FORMER world champion Steve Beaton begins his bid for glory in the Betfair World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool this weekend.
The Southam ace, who qualified for the £400,000 tournament through the ProTour Order of Merit, faces a first round clash against Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter on Sunday at 8pm.
The prize for the winner is a second round match against either number six seed Simon Whitlock or Dutch ace Michael van Gerwen on Wednesday (July 25) at 7.10pm.
The quarter-finals, which are the best of 31 legs, will be held in two sessions on Friday, July 27, to be followed by Saturday’s semi-finals and the final on Sunday night at the Winter Gardens.
The tournament is being televised live by Sky.
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