Kevin Painter is still in with a chance of joining stable-mate Ian White and the world’s best at The Unibet Masters in November.
Reigning champion Phil Taylor, 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis and World Champion Michael van Gerwen head a field labelled “the best of the best” by PDC chairman Barry Hearn for the Edinburgh tournament.
Featuring the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit, Scottish trio Gary Anderson, Robert Thornton and 2014 World Championship finalist Peter Wright are also set to appear.
Current world number 14 White has one foot in the door of the ITV-televised knockout tournament at the Royal Highland Centre on November 1-2 and could still be joined by Justin Pipe, Painter and Jamie Caven.
With nine ranking events – including October’s World Grand Prix in Dublin – before the cut-off for The Unibet Masters on October 21, there remains chance for those currently on the cusp of the top 16 to jump up the rankings.
The field will also include Australian star Simon Whitlock, seven-time major winner James Wade, former major finalists Dave Chisnall, Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton, Brendan Dolan, Mervyn King and Kim Huybrechts and Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.
“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Unibet as our new title sponsors for The Unibet Masters, and we look forward to another hugely successful event in Edinburgh in November,” said Mr Hearn.
“The Unibet Masters pits the world’s top 16 players against each other and will prove just who really is the best of the best!”
Unibet Head of Sportsbook Erik Backlund said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the PDC, who have done great work to increase the popularity of darts. This is a great opportunity to grow awareness of our product in in the darts community.”