Gerwyn Price pulls out of this weekend’s Masters hours ahead of Premier League beginning

Gerwyn Price will not be playing in Milton Keynes this weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

Gerwyn Price has pulled out of the Masters, which begins on Friday, due to family reasons, replaced in the draw by Daryl Gurney.

The Welshman begins his Premier League campaign on Thursday night in Cardiff against Nathan Aspinall and will still be playing that match in front of a boisterous home crowd.

However, he will no longer be involved in Milton Keynes, with Gurney stepping in as a direct replacement, taking on either Joe Cullen or Josh Rock in the second round.

The PDC confirmed: ‘Under PDC Rule 3.7, Price is replaced directly in the draw by the next-ranked available player from the PDC Order of Merit.

‘Jose de Sousa was unable to play in the event, so Daryl Gurney replaces Price accordingly.’

It is good news for Superchin, with the world number 26 an unlikely inclusion in the 24-player event, having played in the Masters five times before but failed to qualify since 2022.

Daryl Gurney will come in at the second round stage in Milton Keynes (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of his Premier League campaign beginning on home soil, last year’s finalist Price told the PDC: ‘Looking forward to it, not very often we’re in Cardiff, so just relishing being back here. Hopefully get a good few points on the board early because otherwise you’re under pressure every single week.

‘Making the play-offs for a first time, the Premier League hasn’t been good to me over the last couple of years, missed out two or three times, so it was good to get to the play-offs, but I fell short against Michael [van Gerwen] in the final. Hopefully I can turn the tables and pick up that trophy.’

On his own game, he admitted: ‘It’s not in the best place, not in as good a place as this time last year, but that’s down to my doubles. I’m waiting for the Pro Tours to start, that’s my practice time because I’m not a huge practicer. When the Pro Tours come thick and fast that’s when I’ll be at my best.’

The Masters Schedule of Play

Friday February 2 (1900-2300 GMT)

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Searle
Jonny Clayton v Krzysztof Ratajski
Dave Chisnall v Martin Schindler
Damon Heta v Gabriel Clemens
Dimitri Van den Bergh v James Wade
Chris Dobey v Andrew Gilding
Joe Cullen v Josh Rock
Stephen Bunting v Ross Smith

Saturday February 3
Afternoon Session (1245-1700 GMT)

Danny Noppert v Dave Chisnall/Martin Schindler
Rob Cross v Damon Heta/Gabriel Clemens
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton/Krzysztof Ratajski
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen/Josh Rock

Evening Session (1900-2300 GMT)

Nathan Aspinall v Dirk van Duijvenbode/Ryan Searle
Luke Humphries v Stephen Bunting/Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Chris Dobey/Andrew Gilding
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh/James Wade

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