Nine-dart Van Gerwen stars as Barney rolls on!

Michael van Gerwen landed the first televised nine-darter for over 12 months en route to reaching the last eight at the Players Championship Finals, as Raymond van Barneveld also progressed to the quarter-finals at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Saturday.

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Players Championship Finals: Day Three Report!

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Michael van Gerwen retained his Players Championship Finals crown with a comprehensive 11-3 victory over Dave Chisnall at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Sunday evening, although the world number one was forced to come from 6-0 down in a dramatic semi-final clash against the unfancied Darren Webster.

Nevertheless, despite surviving a scare in the last four, ‘Mighty Mike’ was in imperious form in Sunday’s curtain-raiser, averaging 108.34, landing six maximums and converting 53% of his double attempts to triumph in convincing fashion. Chisnall averaged 99.24 himself, but he was unable to produce the goods in the key moments.

Despite the best efforts of ‘The Yellow Peril’, MvG’s astonishing dominance in PDC majors continues. Van Gerwen hasn’t suffered defeat in a ranking major since losing to Raymond van Barneveld at last year’s World Championships and Michael’s victory over Chisnall marked his ninth TV crown of 2016; his 25th in total.

Van Gerwen started the final strongly; breaking Chisnall’s throw with a confident 13-darter. Chisnall landed his first maximum in the second leg, but MvG doubled his lead by pinning D16 for a 17-dart hold. However, the St Helen’s star opened his account in leg three with a clinical 121 finish on the bullseye. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals: Day Three Report!”

Players Championship Finals- Day Two Report!

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Defending champion Michael van Gerwen will face his old rival Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals of the Players Championship Finals on Sunday, as Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and James Wade were dumped out at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Saturday.

Van Gerwen breezed through to the last eight, dropping just three legs over the course of his matches on day two. Van Gerwen faced his best mate Vincent van der Voort in the second-round and ‘The Green Machine’ cruised to a 6-1 win, averaging 102.5 and posting four maximums en route.

MvG faced sixteenth seed Josh Payne in round-three and the 22-year-old from Gravesend started strongly, storming into a 2-0 lead. Nevertheless, Van Gerwen levelled up proceedings after Payne missed two darts at double in both leg three and four and this proved expensive.

Payne acquitted himself impressively, averaging 99.79 and hitting three maximums. Despite this, he converted just two of his ten double attempts and was ruthlessly punished by Van Gerwen. MvG won ten successive legs and finished with an average of 105.69, to set up a last-eight showdown with his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals- Day Two Report!”

Players Championship Finals- Day One Report!

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Raymond van Barneveld produced the performance of the first-round on day one at the Players Championship Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Friday evening, as Alan Norris fired in a stunning 9-darter; the first in the history of this tournament.

Michael van Gerwen kicked off the defence of his Players Championship Finals title with a comprehensive 6-1 victory against former world finalist Andy Hamilton. The world number one barely got out of first gear, averaging  95.08, hitting four maximums and converting 43% of his doubles to dispatch the Stoke-on-Trent star.

In round-two, MvG will face his best friend Vincent van der Voort, who produced an inspired comeback to defeat Andrew Gilding in a thrilling affair. ‘Goldfinger’ won three straight legs to seize command at 5-3 but Van der Voort returned the favour, winning three consecutive legs of his own to prevail in a decider with a 95.53 average.

Raymond van Barneveld continued his magnificent form with a sensational 6-4 victory over eighth seed Mensur Suljovic. The five-time world champion averaged 107.4, landed four maximums and converted 55% of his double attempts to prevail against an impressive Suljovic, who posted an average of 102.79. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals- Day One Report!”

Players Championship Finals: REVISED Draw & Schedule!

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The draw and schedule for next weekend’s Players Championship Finals at the Butlins Minehead Resort has been confirmed, with Raymond van Barneveld locking horns with Mensur Suljovic and Adrian Lewis taking on Robert Thornton in the stand-out first-round ties.

The expanded Players Championship Finals sees the list of participants doubled in size this year, as 64 players compete for £400,000 in prize money across three days live on ITV4. The qualification criteria is based solely on performances across the twenty Players Championship events hosted throughout 2016.

Michael van Gerwen tops the final Order of Merit with £72,750 after winning five Players Championship events this year, and the defending champion will face former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton in the first round.

Hamilton originally finished 65th on the Order of Merit, although Kyle Anderson’s withdrawal due to his ongoing VISA issues has given ‘The Hammer’ an opportunity to compete in Minehead. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals: REVISED Draw & Schedule!”

Kyle Anderson withdraws from Players Championship Finals due to VISA issues!

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Australian ace Kyle Anderson has been forced to withdraw from next weekend’s Players Championship Finals in Minehead due to his ongoing VISA issues. ‘The Original’ does not currently hold a valid VISA and is therefore unable to travel to the United Kingdom to compete in next week’s event.

Kyle’s sponsors, ‘The Sportsman Management Company’ released a statement late on Sunday evening confirming the news: “Unfortunately Kyle has had to withdraw from next week’s Players Championships Finals in Minehead due to continued problems obtaining his visa.

“We have applied for a Tier 2 Sports Visa but at the moment darts is not recognised as a sport and this is the only obstacle stopping the process, although it is now at a very advanced stage.

“Kyle would like to place on record his thanks to the PDC, BDO, DRA, DPA and the Home Office for their continued support and also every person who has sent him good luck messages; he is truly overwhelmed. During this break Kyle is spending quality time back in Rockhampton, Australia, with his lovely wife and son, Tara and Charles.” Continue reading “Kyle Anderson withdraws from Players Championship Finals due to VISA issues!”

Players Championship Finals: FIELD CONFIRMED!

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The field for the Players Championship Finals has been confirmed following the culmination of the 20th and final Players Championship event of the year in Barnsley, which saw Benito van de Pas clinch victory and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld seal qualification for next month’s event in Minehead.

World number one Michael van Gerwen heads the list of 64 participants, whilst Benito van de Pas occupies second spot on the Players Championship Order of Merit after winning his third title of the year on Saturday. Stoke star Ian White will be third seed, after also clinching a hat-trick of victories in Barnsley this year.

Simon Whitlock is seeded fourth after his two Players Championship victories over the last month, whilst Gerwyn Price is fifth, having also won two titles earlier in the year. Dave Chisnall, Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic occupy spots in the top ten, whilst Joe Cullen and Stephen Bunting will be ninth and tenth seeds respectively.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld secured two victories on the final day of Players Championship action to seal his spot in Minehead. Van Barneveld was under pressure to qualify after taking a six-month hiatus from Pro Tour events earlier this year, which left him 117th a few months ago. Continue reading “Players Championship Finals: FIELD CONFIRMED!”

Van de Pas demolishes Chisnall to win Players Championship 20!

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Benito van de Pas clinched his third Players Championship title of the year with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Dave Chisnall in the final Pro Tour event of 2016 at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday afternoon.

The 23-year-old Dutchman, who broke into the world’s top 16 earlier this year, capitalised on an error-strewn display from Chisnall to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque, whilst also securing second spot on the final Players Championship Order of Merit.

Van de Pas opened his account in Saturday’s final with a solid 16-dart hold on tops, but Chisnall fired back by pinning D10, having missed tops for a 160 checkout in the preceding visit. However, the Dutchman regained his lead in leg three, kicking off the leg with a magnificent 177, before converting D16 for a classy 13-dart leg.

Nevertheless, the fourth leg saw farcical finishing from both players. Chizzy spurned an incredible ELEVEN darts at double to restore parity, and after missing 8 darts at double, Van de Pas eventually hit D1 to secure an important break. Continue reading “Van de Pas demolishes Chisnall to win Players Championship 20!”

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!”

Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!

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The entries for the final two Players Championship events of the year have been confirmed, as the race to qualify for the Players Championship Finals in Minehead heats up.

The two £75,000 tournaments will be hosted at the Barnsley Metrodome on October 21-22nd, and the double-header will be streamed live on PDC.TV. A field of 128 players will compete in each tournament, comprised of PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members.

It will be a decisive weekend for a host of big-names, as players bid to win qualification for the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals next month as well as places in the William Hill World Darts Championship.

However, 16-time world champion Phil Taylor has not entered either event, therefore ‘The Power’ will not qualify for next month’s Players Championship Finals. The 56-year-old has gained £3,500 in prize money from his two Players Championship events this year and subsequently sits 108th on the rolling Order of Merit.

Only the top 64 players on the Players Championship Order of Merit will compete in Minehead, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will be vying to secure qualification when he competes in Barnsley next weekend. Continue reading “Players Championship 19 & 20 Entries!”

Players Championship Order of Merit Update!

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Below is the Players Championship Order of Merit, following this week’s triple-header at the Barnsley Metrodome. World number one Michael van Gerwen stormed to an unprecedented hat-trick of titles, trousering £30,000 of prize money in the process.

The race is on to qualify for the Players Championship Finals in Minehead in November, with just four events left to secure qualification. The tournament field has been extended to 64 players this year, therefore the Top 64 on the Players Championship Order of Merit will qualify.

James Wilson has climbed up to 10th following his run to the final on Wednesday, whilst Thursday’s finalist Steve West is up to 18th, after the pair accrued £6,000 for finishing as runners-up.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld made a successful return to the Pro Tour. Van Barneveld made his first Players Championship appearance since March in Barnsley and won £4,750 in prize money, having reached the last 16, the quarter-finals and the last 32 across the three days.

Barney was 118th on the Players Championship Order of Merit prior to this week, but he has now risen to 61st, and the legendary Dutchman will be competing in next week’s double-header in Dublin, therefore he has the opportunity to guarantee his spot if he matches this week’s performances. Continue reading “Players Championship Order of Merit Update!”

Van Gerwen continues darting domination to clinch Players Championship crown!

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Michael van Gerwen continued his darting domination in 2015, as he beat Adrian Lewis 11-6 to win the Players Championship Finals in Minehead.

This is van Gerwen’s fourth consecutive TV major title, since he was beaten in the World Grand-Prix final by Robert Thornton in October. MvG has now appeared in every single major final in 2015. Considering the depth of quality within the PDC, that is a simply astonishing achievement.

Adrian Lewis, also runner-up in last year’s event, unfortunately produced his worst display of the weekend in the final, averaging a mere 89 against MvG. That isn’t sufficient to beat a player of van Gerwen’s quality. However, there were many positives to take for Jackpot this weekend.

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Brilliant Benito dispatches Wade with phenomenal finishing!

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Benito van de Pas produced an extraordinary display of finishing as he thrashed eight-times major winner James Wade 10-3 to reach his first PDC major quarter-final at the Players Championship Finals, in Minehead.

van de Pas averaged 105.39 and hit 66% on his doubles en route to dismantling the Machine. Benito replicated the finishing he produced in yesterday’s win over Stephen Bunting, although his overall performance today, was far more impressive.

van de Pas stormed into a 1-0 lead by taking out 72 in just two-darts for an instant break of throw. The 22-year-old doubled his advantage moments later, taking out 79 in two-darts for another 14-dart leg.

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Taylor sent packing on opening day in Minehead!

 

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Phil Taylor’s hopes of winning his first ranking TV major in 2015 were halted prematurely, as he suffered an agonising 6-5 loss against Gary Anderson, in the first-round of the Players Championship finals in Minehead.

Anderson and Taylor, who are ranked 2nd and 3rd in the World respectively, were pitted against each-other due to their Pro Tour rankings. The Scot was seeded 12th, whilst Taylor was 21st, due to his sporadic participation on the floor in 2015.

The first three legs went with throw, before Taylor came agonisingly close to hitting a 9-darter in the fourth leg. ‘The Power’ posted successive maximums, hit a seventh T20, followed by a T19, but his ninth and decisive dart was pulled way below the D12.

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Big names tumble in Minehead, as Gurney shows his class!

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There were a number of big-name casualties in the opening session of the Players Championship finals today, with Kim Huybrechts, Terry Jenkins, Jelle Klaasen, Stephen Bunting and Mervyn King among the seeds to tumble in Minehead.

The performance of the afternoon was undoubtedly delivered by Daryl Gurney, who produced his best ever TV performance in thrashing Kim Huybrechts 6-2.

Gurney averaged 101. 38 and hit 46% on the doubles en route to stunning the Belgian, who was seeded fifth in Minehead. The Northern Irishman has always possessed immense natural ability and perhaps now he will showcase that talent more regularly on the big stage.

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Anderson v Taylor in First-Round Of The Players Championship Finals!

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World Champion Gary Anderson will face Phil Taylor in the first round of the Players Championship Finals in Minehead, as the 2015 Pro Tour culminated in Coventry today.

Anderson won today’s final Players Championship event of 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, beating James Wade 6-2 in the final, to set up a rematch of last year’s World Championship Final against ‘The Power’ next month.

Anderson is ranked 2nd in the World, whilst Taylor is World Number 3, which makes this first-round encounter all the more remarkable.

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