AMERICAN star Larry Butler will be aiming to secure his big-stage return in the US Darts Masters and North American Championship next month.
Butler, 61, has established himself as a legend of the sport during a career spanning three decades, which is headlined by his 1994 World Matchplay triumph.
However, he was sidelined in June 2018 after suffering a heart attack following his return to America after competing in the World Cup of Darts in Germany.
He missed the World Series of Darts' visit to Las Vegas last summer as he continued his recovery, but has returned to competing this year and is amongst the entries for the qualifiers on July 2-3.
Eight north American players will secure spots in the US Darts Masters and North American Championship through the four qualifying tournaments at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort.
2019 World Championship qualifier Chuck Puleo will join his American World Cup team-mate Darin Young amongst the contenders from the USA.
Father-and-son duo Dan Lauby and Danny Lauby - a semi-finalist in the 2018 North American Championship - are joined by veteran stars Jim Widmayer and Roger Carter in action.
Three-time World Champion John Part, reigning North American Championship winner Jeff Smith and World Cup aces Dawson Murschell and Jim Long will head the Canadian contingent competing in Las Vegas.
Entries for the US Darts Masters and North American Championship Qualifiers will close on Friday June 28 at 1600 BST.
Eligibility For Entry
The US Masters and North American Darts Championship is open to players over the age of 16 who hold a valid USA or Canada passport (regardless of residence in the USA or Canada) OR players who reside in the USA or Canada and have done so for a continuous period of three years immediately dating back from the day of the event. Residency is defined as having their main place of residence registered in the territory.
All players who did not compete at the 2019 PDC Qualifying School need to register their details with the new PDC Online Entry System via THIS LINK.
Once you have registered and you receive an email to confirm that your account has been approved, you can enter via THIS LINK.
Entry costs £70 per event (approx $100) and all events will be played under DRA Rules. Players can enter as many or few of the Qualifiers as they wish. Entries close at 1600 BST (UK time) on Friday June 28 2019.
Players who enter a minimum of two Qualifiers will receive two complimentary tickets to each session of the stage events on July 4-5.
2019 US Darts Masters/North American Darts Championship Schedule
Tuesday July 2 - North American Qualifiers One and Two
Wednesday July 3 - North American Qualifiers Three and Four
Thursday July 4 - US Masters Last 16 (1200 start) and North American Darts Championship (1800 start)
Friday July 5 - US Masters Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final (1200 start)
2019 US Masters/North American Darts Championship Tickets
On sale now via www.axs.com
Thursday July 4
US Darts Masters Last 16 (8x matches)
Tickets: $58.50 (inc LET and FMF)
North American Darts Championship (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final)
Tickets: $47.60 (inc LET and FMF)
Friday July 5
US Darts Masters Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final
Tickets: $69.40 (inc LET and FMF)