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Michael van Gerwen handed tough draw at European Championship

World number one Michael van Gerwen will play Simon Whitlock in the opening round of the European Championship.

Michael van Gerwen has been handed a tough draw for the European Championship, which takes place in Belgium later this month.

The world number one has been drawn to play Simon Whitlock and if he comes through that clash, he could face Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, who beat him at the German Darts Championship on Sunday.

James Wade will face Gary Anderson in what is the pick of the first-round ties, while Phil Taylor - who is unseeded for this event - will take on Alan Norris.

Second seed Mensur Suljovic will play Jermaine Wattimena, with third seed Peter Wright taking on Justin Pipe.

Full first-round draw

Michael van Gerwen vs. Simon Whitlock
Daryl Gurney vs. Gerwyn Price
Jelle Klaasen vs. Steve West
Michael Smith vs. Stephen Bunting
Kim Huybrechts vs. James Wilson
Mervyn King vs. Devon Petersen
James Wade vs. Gary Anderson
Max Hopp vs. Benito van de Pas
Mensur Suljovic vs. Jermaine Wattimena
Ian White vs. Terry Jenkins
Alan Norris vs. Phil Taylor
Chris Dobey vs. Joe Cullen
Dave Chisnall vs. Kyle Anderson
Jamie Caven vs. James Richardson
Peter Wright vs. Justin Pipe
Cristo Reyes vs. Robert Thornton

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Michael van Gerwen of Holland celebrates winning his semi final match against Raymond van Barneveld of Holland during the Betway Premier League at The 02 Arena on May 21, 2015
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