THE draw for the preliminary round of the 2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship has been made.

The world's biggest tournament will be held at Alexandra Palace in London from December 14-January 1, where 72 players will compete to win the prestigious Sid Waddell Trophy and £1.8 million in prize money.

The field of players includes international qualifiers from across the globe, with the final three spots to be finalised at Monday's PDPA Qualifier in Milton Keynes.

The PDPA Qualifier winner goes straight into the first round draw, with the runner-up and third-placed player starting the event in the preliminary round.

The PDPA Qualifier runner-up will take on Croatian debutant Alan Ljubic at Alexandra Palace, with the third-placed player set to meet Belgian youngster Kenny Neyens.

Veteran star Paul Lim drew Hong Kong's Kai Fan Leung, while Russian left-hander Aleksandr Oreshkin meets German qualifier Kevin Munch.

Canada's Jeff Smith takes on PDC Unicorn Development Tour winner Luke Humphries, with Chinese youngster Xiao Chen Zong up against New Zealand's Bernie Smith and DPA Australian ProTour winner Gordon Mathers drawing Japanese qualifier Seigo Asada.

Willard Bruguier, who won the North American Championship in July, meets New Zealand's Cody Harris in the other preliminary round tie.

The first round draw for the William Hill World Darts Championship will be made at 6.30pm on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports News in the UK.

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2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship
Preliminary Round Draw

Jeff Smith v Luke Humphries
PDPA Qualifier Runner-Up v Alan Ljubic
Xiao Chen Zong v Bernie Smith
Kenny Neyens v PDPA Qualifier Third Place
Seigo Asada v Gordon Mathers
Kai Fan Leung v Paul Lim
Willard Bruguier v Cody Harris
Aleksandr Oreshkin v Kevin Munch