts Corporation (P.D.C.) last night read as follows:
“The PDC can confirm that Richie Burnett has been removed from the field for the 2014/15 William Hill World Darts Championship for personal reasons.
“Burnett’s absence means Stuart Kellett will become the 32nd seed for the event, with all seeded players below Burnett in the top 32 moving up one place.
“Resultingly, Rowby-John Rodriguez becomes a ProTour Order of Merit qualifier and Ryan De Vreede steps up to qualify for the last 64 as the fourth highest placed non-qualified European from the ProTour Order of Merit.”
Rumours of Burnett’s removal surfaced early yesterday evening on Twitter.
The Welshman, 47, known as ‘The Prince of Wales’, won the prestigious World Masters title in 1994 and became B.D.O. (British Darts Organisation) World Champion in 1995. He appeared in both event’s finals twice afterwards, losing on each occasion.
Burnett joined the rival P.D.C. in 2000, his best performance being runner-up to Phil Taylor at the 2001 World Matchplay. He is currently 26th in the P.D.C. order of merit.
He won the Las Vegas Open in January.
The 2015 P.D.C. World Darts Championship draw takes place today (2nd December) at 12:30pm on Sky Sports News HQ. The tournament takes place from 18th December – 4th January at Alexandra Palace in London.