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The 2022 Masters Darts – Runners and Riders


The dust has settled after Peter Wright won his second World Championship at the start of 2022, with all eyes now turning to Milton Keynes and the 2022 Masters.

Jonny Clayton is defending the crown he won a year ago against a stacked field containing 24 of the top 25 in the world, with only Danny Noppert – so far – forced to withdraw due to the birth of his child.

So how is the field of 24 shaping up?

*All odds from bet365 and correct as of January 25

Gerwyn Price – 7/2

World number one and former world champion Gerwyn Price is yet to add a Masters title to his trophy cabinet.

Zero finals in four outings is a stat he’ll be looking to put right in Milton Keynes. 

Peter Wright – 9/2

“Snakebite” won this title back in 2020 and hasn’t failed to get into the quarter-finals or better since 2014.

He won the World Championship earlier this month and his tail will be up coming into the Masters.

Despite changing his darts more often than his socks, Wright is one of the most consistent players on the PDC Tour.  

Michael van Gerwen – 4/1

“MVG” failed to win a major TV tournament in 2021, the first time for a decade.

A positive Covid-19 test saw him duck out of the Worlds early and will be looking to prove his dominance again in 2022.

Van Gerwen was finding some form at the back end of last year and tends to like this format – he was Masters champion five years in a row between 2015-19.

James Wade – 28/1

Wade can never be disregarded in a tournament with his dogged matchplay experience often seeing him scrap through tight matches.

“The Machine” won this event in 2014 and reached a final against Michael van Gerwen in 2019.

Arthur insisted we had to dress up as woody! You've got a friend in me! pic.twitter.com/Pq1e6K8PAw

— James Wade (@JamesWade180) January 19, 2022

Michael Smith – 9/1

“Bully Boy” Smith will still be struggling to deal with his World Championship final loss at the start of the month, but his form is a real positive.

Smith looks like a new man on stage and has managed to control his emotions at the oche.

It’s a matter of “when” not “if” that Smith wins a major TV title.

Gary Anderson – 20/1

“The Flying Scotsman” has seen it all and won it all (pretty much) in darts, but the Masters has always alluded him.

The Scot reached the final in 2017 – his closest attempt in seven appearances. 

Anderson can beat anyone on his day, but “his day” is becoming rarer and rarer as he takes a less serious approach to the sport.

José de Sousa – 25/1

Jose de Sousa was one of the players of 2021 on the PDC Tour keeping the momentum from his 2020 Grand Slam win going.

The big Portuguese is a monster scorer and could advance in a blink of an eye in the early stages if he can reel off a handful of maximums.

His counting will continue to let him down, but power-scoring won’t.

Jonny Clayton – 7/1

“The Ferret” is the reigning champion at the Masters following a shock win in 2021.

Clayton would go on to scoop four major titles in 2021, confirming his title as one of the most dangerous players on tour.

He run out of steam at the World Championships but could easily challenge in Milton Keynes again.

? FAIRYTALE FOR THE FERRET ?

Reliving last year's Premier League magic when Jonny Clayton beat MVG in the semi-final ?

HUGE 121 FINISH ? pic.twitter.com/sjqKV1490h

— Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) January 24, 2022

Dimitri Van den Bergh – 20/1

 Van den Bergh is one of the most naturally talented players on the PDC Tour and will surely add to his Matchplay crown in 2022.

He was dumped out early at the World Championship and the Masters may come a little too early for him as he adapts to becoming a father for the first time in early December.

Rob Cross – 22/1

Cross blows hot and cold on the tour, but mainly cold at the Masters.

“Voltage” has been knocked out in the first or second round in his last three showings, with a quarter-final spot in 2018 his best showing.

His opener against Brendan Dolan is no walkover.

Joe Cullen – 40/1

Joe Cullen is on the up and looks like one of the most likely to break into the top eight in 2022.

He performed well at the World Championships even though he was dealing with a family bereavement and he’ll fancy his route against the unpredictable Daryl Gurney and Gary Anderson.

Krzysztof Ratajski – 40/1

The “Polish Eagle” was swept 6-2 by Simon Whitlock in his only previous Masters appearance in 2021 and will prefer this year’s draw against Gabriel Clemens.

Ratajski reached three major quarter-finals and two semis in a successful 2021.

Dave Chisnall – 40/1

“Chizzy” would love to be the bride rather than the constant bridesmaid.

The heavy-hitting St. Helens man is yet to win a TV title despite reaching five finals and double figure semis.

When he finds a purple patch, not many players can outscore his maximum hitting.

Nathan Aspinall – 33/1 

The “Asp” fell away slightly in 2021 after his breakout seasons the two prior.

The 30-year-old is still tweaking his game and is priced well to build on his quarter-final and semi-final appearances at the Masters over the last two editions. 

Had an amazing day yesterday swimming with the dolphins. What an experience pic.twitter.com/Ftk2dzHOBc

— Nathan Aspinall (@NathanAspi) January 15, 2022

Dirk van Duijvenbode – 50/1

Big Dirk takes on Simon Whitlock in his opening round match and has good momentum to build off after reaching the fourth round at the World Championships.

The Dutchman is up to number 15 in the world as he continues to impress on the tour.

Ryan Searle – 33/1

Searle enjoyed a breakout 2021 reaching the Players Championship final and the quarter-finals at the Grand Prix.

His list of big scalps is growing and “Heavy Metal” won’t be phased in the same eighth as Gerwyn Price.

Mervyn King – 80/1 

You don’t get more experienced than Mervyn King on the PDC Tour.

King has been playing since 1994 and has made the final in two of the four Masters outings he’s had.

A quarter-final run at the Worlds has given him renewed belief at the age of 55. 

Danny Noppert (withdrawn)

Luke Humphries – 40/1

Humphries is a real dark horse for a deep run in Milton Keynes.

The 26-year-old is a different, more dangerous player since shifting some weight and will look to start 2022 on a positive note following a UK Open final and World Championship quarter-final this season.

Stephen Bunting – 80/1

The “Bullet” hasn’t quite hit the expected heights since his move over from the BDO – he is yet to reach a major TV final, coming up short in four semi-finals across the World Championship, UK Open and Grand Prix.

His game lacks consistency over tournaments but is coming off a solid 2021.

Gabriel Clemens – 100/1

The big German is an 180 heat-seeker but will need to improve his doubling if he is to run deep in any noteworthy tournaments.

He’s a debutant at the Masters, now up to 21 in the world.

Daryl Gurney – 66/1

“Superchin” has tumbled down the rankings, failing to live up to his high tournament winning standards of 2017 & 2018.

The Northern Irishman has made just four quarter-finals and one semi over the last two years, slipping down to 22nd in the world.

Brendan Dolan – 80/1

This is Brendan Dolan’s first return to the Masters since R1 exits in 2014 and 2015, reaping the rewards of a few decent runs in tournaments last year.

The “History Maker’s” one and only major final came in 2011 at the Grand Prix.

Ian White – 100/1

Ian White out at 100/1 feels a little steep to us.

Sure, “Diamond” has fallen at the first round in all of his seven Masters outings, but the 24th seed in paired up with the out of sorts Dimitri van den Bergh this year.

White loves a quarter-final run and we could see another here if he gets a slice of good fortune.

WHAT A PERFORMANCE! ??

Sensational stuff from Ian White there who averages 108.04 and maintains 100% on his doubles, sealing a brilliant win with a 132 finish!#BoyleSportsGSOD pic.twitter.com/2viB6KCJdu

— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) November 19, 2020

Simon Whitlock – 100/1

Whitlock sneaks in through the back door following the withdrawal of Danny Noppert, looking to better his record of six R1 exits in seven years.

The Australian has a wealth of experience reaching eight major finals in the PDC.