Phil Taylor to face Steve Beaton at World Grand Prix

Phil Taylor will begin the defence of his World Grand Prix title against former Lakeside champion Steve Beaton.

Defending champion Phil Taylor has been drawn to play Steve Beaton in the first round of the World Grand Prix in Dublin.

The world number two, who whitewashed Dave Chisnall in last year's final, will face the former Lakeside champion when the tournament gets underway on October 6.

Michael van Gerwen has been handed an all-Dutch affair against Vincent van der Voort, while Adrian Lewis will play Irishman Daryl Gurney.

Chisnall will go head to head with Raymond van Barneveld in the pick of the last-32 clashes, with Gary Anderson facing 2011 runner-up Brendan Dolan.

Full draw

Michael van Gerwen vs. Vincent van der Voort
Dean Winstanley vs. Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall vs. Raymond van Barneveld
Mervyn King vs. Wes Newton
Simon Whitlock vs. Richie Burnett
Terry Jenkins vs. Kim Huybrechts
Peter Wright vs. Jamie Caven
Stephen Bunting vs. Ronnie Baxter
Phil Taylor vs. Steve Beaton
Darren Webster vs. Andrew Gilding
James Wade vs. Andy Smith
Robert Thornton vs. Justin Pipe
Gary Anderson vs. Brendan Dolan
Michael Mansell vs. Ian White
Adrian Lewis vs. Daryl Gurney
Kevin Painter vs. Andy Hamilton

Phil Taylor of Britain reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands on January 1, 2013
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