Friday, December 5, 2008

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Every year a star is born at the Winmau World Masters.

The tournament is in its 35th year now and we have seen some shock results over the years like the unseeded Robert Thornton scooping the first prize last year.

There are eight seeded players who are spared qualifying and obviously that makes the tournament a lot easier for them.

It's tough for the non-seeds to battle through the field, but there are some dangerous players out there that the big names will look to avoid.

One of those is Australia's Simon Whitlock, who narrowly lost in the final of this year's World Championship.

He is a very steady player and no one will want to meet him.

It's been a funny year for the top players.

Gary Anderson has very much been the captain of the ship and has dominated the BDO.

The likes of Martin Adams, Darryl Fitton, Gary Robson and Ted Hankey haven't won a great deal so Anderson is definitely good value for his number one seeding.

Year-on-year we are seeing more and more nationalities represented at events like these.

There are 300 players from 30 countries here and it shows that darts is getting bigger and bigger on the world stage.

We've got a familiar face making a very welcome return to competition and that is the Viking, Andy Fordham.

He is back after his horrendous battle with illness. He's worked tremendously hard to lose weight and the world of darts will be wishing him well this weekend.

On a personal note I'm gutted I won't be able to compete this year.

I've got a problem with a slipped bone in my arm, which means I'm missing out on competing at the Masters for the first time for 33 years!

It's a real nuisance, but don't you worry - hasta la vista - I'll be back!

Bobby George is an expert analyst on BBC TV's coverage of the Winmau World Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

Bobby was talking to Paul Birch.

 All the TV and radio times


Winmau World Masters: 1300-1630, BBC One/online.

Winmau World Masters: 1330-1720, BBC Two/online.


Football Focus (1210, BBC One/online); Premier League commentary (1245, 1500 & 1730, BBC Radio 5 Live/online); Final Score (1430, BBC Red Button/online; 1630, BBC One/online); Championship commentary (1500 & 1715, BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online); Match of the Day (2200, BBC One/online).

Match of the Day repeat (0735, BBC One/online); Championship commentary (1315, BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online); Premier League commentary (1500 & 1700, BBC Radio 5 Live/online); Match of the Day 2 (2200, BBC Two/online).


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