My 10 Darting Predictions for 2016

With the brief hiatus in the darting calendar, Josh’s Dartistry has made his 10 darting predictions for 2016. Have a read and see if you agree!

1. Phil Taylor to end his major drought with Matchplay glory.

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Phil Taylor’s last major TV title came 14 months ago, at the 2014 Grand Slam of Darts. This is Taylor’s longest drought since winning his first World title 21 years ago, and this period without silverware would have been simply unfathomable just a few years ago.

However, Taylor has fallen to fourth in the world following Adrian Lewis’ run to the World Championship final, and ‘The Power’ faces a defining year in 2016, which may ultimately determine whether he still has the tools to compete consistently at the very highest-level.

However, the statistics illustrate that Taylor is still performing at an extremely high-level. He averaged 108 in departing the UK Open quarter-finals to Peter Wright, 103 in losing to James Wade at the World Matchplay semi-finals and 106 in losing to Adrian Lewis in the European Championship quarter-finals.

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Nearly Two 9 darters and a 125.25 average! Dutch Darting Dominance in Development Tour!

Dirk van Duijvenbode
van Duijvenbode, pictured, after his 9-darter earlier today. (Photo: PDC)

Dirk van Duijvenbode came extremely close to re-writing darting history earlier, as he almost hit TWO 9-darters in a Development Tour event in Coventry today! In the last leg of his first round match against Tommy Wilson, van Duijvenbode missed D12 for the magical 9, but remained unperturbed, hitting the 9-darter in his next match against Kurt Parry! Only Michael van Gerwen has matched this sort of feat; in his 2013 World Championship semi-final against James Wade; van Gerwen hit 17 perfect darts; missing D12 for two 9-darters in succession.

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