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World number one Van Gerwen has not been defeated since mid-October, and followed up his World Championship triumph over Anderson on January 2 with victory in another final against the Scot.

The win saw Van Gerwen secure the £60,000 Masters title for a third straight year at Arena MK, as he followed up Saturday’s win over Simon Whitlock by seeing off Mensur Suljovic, Adrian Lewis and Anderson on the final day.

The Dutchman again saved his best performance for Anderson as the world’s top two met in a televised final for the seventh time inside two years. Van Gerwen opened the final with a 177 and took out 107 for the opening leg, and hit two 180s in a 12-darter to double his lead before Anderson hit back in leg three.

Finishes of 96 and 87 edged the World Champion clear before Anderson responded with checkouts of 116 and 106 either side of two 11-darters from the Dutchman.

Van Gerwen then took three of the next five to pull out to 9-6, and though Anderson took the 16th he was made to pay for missed doubles as he wasted the chance to reduce the gap to one before the top seed sealed victory with finishes of 80 and 121.

2017 Unibet Masters

Sunday January 29th

100.14 Phil Taylor 10-5 Peter Wright 94.68
106.50 Gary Anderson 10-6 Raymond van Barneveld 100.21
95.49 Robert Thornton 6-10 Adrian Lewis 104.77
107.75 Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Mensur Suljovic 103.34

102.12 Gary Anderson 11-9 Phil Taylor 98.03
101.69 Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Adrian Lewis 89.23

103.58 Gary Anderson 7-11 Michael van Gerwen 109.42


First Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs

Prize Fund

Winner £60,000
Runner-Up £25,000
Semi-Finalists £17,500
Quarter-Finalists £10,000
First Round £5,000
Total £200,000

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With Ronnie Baxter, Mickey Mansell, Dutch duo Jimmy Hendriks and Sven Groen and Latvia’s Madars Razma also securing a Tour Card.

Following the opening three days of Qualifying School, Sunday saw the final four automatic Tour Cards handed to the day’s last four players. In addition, 12 more Tour Cards are awarded to players from the final Qualifying School Order of Merit, based on ranking points won across the four days at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Former Players Championship Finals winner Nicholson had experienced Qualifying School for the first time this weekend after dropping out of the world’s top 64, but after reaching the last 16 on Friday and last eight on Saturday finally secured a top-four finish to retain his Tour Card without relying on ranking points.

He defeated Kevin Lane, Jordan Boyce, Mark Hylton, Richard Baillie, Gary Stone, Paul Cook and Bryan de Hoog on the day in Wigan, never losing more than three legs in a game and picking up two whitewashes along the way. “I saw what John Part did on Saturday and I got a lot of motivation from that, and to win my Tour Card outright means a lot,” said Nicholson.

“I felt like there was no pressure on me at all but I still want to be the kind of person who wants to win no matter what the prize is. It was a case of going to the end and being the last man standing. “I wanted to keep on winning and get some confidence going into the UK Open Qualifiers, and that’s exactly what I’ve done.

“Last year I played some really good games which said to me that I can still live with the best standard, but the one thing that was missing was putting a run together of five, six, seven games in a row. “If I’ve learned anything from Q School, that is it, to grind it out and get back to basics and do the right things at the right times. I did that today and I’m really proud of myself.”

2008 World Championship finalist Shepherd bounced back from his loss to John Part in Saturday’s decisive matches to secure his return to the PDC ProTour by going all the way 24 hours later. The Kent thrower overcame Paul Milford, Paul Osmotherley, Chris White, Terry Roach and Stuart Kellett to reach the final matches, where he whitewashed experienced Ronnie Baxter.

“I’m delighted, thrilled,” said Shepherd. “From start to finish I felt great. “It absolutely broke my heart losing to John Part on Saturday – if there was one game I wanted to win, it was that, but if you lose to a player like that there’s no disgrace. “In a way I felt like I’d done enough, but I wanted to come here today and get through on merit, and I’m so happy I have done. That was my aim on each day and I’m as proud as punch that I’ve done it.

“At the moment I’m in a better place than I’ve been for the last ten years, and I’m not just saying that because I’m on a high at the moment. I’m in a good place and I really feel I can kick on this year. “I’ve always felt my game’s there but my own worst enemy has been myself, but I’ve changed a lot of things and I think things are going to look up for me now.”

Spanish star Alcinas also secured his return to the ProTour in style with whitewash victories in his final two games of the day, against Dean Forde and Jimmy Hendriks. The six-time World Cup of Darts representative and two-time World Championship qualifier has missed out on winning back his Tour Card for the past two years, but also defeated Colin Osborne, Ron Seddon, Par Riihonen, Paul Phillips and Haruki Muramatsu on Sunday.

German youngster Schindler, a three-time European Tour qualifier who also competed in the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship last year, will join the PDC ProTour for the first time this year after being Sunday’s final automatic Tour Card winner.

The 20-year-old from Berlin defeated Jose Henrique Pinto de Sena, Sven Groen, South African duo Nolan Arendse and Warrick Scheffer and Davyd Venken before seeing off Paul Rowley 5-3 in their decider.

Rowley’s run on Sunday, allied to his performances over the four days, saw him amongst the 12 players from the Qualifying School Order of Merit to also win Tour Cards, taking the field of PDC Tour Card professionals to 128 for 2017.

Scotland’s Jamie Bain topped the final Q School Order of Merit ahead of Dutch youngsters Hendriks and Groen – a former Development Tour event winner – five-time TV finalist Ronnie Baxter and experienced Steve Hine.

Northern Irish left-hander Mickey Mansell won back his Tour Card at the first time of asking after dropping to 67th in the world rankings following the recent William Hill World Darts Championship.

Manchester-based Scott Darbyshire, York’s Chris Quantock – a two-time Challenge Tour event winner – and Canada’s John Norman all won a Tour Card for the first time, with Yorkshire’s Darren Johnson winning through Qualifying School for the third time.

Madars Razma, who lost in the decisive matches on Friday, will become the first Latvian player to hold a PDC Tour Card after being the 12th player from the Q School Order of Merit to progress onto the PDC ProTour.

Dutchman Bryan de Hoog and Matthew Edgar missed out on winning a Tour Card by one point, but will be the first two reserves to make up the field at Players Championship events to 128 players should any Tour Card Holders not enter.

2017 PDC Tour Card Winners:

16 Automatic Tour Cards:
Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton, Jim Brown, Richard North, Ritchie Edhouse, Ting Chi Royden Lam, Maik Langendorf, Scott Taylor, Richie Burnett, John Part, Steve Lennon, Martin Schindler, Kirk Shepherd, Antonio Alcinas, Paul Nicholson
Q School Order of Merit (12 Tour Card winners):
Jamie Bain, Jimmy Hendriks, Ronnie Baxter, Steve Hine, Sven Groen, Paul Rowley, Scott Darbyshire, Mickey Mansell, Chris Quantock, John Norman, Darren Johnson, Madars Razma

DAY 1 – Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton and Jim Brown

DAY 2 – Ting Chi Royden Lam, Maik Langendorf, Richard North and Ritchie Edhouse

Day 3 – John Part, Richie Burnett, Steve Lennon and Scott Taylor

Day 4 – Martin Schindler, Kirk Shepherd, Antonio Alcinas and Paul Nicholson

QSOoM Table Tour Cards

(12 Tour Card winners): Jamie Bain, Jimmy Hendriks, Ronnie Baxter, Steve Hine, Sven Groen, Paul Rowley, Scott Darbyshire, Mickey Mansell, Chris Quantock, John Norman, Darren Johnson, Madars Razma

2017 PDC Qualifying School

Day 4 Sunday January 22nd

First Round:
Carl Wilkinson bye
David Evans bye
Connor Scutt bye
Ryan De Vreede 5-1 David Wilson
Ben Songhurst 5-0 Andy Nye
Jason Lovett 5-4 Dean Stewart
Michel van der Horst 5-1 Karsten Kornath
Matthew Edgar 5-0 Paddy Boyce
Jim Walker bye
Christopher Dale bye
Fynn Marquardt bye
Wayne Crossley bye
Roxy-James Rodriguez 5-4 Ryan Harrington
Nigel Heydon 5-0 Steven Harbert
Paul Rowley 5-3 Douglas Low
James Hajdar 5-4 Tony Cole
Kieran Evans bye
Sam Hamilton bye
Callum Mackay bye
Edward Lovely bye
Sascha Hertrich 5-3 John Crossley
Dragutin Horvat 5-0 Damien O’Driscoll
Diogo Portela 5-4 Martin Thomas
Jay Foreman 5-0 Jamie Cooper
Jerry Hendriks bye
Stephen Gallimore bye
Jon Jukes bye
Alan McNiven bye
Paul Harvey 5-3 Sheamus Hagan
Mickey Mansell 5-3 Ricky Sudale
Philip Canty 5-2 Sean Ryan
Steven Marfleet 5-3 Matthew Moore
Martin Schindler bye
Jose Henrique Pinto De Sena bye
Sven Groen bye
Nick Jennings bye
Nolan Arendse 5-2 Jay Murphy
Matthew Watson 5-3 Jamie Branton
Stuart Bousfield 5-3 Shane Reidy
Kelvin Hart v Joe Davis
Andrew Howarth bye
Steve Hine bye
Simon Cassidy bye
Davyd Venken bye
Kevin Thomas 5-2 Aaron Stevens
Nick Fullwell 5-0 Jim McKevitt
Michael Burgoine 5-2 Adrian Gray
Luke Humphries 5-1 Dan Harrington
Adam Hunt bye
Lennart Curt Efraimsson bye
Laim Last bye
Scott Dale bye
Bradley Brooks 5-4 Billy Gallie
Tony Lincoln 5-0 Andrew Belton
Warrick Scheffer 5-0 Jose Ventura Seijas Ramos
Joe Croft 5-0 Dorion Hall
Samuel Fuller bye
Stephen Butkeraitis bye
Christian Kallinger bye
Boris Koltsov bye
Bernd Roith 5-1 Jamie Robinson
Martyn Turner 5-0 Richard Onions
Kevin Simm 5-1 Danny Kay
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-1 Luke Ely
Shawn Burt bye
Andrew Edwards bye
Laurie Selby bye
Eikichi Nakanishi bye
Chris Ware 5-0 Garath Illidge
Dyson Parody 5-0 Billy Holmes
Terry Roach 5-1 Peter Fisher
Colin Littlecott 5-1 Michael Wood
Paul Milford bye
Kirk Shepherd bye
Paul Osmotherley bye
Thomas Pavarotti bye
John McCafferty 5-0 Steve Kingdon
Michael Plooy 5-0 Ian Moss
Chris White 5-1 Rob Holroyd
Kevin McDine 5-4 Nigel Daniels
Mark Frost bye
Andy Smith bye
Chris Quantock bye
Manuel Vilerio bye
Bradley Williams 5-0 Michael Regus
Sam Head 5-3 Wilco Vermeulen
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Scott Rollings
Mareno Michels 5-2 Adam Huckvale
Steve Randall bye
Mick Todd bye
John Bryan bye
James Hubbard bye
Curtis Hammond 5-0 Marko Puls
Ryan Murray 5-1 Dean Hyde
Emre Toros 5-0 Ryan Hart
George Killington 5-2 Jack Bannister
Alan Tabern bye
Justin Broton bye
Mark Devon bye
Thom Humphrey bye
Paul Smith 5-4 Dave Honey
Chris Hartrey 5-0 David Jamieson
Craig Gilchrist 5-1 Stuart Dutton
Harry Ward 5-1 Evan Wilson
Mario Robbe bye
Ioannis Selachoglou bye
Rusty-Jake Rodriguz bye
Tatu Pehkonen bye
Mark Dudbridge 5-1 Dave Ladley
Darren Johnson 5-2 Jamie Guilfoyle
Andy White 5-1 Michael van Dijk
Kelvin Self 5-4 Nigel Pinchen
Gabriel Florin Olar bye
James Clifton bye
Robert Marijanovic bye
Teuvo Haverinin bye
Duvaan Ata 5-0 Bobby Crozier
WIlly van de Wiel 5-2 David Read
Ronnie Baxter 5-1 Jacob Cooksey
Kentaro Suzuki 5-3 Arron Wike
Michael Rasztovits bye
Scott Newton bye
Ricky Palmer bye
James Young bye
Mark Wilson 5-4 Andy Hutchings
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Shaun Carroll
Tony Martin 5-3 Allan Candlish
Callum Loose 5-1 Mark Forman
Nigel Russell bye
Kevin McKinney bye
Jimmy Hendriks bye
Coni Singh Nagi bye
Daniel Smith 5-1 Alan Wilkinson
Keita Ono 5-3 Tom Heldt
Madars Razma 5-2 Kevin Dowling
Michael Blake 5-4 Craig Ingram
Martin Kast bye
Kai Fan Leung bye
Alexander Elia bye
Eelco Sieperda bye
Benjamin van Ervan 5-2 Kenneth Bramall
Colin Roelofs 5-0 Ross Rimmer
Evander Stevenson 5-2 Ricky Nathan
Tom Lonsdale 5-1 Matthias Dietrich
Ian Moar bye
Eddie White bye
Lee Morris bye
David O’Donovan bye
David Marson 5-2 Lee Siddle
Ben Adams 5-3 Stephen Cotter
Ashley Holgate 5-2 Brian Doran
Charlie Jackson 5-1 Greg Ritchie
Wayne Jones bye
Jose Sousa bye
Lee Watkins bye
Colin Fowler bye
Pete Dyos 5-4 Julio Barbero Gonzalez
Scott Darbyshire 5-3 Carlos Rodriguez
Richard Calvert 5-0 Lewis Coult
Neil Meneer 5-3 George Gardner
Derek Brand bye
Jamie Landon bye
Ian Hurley bye
Rene Eidams bye
Michael Power 5-3 Chris Matthews
Barrie Bates 5-2 Sean Johnson
Tim Hope 5-2 Stuart Stubbs
Ian Withers 5-1 John Power
Robert Norster bye
Josh Wills bye
Dean Forde bye
Andreas Hajimena bye
Nathan Rafferty 5-0 Alan Jamieson
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-3 Dale Gadsby
Nicholas Bloor 5-0 Jay McCann
Barry Lynn 5-4 Francis Carragher
David King bye
Pierre Finck bye
Haruki Muramatsu bye
Roland Lenngren bye
Karl Merchant 5-2 Michael Tafner
John Brown 5-4 Steve McNally
Stef Macare 5-3 Justin Bradshaw
Rob Hewson 5-2 Richard Platt
Jim Moston bye
Rhys Julian bye
Paul Phillips bye
Sonny Johal bye
Antonio Alcinas 5-3 Colin Osborne
Ron Seddon 5-1 Mike Norton
Lee Moffat 5-1 David Neale
Par Riihonen 5-1 Nicholas Lewis
Dylan Duo bye
Jesus Noguera Perea bye
Ian Lever bye
Ken MacNeil bye
Peter Hudson 5-3 David Fatum
Andrew Johnson 5-0 Chris Hornby
Andrew Currivan 5-2 Yuki Yamada
Ben Ward 5-3 Nathan Derry
Rhys Jackson bye
Richie Howson bye
Morgan Smith bye
Matthew Clarke bye
Bryan De Hoog 5-0 Daniel Dootson
Arjan Konterman 5-4 Stuart Harding
Alan Tabern Jnr 5-4 Max Baulcomb
Robert Fuller 5-4 Callan Rydz
Robert Hughes bye
Mark Baxter bye
Daniel Cole bye
John Jnr Norman bye
Kurt Parry 5-4 Kevin Burness
Michael Huntley 5-0 Andrew Poynton
Shaun Matthews 5-4 Kevin Veenstra
Charlie Symons 5-4 Stephen Limer
Michael Barnard bye
Michael Kavanagh bye
Barry Morgan bye
Nathan Aspinall bye
Reece Robinson 5-2 Steve Douglas
Nicholas Ellis 5-0 Keith Robert Carter
Sandy Morrison 5-2 Lars Reinecke
Adam Smith-Neale 5-1 Matt Padgett
Gary Stone bye
Danny Bosch bye
Justin Smith bye
Micky Stocks bye
Jamie Bain 5-1 Jason Marriott
Steve Brown 5-2 Stephen Silver
Marc Dewsbury 5-3 Jason Wilson
Eddie Dootson 5-1 Marco Smit
Keith James Bassett bye
Gary Gullen bye
Oskar Lukasiak bye
Richard Baillie bye
Mark Hylton 5-1 John Purcell
James Lane 5-2 William Stallard
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Kevin Lane
Jordan Boyce 5-1 Craig Reeves
Carlo van Peer bye
Maik Kuivenhoven bye
Hayden Barnes bye
Peter Mitchell bye
Steve Hattersley 5-3 John Gibson
Jack Todd 5-0 Nathan Richards
Josh McCarthy 5-2 Darren Brown
Dawson Murschell 5-2 Stuart Stubbs Snr
Paul cook bye
Gary Broomhead bye
Rohit Rabadia bye
Roy Morris bye
Martin Lukeman 5-4 Shouichi Hayashi
Jason Lowe 5-4 Ricardo Fernandez Carballo
Paul Fellows 5-2 Steve Smith
Jeff Batham 5-0 Joshua Richardson

Second Round
David Evans 5-3 Carl Wilkinson
Ryan de Vreede 5-3 Connor Scutt
Jason Lovett 5-4 Ben Songhurst
Michel van der Horst 5-1 Matthew Edgar
Jim Walker 5-0 Christopher Dale
Wayne Crossley 5-1 Finn Marquardt
Roxy James-Rodriguez 5-4 Nigel Heydon
Paul Rowley 5-0 James Hajdar
Sam Hamilton 5-0 Kieran Evans
Edward Lovely 5-4 Callum Mackay
Dragutin Horvat 5-0 Sascha Hertrich
Diogo Portela 5-3 Jay Foreman
Jerry Hendriks 5-0 Stephen Gallimore
Jon Jukes 5-0 Alan McNiven
Mickey Mansell 5-2 Paul Harvey
Steven Marfleet 5-0 Philip Canty
Martin Schindler 5-4 Jose Henrique Pinto de Sena
Sven Groen 5-3 Nick Jennings
Nolan Arendse 5-0 Matthew Watson
Stuart Bousfield 5-4 Joe Davis
Steve Hine 5-4 Andrew Howarth
Davyd Venken 5-4 Simon Cassidy
Kein Thomas 5-3 Nick Fullwell
Luke Humphries 5-2 Michael Burgoine
Adam Hunt 5-1 Lennart Curt Efraimsson
Liam Last 5-4 Scott Dale
Tony Lincoln 5-1 Bradley Brooks
Warrick Scheffer 5-1 Joe Croft
Samuel Fuller 5-0 Stephen Butkeraitis
Christian Kallinger 5-3 Boris Koltsov
Bernd Roith 5-3 Martyn Turner
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-3 Kevin Simm
Shawn Burt 5-1 Andrew Edwards
Eikichi Nakanishi 5-1 Laurie Selby
Chris Ware 5-4 Dyson Parody
Terry Roach 5-1 Collin Littlecott
Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Paul Milford
Paul Osmotherley 5-0 Thomas Pavarotti
John McCafferty 5-3 Michael Plooy
Chris White 5-3 Kevin McDine
Mark Frost 5-3 Andy Smith
Chris Quantock Bye (Manuel Vilerio timed out)
Bradley Williams 5-4 Sam Head
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Mareno Michels
Mick Todd 5-0 Steve Randall
James Hubbard 5-3 John Bryan
Ryan Murray 5-2 Curtis Hammond
Emre Toros 5-4 George Killington
Alan Tabern 5-0 Justin Broton
Thom Humphrey 5-4 Mark Devon
Paul Smith 5-4 Chris Hartrey
Harry Ward 5-1 Craig Gilchrist
Mario Robe 5-1 Ioannis Selachoglou
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-3 Tatu Pehkonen
Darren Johnson 5-3 Mark Dudbridge
Andy White 5-4 Kelvin Self
James Clifton 5-2 Gabriel Florin Olar
Robert Marijanovic 5-3 Teuvo Haverinen
Willy van de Wiel 5-3 Divan Ata
Ronnie Baxter 5-0 Kentaro Suzuki
Michael Rasztovits 5-0 Scott Newton
Ricky Palmer 5-4 James Young
Luke Woodhouse 5-4 Mark Wilson
Callum Loose 5-4 Tony Martin
Kevin McKinney 5-0 Nigel Russell
Jimmy Hendriks 5-1 Coni Singh Nagi
Keita Ono 5-4 Daniel Smith
Michael Blake 5-3 Madars Razma
Kai Fan Leung 5-0 Martin Kask
Eelco Sieperda 5-1 Alexander Elia
Colin Roelofs 5-0 Benjamin van Erven
Tom Lonsdale 5-1 Evander Stevenson
Eddie White 5-0 Ian Moar
Lee Morris 5-1 David O’Donovan
David Marson 5-0 Ben Adams
Charlie Jackson 5-1 Ashley Holgate
Wayne Jones 5-4 Jose Sousa
Colin Fowler 5-0 Lee Watkins
Scott Darbyshire 5-3 Pete Dyos
Neil Meener 5-1 Richard Calvert
Jamie Landon 5-2 Derek Brand
Rene Eidams 5-0 Ian Hurley
Barrie Bates 5-1 Michael Power
Tim Hope 5-4 Ian Withers
Robert Norster 5-4 Josh Wills
Dean Forde 5-4 Andreas Hajimina
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-2 Nathan Rafferty
Barry Lynn 5-2 Nicholas Bloor
David King 5-0 Pierre Finck
Haruki Muramatsu 5-1 Rolan Lenngren
John Brown 5-2 Karl Merchant
Rob Hewson 5-2 Stef Macare
Rhys Julian 5-0 Jim Motson
Paul Phillips 5-0 Sonny Johal
Antonio Alcinas 5-2 Ron Seddon
Lee Moffat v Par Riihonen
Jesus Noguera Perea 5-1 Dylan Duo
Ken Macneil 5-4 Ian Lever
Peter Hudson 5-2 Andrew Johnson
Ben Ward 5-4 Andrew Currivan
Richie Howson 5-2 Rhys Jackson
Morgan Smith 5-3 Matthew Clarke
Bryan de Hoog 5-3 Arjan Konterman
Alan Tabern Jnr 5-3 Robert Fuller
Robert Hughes 5-2 Mark Baxter
John Norman 5-0 Daniel Cole
Michael Huntley 5-4 Kurt Parry
Charlie Symons 5-0 Shaun Matthews
Michael Barnard 5-0 Michael Kavanagh
Nathan Aspinall 5-0 Barry Morgan
Reece Robinson 5-1 Nicholas Ellis
Adam Smith-Neale 5-3 Sandy Morrison
Gary Stone 5-1 Danny Bosch
Micky Stocks 5-3 Justin Smith
Jamie Bain 5-2 Steve Brown
Eddie Dootson 5-0 Marc Dewsbury
Gary Gullan 5-0 Keith James Bassett
Richard Baillie 5-2 Oskar Lukasiak
Mark Hylton 5-3 James Lane
Paul Nicholson 5-0 Jordan Boyce
Maik Kuivenhoven 5-0 Oskar Lukasiak
Peter Mitchell 5-0 Hayden Barnes
Jack Todd 5-2 Steve Hattersley
Josh McCarthy 5-2 Dawson Murschell
Paul Cook 5-0 Gary Broomhead
Roy Morris 5-0 Rohit Rabadia
Martin Lukeman 5-4 Jason Lowe
Jeff Batham 5-3 Paul Fellows

Third Round
Ryan de Vreede 5-3 David Evans
Michel van der Horst 5-3 Jason Lovett
Jim Walker 5-0 Wayne Crossley
Paul Rowley 5-4 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Edward Lovely 5-0 Sam Hamilton
Diogo Portela 5-2 Dragutin Horvat
Jerry Hendriks 5-3 Jon Jukes
Mickey Mansell 5-3 Steven Marfleet
Martin Schindler 5-0 Sven Groen
Nolan Arendse 5-1 Stuart Bousfield
Davyd Venken 5-3 Steve Hine
Kevin Thomas 5-4 Luke Humphries
Liam Last 5-3 Adam Hunt
Warrick Scheffer 5-4 Tony Lincoln
Christian Kallinger 5-2 Samuel Fuller
Zoran Lerchbacher 5-2 Bernd Roith
Eikichi Nakanishi 5-4 Shawn Burt
Terry Roach 5-3 Chris Ware
Kirk Shepherd 5-3 Paul Osmotherley
Chris White 5-3 John McCafferty
Chris Quantock 5-3 Mark Frost
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Bradley Williams
Mick Todd 5-1 James Hubbard
Ryan Murray 5-1 Emre Toros
Alan Tabern 5-1 Thom Humphrey
Paul Smith 5-4 Harry Ward
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-4 Mario Robbe
Darren Johnson 5-1 Mario Robbe
Robert Marijanovic 5-1 James Clifton
Ronnie Baxter 5-4 Willy van de Wiel
Michael Rasztovits 5-4 Ricky Palmer
Luke Woodhouse 5-3 Callum Loose
Jimmy Hendriks 5-3 Kevin McKinney
Michael Blake 5-2 Keita Ono
Eelco Sieperda 5-1 Kai Fan Leung
Colin Roelofs 5-2 Tom Lonsdale
Eddie White 5-4 Lee Morris
Charlie Jackson 5-1 David Marson
Wayne Jones 5-2 Colin Fowler
Scott Darbyshire 5-4 Neil Meneer
Jamie Landon 5-0 Rene Eidams
Tim Hope 5-4 Barrie Bates
Dean Forde 5-0 Robert Norster
Radoslaw Szaganski 5-1 Barry Lynn
Haruki Muramatsu 5-4 David King
Rob Hewson 5-1 John Brown
Paul Phillips 5-3 Rhys Julian
Antonio Alcinas 5-4 Par Riihonen
Ken Macneil 5-1 Jesus Noguera Perea
Peter Hudson 5-2 Ben Ward
Richie Howson 5-2 Morgan Smith
Bryan de Hoog 5-3 Alan Tabern Jnr
John Norman 5-1 Robert Hughes
Michael Huntley 5-3 Charlie Symons
Michael Barnard 5-2 Nathan Aspinall
Reece Robinson 5-1 Adam Smith-Neale
Gary Stone 5-3 Micky Stocks
Jamie Bain 5-4 Eddie Dootson
Richard Baillie 5-3 Gary Gullan
Paul Nicholson 5-3 Mark Hylton
Peter Mitchell 5-3 Mark Kuivenhoven
Jack Todd 5-3 Josh McCarthy
Paul Cook 5-2 Roy Morris
Jeff Batham 5-3 Martin Lukeman

Fourth Round
Michel van der Horst 5-3 Ryan de Vreede
Paul Rowley 5-2 Jim Walker
Diogo Portela 5-1 Edward Lovely
Mickey Mansell 5-4 Jerry Hendriks
Martin Schindler 5-4 Nolan Arendse
Davyd Venken 5-3 Kevin Thomas
Warrick Scheffer 5-2 Liam Last
Christian Kallinger 5-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Terry Roach 5-1 Eikichi Nakanishi
Kirk Shepherd 5-0 Chris White
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Chris Quantock
Mick Todd 5-0 Ryan Murray
Alan Tabern 5-3 Paul Smith
Darren Johnson 5-3 Rusty Jake Rodriguez
Ronnie Baxter 5-4 Robert Marijanovic
Luke Woodhouse 5-3 Michael Rasztovits
Jimmy Hendriks 5-2 Michael Blake
Kai Fan Leung 5-4 Colin Roelofs
Eddie White 5-2 Charlie Jackson
Scott Darbyshire 5-4 Wayne Jones
Jamie Landon 5-2 Tim Hope
Dean Forde 5-0 Radoslaw Szaganski
Haruki Muramatsu 5-2 Rob Hewson
Antonio Alcinas 5-0 Paul Phillips
Peter Hudson 5-3 Ken Macneil
Bryan de Hoog 5-0 Richie Howson
John Norman 5-3 Michael Huntley
Michael Barnard 5-3 Reece Robinson
Gary Stone 5-3 Jamie Bain
Paul Nicholson 5-0 Richard Baillie
Peter Mitchell 5-3 Jack Todd
Paul Cook 5-3 Jeff Batham

Fifth Round
Paul Rowley 5-2 Michel van der Horst
Diogo Portela 5-3 Mickey Mansell
Martin Schindler 5-3 Davyd Venken
Warrick Scheffer 5-1 Christian Kallinger
Kirk Shepherd 5-2 Terry Roach
Stuart Kellett 5-3 Mick Todd
Darren Johnson 5-4 Alan Tabern
Ronnie Baxter 5-3 Luke Woodhouse
Jimmy Hendriks 5-0 Kai Fan Leung
Scott Darbyshire 5-3 Eddie White
Dean Forde 5-1 Jamie Landon
Antonio Alcinas 5-4 Haruki Muramatsu
Bryan do Hoog 5-4 Peter Hudson
John Norman 5-4 Michael Barnard
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Gary Stone
Paul Cook 5-3 Peter Mitchell

Sixth Round
Paul Rowley 5-4 Diogo Portela
Martin Schindler 5-2 Warrick Scheffer
Kirk Shepherd 5-4 Stuart Kellett
Ronnie Baxter 5-2 Darren Johnson
Jimmy Hendriks 5-3 Scott Darbyshire
Antonio Alcinas 5-0 Dean Forde
Bryan de Hoog 5-3 John Normal
Paul Nicholson 5-3 Paul Cook

Seventh Round
Paul Rowley 3-5 Martin Schindler
Kirk Shepherd 5-0 Ronnie Baxter
Jimmy Hendriks v Antonio Alcinas
Paul Nicholson 5-1 Bryan de Hoog

Tour Card Winners
Kirk Shepherd
Paul Nicholson
Martin Schindler
Antonio Alcinas


Top 32 from QSOoM who can enter ET UKQ

Full table TBC this week following full and final check.
All players who have 5 points or more on the QSOoM (UK, Ireland and N Ireland) are eligible to enter UKQ for ET events.

Template - Date: PDC Tour Cards 2017

The top 64 players from the PDC Order of Merit at the start of the year, following the William Hill World Darts Championship, hold a one-year Tour Card for 2017.


The top 64 are joined by the remainder of the Tour Card winners from the 2016 Qualifying School and the players who won Tour Cards via the PDC Unicorn Challenge and Development Tours, plus the Scandinavian Darts Corporation’s in 2015.

The 2016 Tour Cards via the PDC Unicorn Challenge and Development Tours join the remaining 28 places which have now been confirmed from the 2017 PDC Q-School to make 128.


PDC Order of Merit Top (64):

Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Phil Taylor, Dave Chisnall, Mensur Suljovic, Jelle Klaasen, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael Smith, Robert Thornton, Kim Huybrechts, Ian White, Benito van de Pas, Simon Whitlock, Terry Jenkins, Alan Norris, Stephen Bunting, Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney, Mervyn King, Mark Webster, Brendan Dolan, Vincent van de Voort, Justin Pipe, Steve Beaton, Joe Cullen, Jamie Caven, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Lewis, Darren Webster, Andrew Gilding, John Henderson, Cristo Reyes, James Wilson, Joe Murnan, Max Hopp, Cristian Kist, Robbie Green, Rowby John-Rodriguez, Chris Dobey, Steve West, Keegan Brown, Kevin Painter, Josh Payne, Ronny Huybrechts, Ricky Evans, Jermaine Wattimena, Devon Peterson, Dimitri van den Bergh, Jonny Clayton, Andy Hamilton, David Pallett, Jan Dekker, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Andy Boulton, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Wes Newton, Jeffrey de Graaf, Mick McGowan, Andy Jenkins, Ron Meulenkamp, William O’Connor.
(All Confirmed)

Further Two-Year Tour Card Holders (27) from QS 2016

John Bowles, Simon Stevenson, Andy Parsons, Ricky Williams, Jonathan Worsley, James Richardson, Ted Evetts, Ryan Meikle, Ray Campbell, Tony Newell, Brian Woods, Ryan Palmer, Ross Smith, Yordi Meeuwisse, Vincent Kamphuis, Mark Walsh, John Michael, Dick van Dijk, Harry Robinson, Mark Barilli, Matt Clark, Terry Temple, Darron Brown, Dennis Smith, Simon Preston, Matthew Dennant, Robert Owen.
(All Confirmed)

2015 PDC Unicorn Development Tour (2):

Mike De Decker, Berry van Peer.
(Both Confirmed)

2016 PDC Unicorn Development Tour (2):

Ross Twell, Aden Kirk.
(Both Confirmed)

2015 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour (2):

Richie Corner, Shaun Griffiths.
(Both Confirmed)

2016 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour (2):

Rob Cross, Ryan Searle
(Both Confirmed)

2015 Scandinavian Darts Corporation OoM Winner (1):

Kim Viljanen.

PDC QS 2017 (28):

Prakash Jiwa, Lee Bryant, Stephen Burton, Jim Brown, Richard North, Ritchie Edhouse, Ting Chi Royden Lam, Maik Langendorf, Scott Taylor, Richie Burnett, John Part, Steve Lennon, Martin Schindler, Kirk Shepherd, Antonio Alcinas, Paul Nicholson, Jamie Bain, Jimmy Hendriks, Ronnie Baxter, Steve Hine, Sven Groen, Paul Rowley, Scott Darbyshire, Mickey Mansell, Chris Quantock, John Norman, Darren Johnson, Madars Razma.


1 Bain, Jamie 17
2 Hendriks, Jimmy 16
3 Baxter, Ronnie 15
3 Hine, Steve 15
3 Groen, Sven 15
6 Rowley, Paul 14
6 Darbyshire, Scott 14
6 Mansell, Mickey 14
9 Quantock, Chris 12
10 Norman, John jnr 11
10 Johnson, Darren 11
10 Razma, Madars 11
13 Hoog, Bryan de 10
13 Edgar, Matthew 10
15 Scheffer, Warrick 9
15 Muramatsu, Haruki 9
15 Landon, Jamie 9
15 Harvey, Paul 9
15 Sousa, Jose 9
20 Kellett, Stuart 8
20 Hudson, Peter 8
20 Mitchell, Peter 8
20 Roach, Terry 8
20 Todd, Mick 8
20 Thomas, Kevin 8
20 Lerchbacher, Zoran 8
20 Roelofs, Colin 8
20 Szaganski, Radoslaw 8
20 Hunt, Adam 8
20 Jacques, Peter 8
31 Portela, Diogo 7
31 Kallinger, Christian 7
31 Stone, Gary 7
31 Jones, Wayne 7
31 Walker, Jim 7
31 Rydz, Callan 7
31 Koltsov, Boris 7
31 Douglas, Steve 7
39 Forde, Dean 6
39 Horst, Michel van der 6
39 Robinson, Reece 6
39 Rasztovits, Michael 6
39 Aspinall, Nathan 6
39 Wilson, Jason 6
39 Gray, Adrian 6
39 Smith, Justin 6
39 Gilchrist, Craig 6
39 Fatum, David 6
49 Cook, Paul 5
49 Barnard, Michael 5
49 Tabern, Alan 5
49 White, Eddie 5
49 Leung, Kai Fan 5
49 Woodhouse, Luke 5
49 Rodriguez, Rusty-Jake 5
49 Hewson, Rob 5
49 Last, Liam 5
49 Marijanovic, Robert 5
49 Loose, Callum 5
49 Lukeman, Martin 5
49 Fuller, Samuel 5
49 Frost, Mark 5
49 Pinchen, Nigel 5
49 Fullwell, Nick 5
49 Martin, Tony 5
49 Nathan, Ricky 5
49 Plooy, Michael 5
68 Venken, Davyd 4
68 Jackson, Charlie 4
68 Hendriks, Jerry 4
68 Arendse, Nolan 4
68 Murray, Ryan 4
68 Todd, Jack 4
68 Lovely, Edward 4
68 Hope, Tim 4
68 Lovett, Jason 4
68 Lynn, Barry 4
68 Roith, Bernd 4
68 Hughes, Robert 4
68 Hylton, Mark 4
68 Bates, Barrie 4
68 Lincoln, Tony 4
68 Perea, Jesus Noguera 4
68 Wiel, Willy van de 4
68 Jukes, Jon 4
68 Dewsbury, Marc 4
68 Forman, Mark 4
68 Derry, Nathan 4
68 Vermeulen, Wilco 4
68 Wilkinson, Carl 4
68 Peer, Carlo van 4
68 Hajdar, James 4
68 McDine, Kevin 4
68 Harrington, Ryan 4
68 Carroll, Shaun 4
68 Milford, Paul 4
68 Michels, Mareno 4
68 Konterman, Arjan 4
99 Baillie, Richard 3
99 Blake, Michael 3
99 Howson, Richie 3
99 Nakanishi, Eikichi 3
99 Vreede, Ryan de 3
99 Kuivenhoven, Maik 3
99 McKinney, Kevin 3
99 Palmer, Ricky 3
99 Ward, Harry 3
99 Williams, Bradley 3
99 Morris, Lee 3
99 Osmotherley, Paul 3
99 Smith-Neale, Adam 3
99 Ware, Chris 3
99 Evans, David 3
99 Ward, Ben 3
99 Burt, Shawn 3
99 Horvat, Dragutin 3
99 Garcia, Kevin 3
99 Rafferty, Nathan 3
99 Smith, Andy 3
99 Silver, Stephen 3
99 Sudale, Ricky 3
99 Gardner, George 3
99 Dudbridge, Mark 3
99 Moss, Ian 3
99 Ladley, Dave 3
99 Heydon, Nigel 3
99 Lane, Kevin 3
99 Lowe, Jason 3
99 Russell, Paul 3
99 Shewan, Lee 3
131 Batham, Jeff 2
131 Huntley, Michael 2
131 MacNeil, Ken 2
131 Phillips, Paul 2
131 Smith, Paul 2
131 White, Chris 2
131 Clifton, James 2
131 Julian, Rhys 2
131 Riihonen, Par 2
131 Fowler, Colin 2
131 Hamilton, Sam 2
131 Marson, David 2
131 Stocks, Micky 2
131 Brown, John 2
131 Humphries, Luke 2
131 King, David 2
131 McCarthy, Josh 2
131 Morris, Roy 2
131 Ono, Keita 2
131 Rodriguez, Roxy-James 2
131 Court, John 2
131 Evans, Steve 2
131 Howarth, Andrew 2
131 Withers, Ian 2
131 Young, James 2
131 Fellows, Paul 2
131 Lever, Ian 2
131 Dootson, Daniel 2
131 Jennings, Nick 2
131 Songhurst, Ben 2
131 Brown, Steve 2
131 Daniels, Nigel 2
131 Dowling, Kevin 2
131 Lukasiak, Oskar 2
131 Norton, Mike 2
131 Pehkonen, Tatu 2
131 Robinson, Jamie 2
131 Stewart, Dean 2
131 Wilson, Mark 2
131 Gonzalez, Julio Barbero 2
131 Hajimina, Andreas 2
131 Padgett, Matt 2
131 Dijk, Michael van 2
131 Honey, Dave 2
131 Killington, George 2
131 Stephenson, Mark 2
131 Yamada, Yuki 2
178 Bousfield, Stuart 1
178 Crossley, Wayne 1
178 Dootson, Eddie 1
178 Eidams, Rene 1
178 Gullan, Gary 1
178 Hubbard, James 1
178 Humphrey, Thom 1
178 Lonsdale, Tom 1
178 Marfleet, Steven 1
178 McCafferty, John 1
178 Meneer, Neil 1
178 Norster, Robert 1
178 Robbe, Mario 1
178 Sieperda, Eelco 1
178 Smith, Morgan 1
178 Symons, Charlie 1
178 Tabern, Alan jnr 1
178 Toros, Emre 1
178 White, Andy 1
178 Brown, Darren 1
178 Calvert, Richard 1
178 Cole, Tony 1
178 Devon, Mark 1
178 Evans, Kieran 1
178 Gadsby, Dale 1
178 Hart, Ryan 1
178 Hattersley, Steve 1
178 Holroyd, Rob 1
178 Johnson, Andrew 1
178 Kay, Danny 1
178 Locke, Ian 1
178 Nagi, Coni Singh 1
178 O’Donovan, David 1
178 Ryan, Sean 1
178 Smith, Steve 1
178 Stevenson, Evander 1
178 Wilkinson, Alan 1
178 Wilson, Evan 1
178 Adams, Ben 1
178 Birch, Nigel 1
178 Boyce, Paddy 1
178 Burgoine, Michael 1
178 Burkhill, Trevor 1
178 Carballo, Ricardo Fernandez 1
178 Currivan, Andrew 1
178 Dale, Scott 1
178 De Sena, Jose Henrique Pinto 1
178 Dietrich, Matthias 1
178 Dutton, Stuart 1
178 Edwards, Allan 1
178 Fuller, Robert 1
178 Gibson, John 1
178 Hartrey, Chris 1
178 Lawrence, Mark 1
178 Mathews, Chris 1
178 McDonnell, Kevin 1
178 Morrison, Sandy 1
178 Murschell, Dawson 1
178 Parry, Kurt 1
178 Purcell, John 1
178 Randall, Dai 1
178 Seddon, Ron 1
178 Simm, Kevin 1
178 Stubbs, Stuart snr 1
178 Turner, Martyn 1
178 Wood, Michael 1
178 Branton, Jamie 1
178 Broomhead, Gary 1
178 Burness, Kevin 1
178 Crozier, Bobby 1
178 Davis, Joe 1
178 Gallimore, Stephen 1
178 Hagan, Sheamus 1
178 Hart, Kelvin 1
178 Johnson, Sean 1
178 Matthews, Shaun 1
178 Moffatt, Lee 1
178 Power, Michael 1
178 Poynton, Andrew 1
178 Puls, Marko 1
178 Rimmer, Ross 1
178 Smith, Daniel 1
178 Thomas, Martin 1
178 Westgarth, Mark 1

Template - Date: PDC Awards

The Dutch superstar won 25 tournaments during an amazing 2016 before recapturing the William Hill World Darts Championship title on Monday with his thrilling victory over Gary Anderson.

Van Gerwen’s dominance of the circuit was matched by his haul of four trophies at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner, which was held at The Dorchester in London on Wednesday.

Having earlier been voted by his fellow competitors as the PDPA Players’ Player of the Year and by fans worldwide as the PDC Fans’ Player of the Year, van Gerwen later the scooped the top honour of PDC Player of the Year – which he had shared with Anderson 12 months ago.

The 27-year-old also took home the Best ProTour Player award after winning £270,000 in the PDC’s non-televised events during 2016, taking victory in six European Tour events, five Players Championships and three UK Open Qualifiers.

“I love winning trophies and this is a memorable night for me,” said Van Gerwen. “This is fantastic.

“Everyone keeps pushing each other and playing better and better, and we’re happy that we are part of this game. We have a great sport and I hope we can have many more years like this.

“We all work really hard for it and people might not understand what we sacrifice but it’s very difficult but I love it, I love what I do and I hope I can do much more in the future as well because I want to be number one and stay number one.”

Benito van de Pas was named as the Young Player of the Year, having established himself amongst the world’s top 16 over the past year and won three Players Championship events in the process.

Austrian star Mensur Suljovic was named as the Most Improved Player, after winning his first ranking title and reaching the Unibet European Championship final during his rise into the world’s top ten.

Phil Taylor was awarded the Televised Performance of the Year for his display as he won the inaugural Unibet Champions League of Darts in September, where he defeated Van Gerwen in the final.

Three-time World Champion and former Las Vegas Desert Classic winner John Part was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame to recognise his achievements as the sport’s most successful North American player.

“I love darts and I think there are a lot of great, fantastic things happening in the game,” said Part. “It’s been really wonderful, and I’m so happy to have been at the onset of the current game, and to get some acknowledgement of that is fantastic.

“All I’ve ever done is play a game I love, and I got to keep going to different places and do a lot more than play darts, and I’ve had a lot of good times. This means a great deal to me.”

The night also saw the presentation of commemorative pin badges to the players who achieved a nine-dart finish in 2016, including to Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Alan Norris for their televised perfect legs.

A special programme from the PDC Annual Awards Dinner will be shown on ITV later in January, with broadcast times to be confirmed at www.pdc.tv.

John Part

Gold Pin Badges (Televised Events)
Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, Alan Norris
Silver Pin Badges (Non-Televised Events)
Ross Smith, Jamie Caven, Mark Dudbridge, Richie Corner, Michael van Gerwen Stuart Kellett, Adrian Lewis, Alan Norris, Dave Chisnall, Devon Petersen, James Richardson, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Steve Brown, Daniel Cole, Rob Cross, Richard Baillie, Jeffrey de Graaf, Yordi Meeuwisse, Simon Whitlock

Michael van Gerwen

Phil Taylor – Unibet Champions League of Darts
Michael van Gerwen – Betway Premier League (Aberdeen)
Peter Wright – SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen – William Hill World Darts Championship

Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen
James Wilson
Chris Dobey

Michael van Gerwen – with almost 50% of the vote

Michael van Gerwen – with over 50 % of the vote

Benito van de Pas
Corey Cadby
Josh Payne
Chris Dobey

Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor
Peter Wright


Template - Date: Mighty Mike is World Champion

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN was crowned as William Hill World Darts Champion for the second time after winning a breathtaking final against Gary Anderson at London’s Alexandra Palace on Monday.

The pair shared 42 180s – a record for maximums hit in any match – in a sensational decider as Van Gerwen picked up his 26th, and most prestigious, title of the last 12 months with a stunning display, as he triumphed 7-3 to deny Anderson his third straight World Championship glory.

The Dutch star followed up his brilliant semi-final win against Raymond van Barneveld, in which he posted the highest ever average in a World Championship match, with another sublime performance, averaging 107.79 to clinch the Sid Waddell Trophy. Anderson fired in 22 of the game’s 180s to break the record for 180s hit by an individual player but it wasn’t enough to stop Van Gerwen’s claiming the £350,000 prize.

The Scottish ace missed two darts to take a 3-1 lead before a crucial 86 sparked a blistering run from Van Gerwen, which saw the number one seed take five sets in a row to take control before going on to seal a memorable success. “This feels absolutely phenomenal,” said Van Gerwen, who also hit five finishes of over 100 in winning a classic final.

“I think it was a special game of darts for everyone who saw it. I’m a really happy man. I’ve worked so hard for this all year. “Everyone wants this trophy and I’m really glad that it is may holding and to win it against Gary makes it even more special. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of class and I had to play like that to beat him.

“I’ve got great support from my wife, family and all the people around me and winning this means a lot to me. Everyone said that I would have to win a second World Championship to be one of the big boys. Well I’ve done it now and it means everything to me.”

The first four sets of the final were shared, with each of them going all five legs but Anderson’s two missed set darts in the fourth, followed by Van Gerwen’s 86 finish, proved to be a huge turning point in the contest. Van Gerwen took the fifth set 3-0 and the sixth 3-1 as he embarked upon a dominant spell, adding 3-0 and 3-1 wins of sets seven and eight to close in on the title.

Anderson edged the following set 3-2, sealing it with an 81 checkout as the pair overtook the record of 180s in a match – which was set in Anderson’s final victory over Adrian Lewis last year – but Van Gerwen refused to be denied and finished 85 on the bullseye in the deciding leg of the tenth set to seal glory.


William Hill World Darts Championship

Monday January 2nd 2017 (8pm)

Final (13)
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson


Match Updates:

(107.79) Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson (104.93)

1-0 (3-2) There was at least one 180 hit in every leg in the first set as Van Gerwen defied one from Anderson in the opener with a brilliant 122 finish on the bull. The Scotsman landed a second maximum as he took the second leg with an 11-darter on tops but Van Gerwen went back ahead by pinning double five. A third 180 helped Anderson level and the pair both hit maximums in the deciding leg, which the world number one took on double 18.

1-1 (2-3) All legs continued to go with the throw as Anderson double seven after Van Gerwen had added his third 180. The following leg was the first without a maximum score as the Dutchman tied up the set with a 116 finish. Anderson moved ahead with another 180 on his tally but van Gerwen pegged bull and double top to complete a 90 checkout. Anderson took the set though, winning a deciding leg in which both players hit 180s, by finishing 80.

1-2 (2-3) Anderson got the first break of throw by taking out 52 but Van Gerwen replied with an 11-darter and then pinned double four to edge ahead. Anderson fired in a 12-darter, after van Gerwen had fired in seven perfect darts without getting a shot at winning the leg, and then punished his opponent for two missed set-darts by landing double 12 for a 13-darter to take the set.

2-2 (3-2) A fourth consecutive set went all five legs as Anderson, who hit his eight 180, landed tops after Van Gerwen had missed the bullseye for a 170 finish. The Dutchman’s sixth maximum helped him level but his seventh 180 was in vain as Anderson pegged tops. Van Gerwen sank double eight to level and grabbed a crucial break by following his eighth 180 with an 86 finish on double seven.


3-2 (3-0) Anderson missed the bull to break and was severely punished as Van Gerwen took the next three legs to extend his winning run to five in a row, thanks to finishes of 94 and 65.

4-2 (3-1) Anderson took the first leg with a 74 finish but an 11th 180 helped Van Gerwen level. He then broke by bedding double eight after Anderson had missed two darts to take the third leg, in which both players hit 180s. The Dutch ace then finished 6-4 to move two sets clear for the first time.

5-2 (3-0) Van Gerwen hit his 13th 180 and landed double 16 before the pair had a maximum apiece in the second leg, as the number one seed produced an 11-darter to break. He then executed a brilliant 125 finish to move three sets clear and two from claiming the title.

6-2 (3-1) Anderson landed double two in a scrappy first leg before Van Gerwen took finishes of 76, 75 and 100 to move within a set of victory.

6-3 (2-3) Both players hit 180s in the first leg which Van Gerwen won on double three. Anderson nailed tops to level but missed a dart to break in the following leg as Van Gerwen pinned double two. The Scotsman hit his sixth 180 and landed double eight before grabbing a set-winning 81 finish.

7-3 (3-2) Anderson fired in a 19th 180 and took out 81 again but van Gerwen’s 18th maximum, followed by an 87 finish, saw him level. Anderson landed tops before Van Gerwen took out 100 and the final leg saw both players hit 180s, taking the match tally to an incredible record-breaking 42, as Van Gerwen finished 85 on the bullseye to become World Champion for the second time.


Prize Fund

Winner £350,000
Runner-Up £160,000
Semi-Finalists £80,000
Quarter-Finalists £38,000
Third Round Losers £25,000
Second Round Losers £17,000
First Round Losers £10,000
Preliminary Round Losers £4,500
Total £1,650,000

Nine-Dart Finish Bonus £25,000

Event Stats for both players:

Gary Anderson:
1st Round Mark Frost 3-0 (96.16) ‘5’
2nd Round Andrew Gilding 4-0 (102.58) ‘6’
3rd Round Benito van de Pas 4-2 (107.68) ’11’
Quarter-Final Dave Chisnall 5-3 (105.90) ’12’
Semi-Final Peter Wright 6-3 (103.45) ’15’

Michael van Gerwen:
1st Round Kim Viljanen 3-0 (103.34) ‘5’
2nd Round Cristo Reyes 4-2 (105.24) ’11’
3rd Round Darren Webster 4-1 (104.44) ‘8’
1/4 Final Daryl Gurney 5-1 (103.08) ‘7’
Semi-Final Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 (114.05) ’15’

Template - Date: Betway Premier League 2017

The ten-player field for next year’s £825,000 tournament also featuring former champions Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld.

Dutch star Klaasen consolidated his status inside the world’s top ten during 2016, following up a run to the World Championship semi-finals by reaching the last four at the UK Open and the European Championship quarter-finals.

Klaasen previously competed in the 2009 Premier League, and will get a second chance to compete alongside the sport’s elite stars in the forthcoming season, which begins at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday February 2.

Belgian star Huybrechts also returns to make his second Premier League appearance, having previously competed in the 2015 tournament, having reached three TV quarter-finals during 2016 and the World Cup of Darts semi-finals alongside brother Ronny.

With the world’s top four players – van Gerwen, Anderson, Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis – qualifying by right, Klaasen and Huybrechts are two of the six Wildcard selections.


Six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor is a Wildcard for the first time after dropping down to sixth in the PDC Order of Merit, with fellow former champions James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld joining Dave Chisnall in completing the ten-player field.

The Betway Premier League season will see the ten players face each other once over the opening nine weeks before the bottom two players are eliminated following Judgement Night on March 30.

The remaining eight players then compete over the remaining six league nights for places in the top four to progress to the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 18, with the semi-finals and final deciding the 2017 champion.

A record £250,000 first prize is on offer for the 2017 Betway Premier League champion, with a £25,000 League Leader’s Bonus also on offer for the player who finishes the regular season at the top of the league table.


2017 Betway Premier League:

Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands) – reigning Premier League champion
Gary Anderson (Scotland) – 2011 & 2015 Premier League champion
Peter Wright (Scotland) – 2014 World Championship finalist
Adrian Lewis (England) – 2011 Premier League finalist
James Wade (England) – 2009 Premier League champion
Phil Taylor (England) – Six-time Premier League champion
Dave Chisnall (England) – 2015 Premier League semi-finalist
Jelle Klaasen (Netherlands) – 2009 Premier League competitor
Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands) – 2014 Premier League champion
Kim Huybrechts (Belgium) – 2015 Premier League competitor

Prize Fund:

Winner £250,000
Runner-Up £120,000
Semi-Finalists £80,000
Fifth Place £65,000
Sixth Place £55,000
Seventh Place £50,000
Eighth Place £45,000
Ninth Place £30,00
Tenth Place £25,000
League Leader’s Bonus £25,000
Total £825,000

2017 Betway Premier League Schedule

Night One – February 2, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Night Two – February 9, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Night Three – February 16, First Direct Arena, Leeds
Night Four – February 23, The Brighton Centre
Night Five – March 2, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Night Six – March 9, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Night Seven – March 16, Rotterdam Ahoy
Night Eight – March 23, The Manchester Arena
Judgement Night – March 30, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Night Ten – April 6, 3Arena, Dublin
Night 11 – April 13, Echo Arena, Liverpool
Night 12 – April 20, The SSE Arena, Belfast
Night 13 – April 27, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Night 14 – May 4, The Sheffield Arena
Night 15 – May 11, GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen
Play-Offs – May 18, The O2, London
For tickets, visit www.pdc.tv/tickets

Template - Date: William Hill World Championship

It’s a dream final for both men – one trying to write a Hollywood blockbuster ending to the final chapter of his career while the other is looking to complete a Cinderella story of darting rags to riches in the space of a year.

Each one of those fairy-tales is now just one match away from becoming reality at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day.

As darting legend Taylor brings the curtain down on the greatest career in the sport’s history with a 21st and last World Championship final, we could be witnessing the crowning of another superstar as the 57-year-old faces a man who has taken the event by storm on his first visit to Alexandra Palace.

There could hardly be a bigger gulf in terms of experience, with Taylor a 16-time World Champion who boasts over 100 TV tournament wins as opposed to Cross’ solitary appearance in the European Championship final in October. They pair, though, may have more in common that most would think given the plaudits Cross has been receiving this year on his meteoric rise to fame.

The 27-year-old from Hastings watched last year’s final at home and didn’t throw a dart on the ProTour until February 2017, but he’s already been likened to Taylor – even by the man himself – so it seems fitting he will be the Stoke legend’s last ever opponent.

Few people thought that 57-year-old Taylor would be able to take his swansong all the way to the final – and even the man himself said that he wasn’t playing well enough at the start of the event. However, the stars have aligned and a send-off in the biggest final in the sport is a fitting farewell to a legend.

“It’s surreal to be honest with you, it’s like I’m not even here,” said Taylor. “It’s like winning the lottery for me. “I never expected to beat Gary Anderson [in the quarter-finals], and the way Jamie [Lewis, in the semi-finals] was playing I thought I was going to be 4-0 down. “It’s a bit like John Part when he beat Kirk Shepherd in the final [in 2008], I’m just picking up the pieces to be honest with you.”

Cross is the top 180 hitter of the tournament with 55 to his name – over twice as many as Taylor with just 26 – but he’s only half a point better off in the tournament averages due to his rival’s clinical finishing after hitting 52 percent of his doubles. Hitting the right shots at the right times will also be a key factor and nobody does that better than Taylor – who won nine out of ten legs when Lewis was throwing for a set in their semi-final.

Cross also stepped up at the right times against Michael van Gerwen in his epic sudden death victory, most notably when taking out 126 and a brilliant 161 as set-clinching visits in Taylor-esque fashion. With a 30-year age gap between the two, Taylor is glad to have a day off on New Year’s Eve to recharge the batteries ahead of his big final farewell to darts.

“It will be massive,” he added. “And the best thing for me, I’ve got a day off so I can rest up. I’m shattered, two games on the trot under pressure is hard work so I’m thankful for a day off. Thank you for New Year’s Eve!

“I’m not going to practice, I’m just going to relax and get ready for the next day. Energy is all I need now. It’s hard, it really is. “I’m still playing okay, but not good enough really – I can play better.”

The rise of Cross to the top table of darts has been meteoric to say the least; with the 27-year-old having only turned pro at the start of the year and pocketing his first professional winnings in February he now plays the best player ever to pick up a dart in his last ever match – which just happens to be the World Championship final.

It’s a lot to take in but little seems to faze Cross, whose inner belief in his own ability seems to galvanise him even under the stresses and strains of tight matches on the big stage.

As Cross prepares to take on his ‘favourite player’ his Cinderella story could be a sign of things to come as he has proven that anyone with talent and hard work can get themselves to the higher echelons of darts.

“Actually, Phil said to me at the Grand Slam “me and you in the final” and now that’s come true,” revealed Cross, who is facing Taylor in competition for the first time.

“He’s my favourite player. He’s been dominant and now he’s leaving it’s going to be special for him but at the same time I’ve got to do my own job and do what I need to do to win that game. “It’s amazing, I never expected this rise. I’m just a working boy from a normal household. I believe in my ability and that’s how I got here.

“But who’s to say there’s not another person out there who can come and do all this, because it’s possible – anything’s possible. “So I’ve just got to get my head down now and focus on that game, because there’s just one game left to win the Worlds – it’s amazing.”

William Hill World Darts Championship

Monday January 1st (8pm)

Rob Cross v Phil Taylor
Best of 13 sets

Prize Money:

Winner £400,000
Runner-Up £170,000
Semi-Finalists £85,000
Quarter-Finalists £40,000
Last 16 £27,000
Last 32 £18,500
Last 64 £11,000
Preliminary Round £4,500
Total £1,800,000

Full Schedule & Results

Thursday December 14th (7pm)

Preliminary & First Rounds (P) denotes Preliminary Round
Steve Beaton 3-1 William O’Connor
James Wilson 3-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Christian Kist
Gerwyn Price 3-0 Ted Evetts

Friday December 15th (7pm)

Seigo Asada 2-1 Gordon Mathers (P)
Stephen Bunting 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Phil Taylor 3-1 Chris Dobey
Rob Cross 3-0 Seigo Asada

Saturday December 16th

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Brendan Dolan 2-0 Alan Ljubic (P)
Benito van de Pas 1-3 Steve West
Mervyn King 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Robert Thornton 3-1 Brendan Dolan
Evening Session (7pm)
Jeff Smith 2-0 Luke Humphries (P)
Joe Cullen 2-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Jan Dekker
Gary Anderson 3-0 Jeff Smith

Sunday December 17th

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Kenny Neyens 1-2 Jamie Lewis (P)
Alan Norris 3-0 Kim Viljanen
Kyle Anderson 3-1 Peter Jacques
Jonny Clayton 0-3 Jamie Lewis
Evening Session
Willard Bruguier 1-2 Cody Harris (P)
James Wade 2-3 Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall 0-3 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 3-1 Cody Harris

Monday December 18th (7pm)

Kai Fan Leung 0-2 Paul Lim (P)
Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Kevin Painter
Daryl Gurney 3-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Mark Webster 2-3 Paul Lim

Tuesday December 19th (7pm)

Aleksandr Oreshkin 0-2 Kevin Munch (P)
John Henderson 3-0 Marko Kantele
Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Richard North
Adrian Lewis 1-3 Kevin Munch

Wednesday December 20th (7pm)

Xiao Chen Zong 0-2 Bernie Smith (P)
Michael Smith 3-2 Steve Lennon
Simon Whitlock 3-1 Martin Schindler
Justin Pipe 3-2 Bernie Smith

Thursday December 21st (7pm)

Cristo Reyes 1-3 Toni Alcinas
Kim Huybrechts 0-3 James Richardson
Darren Webster 3-2 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 3-1 Diogo Portela

Friday December 22nd

Second Round
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Ian White
Vincent van der Voort 4-0 Steve Beaton
Jan Dekker 2-4 Dimitri van den Bergh
Evening Session (7pm)
Mensur Suljovic 4-2 Robert Thornton
Gary Anderson 4-1 Paul Lim
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 James Wilson

Saturday December 23rd

Afternoon Session (1pm)
Keegan Brown 4-2 Zoran Lerchbacher
Michael Smith 3-4 Rob Cross
Steve West 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Evening Session (7pm)
Daryl Gurney 2-4 John Henderson
Phil Taylor 4-0 Justin Pipe
Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Kyle Anderson

Wednesday December 27th

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Simon Whitlock 1-4 Darren Webster
Alan Norris 1-4 James Richardson
Kevin Munch 1-4 Tony Alcinas
Evening Session (7pm)
Peter Wright 1-4 Jamie Lewis
Third Round
VvdV 1-4 RvB
MvG 4-2 Gerwyn Price

Thursday December 28th

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)
Toni Alcinas 0-4 Darren Webster
Mensur Suljovic 0-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
John Henderson 1-4 Rob Cross
Evening Session (7pm)
Jamie Lewis 4-1 James Richardson
Phil Taylor 4-0 Keegan Brown
Gary Anderson 4-2 Steve West

Friday December 29th

Afternoon Session 12.30pm
Jamie Lewis 5-0 Darren Webster
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-5 Rob Cross
Evening Session 7.30pm
Michael van Gerwen 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 5-3 Gary Anderson

Saturday December 30th

Semi-Finals (7.30pm)
Jamie Lewis 1-6 Phil Taylor
MvG 5-6 Rob Cross

Monday January 1st

The Final (8.00pm)
Rob Cross v Phil Taylor


  • Semi-Finals Best of 11 sets
  • Final Best of 13 sets

All sets are the best of five legs. A tie-break would be in operation in all matches other than the Preliminary Round. Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

Current PDC OoM Top 64 with the Winners prize money of the William Hill World Championship to be added.


1 Gerwen, Michael van £1,799,250
2 Wright, Peter £754,250
3 Taylor, Phil £508,250
4 Anderson, Gary £458,250
5 Gurney, Daryl £416,750
6 Cross, Rob £381,250
7 Suljovic, Mensur £373,500
8 Chisnall, Dave £332,500
9 Whitlock, Simon £310,250
10 Wade, James £276,250
11 Barneveld, Raymond van £273,750
12 Smith, Michael £267,750
13 Price, Gerwyn £264,750
14 Pas, Benito van de £255,000
15 White, Ian £253,250
16 Norris, Alan £244,250
17 Huybrechts, Kim £236,750
18 Klaasen, Jelle £233,000
19 Cullen, Joe £219,250
20 Webster, Darren £209,000
20 Lewis, Adrian £209,000
22 Bunting, Stephen £192,500
23 Anderson, Kyle £182,500
24 King, Mervyn £180,500
25 Beaton, Steve £180,000
26 Pipe, Justin £152,000
27 Thornton, Robert £151,750
28 Henderson, John £150,750
29 Reyes, Cristo £147,750
30 Lewis, Jamie £147,000
31 Wilson, James £143,250
32 Clayton, Jonny £143,000
33 West, Steve £136,750
34 Voort, Vincent van der £127,500
35 Webster, Mark £122,500
36 Dobey, Chris £114,750
37 Dolan, Brendan £111,500
38 Kist, Christian £107,500
39 Bergh, Dimitri Van Den £105,500
40 Wattimena, Jermaine £104,250
41 Jenkins, Terry £98,500
42 Green, Robbie £92,250
43 Huybrechts, Ronny £91,250
44 Richardson, James £85,750
45 Dekker, Jan £79,250
46 Caven, Jamie £78,750
47 Painter, Kevin £74,000
48 Brown, Keegan £66,000
49 Payne, Josh £63,750
50 Hopp, Max £63,500
51 Petersen, Devon £63,000
52 North, Richard £60,000
53 Meulenkamp, Ron £58,500
54 Murnan, Joe £56,000
55 Graaf, Jeffrey de £54,750
56 Gilding, Andrew £53,500
57 O’Connor, William £50,750
58 Rodriguez, Rowby-John £49,000
59 Evans, Ricky £48,750
60 Lennon, Steve £48,250
61 Lerchbacher, Zoran £47,000
62 McGowan, Mick £45,500
63 Jacques, Peter £43,000
64 Alcinas, Antonio £41,500