THE 32-player field for the 2018 Unibet World Grand Prix has been confirmed, with Daryl Gurney set to defend his title later this month. 

The PDC's third longest-running televised event will be staged at Dublin's Citywest Hotel from September 30-October 6, with tickets still available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

The World Grand Prix's unique double-start format means players must both begin and end every leg with a double throughout the event, which is also played in a Sets format, as they compete for £400,000 in prize money.

The world's top 16 players qualify by right alongside 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit to compete in Dublin.

Daryl Gurney (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Gurney famously claimed his first televised title at the event 12 months ago, while runner-up Simon Whitlock is also among the seeded players.

The remaining six seeds are headed by three-time winner Michael van Gerwen along with Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Mensur Suljovic and Dave Chisnall.

Michael Smith, James Wade, Ian White, Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Darren Webster, Joe Cullen and Adrian Lewis complete the 16 qualifiers from the PDC Order of Merit.

European Tour winner Jonny Clayton heads the 16 ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers and will be making his Dublin debut along with Max Hopp, Jermaine Wattimena, Steve Lennon, Danny Noppert, Ricky Evans, Josh Payne, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Ron Meulenkamp.

The ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers also include former World Grand Prix finalist Mervyn King and former Dublin semi-finalists Steve Beaton and Stephen Bunting.

James Wilson, Steve West, Kim Huybrechts and John Henderson complete the 32-player field.

The draw for the Unibet World Grand Prix will be made in the week commencing September 17. Details will be advertised on pdc.tv.

World Grand Prix field graphic