The qualification criteria for the 2022 Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts have been confirmed ahead of the competition in November at Aldersley Leisure Village.
The prestigious 32-player event returns to Wolverhampton from November 12-20, with the sport’s brightest personalities competing for the prestigious Eric Bristow Trophy.
This year’s field includes reigning champion Gerwyn Price, who won his third Grand Slam title a year earlier, World Champion Peter Wright, and three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, who was just crowned Premier League champion.
The finalists from PDC televised events over a 12-month period will fill 16 berths in this year’s Grand Slam, with 11 already filled.
Price, Wright, and Van Gerwen, along with Masters champion Joe Cullen and UK Open winner Danny Noppert, have all won televised events during the qualifying season.
Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock will also compete after leading Australia to their first Cazoo World Cup of Darts victory earlier this month in Frankfurt.
World Championship runner-up Michael Smith has already qualified, with Dave Chisnall, Ryan Searle, and Jonny Clayton also on the list.
The Betfred World Matchplay, BoyleSports World Grand Prix, Cazoo European Championship, and Jack’s World Series of Darts Finals are four further televised events that players can use to secure their qualification.
Jose De Sousa, the Grand Slam champion in 2020, is yet to confirm his return to Wolverhampton, while James Wade and Gary Anderson are both fighting to keep their unblemished records in the tournament.
If the 16 broadcast seats are not filled, champions of the 2022 PDC European Tour and then Players Championship tournaments could also receive Grand Slam spots.
On November 6, an extra eight players will enter the PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifier, before the 32-player field is filled with an additional eight qualifiers.
Ted Evetts, the reigning World Youth champion, and last year’s runner-up Nathan Rafferty have both guaranteed their qualifying, while North American Championship winner Leonard Gates will make his PDC Premier debut.
The trio will be joined by the Challenge Tour, Development Tour and Women’s Series Order of Merit winners, as well as the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay and PDC Asian Championship winners.