Whitlock hits back following criticism over his choice of darts points

Simon Whitlock has launched a passionate defence over his choice of darts points following his defeat in the World Matchplay quarter-finals on Thursday evening.

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Gary Anderson set for return from injury!

Two-time world champion Gary Anderson will resume his 2019 season at next week’s Players Championship double-header in Barnsley.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ has competed in just three events since last year’s World Championship, after suffering with a multitude of injury problems. He struggled at the Alexandra Palace and was forced to withdraw from the Masters and the Premier League due to a twisted spine.

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Double delight for Wade in Barnsley!

James Wade claimed a third PDC title in the space of eight days after completing a memorable Players Championship double on a thrilling weekend of darts in Barnsley.

Prior to this month, ‘The Machine’ hadn’t won a Players Championship event since July 2015, but the nine-time major winner claimed Players Championship 11 & 12 glory to secure his third floor title in four events.

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Hedman suffers sickening racist abuse following Lakeside exit

Deta Hedman has revealed that she was the victim of a sickening racist tirade following her first-round exit at the BDO World Championship.

Hedman, a three-time Women’s World Championship finalist, was beaten in straight sets by her doubles partner Maria O’Brien on Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside. ‘The Heart of Darts’ has won over 130 ranking titles in an astonishing career, but the World Championship is the one major title that has thus far proven elusive. Continue reading “Hedman suffers sickening racist abuse following Lakeside exit”

LIVE BLOG: 2018 UK Open Day One!

UK OPEN FOURTH-ROUND DRAW!

  • Paul Hogan v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Rob Cross v Kyle Anderson
  • John Part v Ron Meulenkamp
  • Robert Owen v Nathan Rafferty
  • Chris Dobey v Jason Lowe
  • Keegan Brown v Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Gerwyn Price
  • Steve West v Matthew Edgar
  • Gary Anderson v Ricky Evans
  • Stephen Bunting v Jermaine Wattimena
  • Mervyn King v Jonny Clayton
  • Corey Cadby v Martin Schindler
  • Jamie Hughes v Ian White
  • Daryl Gurney v Kim Huybrechts
  • Ryan Meikle v Michael Smith
  • David Pallett v James Wade

22:40: LAST KNOCKINGS IN MINEHEAD!

Corey Cadby is safely through to round-four after easing past Michael Rasztovits, whilst Keegan Brown leads Joe Cullen 9-8 in the last remaining match of the evening…

22:25: LATEST…

  • Kyle Anderson 10-7 Vincent van der Voort
  • Joe Cullen 5-5 Keegan Brown
  • Michael Rasztovits 4-8 Corey Cadby

22:20: ANDERSON MARCHES ON!

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Gary Anderson doesn’t go the same way as the other high-profile casualties. He produces an imperious display to thrash Robert Rickwood 10-3. Will he go on to claim his first ever UK Open crown? Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: 2018 UK Open Day One!”

Grand Slam of Darts 2017: Prediction Competition!

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Welcome to the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts prediction competition. The rules are simple….You get five points for a correct score and two points for a correct result. The person with the most points at the end of the Grand Slam will be crowned the winner!

Please submit your predictions to @OcheBalboa1 before every night/day of action.

Check out the latest standings ahead of the final day of action in Wolverhampton!

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Table via @Leesy_180

EXCLUSIVE: Gurney targeting Premier League spot in 2018!

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After enjoying the best year of his darting career in 2016, Daryl Gurney has revealed that he’s targeting a Premier League spot in 2018. In an exclusive interview with Josh’s Dartistry, ‘Super-Chin’ discussed his Premier League aspirations, a dramatic World Championship campaign and his impressive return from injury last year.

Gurney has always possessed prodigious talent, but over the last two years the Northern Irishman has begun to display his potential on a more consistent basis, which has seen him climb to a career high of 21st on the PDC Order of Merit.

Gurney’s performances during the latter stages of 2016 saw many fans calling for him to be given a wildcard for the 2017 Premier League. Although he wasn’t selected, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn insisted that Daryl was seriously considered as a potential wildcard selection, and the 30-year-old took real pride from this acknowledgement.

“The comments Barry made have given me a lot of confidence going into the start of a new year. I never expected to be considered; it was a shock to me but I take pride in even being given a mention.

“It has also given me a push to do even better this year than last and maybe get a spot for the 2018 Premier League. I insist on bettering myself each year; upping my game, putting on a great show for the fans and doing the professional job I’m there to do,” he added. Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Gurney targeting Premier League spot in 2018!”

2017 Unibet Masters: Draw & Schedule!

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Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Unibet Masters title against two-time world finalist Simon Whitlock, when the first major TV event on the 2017 PDC calendar gets underway at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Friday evening.

The fifth staging of the Unibet Masters will see the world’s top 16 players face off, with all the action being broadcast exclusively on ITV4 from January 27th- 29th. The prize money for this event totals £200,000, with £60,000 on offer to the winner.

Phil Taylor, who won the inaugural staging of this event back in 2013, will feature on the opening night of action in an enthralling tie against eleventh seed Michael Smith. Meanwhile, two-time world champion Gary Anderson takes on Benito van de Pas in a repeat of their pulsating last 16 clash at the recent William Hill World Championship.

Elsewhere, 2016 finalist Dave Chisnall locks horns with 2015 finalist and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld in the opening match of the tournament, whilst the night concludes with a clash between third seed Peter Wright and Stoke star Ian White. Continue reading “2017 Unibet Masters: Draw & Schedule!”

Whitlock “full of confidence” ahead of Van Gerwen showdown!

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The rejuvenated Simon Whitlock is relishing the prospect of a first-round showdown with world number one Michael van Gerwen at the European Championship in Hasselt, Belgium on Friday evening.

Van Gerwen will go in search of his third consecutive European Championship crown with a tasty tie against 2012 champion Simon Whitlock, who heads to Belgium off the back of two Players Championship victories within the last month.

‘The Wizard’ had endured a tumultuous two years which saw him plummet from 4th to 20th on the PDC Order of Merit. Nevertheless, Whitlock has enjoyed a stunning revival over recent months, winning his first PDC title for over two years at Players Championship 18 in Dublin, beating Van Gerwen en route to the title.

The Australian then reached just his second TV quarter-final in two years at the World Grand Prix earlier this month, where he was beaten in a thrilling affair. However, he maintained his fine form, by clinching victory at Players Championship 19 in Barnsley last weekend. Continue reading “Whitlock “full of confidence” ahead of Van Gerwen showdown!”

PDC duo set new Guinness World Records!

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James Wade and Michael Smith both set new Guinness world records ahead of last month’s Champions League of Darts in Cardiff. The eight participants in the inaugural staging of this event, which was broadcast live on the BBC, all took part in a series of challenges, with Wade and Smith excelling.

Wade is now the proud owner of a Guinness World Record for the most inner and outer bullseyes hit in one minute. The previous record was twelve, although Wade trumped that in fine style, hitting fifteen inner and outer bullseyes in just 60 seconds, with an independent adjudicator watching on to confirm the legitimacy of the attempt.

However, Michael Smith set a new world record for the highest total score recorded in one minute. The previous record was 550, but two-time world champion Adrian Lewis bettered that with a magnificent attempt of 559. Nevertheless, Lewis was the record holder for only a matter of moments, as Smith produced a stunning score of 581. Continue reading “PDC duo set new Guinness World Records!”

Phil Taylor to miss out on his first TV ranking major in PDC History!

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Phil Taylor will be absent from the Players Championship Finals in Minehead next month, after opting not to enter the final two Players Championship events of the year in Barnsley next week.

The field for next month’s tournament in Minehead is comprised solely of the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit. Taylor currently sits in 108th position, having won £3,500 from the three events he’s competed in throughout the year, therefore he is unable to make the cut.

‘The Power’ participated in the opening triple-header in Barnsley back in April, but after failing to go beyond the last 16 across either day, he has not competed since. This means that the 16-time world champion will miss out on a TV ranking major for the first time in PDC history.

However, Taylor’s absence in Minehead is self-imposed, as back in May he claimed that he has essentially entered semi-retirement, by prioritising major TV tournaments over a packed Pro Tour schedule.

In an interview with Gulf News, The Stoke-on-Trent star revealed: “I’m 56 this year and I’m slowing down now, I’m semi-retiring. We’re going to sit down in January, Bob [Glenn, his aide] looks after me and my diary and everything. Continue reading “Phil Taylor to miss out on his first TV ranking major in PDC History!”

Whitlock ends Van Gerwen’s dominance to win his first title in over two years!

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Simon Whitlock clinched his first PDC ranking title in over two years after surviving two-match darts against Ronny Huybrechts in a dramatic final at Players Championship 18 at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday afternoon.

‘The Wizard’ performed superbly throughout the day, ending Michael van Gerwen’s 31 match winning streak in Players Championship events, as well as missing D18 for a 9-darter in the final.

This victory gives Whitlock his 12th PDC Pro Tour crown; his first since defeating James Wade in Coventry back in 2014. However, he also benefitted from some good fortune, after Huybrechts missed two darts at double to win his first ever PDC title.

Huybrechts broke Whitlock in the very first leg of the contest after the Australian spurned three clear darts at double, and the Belgian doubled his lead with a 15-dart hold, culminating with a 70 checkout.

Whitlock was scoring strongly, but was looking increasingly fragile on the doubles. The former world finalist incredibly missed EIGHT darts at double to open his account in leg three, and Huybrechts eventually pinned D2 at the sixth time of asking to establish a three-leg cushion. Continue reading “Whitlock ends Van Gerwen’s dominance to win his first title in over two years!”

Sky Sports’ Dave Clark to embark on 200 mile walk for Parkinson’s UK!

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The face of Sky Sports’ darts coverage, Dave Clark, is set to embark on a 200 mile coast-to-coast walk across England this weekend in order to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. Clark was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease over five years ago, back in January 2011, but he has fought the illness with immense bravery.

Parkinson’s UK is the charity adopted by the Professional Darts Corporation for 2016, as a tribute and acknowledgement of Clark’s inspiring determination to fight this horrid condition, which also killed his father Alan.

Clark begins his trek this Saturday at St Bees, connecting the Irish and North Seas, before the 200 mile walk culminates at Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby on September 23rd.

Clark has already raised over £31,000 for Parkinson’s UK, having received donations from the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis & Raymond van Barneveld. He also received a call from Alan Shearer, who said his mate would give him free membership to his gym in London, in order for him to build up his fitness.

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Premier League Darts- Finals Night Preview!

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The top-four players in world darts collide as the Premier League heads to London’s O2 Arena for finals night on Thursday May 19th. For the first time in Premier League history, the top ten players on the PDC Order of Merit were selected for the event, and it’s rather fitting that the four semi-finalists all comprise the top four in the world rankings.

World number one Michael van Gerwen takes on Adrian Lewis in the first semi-final, whilst six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor meets reigning champion Gary Anderson in the other semi-final clash. It’s set to be an explosive night of action in the capital!

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

For the fourth year in succession, Michael van Gerwen topped the league phase after edging out Phil Taylor 7-5 in Rotterdam. Taylor and MvG have been involved in a thrilling rivalry throughout this campaign, but the Dutchman has secured the psychological edge by clinching top spot.

Adrian Lewis confirmed his play-off spot with a thumping 7-2 win over Gary Anderson last week. Neither player was anywhere near their best, but that performance typified Lewis’ campaign. He produced the key shots at the right moments, which he must also do against ‘The Green Machine’ on Thursday.

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Premier League Night 11 Report!

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Phil Taylor moved four points clear at the top of the Betway Premier League after Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson shared the spoils on a thrilling night of Premier League action at Belfast’s SSE Arena. Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis hit the first 9-darter in this competition since 2012 in his comeback victory against James Wade.

Van Gerwen and Anderson contested one of the best games in Premier League history in a rip-roaring tussle lasting just 16 minutes. It was an enthralling spectacle and only one of the twelve legs were completed in over 15 darts.

Van Gerwen averaged 110.55 to Anderson’s 108.24, asall twelve legs went with throw, which is extremely unusual in Premier League competition. Both men finished magnificently. MvG recorded 60% on the doubles, whilst ‘The Flying Scotsman’ boasted a sensational 85.71% on the doubles.

Phil Taylor held off a valiant fightback from Raymond van Barneveld to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Taylor led 6-2 and was averaging 106 at one stage, but Van Barneveld fought back superbly, with finishes of 61 and 106 reducing the arrears to 6-5.

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Premier League Darts- Judgement Night Preview!

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The Premier League heads to Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena for ‘Judgement Night’ of the 2016 competition, where Robert Thornton, Michael Smith and Dave Chisnall are fighting to avoid elimination. Elsewhere, world-champion Gary Anderson takes on James Wade, whilst the two vans collide, as Raymond van Barneveld faces Michael van Gerwen.

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2016 UK Open- 6 potential outsiders!

The 2016 Coral UK Open gets underway in Minehead on Friday afternoon as Michael van Gerwen looks to defend his title in the most unpredictable major tournament on the darting calendar. In the thirteen years since this event began, there have been thirteen different finalists. Josh’s Dartistry looks at 6 potential outsiders for the crown this year.

Alan Norris

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Alan Norris is one of the form men in the PDC at present. The 2014 Lakeside finalist made the switch in January 2015 and after a difficult start initially, ‘Chuck’ has produced a series of fine performances in the past six months, which saw him reach the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace in his maiden PDC World Championship appearance.

Norris won his first PDC ranking title last October, in a Players Championship event in Ireland. This saw Alan qualify for the European Championships and the Players Championship Finals and he’s gone from strength-to-strength from this moment onwards.

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Barney’s decade- Raymond’s greatest 10 PDC moments!

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On February 16th 2006, ten years ago today, Raymond van Barneveld marked his PDC debut with a thumping 8-1 victory over Ronnie Baxter in the Premier League. Since then, van Barneveld has accomplished some tremendous feats, winning an array of major titles, as well as posting five televised nine-dart finishes. As we celebrate ten years of Raymond van Barneveld in the PDC, Josh’s Dartistry reflects on RvB’s 10 greatest moments.

10. Van Barneveld wins the 2007 Las Vegas Desert Classic!

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Raymond always performed tremendously well in the Las Vegas Desert Classic, before the tournament was retired in 2010. He reached the final in both 2006 and 2009, losing to John Part and Phil Taylor respectively.

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Van Gerwen edges out Norris to win second UK Open qualifier!

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Michael van Gerwen claimed glory in the second UK Open qualifier of 2016 after beating Alan Norris 6-4 in Saturday’s final at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, in Wigan. Van Gerwen was in scintillating form throughout the day, and guaranteed his spot in the third-round of the UK Open with victory over the former BDO World finalist.

Van Gerwen dropped just a solitary leg in progressing through to the last 16 stage. The world number one whitewashed both Matt Padgett and Joe Murnan, before thumping former World-Youth champion Arron Monk 6-1.

Van Gerwen then whitewashed his compatriot Benito van de Pas 6-0 to secure a quarter-final berth against yesterday’s winner Adrian Lewis. MvG continued his rampant form, dismantling ‘Jackpot’ 6-1 to reach the semi-finals, for the loss of only two legs throughout the entire day.

MvG edged past the improving Simon Whitlock 6-4 in the semi-finals, before defeating Norris by the same scoreline to secure his second title of 2016. After his opening night Premier League defeat to James Wade, coupled with his last 32 exit yesterday, van Gerwen will have been determined to bounce back, and he did so in typically emphatic fashion.

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Barney thrashes Taylor, as Wade stuns MvG!

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Raymond van Barneveld made a phenomenal start to his 2016 Premier League campaign, with a thumping 7-2 victory over his old rival Phil Taylor at the First Direct Arena. Elsewhere, James Wade produced a stunning comeback to shock world number one Michael van Gerwen on Thursday evening in Leeds.

Van Barneveld stole the show however, averaging 103.60 and hitting a remarkable 7/9 on the doubles in his victory over Taylor. In addition, he almost became the first player in Premier League history to boast a 100% checkout ratio in victory.

Yet, the most pleasing aspect for van Barneveld was his overall performance, coupled with an emphatic victory, which condemned the 16-time world champion to a humbling opening night defeat.

Taylor made a strong start to the contest by holding throw on D8, but Barney responded superbly, levelling up proceedings with a commanding 13-dart hold, before the five-time world champion broke Taylor’s throw by hitting his favourite D18 for a spectacular 10-dart leg.

Van Barneveld kicked off the fourth leg with his second maximum and again posted D18 to establish a two-leg advantage, before converting a 61 checkout for a 14-darter to break throw in the fifth leg.

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‘Nervous’ Taylor progresses, as Lewis & Wright impress!

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Phil Taylor survived an uncomfortable evening at Alexandra Palace on Monday evening, as he defeated his old adversary Kevin Painter 4-1 in a bizarre contest. The scoreline appears somewhat comprehensive, but it was anything but, particularly in the opening three sets.

Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright were emphatic straight-set winners over Andrew Gilding and Ronny Huybrechts respectively, although Taylor’s performance attracted the most headlines.

‘The Power’ and Painter contested the epic 2004 World Championship Final at the Circus Tavern, but Kevin has a miserable record against the 55-year-old from Stoke-on Trent.

The pair had met on a total of 31 occasions, with Painter claiming just the solitary victory. Taylor had won their last 29 meetings, however ‘The Artist’ was given a major boost, as he claimed the first set with an authoritative 14-darter in the fifth and deciding leg of the opener.

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World Championship Contenders- Gary Anderson

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The 2016 PDC World Darts Championship gets under way in just over 48 hours. World Number One Michael van Gerwen is red-hot favourite for the crown, whilst Phil Taylor is second favourite to win his 17th World title. Nevertheless, you cannot write off the defending Champion!

3. Gary Anderson

Reigning World-Champion Gary Anderson will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s success when he begins the defence of his crown at Alexandra Palace on Thursday.

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Evans and Boulton seal Ally Pally Spots, as big names miss out!

Ricky Evans and Andy Boulton sealed the final two places at this year’s World Championships at the Alexandra Palace, after progressing through the PDPA qualifier at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry.

Evans beat Boulton 5-4 in today’s final, sealing victory on D20, which means that the Kettering ace will now meet Simon Whitlock in the first-round of this year’s tournament.

Boulton will have to progress through his preliminary clash against Per Laursen, with a first-round meeting against reigning World Champion Gary Anderson lying in wait for the victor.

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2016 Full PDC World Championship Draw

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Gary Anderson will begin the defence of his World Championship title against either Per Laursen or a PDPA qualifier, after the draw for the 2016 PDC World Championships was made on Sky Sports news on Monday morning.

World Number One Michael van Gerwen has been handed a kind draw, as he will meet the winner of the preliminary round clash between Thanawat Gaweenuntawong and Rene Eidams in the last 64.

Phil Taylor will begin his pursuit for a 17th World title against another preliminary qualifier. The 55-year-old will play either Keita Ono or Alex Tagarao in Round One.

Arguably the tie of the opening round sees World Number 4 Peter Wright take on former World-Youth Champion Keegan Brown. Brown has recorded a number of major scalps on the TV stage, so Snakebite will be in for a difficult tie.

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Superb Suljovic Stuns Anderson as Taylor Powers on at the Matchplay!

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Mensur Suljovic recorded the biggest victory of his darting career to defeat World Champion Gary Anderson and progress to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Suljovic performed superbly and capitalised on inept finishing from the Scotsman to record a stunning 13-9 win in the early hours of Thursday morning, dispelling any hopes of Anderson completing the much-publicised ‘triple crown’.

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6 Potential UK Open Darkhorses

So, day one of the UK Open is over, and 4 of my 6 darkhorses still remain! Andrew Gilding astonishingly beat Kevin Painter 9-0, whilst Mensur Suljovic progressed in confident fashion, beating Joey Ten Berge 9-1! I also said touted William O’Connor for a potential run this weekend; he’s enjoyed a fine day, beating Dean Winstanley and Mark Webster! Who are you tipping now? Let me know your thoughts!

Hello world!

My name is Josh Gorton and I’m 19 years old.  My blog will focus on the Professional Darts Corporation, because I have a major passion for the sport and I am hoping to pursue a career in Sports Journalism. Darts has grown immeasurably over the past decade and is now the second most watched sport on satellite television within the UK, thanks largely to the dedicated coverage provided by Sky Sports and ITV4.

My blog will analyse the development of the hottest young properties within the PDC circuit, whilst focusing on players who are on the rise, or on the decline. I will also explore the difference between television form and floor form, and discuss how difficult the transition can be for some. I will also keep you up to date with the latest results from all PDC tournaments, whilst providing opinions and provoking darting debates.

With the increasing prize money, more tournaments being introduced and the standard constantly improving, 2015 has all the makings of being the most exciting and captivating in PDC history.

I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to hearing from you!

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