JOE MURNAN will face defending Champion Michael van Gerwen along with Rob Cross and Ross Montgomery following the draw for the Group Stage of the cross-code tournament.
The Grand Slam of Darts brings together players from both the PDC and BDO systems to compete across nine days at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, live on Sky Sports.
Van Gerwen is bidding to claim a third successive Grand Slam of Darts triumph in the £450,000 tournament, with the World Champion and top seed heading Group A.
He will open his title defence against Scottish debutant Ross Montgomery on Saturday, and will also face European Championship finalist Rob Cross and qualifier Joe Murnan in the round-robin phase.
Six-time Grand Slam of Darts winner Phil Taylor, seeded fifth for his final Wolves Civic challenge, has been drawn with two-time finalist James Wade, qualifier Robbie Green and Australia’s BDO World Trophy winner Peter Machin in Group D.
UK Open champion Peter Wright, the number two seed, heads arguably the toughest quartet, as he opens up against Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant in a Group B which also features Alan Norris and 2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby.
2012 Grand Slam of Darts winner Raymond van Barneveld is joined in Group B by UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, Irish debutant Steve Lennon and Tipton’s Jamie Hughes, who is competing in his “local” event for a second straight year.
World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney, the fourth seed, heads Group D alongside Darren Webster, Mark Webster and Danny Noppert, the Dutch ace who impressed on his Grand Slam debut 12 months ago before reaching the Lakeside Championship final.
Two-time World Champion Gary Anderson, seeded third, opens up against Scottish debutant Cameron Menzies and will also face Australia’s Simon Whitlock and Dutch youngster Berry van Peer in Group H.
September’s Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic heads Group G alongside former Wolverhampton semi-finalist Michael Smith, James Wilson and BDO number one Mark McGeeney.
2014 Grand Slam runner-up Dave Chisnall, seeded seventh, is joined in Group F by former Lakeside Champions Stephen Bunting and Scott Mitchall and Dutch youngster Jeffrey de Zwaan.
The opening group matches will be held on Saturday November 11, with play across two sessions at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Sunday November 12 sees the second group games, with Saturday’s winning players facing each other and the losing players also playing.
The final group games will then be held on Monday and Tuesday, with the top two players from each group then progressing to the knockout stage from the last 16 onwards.
Tickets for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available through www.wolvescivic.co.uk or by calling 0870 320 7000.
2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts
(1) Michael van Gerwen
(8) Raymond van Barneveld
(5) Phil Taylor
(4) Daryl Gurney
(2) Peter Wright
(7) Dave Chisnall
Jeffrey de Zwaan
(6) Mensur Suljovic
(3) Gary Anderson
Berry van Peer