Phil Taylor draws Michael Mansell at PDC World Championship
PDC World Championship
- Alexandra Palace
- Friday 14 December 2012 - Tuesday 1 January 2013
- Reports on BBC Sport website with live text commentary of the final
England's 15-time winner Phil Taylor has been drawn against Michael Mansell in the first round of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Taylor, 52, who last won the title in 2010, is the number one seed for the event which takes place between 14 December and 1 January.
England's Adrian Lewis, who has won the title for the last two years, faces debutant Gino Vos of the Netherlands.
The event has a new trophy, named after the late darts commentator Sid Waddell.
Number three seed James Wade will take on debutant Peter Hudson while Dutch five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld meets promising youngster Michael Smith, 22.
"Because it's a tough first round, I'll make sure I get myself mentally right for it," Taylor told BBC Sport. "Sometimes a tough first round sets you up for the rest of the tournament."
First Round draw (seeding in brackets):
Phil Taylor (1) v Michael Mansell
Wayne Jones (32) v Jerry Hendriks
Paul Nicholson (16) v Co Stompe
Robert Thornton (17) v Magnus Caris
Andy Hamilton (8) v James Richardson
Richie Burnett (25) v James Hubbard
Terry Jenkins (9) v Steve Brown
John Part (24) v Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock (5) v Muramatsu/Harrington
Colin Osborne (28) v Ilagan/Lewis
Dave Chisnall (12) v Shane Tichowitsch
Andy Smith (21) v Gurney/Marijanovic
Gary Anderson (4) v Komula/Haavisto
Jamie Caven (29) v Rodriguez/Bowles
Raymond van Barneveld (13) v Michael Smith
Brendan Dolan (20) v Mark Jones
Adrian Lewis (2) v Gino Vos
Denis Ovens (31) v Hopp/Pietersen
Kevin Painter (15) v Welge/Chun Nam
Ronnie Baxter (18) v Dennis Priestley
Michael van Gerwen (7) v Lim/Latif Sapup
Peter Wright (26) v Arron Monk
Mark Webster (10) v Ian White
Colin Lloyd (23) v Darin Young
Wes Newton (6) v Johnny Haines
Kim Huybrechts (27) v Scott Rand
Justin Pipe (11) v Andy Jenkins
Mark Walsh (22) v Darren Webster
James Wade (3) v Peter Hudson
Steve Beaton (30) v Kyle Anderson
Mervyn King (14) v Dean Winstanley
Vincent van der Voort (19) v Stuart Kellett