Template - Date: New ITV Darts Deal

A long-standing broadcast partner of the PDC, ITV4 have secured a new three-year deal to cover The Masters, UK Open, European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and Players Championship Finals.

The Masters was introduced to the PDC circuit in 2013 and sees the world’s top 16 players competing across one weekend, with Michael van Gerwen having won the title for the past three years.

The UK Open features the unique format of seeing 128 players competing across eight stages at the Butlins Minehead Resort, with 96 professional players joined by 32 amateur qualifiers in the exciting and unpredictable event, which was won by Peter Wright this March.

The 32-player European Championship and 64-player Players Championship Finals feature qualifiers from the respective European Tour and Players Championship series’ of events.

The World Series of Darts Finals, meanwhile, was introduced in 2015 as a season-ending championship which follows the series of international tournaments which are also broadcast on ITV4.

“ITV have been huge supporters of the PDC in recent years and it’s fantastic news that they have extended their backing of these five tournaments through to 2020,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“Through these five events, they are showcasing the diversity of top-level darts from the very elite in The Masters to the ‘FA Cup of Darts’ at the UK Open, where amateur players get to compete against the top names, while the World Series of Darts Finals is a breeding ground for the international stars of the future.

“We’re hugely excited about the growth of the PDC and professional darts worldwide, and we’re delighted that ITV will continue to play a key role in that.”

Darts fans in the UK have also been able to watch the international World Series of Darts events from Dubai, Shanghai, Las Vegas, Auckland, Melbourne, Perth and Dusseldorf through ITV4 this year, giving greater free-to-air coverage than ever for the sport.

The Players Championship Finals in Minehead from November 24-26 concludes ITV4’s 2017 darts coverage, with the 2018 broadcasts to commence from January 26-28 with The Masters in Milton Keynes.

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The Dutchman has won the European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and Grand Slam of Darts titles over the past month, and extended his unbeaten streak to 28 matches as he scooped the £100,000 title.

Van Gerwen had seen off Jan Dekker in their all-Dutch quarter-final earlier on Sunday and then pulled clear from two-all to win 11-3 against Justin Pipe in the semi-finals. He was equally dominant in the final against Welshman Clayton, who never recovered from seeing Van Gerwen race into a five-leg lead.

Van Gerwen set the tone with two 180s in a 12-darter to open the game, and also finished 100 in leg five to move 5-0 up, with Clayton claiming two of the next three to reduce the arrears. Van Gerwen, though, finished an 11-darter as he moved 8-2 up and added a 13-darter to edge towards victory before double five sealed glory for a fourth time in five years.

“It’s been a phenomenal weekend,” said Van Gerwen. “It was a great tournament, I think I played really well and I had to perform against new players round by round, so I had to keep my focus.

“Jonny did great to reach the final. It’s a big step for him because he wasn’t in the top 32, so it’s a massive step for his career. Fair play to him, he did really well but I’m glad I won the final.

“After not being here in the UK Open I’m really glad to be back here with this trophy. I’ve won the last four TV tournaments so this is great for my confidence going into the World Championship – but I’ll enjoy this title first.”

Clayton had won through to his first TV final, with his career-high £40,000 in prize money moving the 43-year-old into the world’s top 32 for the first time and putting himself in line for a Grand Slam of Darts place in 2018.

Clayton showed his class by coming from 7-4 down to defeat Steve Beaton 10-8 in the quarter-finals before also fighting back from a 6-3 deficit to see off top seed Rob Cross 11-8 in the semis.

“You take one game at a time, and to get this far in front of this amazing crowd was awesome,” said the Pontyberem ace. “I’ve had a brilliant weekend and the support I’ve had has been amazing.

“When you play against Michael on form like that it’s really difficult, but I enjoyed the final. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this weekend.”

Pipe’s run to the semi-finals was his best finish in a televised ranking event for four years – since he previously reached the semi-finals of the same event for a second time in 2013 – as he defeated Daryl Gurney 10-9 in the last eight.

Cross was also a semi-finalist as he continued his impressive debut year on the PDC circuit with a fine 10-6 win over leading left-hander James Wade in their quarter-final.

Mr Green Sport Players Championship Finals

Sunday November 26
Afternoon Session (12.45pm)

Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross 10-6 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 10-8 Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney 9-10 Justin Pipe
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Jan Dekker
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (7pm)
Semi-Finals
Rob Cross 8-11 Jonny Clayton
Justin Pipe 3-11 Michael van Gewen
Best of 21 legs

PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship Final
Josh Payne 3-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Best of 11 legs

Mr Green Sport Players Championship Final
Jonny Clayton 2-11 Michael van Gewen
Best of 21 legs

Prize Money:

Winner £100,000
Runner-Up £40,000
Semi-Finalists £23,000
Quarter-Finalists £12,500
Last 16 losers £8,000
Last 32 losers (L24) £5,000
Last 64 losers £2,500
Total £460,000

Year

Champion

Score

Runner-Up

2009 Phil Taylor    16-9 Robert Thornton
2010 Paul Nicholson    13-11 Mervyn King
2011 Feb Phil Taylor    13-12 Gary Anderson
2011 Dec Kevin Painter    13-9 Mark Webster
2012 Phil Taylor    13-6 Kim Huybrechts
2013 Michael van Gerwen    11-7 P}hil Taylor
2014 Gary Anderson    11-6 Adrian Lewis
2015 Michael van Gerwen    11-6 Adrian Lewis
2016 Michael van Gerwen    11-3 Dave Chisnall
2017 Michael van Gerwen    11-2 Jonny Clayton
2018

 

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The pair had won through to the decider earlier in November when the last 64 faced off in the early rounds in Wigan, where Payne ended Corey Cadby’s reign as the champion.

It was Belgian youngster Van den Bergh, though, who scooped the £10,000 title with a fine display in Minehead, averaging 101.23 and hitting six doubles from ten attempts. He took a two-leg lead courtesy of double top and double 16 before Payne landed a 180 and an 84 finish to hit back.

Van den Bergh hit tops in successive legs as he moved 4-1 up, and countered a 108 checkout from Payne with an outstanding 146 checkout to lead 5-2. Payne hit double 16 to stay in the game, but Van den Bergh scored 177 and 150 to leave 36 in the next before a third-dart double 18 sealed the title.

“It’s unbelievable to win this title,” said Van den Bergh. “It feels like a dream and it’s absolutely amazing.

“Winning this says something about what may happen for me in the future. It’s a step forward and there’s a whole lot more to come for me.

“It’s very important for me. Playing this tournament has prepared me well for the World Championship and whoever I play there will need to be ready.”

PRIZE FUND:

Winner £10,000 + place in 2017/18 William Hill World Championship + place in 2018 GSoD
Runner-Up £5,000 + place in 2018 GSoD
Semi-Finalists £2,500
Quarter-Finalists £1,500
Third Round Losers £1,000
Second Round Losers £500
First Round Losers £250
Total £50,000

HISTORY:

YEAR            RUNNER-UP                                          SCORE                             CHAMPION

2011 Michael van Gerwen (87.06)
(Netherlands)
   4–6 Arron Monk (84.25)
(England)
2012 Michael van Gerwen (92.29)
(Netherlands)
   3–6 James Hubbard (95.18)
(England)
2013 Ricky Evans (79.26)
(England)
   1–6 Michael Smith (89.13)
(England)
2014 Rowby-John Rodriguez (79.80)
(Austria)
   4–6 Keegan Brown (85.67)
(England)
2015 Nathan Aspinall (88.48)
(England)
   5–6 Max Hopp (86.97)
(Germany)
2016 Berry van Peer (86.92)
(Netherlands)
   2–6 Corey Cadby (98.35)
(Australia)

INCENTIVES:

PDC Rule 6.9 The following incentives are on offer to players competing in the Development Tour and World Youth Championship:

 

*The finalists of the 2017 World Youth Championship receive a one-year invitation to the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts subject to the entry criteria as stated in rule 3.1.

*The winner of the 2017 World Youth Championship receives an invitation to the 2017/18 World Championship.

NOTE: in the event of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualifying for the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts or 2017/18 World Championship, or rejecting their invitations, no further places shall be offered.

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Michael van Gerwen retained the bwin Grand Slam of Darts title and extended his winning streak in Wolverhampton to three years with a brilliant 16-12 success against Peter Wright in Sunday’s final.

The Dutchman had been in dominant form in Sunday afternoon’s high-profile semi-final with Taylor as he ended the six-time Grand Slam champion’s hopes of a farewell triumph at the Wolves Civic with a 16-8 success. He then denied Wright a third TV title of the year as he scooped a £112,500 winner’s cheque by continuing his Grand Slam dominance by outlasting Wright in the final.

The colourful Scot, who claimed his first TV title at March’s UK Open amongst 11 tournament wins so far in 2017, shared the opening 20 legs with Van Gerwen but was powerless to stop the Dutchman pulling away for glory. Wright took out an early 120 and hit back after Van Gerwen edged 3-2 and 4-3 up by regaining the edge as the pair traded legs, with the World Champion hitting two 12-darters, a 13-darter and six perfect darts in response.

Wright took out finishes of 156 and 149 as he led 10-9, but Van Gerwen crucially checked out 146 and 100 in a run of four successive legs to finally assert his dominance. Number two seed Wright hit back on tops and double one to claim two of the next three, but tops moved Van Gerwen 15-12 up before he sealed the title with double 16.

Van Gerwen is now unbeaten since October’s World Grand Prix, having since retained the European Championship, World Series of Darts Finals and now the Grand Slam of Darts in an imperious month.

Afternoon Session (31)

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 16-15 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 16-8 Phil Taylor

Evening Session (31)

The Final
Michael van Gerwen 16-12 Peter Wright

HISTORY

Date Champion
2007 Phil Taylor
2008 Phil Taylor
2009 Phil Taylor
2010 Scott Waites
2011 Phil Taylor
2012 Raymond van Barneveld
2013 Phil Taylor
2014 Phil Taylor
2015 Michael van Gerwen
2016 Michael van Gerwen
2017 Michael van Gerwen
2018

PRIZE FUND

Winner £110,000
Runner-Up £55,000
Semi-Finalists £28,500
Quarter-Finalists £16,000
Second Round Losers £10,000
Third in Group £5,000
Fourth in Group £3,000
Group Winner Bonus £2,500
TOTAL £450,000

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The JDC big weekend is on the first weekend in December with £7,000 in prize money and the coveted titles of European Junior Champion & World Junior Champion.

THE WDS ASSOCIATES JUNIOR WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
& THE JDC EUROPEAN DARTS OPEN 2017

Saturday December 2nd 2017 & Sunday December 3rd 2017
Venue – Action Indoor Sports Arena Bristol BS14 0XA

REGISTRATION & START TIME

Saturday 2nd December European Darts Open 2017
Registration 10am – 11am. Start time12pm. Anyone not registered at the desk in the venue by 11am will be disqualified.
Sunday 3rd December WDS Associates Junior World Darts Championship 2017
Registration 9am – 10am. Start time 11am. Anyone not registered at the desk in the venue by 10am will be disqualified. This is an hour earlier than the European event.

European Open

Format for the European open is – Best of 11 legs straight KO all the way through. Approximate finish time 4pm. The final will take place on stage the same evening at 6pm. Entries still available via www.juniordarts.com

This event is open to anyone aged between 10 and 18 that comes from a European Country.

World Championship

Format for the World Championship is – Round Robin 8 groups 5 players in each group. Best of 5 legs each match ( all legs to be played) Top 2 players from each group qualify to the last 16 players. All games in the last rounds of 16, 8 & Semi final’s will be best of 9 legs. Approximate finish time 5pm!

NB – THE ACTUAL FINAL WILL BE PLAYED ON STAGE DURING THE WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 AT ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON SATURDAY DECEMBER 16TH. *PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE ABLE TO PLAY ON THIS DAY IN LONDON*

Dress code – players are expected to wear collared darts shirt, trousers and shoes.! No trainers, no jeans and no football colours. NB – There will be a welcome party where competitors can relax and practice from 7pm-9pm on Friday 1st of December at the venue upstairs within the head quarters of the JDC.

This will be an opportunity for media teams to take pictures , social media updates etc. Also 9am – 10am on Sunday 3rd ITV will be interviewing and filming for ITV’s THE DARTS SHOW prior to the event.

These events are brought to you by the Junior Darts Corporation. Should you need anymore information please email – [email protected] Should you have any transport issues contact PDPA Shuttle service on +44(0)7889 279 124

Should you need accommodation, find the nearest to the venue using post code BS14 OXA

PRIZE FUND FOR EUROPEAN – £3000!
PRIZE FUND FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP £4000!

Prize money will be paid into the bank account details you provide. Forms will be available on the day for a parent/guardian to fill out. NO CASH WILL BE PAID OUT AT THE VENUE

Template - Date: Freddie Williams passes away

Freddie spent 35 years officiating at the sport’s top level, initially with the National Darts Organisation of Great Britain and then the BDO, and was involved with the PDC from its formation through to his retirement.

Freddie – who called the first ever televised nine-dart finish by John Lowe in 1984 – was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame upon his retirement in 2006. Freddie, 81, is survived by wife Pat, who previously worked as the PDC’s statistician.

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Freddie made an invaluable contribution to both the sport of darts and the PDC and was a popular and respected figure in the sport.

“He remained a keen follower of the sport after his retirement and has been a welcome visitor to PDC events ever since with his wife Pat. We send out condolences to Pat and Freddie’s wider family at this time.”

FREDDIE WILLIAMS GETS INDUCTED TO THE HALL OF FAME