Increased prize funds for this year’s Betfred World Matchplay, BoyleSports World Grand Prix and Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts have been confirmed, along with the prize fund for the inaugural Betfred Women’s World Matchplay.
As part of over £2 million of increased prize funds across the next two years, prize money on the PDC circuit will smash through the £15 million barrier by the end of 2022.
This year’s new-look Cazoo Premier League boasted a record-breaking prize fund of £1 million, and now an additional three PDC televised events will receive similar boosts, as the sport’s expansion at professional level continues.
The prize money for July’s Betfred World Matchplay will rise to £800,000 – an increase of £100,000 from the 2021 edition.
This includes a huge £200,000 to the winner, as reigning champion Peter Wright - also the World Champion and world number one - bids to defend his title at the Winter Gardens from July 16-24.
There will also be £25,000 on offer at the inaugural Betfred Women’s World Matchplay, the first fully-televised women’s tournament staged by the PDC.
The landmark event, which takes place on Sunday July 24, will see the winner receive £10,000, with Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock among the eight women eyeing Blackpool glory.
The BoyleSports World Grand Prix and Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts will also benefit from boosted prize funds, with an additional £100,000 set to be pumped into both tournaments.
The World Grand Prix, which returns to Leicester’s Morningside Arena in October, will boast a record prize fund of £600,000 - with £130,000 on offer to the champion, as Jonny Clayton aims to retain his crown in the double-start event.
Aldersley Leisure Village again plays host to November's Grand Slam of Darts, which will see the biggest names in the sport competing for £650,000 in prize money, with Gerwyn Price eyeing a fourth Eric Bristow Trophy in a five-year spell as well as the new £150,000 top prize.
The prize funds for the Cazoo European Championship and Cazoo Players Championship Finals will remain at £500,000 this year, ahead of an increase to £600,000 each in 2023.