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The PDPA are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Murphy as Communications Manager on an initially temporary basis during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Murphy brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in professional darts for the last decade. The 33-year-old PDC.TV commentator is a former press officer and content manager for MODUS Sports Management and their players, including world number one Michael van Gerwen.

A graduate from the University of Huddersfield at a BA Hons in Sports Journalism, Murphy now also has a prominent role in the education department for Sporting Chance – an official partner of the PDPA, providing mental health and emotional wellbeing services for members.

“I’m proud and grateful to be joining the PDPA team,” said Murphy, whose position will primarily involve media and public relations operations. “I’m looking forward to combining my professional experience with my passions for both darts and welfare.

“In current uncertain times it is more important than ever that the players know they have support from their association and I will be helping to raise awareness to both the public and, most importantly, the players of the important assistance that the PDPA continues to provide.

“The recently announced PDPA Hardship and Emergency Funds have been a good example of the proactiveness of the organisation and the great work that they do, which often goes under the radar. “We will collectively work to ensure that every PDPA member is fully aware of the wide range of support systems available throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond.”

Alan Warriner-Little, CEO of the PDPA said: “Having Chris as part of the PDPA team during this unprecedented period in our sport will be invaluable. “His experience in media and more recently wellbeing is in no doubt and fresh ideas are always welcome so we look forward to working with Chris for further benefit to our members.”

PDPA Chairman Peter Manley added: “The PDPA have always followed Chris Murphy’s career, he has worked within darts for a number of years and often deputises for the PDC“Now involved with Sporting Chance it is our pleasure to give Chris the opportunity to promote the PDPA to our members and the outside world throughout the Covid-19 crisis and hopefully beyond.”

More information and advice for PDPA members around COVID-19 is available at www.pdpa.co.uk For more information on this press release or any media or public relations enquiries please e-mail [email protected]

Template - Front page: Monday 6th April Updates ‘NEWS REEL’

Updates regarding Coronavirus Advice for all PDC Events, the PDPA announce the following for our Members which affects all upcoming events, travel, hotels and travel insurance.

 

 

Monday 6th April 14.50hrs

Chris Murphy joins the PDPA:

The PDPA are delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Murphy as Communications Manager on an initially temporary basis during the COVID-19 crisis.

Murphy brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked in professional darts for the last decade. The 33-year-old PDC.TV commentator is a former press officer and content manager for MODUS Sports Management and their players, including world number one Michael van Gerwen. For Full PRESS RELEASE see news item. Click Here

Friday 3rd April 14.00hrs

The CDC:

The Championship Darts Corporation has announced that their planned second Tour weekend of 2020, in Chicago in May, has been cancelled.

Due to the ongoing worldwide situation, the year’s opening weekend in Ontario in March was postponed last month. The planned weekend from May 15-17 in Chicago will also now not take place, although the CDC hope to resume play for their next scheduled weekend, in Denver in July.

However, the organisation is planning to introduce a CDC Championship League featuring seven North American players competing in a seven-week season, including one weekly featured match from each country to be streamed.

Wednesday 1st April 15.00hrs

The 2020 US Darts Masters:

Which was scheduled for June 5-6 in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, has been postponed and moved back to June 4-5 2021.

The sport’s top stars, led by current World Champion Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and history-maker Fallon Sherrock, were set to take on leading players from North America in June as the PDC’s World Series of Darts visited New York for the first time.

With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the US Darts Masters and North American Championship back 12 months to be staged on June 4-5 2021.

The US Darts Masters will begin on Friday June 4 2021 with the first round, as the eight PDC representatives take on the eight North American representatives. The afternoon session on Saturday June 5 will then see the North American Championship take place, as the eight North American representatives compete in their own knockout event.

The US Darts Masters then concludes in the evening session on Saturday June 5 with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Wednesday 1st April 10.00hrs

Nordic Masters New Date:

The inaugural PDC World Series of Darts event in Copenhagen has been moved back four months, with the Nordic Darts Masters now to be staged on October 23-24.

The sport’s top stars, led by World Champion Peter Wright and world number one Michael van Gerwen, were set to take on leading players from across the Nordic & Baltic region on June 12-13 at Forum Copenhagen

With the global restrictions currently in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to move the Nordic Darts Masters to be staged later in 2020. The inaugural event at Forum Copenhagen will begin on Friday October 23 with the first round, which sees the eight PDC stars drawn against the eight regional representatives.

The tournament then concludes with two sessions on Saturday October 24, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The four PDC Tour Card Holders from the Nordic & Baltic region retain their places in the tournament, with Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas – a World Championship quarter-finalist this year – joined by Finland’s Marko Kantele, Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and Latvia’s Madars Razma in competing.

Three Danish representatives will also compete in the tournament, with the final place being awarded to a PDCNB qualifier. The PDC representatives are also set to include Fallon Sherrock, who created history and worldwide headlines as the first woman to win at the PDC World Championship in December.

Tuesday 31st March 12.00hrs

PDPA Announcement for Tour Card Holders.

The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our Members’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.

Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:

  • An Immediate Emergency Fund for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.
  • A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.

Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support.

If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.

Sunday 29th March 13.15hrs

Kyle Anderson has tested positive for Coronaviris and is now in isolation at home in Australia.

The 32-year-old returned to Australia recently, with play in PDC events having been paused during the current global pandemic.

He was tested whilst at home in Queensland with wife Tara and son Charles, and although not requiring hospital treatment is now in isolation close to his family and following the appropriate medical guidance.

“He is in good spirits but is now back in isolation on his own in a farm house in Mount Morgan,” said manager Mark Elkin, in a statement. “Tara and Charles both tested negative and are both back in the family home.

“It goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery, but it also stresses the need to follow the guidelines set out by the Government. We need to beat this disease together as one.” We all wish Kyle a speedy and safe recovery, and he is receiving support from us, his friends, family and management.

Saturday 28th March 09.00hrs

Streaming Darts during Covid-19 ‘Shutdown’

For clarity, this is the PDC’s current position in respect of live streamed darts.

We are happy for players to arrange ad hoc matches against each other for fun or practice and they can use streaming or scoring services like DartConnect for this of course. However, players are not permitted to enter in to agreements or arrangements with broadcasters, media outlets, bookmakers or similar to participate in organised/scheduled darts matches or tournaments.

It is important at this time that we preserve the integrity of our sport and also protect our commercial relationships, as going forward they are going to be more important than ever. We trust this is clear and I am happy to have any conversations directly with players or managers who require any additional clarification at this time.

Friday 27th March 10.30hrs

Self Employment Government Scheme:

The Chancellor, this evening, announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. GOV‌.UK has further details about who is eligible for the scheme and how it will work.

Self-employed people do not need to get in touch with HMRC as the scheme isn’t yet open for applications. HMRC will contact eligible customers by the beginning of June, inviting them to apply.

Unfortunately, we are aware of an increase in scam emails, calls and texts. If someone gets in touch claiming to be from HMRC, saying that financial help can be claimed or that a tax refund is owed, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, please do not respond.

HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for these details. The government has also introduced the following help for the self-employed:

Thursday 26th March 11.45hrs

Current Events Postponed, events highlighted have been re-scheduled:

MARCH:

(19th) PL Darts N7 Newcastle > 1st Oct
(20th/22nd) EDGP, Sindelfingen > 29th/31st May
(21st/22nd) DT 5-8 Wigan TBC
(25th) PL Darts N8 Rotterdam > 9th Sept
(26th) PL Darts N9 Rotterdam > 10th Sept
(27th/29th) EDO, Leverkusen > 7th/9th Aug

APRIL:

(2nd) PL Darts Night 10 Belfast TBC
(4th/5th) PC 9-10 Barnsley TBC
(6th) ET 5&6 TCH Qualifiers Barnsley TBC
(9th) PL Darts N11 Sheffield > July 2nd
(11th/13th) GDGP, Munich > July 31st/Aug 2nd
(11th/12th) CT 5-8 Wigan TBC
(16th) PL Darts N12 Manchester > 24th Sept
(17th) ET7 TCH Qualifier Barnsley TBC
(18th/19th) PC 11-12 Barnsley TBC
(23rd) PL Darts N13 Berlin > 3rd Sept
(30th) PL Darts N14 Birmingham > July 30th

MAY:

TBC

Tuesday 24th March 12.00hrs

Premier League new dates:

The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Manchester, Berlin and Birmingham during April are the latest events to be postponed.

With worldwide restrictions continuing, the postponements mean that all five planned Premier League nights in April will now be rearranged, following Monday’s announcement that the visits to Belfast and Sheffield will not take place as initially scheduled.

The visits to Manchester and Berlin have been moved to September, while the visit to Utilita Arena Birmingham will now be in July.

The rescheduled dates are as follows:
Thursday April 16 – The Manchester Arena – NOW Thursday September 24
Thursday April 23 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin – NOW Thursday September 3
Thursday April 30 – Arena Birmingham – NOW Thursday July 30

The changes mean that at least eight Unibet Premier League nights will now be rescheduled, with the five April dates following the postponements of the visit to Newcastle and the Rotterdam double-header in March.

At present, the Unibet Premier League is now planned to conclude in Newcastle on Thursday October 1.

Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.

Revised Unibet Premier League Schedule
At March 24 2020
May 7 2020 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
May 14 2020 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
May 21 2020 – The O2, London
July 2 2020 – The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
July 30 2020 – Utilita Arena Birmingham
September 3 2020 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
September 9-10 2020 – Rotterdam Ahoy
September 24 2020 – The Manchester Arena
October 1 2020 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
TBC – The SSE Arena, Belfast

Monday 23rd March 16.00hrs

RE: Premier League

The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Belfast and Sheffield during April have been postponed due to the ongoing global situation.

March’s planned Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam were postponed recently, and with further restrictions now in place worldwide, the first two events scheduled in April will also now be staged later in 2020. In line with the rescheduling of other nights to extend the Unibet Premier League season during 2020, the visit to The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, originally on Thursday April 9th, has been rescheduled for Thursday July 2nd.

Details of the revised date for the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast, which was originally planned for Thursday April 2nd will be confirmed in due course. Tickets purchased for the original league nights will remain valid for the new dates. Should any fans with tickets be unable to attend the new date, they will be entitled to a refund from their point of purchase.

Sunday 22nd March 11.00hrs

RE: DPNZ & DPA:

The ongoing worldwide situation has led to events in March, April and May on the DartPlayers Australia and DartPlayers New Zealand circuits to be cancelled.

The DPA have postponed the planned ProTour weekends in Tasmania in April and Victoria in May, as well as planned two Challenge Tour weekends in late March. The events are set to be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be confirmed in due course via dartplayersaustralia.com.

In New Zealand, the 2019/20 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season has now concluded following the cancellation of events planned in Queenstown on March 21-22.

The news means that Haupai Puha has topped the DPNZ Men’s Rankings for 2019/20, winning eight out of 12 events to claim 212 points, with Ben Robb (136) in second place, Warren Parry (124) in third and Darren Herewini (72) in fourth. The 2020/21 DPNZ Harrows ProTour season is now expected to begin in September, with further details to be confirmed at dartplayers.co.nz in due course.

Friday 20th March 14.00hrs

RE: Email to Members:

Email sent to all PDC Tour Card Holders on interest in behind closed doors events.

Thursday 19th March 12.00hrs

RE: PDC Tour Events in April

The Players Championship double-headers, European Tour Qualifiers and the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events planned for April have now been postponed.

With restrictions being imposed across the world at present and further to this week’s postponement of the non-televised events in the remainder of March, the following tournaments also will not now take place as planned:

  • Players Championships – April 4-5
  • European Tour 5-6 Qualifiers – April 6
  • PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 5-8 – April 10-12
  • European Tour 7 Qualifier – April 17
  • Players Championships – April 18-19

Rescheduled dates for the above events will be confirmed in due course, with the three postponed European Tour events which had been set for March and April already rearranged for later in 2020. Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.

Wednesday 18th March 14.00hrs

RE: German Darts Grand Prix, Munich.

The 2020 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich has been rearranged for July 31-August 2 as the latest European Tour event to be rescheduled. 

The German Darts Grand Prix had been set to be played from April 11-13 across the Easter period, but was one of three European Tour events initially postponed last week due to the ongoing global situation.

However, the event has now been rescheduled for Friday July 31-Sunday August 2 at Zenith in Munich, and will replace the previously planned Players Championship events on August 1-2. Tickets for original the German Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

Revised European Tour Dates:

  • European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) – now May 29-31
  • German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) – now July 31-August 2
  • European Darts Open (ET3) – now August 7-9

The Players Championship double-header will be rearranged in due course alongside other planned ProTour weekends which have been impacted by the recent amendments to the 2020 PDC calendar.

Wednesday 18th March 11.30hrs

RE:JDC:

The Junior Darts Corporation has postponed its forthcoming tour events in Coventry as well as JDC Academy sessions due to the ongoing global situation and restrictions in place across the UK.

The JDC held the fifth and sixth events on the Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour in Wolverhampton on March 14, where Nathan Potter and Leighton Bennett shared victories. However, with restrictions being imposed across the UK this week, the JDC have now postponed the planned double-header on Saturday April 11 in Coventry.

In addition, they have also suspended JDC Academy sessions and postponed the planned JDC Accreditation Days in England and Ireland and the Greenzone Tour event in Derby.

Tuesday 17th March 11.20hrs

RE: Development Tour & Players Championship MK.

The forthcoming PDC Unicorn Development Tour events on March 21-22 and the Players Championship weekend on March 28-29 are to be postponed.

Three nights of the Unibet Premier League and a trio of PDC European Tour events have already been postponed due to the ongoing worldwide situation.

With restrictions being implemented in the UK alongside further worldwide measures, the PDC has opted to postpone the next two weekends of non-televised events. This means that the year’s second Development Tour weekend, which was set to feature four tournaments in Wigan, as well as the new Players Championship double-header in Milton Keynes have now been postponed.

PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “The health and wellbeing of players, fans, officials and staff at events has been at the forefront of our thoughts over the past week during an unprecedented time for everyone worldwide.

“We issued precautionary measures around last week’s Unibet Premier League night in Liverpool and Players Championship events to keep everyone as safe as possible. “However, following Monday’s announcements and further discussions with stakeholders including the PDPA and venues, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone involved in the sport to postpone the forthcoming Development Tour and Players Championship weekends during March.

“We had hoped to provide as many playing opportunities as possible for players in the coming weeks, and will work to rearrange these events during 2020.” Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.

Monday 16th March 18.02hrs

RE: Newcastle Premier League

The Unibet Premier League night at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle planned for Thursday March 19th has been postponed and will be rescheduled for Thursday October 1st.

The decision to postpone Thursday’s planned event has been taken following the UK Government’s restriction on “non-essential social contact” and decision to remove emergency service support for mass gatherings.

Thursday’s event in Newcastle becomes the third Premier League night of the 2020 season to be postponed, following last week’s announcement moving the Rotterdam double-header to September 9-10.

Tickets for the rearranged Premier League nights in Newcastle and Rotterdam will remain valid for the rearranged dates. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course.

Monday 16th March 14.15hrs

RE: New Dates for European Darts Open

The European Darts Open has been rescheduled for August 7-9 following the postponement of the originally-planned March dates. 

The PDC European Tour event had been due to be held in Leverkusen from March 27-29, but was postponed last week due to restrictions in place across Germany due to the current global situation.

The tournament has now been moved to be held from August 7-9 in Leverkusen, and will feature the original field of qualified players, with the 16 seeded players having been joined by 24 players from last Friday’s Tour Card Holder Qualifier.

The news follows Saturday’s confirmation that the European Darts Grand Prix has been rescheduled for May 29-31 in Sindelfingen. Rearranged dates for the German Darts Grand Prix are still being finalised, and will be announced once available.

Tickets for original the European Darts Open dates will remain valid for the equivalent session from August 7-9. Fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

MONDAY 16th March 12.40hrs

RE: Dates and Deadlines for current events.

MARCH:
Friday 20th DEADLINE D/T 5-8 (Wigan 21/22 March)
Friday 20th DEADLINE PC 9-10 (MK 28/29 March)
Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd EVENTS D/T 5-8 Wigan
Tuesday 24th DEADLINE PC 11-12 (Wigan 4th/5th April)
Tuesday 24th DEADLINE ET Events 5&6
Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th EVENTS PC 9-10 MK

APRIL:
Thursday 2nd EVENT Premier League 8 Belfast
Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th EVENTS PC 11-12 Barnsley
Monday 6th EVENTS ET Events 5&6 TCH Qualifier Barnsley
Tuesday 7th DEADLINE PC 13-14 (Barnsley 18th/19th April)
Tuesday 7th DEADLINE ET 7
Thursday 9th EVENT Premier League 9 Sheffield
Thursday 9th DEADLINE C/T 5-8 (Wigan 10th/12th)
Friday 10th/Sunday 12th EVENTS C/T 5-8 Wigan
Thursday 16th EVENT Premier League 10 Manchester
Friday 17th EVENT ET 7 TCH Qualifier Barnsley
Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th EVENTS PC 13-14 Barnsley
Thursday 23rd EVENT Premier League Berlin
Thursday 30th EVENT Premier League Birmingham

MAY:
TBC

MONDAY 16th March 12.15hrs

RE: Development Tours 5-8 Wigan

Receiving a lot of questions regarding the Development Tours this weekend in Wigan.

At this moment in time these events are scheduled to go ahead, everyone should continue to be vigilant and check daily on this area as the situation can change in this current climate, but at present these will be going ahead, but please keep checking.

Monday 16th March 09.00hrs

RE: Hotel Bookings European Tour events.

For any hotels booked via the PDPA Website for European Tour events.

ET2 (Sindelfingen) and ET4 (Munich) which had been postponed, any hotels booked have been cancelled free of any charges. For event 3 (Leverkusen) any hotels booked can be transferred to the new date of the event when it has been confirmed, please see the event brief for those events when new dates have been confirmed.

Saturday 14th March 13.00hrs

RE: European Darts Grand Prix/Sindelfingen and PC 15/16 Hildesheim.

This event has been rescheduled for May 29-31. The tournament had been planned as the year’s second European Tour event and was due to be held from March 20-22 at the Glaspalast, before being one of three events postponed earlier this week due to the current global situation.

With restrictions in Germany currently in place until April 19, the European Darts Grand Prix is now set to take place from May 29-31, and will remain at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen. As a result, the planned Players Championship double-header in Hildesheim on May 30-31 will be rescheduled, with details to be announced once finalised.

Rearranged dates for the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) are still being finalised, and will be announced once confirmed. Tickets for the original European Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new event. Any fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.

Friday 13th March 14.00hrs 

RE: New Dates for Rotterdam Premier League.

The 2020 Unibet Premier League season will continue until at least September, with the dates now confirmed for a rescheduled double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy.

The Premier League nights originally scheduled for March 25-26 at Ahoy have been postponed due to regulations introduced in the Netherlands following the Coronavirus epidemic. The double-header has now been rearranged for September 9-10 at Rotterdam Ahoy, starting at 2000 local time on each night.

Subject to no further changes being required to the existing Unibet Premier League schedule, the nights in Rotterdam are now set to be the 16th league night on Wednesday September 9 and the Play-Offs on Thursday September 10.

The schedule amendments will now make the visit to The SSE Arena in Belfast on Thursday April 2 the eighth league night, with Judgement Night now becoming Thursday April 9 at The FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield.

Existing ticket bookings for March 25-26 at Rotterdam Ahoy will remain valid for the corresponding new dates on September 9-10. Further updates in relation to PDC events and the Coronavirus epidemic will be issued at pdc.tv/Coronavirus.

2020 Unibet Premier League Revised Schedule:
(Updated 16th March)

Thursday April 2 – SSE Arena, Belfast
Thursday April 9 – FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Thursday April 16 – The Manchester Arena
Thursday April 23 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Thursday April 30 – Arena Birmingham
Thursday May 7 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Thursday May 14 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Thursday May 21 – The O2, London
Wednesday September 9 – Rotterdam Ahoy
Thursday September 10 – Rotterdam Ahoy
Thursday October  1 – Newcastle

Thursday March 12th 20.00hrs

RE: CDC events postponed.

The planned opening weekend of the 2020 Championship Darts Corporation season in North America has been postponed.

The CDC’s 2020 events had been due to begin from March 20-22 in Ontario, Canada, with two CDC Tour events accompanied by World Series of Darts qualifiers and Junior Tour events. However, due to the evolving situation worldwide due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the CDC have taken the decision to postpone the weekend.

Thursday March 12th 16.00hrs

RE: Rotterdam Premier League double header postponed.

The Premier League double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy which was scheduled for March 25th – 26th is the latest PDC event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

Three PDC European Tour events planned for Germany during March and April were postponed earlier this week due to restrictions put in place by regional federal governments. On Thursday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that all gatherings of more than 100 people were to be prevented in the Netherlands until at least March 31.

The PDC will work with Rotterdam Ahoy to secure new dates to stage the Premier League nights, with further announcements to be made in due course. Fans who have tickets for either Premier League night in Rotterdam will be entitled to retain the tickets for the equivalent new dates or to receive a full refund.

Details will be finalised in due course and ticket buyers will be contacted by email to the email address which is registered to their booking. At present, the Unibet Premier League’s other nights are not subject to any restrictions. However, the PDC will continue to liaise with the relevant authorities and any updates will be announced ASAP.

Current PDC Event Postponements Confirmed:

  • ET2 The European Darts Grand Prix – Sindelfingen
  • ET3 The European darts Open – Leverkusen
  • ET4 The German Darts Grand Prix – Munich
  • Premier League Night 8 Rotterdam
  • Premier League Night 9 Rotterdam

Wednesday March 11th 19.30hrs

RE: The European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen postponed.

This event has become the third PDC European Tour event to be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. 

The PDC announced on Tuesday that the European Darts Open in Leverkusen and the German Darts Grand Prix in Munich would not be taking place following measures put in place by federal governments in the regions in Germany.

This measure has also been adopted now in Sindelfingen meaning that this years planned 2nd European Tour event in Sindelfingen from March 20th-22nd will be postponed. The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournament nets may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.

Wednesday March 11th 12.00hrs

RE: New Players Championship at ArenaMK in March.

A new Players Championship weekend will be played on March 28-29 in Milton Keynes to replace the postponed European Tour event in Germany.

The European Darts Open in Leverkusen, which was originally planned for March 27-29, has been postponed following measures put in place by the regional federal government in Germany.

As a result, the PDC will now stage two £75,000 Players Championship events at the Marshall Arena on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29. The tournaments will be streamed live online through PDCTV, with two streams available simultaneously throughout each event. PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members can now enter these events online through the PDC Online Entry System. Entries will close at 1400 GMT on Friday March 20.

The events are currently titled for player entries as Players Championship 9MK and Players Championship 10MK. However, following the close of entries. Subsequent Players Championship events in 2020 will be renumbered accordingly. Rescheduled dates for the two postponed European Tour events will be confirmed in due course.

Tuesday March 10th 17.22hrs

RE: Leverkusen and Munich postponed.

The PDC European Tour events scheduled for Leverkusen and Munich in the coming weeks will be postponed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

Following a decision by the federal governments in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria to prevent gatherings of over 1,000 people, the following European Tour events will now not take place as planned:

  • European Darts Open (ET3) – March 27-29 in Leverkusen
  • German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) – April 11-13 in Munich

The PDC are working with PDC Europe to schedule new dates for the events, with the possibility that other planned tournaments may move in the calendar to accommodate the rescheduled European Tour events.

Tickets already purchased for the events will remain valid for the equivalent session of the re-arranged event, or refunds will be available. Players are advised not to book travel or accommodation for these European Tour events. The PDPA have also advised all players to check that they have appropriate travel insurance.

The PDPA can assist players with any queries relating to travel or accommodation bookings. In addition to the two postponed events, PDC Europe remain in dialogue with the venue and local authorities in Sindelfingen regarding the forthcoming European Darts Grand Prix, which is planned to take place from March 20-22.

The planned opening three weekends of the 2020 PDC Asian Tour have already been cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic, with the season now set to begin in May with events in Seoul and Kobe.

NOTE: At present, the Tour Card Holder Qualifiers for ET3&4 are expected to be played as planned in Barnsley on Friday March 13.

Tuesday March 10th 16.00hrs

RE: Health/Safety at PDC events, guests at this W/E events.

A message to all players from the PDC regarding players guests at this weekends Pro-Tour events.

Dear Player/Manager: With regard to the current Coronavirus situation, discussions have been held with our venue Health and Safety teams and it has been agreed that guests will be limited to ONE per player until further notice.

For this weekends events in Barnsley please send your updated guest name to [email protected] by 10pm Thursday, March 12

Tuesday March 10th 14.30hrs

RE: Advice on travel and insurance for events.

All players and managers are advised to keep themselves up-to-date with any official guidance currently in place worldwide due to Coronavirus, which can change at any time – especially in relation to travel and freedom of movement.

At present, we advise all not to book travel and accommodation for events two to four of the European Tour in Germany. Any further information regarding these events will be announced and circulated in due course. The Qualifiers for these events ET2 – ET4 details will be announced in due course as soon as possible. All players, managers and fans need to take note of the current situation and any possible further situations which can change at any point in relation to travelling in Europe.

It is paramount that you get the correct information and are all covered with the correct travel insurance, so please check that you are covered (Small Print) on your policy. Particularly Travel Disruption Cover.

  • If possible, book any travel/hotels which can be cancelled at no extra cost.

Please note, if any hotels, flights, travel or events are cancelled due to Covid-19 Coronavirus it will be your travel insurance companies responsibility, but there are many stipulations which you need to be aware of.

Insurance Advice:

Martin Lewis: from Money Saving Expert’ has given his analysis on the current situation and any insurance advice please CLICK HERE for his in depth analysis. UK Government: There is also the current UK Governments current and updated advice on travel CLICK HERE

Any further information regarding this particular issue will be published ASAP.

Tuesday March 3rd 14.00hrs

RE: PDC Asia Tour.

The 2020 PDC Asian Tour has been subject to a further schedule amendment due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The opening three planned weekends of 2020 have already been postponed, with the revised schedule having seen the season set to have opened on April 18-19 in the Philippines.

However, that weekend will now be rescheduled for later in 2020, with further details to be finalised. The planned weekends on May 9-10 in Seoul and May 30-31 in Kobe are still currently scheduled but will be confirmed in due course. Players are reminded of the advice to have appropriate travel insurance should any further changes to the schedule be required, and to only confirm flight and/or hotel bookings once their entry is confirmed.

For further details and entry information, please visit www.pdc-asia.tv or follow Professional Darts Asia on Facebook.

2020 PDC Asian Tour dates:
Events One & Two May 9-10, PDK Darts Stadium, Seoul
Events Three & Four May 30-31, Kobe Sanbo-Hall, Kobe
Five further weekends TBC

Monday March 2nd 15.00hrs

RE: Current Information on attending PDC Events:

The health and safety of our players, staff and fans is our main priority at all our events.

Currently, there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change the running of our events and we are in regular contact with our venues, all of which are operating as normal.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government. We would like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any of our events to the following general advice:

  1. Frequently clean your hands in soap and water, or with an alcohol-based hand rub. We will endeavour to provide additional hand sanitizers where possible;
  2. If you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands;
  3. Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough;
  4. Avoid unnecessary contact with high touch areas such as handrails, lift buttons, door handles, surfaces etc;
  5. If you experience difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please stay at home and contact a medical advisor by phone;
  6. Players are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with their opponent or officials (for example at the end of their match);
  7. Fans are advised that during this time players may not feel comfortable interacting with fans to their usual level and so it may be more difficult to obtain autographs or pictures with players.
  8. Fans are thanked for their understanding at this time.

If you are considering attending any PDC event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly affected parts of Asia or northern Italy, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice given from the UK Government CLICK HERE:

Template - Front page: PDPA announce financial support for players.

The Professional Darts Players Association has announced financial support for players affected by the current suspension of tournaments.

 

A statement released by the PDPA on Tuesday March 31 read:

The PDPA has announced measures to assist PDC Tour Card Holders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As always, our Members’ health and wellbeing is our utmost priority. Additionally, the financial impact on our Members due to the pandemic is something which we and the PDC continue to monitor daily.

Therefore, for our Members’ benefit we announce the following:

An Immediate Emergency Fund of up to £1,000 for any Tour Card Holder in real need of immediate financial assistance. This fund is SPECIFICALLY for Members who are currently suffering a real negative financial impact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This applied-for payment will be non-repayable.

A PDPA/PDC Hardship Fund for any Tour Card Holder who requires further financial support in the months ahead in the form of an advance against future prize money. The details for this fund will be forwarded to all Tour Card Holders in due course.

Our Tour Card Holders will be emailed with full information about these packages and how they can apply for this support.

If any Tour Card Holder does not receive this email, please contact the PDPA as soon as possible, with contact details available at www.pdpa.co.uk.

Template - Front page: Players Championship Events/Results

Ian White claimed his first title of the year at Players Championship 8 in Barnsley on Sunday, defeating James Wade 8-3 in the final.

 

White produced an incredibly consistent level throughout the day, averaging over 100 in all but one of his seven victories, including a 111.3 in his win over John Henderson in the last 32. A winner of two European Tour events in 2019, White began the second day of the ProTour double-header with wins over William Borland, Diogo Portela and Henderson.

The 49-year-old then overcame Stephen Bunting in the last 16 before a 109.7 average was enough to see off Dave Chisnall in the last eight. White defeated Kim Huybrechts 7-4 in the semi-finals and went on to brush Wade aside to pick up his first Players Championship title since June 2018 and a 13th PDC title of his career.

The eighth Players Championship event of the year also saw former TV finalist Huybrechts reach his first ranking semi-final in almost two years. Dutchman Derk Telnekes, who was among the new Tour Card winners in January, also reached the final four having reached the quarter-finals at Saturday’s Players Championship 7.

The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with two Players Championship events at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, with live streaming on PDCTV. All the action can be followed via PDCTV-HD Click Here with all the days results via Dart Connect Click Here

Players Championship 8

Barnsley Metrodome, Sunday 15th March

FULL RESULTS via dc pc8 click here

QUARTERS
James Wade 6-4 Keegan Brown
Derk Telnekes 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Ian White 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Michael Smith

SEMI FINALS
James Wade 7-2 Derk Telnekes
Ian White 7-4 Kim Huybrechts

FINAL
James Wade 3-8 Ian White

Players Championship 7

Barnsley Metrodome, Saturday 14th March

FULL RESULTS via dc pc7 click here

QUARTERS
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Michael van Gerwen
Danny Noppert 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
James Wade 6-5 Ian White
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Derk Telnekes

SEMI FINALS
Nathan Aspinall 7-3 Danny Noppert
Brendan Dolan 7-1 James Wade

FINAL
Nathan Aspinall 8-4 Brendan Dolan

Players Championship 6

Robin Park, Wigan Sunday 23rd February

FULL RESULTS via dc pc6 click here

QUARTERS
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 James Wade
Peter Wright 2-6 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ian White 4-6 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Steve Beaton

SEMI FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Krzysztof Ratajski
Stephen Bunting 3-7 Gerwyn Price

FINAL
Michael van Gerwen 7-8 Gerwyn Price

Peter Wright claimed his first ProTour title of 2020 by defeating Gerwyn Price 8-6 in Saturday’s Players Championship 5 final in Wigan, while Steve Lennon hit a nine-darter.

The World Champion averaged over 100 in all but one of his matches on his way to claiming the £10,000 top prize in this year’s fifth Players Championship event, sealing the win with a 170 finish.  In the second round, Wright missed a dart at double 20 to break his own broadcast record average, but he still managed an astonishing 120.2 average in a whitewash victory over Adrian Gray.

Players Championship 5

Robin Park, Wigan Saturday 22nd February

Full Results via dc PC5 CLICK HERE

QUARTERS
Rob Cross 5-6 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 6-1 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 6-2 William O’Connor
Steve Lennon 6-2 Gabriel Clemens

SEMI FINALS
Devon Petersen 5-7 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Steve Lennon

FINAL
Peter Wright 8-6 Gerwyn Price

Krzysztof Ratajski claimed his seventh PDC title at Players Championship 4 in Wigan on Sunday, defeating Ian White 8-7 in a thrilling final.

Ratajski looked assured of victory as he led 7-6 and left 40 for the title, only for White to fire in a match-saving 155 checkout to force a deciding leg. With White throwing for the match, visits of 145 and 134 helped Ratajski on his way to winning the last-leg shootout which he finished on double eight.

Players Championship 4

Robin Park, Wigan Sunday 16th February

Full Results via dc PC4 CLICK HERE

QUARTERS
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Ian White 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven

SEMI FINALS
Danny Noppert 2-7 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ian White 7-6 Peter Wright

FINAL
Krzysztof Ratajski 8-7 Ian White

Ryan Searle lifted his very first PDC Pro-Tour title with event 3 from Wigan on Saturday defeating Michael van Gerwen 8-6 in the final.

Searle, who worked as a window cleaner until winning his Tour Card in January 2017, pockets the £10,000 top prize, which will be a major boost to his hopes of securing a debut in July’s World Matchplay, having narrowly missed out in 2019.

Players Championship 3

Robin Park, Wigan Saturday 15th February

Full Results via dc PC3 CLICK HERE

QUARTERS
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Chris Dobey
Peter Wright 6-3 Joe Cullen
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Danny Noppert
Ryan Searle 6-5 Glen Durrant

SEMI FINALS
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Peter Wright
Jeffrey de Zwaan 5-7 Ryan Searle

FINAL
Ryan Searle 8-6 Michael van Gerwyn

Players Championship 2

Metrodome, Barnsley Sunday 9th February

Full Results via dc PC2 CLICK HERE

Nathan Aspinall produced an astonishing display to land his fourth senior PDC title at Players Championship 2 in Barnsley on Sunday.

World number eight Aspinall, who was in inspired form throughout the day, hit a nine-dart finish and a 117.5 average in his 6-4 quarter-final win over Peter Wright. An incredible contest between Aspinall and Wright produced a combined average of 115.59, the highest combined match average recorded in PDC history.

QUARTERS
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Peter Wright
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Ross Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Michael Mansell

SEMI FINALS
Gabriel Clemens 0-7 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-7 Gerwyn Price

FINAL
Nathan Aspinall 8-3 Gerwyn Price

Players Championship 1

Metrodome, Barnsley Saturday 8th February

Full Results via dc PC1 CLICK HERE

Gary Anderson claimed the first PDC ranking title of 2020 with victory at Players Championship 1 in Barnsley on Saturday.

Anderson defeated Canada’s Jeff Smith 8-4 in the final to get his 2020 campaign off to a perfect start following an injury-ravaged 2019. The two-time World Champion was in fine form all day, hitting four ton-plus averages, including a 107.5 against Christian Bunse in the first round.

QUARTERS
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Peter Wright 5-6 Jeff Smith
Steve Beaton 3-6 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 6-2 Joe Cullen

SEMI FINALS
Brendan Dolan 2-7 Jeff Smith
Adrian Lewis 3-7 Gary Anderson

FINAL
Jeff Smith 4-8 Gary Anderson

Template - Front page: European Tour 3-4 Tour Card Qualifiers

The second European Tour TCH Qualifier double header in 2020 from the Metrodome in Barnsley on Friday produced the 24 PDC Tour Card Holders for the 3rd and 4th European Tour events that have yet to be re-scheduled.

 

Portugals Jose de Sousa along with Maik Kuivenhoven, Martijn Kleermaker and Jason Lowe were double winners on the currently suspended European Tour events which will be scheduled later in the season.

These two qualifiers which were scheduled for:
(ET3 the European Darts Open from Leverkusen, Germany 27th – 29th March and ET4 the German Darts Grand Prix from Munich from the 11th – 13th April are currently postponed, so a new date for the main event with be confirmed when available)

If you qualify for any of these two events, you need to note that these two events are currently not scheduled in the calendar due to coronavirus concerns in Germany, and any further information on these two events will be announced in due course.

24 Tour Card Qualifiers for ET3

Devon Petersen, Steve Lennon, Adam Hunt, Mervyn King, Jason Lowe, Steffen Siepmann, Jonathan Worsley, Darius Labanauskas, Jose de Sousa, William O’Connor, Derk Telnekes, John Henderson, Maik Kuivenhoven, Martijn Kleermaker, Harry Ward, Madars Razma, Scott Waites, Ryan Joyce, Damon Heta, Darren Webster, Vincent van der Voort, Luke Woodhouse, Chris Dobey, Kim Huybrechts.

24 Tour Card Qualifiers for ET4

Kai Fan Leung, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Lewis, Andy Hamilton, Jason Lowe, Jesus Noguera, Madars Razma, Jelle Klaasen, Jose de Sousa, Martin Schindler, Stephen Bunting, Maik Kuivenhoven, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Ron Meulenkamp, Danny Noppert, Ross Smith, Brendan Dolan, Ryan Murray, Niels Zonneveld, Benito van de Pas, Martijn Kleermaker, Steve West, Toni Alcinas, Scott Baker.

Template - Front page: Ladbrokes UK Open 2020

Michael van Gerwen followed a sensational nine-dart finish with a third Ladbrokes UK Open title in a glorious Sunday at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort as he defeated Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

 

Van Gerwen had endured three months without a tournament win since claiming November’s Players Championship Finals title in Minehead with a comeback defeat of Price. He had also landed a nine-darter during that event, and repeated the feat with a perfect leg during his 11-3 semi-final romp against Daryl Gurney.

Van Gerwen opened the final with a 180 as a 13-darter gave him the lead, only for Price to clinically storm into a 5-1 lead, with his accuracy on tops including checkouts of 105 and 97 as he moved clear.

Van Gerwen punished missed doubles from the Welshman in three of the next four legs as he pulled back to 6-4, and after a 13-darter from Price the world number one capitalised on four further misses to reduce the gap to 7-6.

A tense 14th leg saw another four misses allow Van Gerwen a let-off as the Dutchman levelled on double two, and when a further two darts at double went astray from the Welshman, he saw his rival edge 8-7 up.

Checkouts of 136 and 97 moved Van Gerwen to the brink of victory at 10-7, and though Price replied with finishes of 94 and 80 the Welshman was unable to keep his hopes alive as a missed bull allowed his rival to take out 66 for glory.

Sunday March 8th

QUARTER FINALS (19)
(102.38) Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-10 Gerwyn Price (102.15)
(110.81) Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Rob Cross (95.12)
(95.26) Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen (94.62)
(90.57) Jamie Hughes 9-10 Jonny Clayton (91.38)

SEMI FINALS (21)
(102.39) Gerwyn Price 11-4 Jonny Clayton (90.64)
(110.32) Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Daryl Gurney (96.76)
‘9 Darter MvG’

FINAL (21)
(99.16) Gerwyn Price 9-11 Michael van Gerwen (101.42)

Prize Fund:

Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £40,000
Semi-Finalists – £20,000
Quarter-Finalists – £12,500
Sixth Round Losers – £7,500
Fifth Round Losers – £4,000
Fourth Round Losers – £2,000
Third Round Losers – £1,000
Total – £450,000

6TH ROUND (19)
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Gabriel Clemens
James Wade 4-10 Michael van Gerwen
Jelle Klaasen 10-9 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 6-10 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 8-10 Jonny Clayton ‘9 Darter Clayton’
Jamie Hughes 10-5 Mensur Suljovic
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Kyle McKinstry
Rob Cross 10-8 Stephen Bunting

5TH ROUND (19)
Chris Dobey 10-5 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 10-9 Jason Lowe
Peter Wright 10-6 Ian White
Michael Smith 9-10 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 10-9 William O’Connor
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
James Wade 10-1 Kim Huybrechts
Gary Anderson 10-5 Simon Stevenson
Jonny Clayton 10-4 Joe Cullen
Mensur Suljovic 10-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Stephen Bunting 10-2 Alan Tabern
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-4 Matthew Edgar
Jamie Hughes 10-7 Martin Atkins
Jelle Klaasen 10-1 Steve West
Kyle McKinstry 10-5 Martin Schindler
Gabriel Clemens 10-6 Andy Boulton

4TH ROUND (19)
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 10-8 Glen Durrant
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson 10-7 Steve Beaton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5 Rhys Hayden
William O’Connor 10-8 Dave Chisnall
Stephen Bunting 10-9 Vincent van der Voort
Chris Dobey 10-9 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ian White 10-6 Harry Ward
Mensur Suljovic 10-4 Jamie Lewis
Gabriel Clemens 10-9 Ryan Joyce
Michael Smith 10-4 James Wilson
Kim Huybrechts 10-8 Ryan Searle
Alan Tabern 10-6 Richard North
Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-9 Jermaine Wattimena
Simon Whitlock 10-7 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Kyle McKinstry 10-8 Bradley Brooks
Rob Cross 10-7 Niels Zonneveld
Joe Cullen 10-7 Mervyn King
Jason Lowe 10-4 Adrian Lewis
Jelle Klaasen 10-5 William Borland
Ricky Evans 10-4 Joe Murnan
Simon Stevenson 10-9 Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Scott Waites
Andy Boulton 10-8 Luke Humphries
Steve West 10-9 Lewis Williams
Matthew Edgar 10-5 Josh Payne
James Wade 10-5 John Henderson
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Keegan Brown
Martin Schindler 10-2 Justin Pipe
Jamie Hughes 10-9 Brendan Dolan
Bye – Martin Atkins

1ST, 2ND and 3RD ROUND (11)
Mike De Decker 6-2 Lisa Ashton (R1)
Scott Waites 6-4 Damon Heta (R1)
Kyle McKinstry 6-1 Fallon Sherrock (R1)
Mark McGeeney 6-5 Scott Baker (R2)
John Michael 6-5 Jeff Smith (R2)
Kevin Doets 6-3 David Pallett (R2)
Jason Heaver 4-6 Kyle McKinstry (R2)
Luke Humphries 6-5 Kyle Anderson (R3)
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Robert Thornton (R3)
Josh Payne 6-4 Luke Woodhouse (R3)
Cody Harris 6-5 Scott Taylor (R1)
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Kelvin Self (R1)
Karel Sedlacek 6-0 Adam Hunt (R1)
Alan Tabern 6-2 Keane Barry (R1)
Andy Hamilton 6-3 Patrick Lynskey (R1)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-0 Marko Kantele (R2)
Scott Waites 6-1 Geert Nentjes (R2)
Mike De Decker 6-5 Daniel Larsson (R2)
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Nick Kenny (R2)
Ryan Searle 6-5 Cristo Reyes (R3)
William O’Connor 6-2 Jan Dekker (R3)
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 John Michael (R3)
William Borland 6-5 Mike De Decker (R3)
Steffen Siepmann 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk (R1)
Peter Jacques 6-4 Ciaran Teehan (R1)
Steve Brown 6-5 Michael Barnard (R1)
Daniel Larsson 6-5 Ryan Meikle (R1)
Harry Ward 6-5 Gavin Carlin (R2)
Kai Fan Leung 6-2 Kirk Shepherd (R2)
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Barrie Bates (R2)
Rhys Hayden 6-4 James Richardson (R2)
Richard North 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp (R3)
Conan Whitehead 2-6 Steve West (R3)
Devon Petersen 4-6 Bradley Brooks (R3)
Wesley Harms 5-6 Martin Atkins (R3)
Stephen Burton 2-6 Kyle McKinstry (R3)
Jason Askew 6-4 Greg Ritchie (R1)
Jason Heaver 6-0 Jesus Noguera (R1)
Adam Smith-Neale 6-4 Ben Cheeseman (R1)
Nathan Rafferty 6-3 Darren Beveridge (R1)
Andy Boulton 6-2 Reece Robinson (R2)
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Nathan Derry (R2)
Wesley Harms 6-5 Justin Smith (R2)
Madars Razma 6-4 Derk Telnekes (R2)
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Ross Smith (R3)
Steve Lennon 4-6 Alan Tabern (R3)
Ted Evetts 4-5 James Wilson (R3)
Mickey Mansell 2-6 Niels Zonneveld (R3)
Stephen Burton 6-1 Adam Huckvale (R1)
Rhys Hayden 6-5 James Clark (R1)
Bradley Brooks 6-5 Cameron Menzies (R1)
Harald Leitinger 6-1 Kevin Burness (R1)
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Matt Clark (R2)
Steffen Siepmann 6-2 Carl Wilkinson (R2)
Ted Evetts 6-1 Berry van Peer (R2)
Alan Tabern 6-3 Steve Brown (R2)
Justin Pipe 6-3 Kai Fan Leung (R3)
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse (R3)
Jose De Sousa 4-6 Lewis Williams (R3)
Nathan Rafferty 2-6 Jamie Hughes (R3)
Wesley Harms 6-3 Aaron Beeney (R1)
Danny van Trijp 6-4 Boris Koltsov (R1)
William Borland 6-2 Andrew Davidson (R1)
Lewis Williams 6-5 Robert Owen (R1)
Jason Lowe 6-1 Cody Harris (R2)
Martin Atkins 6-2 Christian Bunse (R2)
Nathan Rafferty 6-1 Mike van Duivenbode (R2)
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Andy Hamilton (R2)
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven (R3)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Darius Labanauskas (R3)
Rhys Hayden 6-2 Toni Alcinas (R3)
Matthew Edgar 6-3 Callan Rydz (R3)
Martin Atkins 6-5 Ryan Murray (R1)
Callan Rydz 6-5 Shane McGuirk (R1)
Wayne Jones 6-1 Gary Blades (R1)
Berry van Peer 6-3 Owen Roelofs (R1)
Jason Askew 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez (R2)
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-3 Peter Jacques (R2)
Lewis Williams 6-3 Adrian Gray (R2)
Joe Murnan 6-3 Harald Leitinger (R2)
Martin Schindler 6-4 Benito van de Pas (R3)
Andy Boulton 6-4 Mark McGeeney (R3)
Jonathan Worsley 3-6 Jason Lowe (R3)
Madars Razma 2-6 Scott Waites (R3)
Justin Smith 6-3 Andy Jenkins (R1)
Derk Telnekes 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker (R1)
James Richardson 6-4 Darren Penhall (R1)
Kevin Doets 6-1 Alfie Thompson (R1)
Stephen Burton 6-4 Vincent van der Meer (R2)
Conan Whitehead 6-3 Wayne Jones (R2)
William Borland 6-0 Danny van Trijp (R2)
Callan Rydz 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale (R2)
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Jason Askew (R3)
Harry Ward 6-3 Steffen Siepmann (R3)
Joe Murnan 6-3 Karel Sedlacek (R3)
Kevin Doets 5-6 Simon Stevenson (R3)

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Gerwyn Price became the inaugural winner of the Belgian Darts Championship in Hasselt on Sunday, defeating Michael Smith 8-3 in the final.

 

In-form Price averaged over 100 in three of his five matches across two days at Expo Hasselt, as the Welsh number one claimed his third European Tour title on St David’s Day.

With the final level at 2-2, world number three Price won five consecutive legs to take full control of the contest before hitting his favourite double top to land his 11th PDC ranking title and the £25,000 top prize.

The only undefeated player in the 2020 Premier League, Price is now also the only player with two PDC ranking titles to his name for the year. Sunday saw the £140,000 event reach its climax, with the last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

Having whitewashed Jamie Hughes with a 105.93 average in the last 16, Price then defeated Mensur Suljovic 6-2 before recovering from 3-0 down to overcome Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-4. Improving Dutchman Van Duijvenbode engaged and entertained the Belgian crowd throughout the weekend as a string of sparking displays saw him reach his first European Tour semi-final.

Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen’s wait for a first PDC title of 2020 goes on after he lost a deciding leg to Smith in the last 16.

Sunday March 1st

(13.00 local time, 12.00 GMT)

THIRD ROUND (11)
97.43 Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Michael Smith 93.35
93.11 Mervyn King 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker 94.18
99.18 Peter Wright 6-3 Danny Noppert 92.76
93.22 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Rob Cross 90.81
94.76 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan 91.06
97.42 James Wade 4-6 Nathan Aspinall 103.29
103.66 Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jamie Hughes 101.81
103.58 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Steve West 96.02

(19.00 local time, 18.00 GMT)

QUARTERS (11)
107.85 Michael Smith 6-1 Mervyn King 93.19
102.09 Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski 97.51
102.94 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Nathan Aspinall 103.75
100.16 Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mensur Suljovic 88.31

SEMIS (13)
102.04 Michael Smith 7-5 Peter Wright 100.10
91.38 Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-7 Gerwyn Price 92.58

FINAL (15)
96.26 Michael Smith 3-8 Gerwyn Price 100.03

Full Results:

FIRST ROUND
80.16 Darren Penhall 6-3 Ryan Searle 92.10
91.56 Andy Boulton 5-6 Andy Hamilton 90.81
86.77 Kai Fan Leung 4-6 Steve Beaton 92.98
82.91 Luke Humphries 1-6 Ronny Huybrechts 89.32
81.71 Michael Barnard 0-6 Damon Heta 102.48
86.09 Wesley Plaisier 6-5 Benjamin Pratnemer 82.16
83.14 Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Stephen Bunting 87.74
94.49 Justin Pipe 4-6 Mervyn King 93.06
101.59 Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Luke Woodhouse 93.33
94.25 Mike De Decker 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp 91.34
98.93 Callan Rydz 3-6 Gabriel Clemens 94.37
88.78 Danny Noppert 6-2 Geert De Vos 86.62
86.18 Ryan Harrington 2-6 Kim Huybrechts 89.88
87.16 Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-6 Steve Lennon 89.77
78.42 Steve West 6-0 Jeffrey van Egdom 67.03
86.58 Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Derk Telnekes 83.78

SECOND ROUND
103.28 Michael Smith 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts 97.12
87.46 Joe Cullen 3-6 Martijn Kleermaker 91.80
98.29 Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Gabriel Clemens 94.56
99.91 Glen Durrant 4-6 Mervyn King 105.98
91.17 Rob Cross 6-1 Damon Heta 92.06
88.19 Ian White 3-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode 87.42
100.40 Jermaine Wattimena 2-6 Danny Noppert 108.96
97.79 James Wade 6-3 Steve Lennon 96.07
98.73 Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Steve Beaton 93.47
89.66 Gerwyn Price 6-1 Wesley Plaisier 82.72
90.92 Peter Wright 6-2 Andy Hamilton 85.15
99.71 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Mike De Decker 91.08
93.24 Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Kim Huybrechts 91.97
92.15 Jamie Hughes 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh 97.42
93.19 Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Ryan Searle 98.28
104.14 Jonny Clayton 2-6 Steve West 100.65

Template - Front page: Development Tours 1-4

Berry van Peer, Wessel Nijman and a double from Ryan Meikle were the winners on the 2020 PDC Unicorn Development Tours first 4 events over the weekend from Hildesheim, Germany.

 

Sunday Events 3&4: Ryan Meikle won his second event of the weekend over local hero Nico Kurz and his sixth overall, and he now leads the DTOoM Table by £1,950.

In event 4 Wessel Nijman overcame Martin Schindler. Dom Taylor got to three semi finals over the four events and is 5th equal.

Saturday Events 1&2: Berry Van Peer defeated Germany’s Martin Schindler 5-1 in the final of Event One to take his career Development Tour title tally to four.

Ryan Meikle clinched his fifth Development Tour title by winning Event Two by beating Niels Zonneveld 5-3 in the decider.

Development Tour Junior Membership:

All Development Tour players will be required to be a PDPA Junior Member, this will just be a junior membership and you will not be required to play at Q-School, it will be a FREE Junior Membership, details will be sent to all Development Tour Players, or at the event. From 2020, the PDPA requires all players on the Development Tour to be registered as PDPA Members. See your event brief sent to you, your email sent or online for details.

Current DTOoM Table:

1-Ryan Meikle (ENG) £4,200
2-Wessel Nijman (NETH) £2,250
3-Berry van Peer (NETH) £2,200
4-Martin Schindler (GER) £2,050
5=Dom Taylor (ENG) £1,600
5=Niels Zonneveld (NETH) £1,600
7-Nico Kurz (GER) £1,500
8-Rusty Jake Rodrigues (AUS) £900

Full Table CLICK HERE on APP go to rankings

Development Tour 4 – Sunday 1st March

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Martin Schindler 5-3 Dom Taylor
Wessel  Nijman 5-1 Rusty Jake Rodrigues

FINAL
Martin Schindler 3-5 Wessel Nijman

Development Tour 3 – Sunday 1st March

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Nico Kurz 5-1 Jamai van den Herik
Ryan Meikle 5-2 Sebastian Bialecki

FINAL
Nico Kurz 3-5 Ryan Meikle

Development Tour 2 – Saturday 29th Feb

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Ryan Meikle 5-1 Dom Taylor
Niels Zonneveld 5-4 Brian Raman

FINAL
Ryan Meikle 5-3 Niels Zonneveld

Development Tour 1 – Saturday 29th Feb

For Full Results go to Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SEMI FINALS
Berry van Peer 5-4 Ted Evetts
Martin Schindler 5-3 Dom Taylor

FINAL
Berry van Peer 5-1 Martin Schindler

Template - Front page: Premier League Night Three CARDIFF

Nathan Aspinall inflicted a first Unibet Premier League defeat of 2020 on Michael van Gerwen on Night Three in Cardiff, while Gerwyn Price was held to a 6-6 draw by Daryl Gurney in the Welsh capital.

 

Having been at his imperious best in the opening two nights of action, five-time Premier League champion Van Gerwen was halted in his tracks by Aspinall who won 7-5 in front of a sell-out crowd at Motorpoint Arena.

Aspinall got off to a great start against the world number one as he pinned a 110 checkout on his way to a 4-2 lead. Van Gerwen hit back with three successive legs to hit the front, only for Aspinall to stop the rot with a last dart double 18. The 11th leg saw Van Gerwen hit some uncharacteristically low scores, and Aspinall took full advantage, hitting double top in each of the last two legs to rack up his third win in six attempts against the Dutchman.

Welsh number one Price was unable to deliver a win for his army of fans as he drew for the third consecutive week, this time against Gurney, who picked up his first point of the campaign. Undeterred, Gurney won back-to-back legs to secure the draw, but Price held firm in the last leg to maintain his unbeaten start to the season.

Price’s World Cup teammate Jonny Clayton suffered a baptism of fire on his Premier League debut, as Michael Smith produced the performance of the night to claim a 7-1 victory, Clayton took the opening leg but had no answer to a Smith onslaught, which saw the former Premier League runner-up average 105.51.

Having salvaged a point against Fallon Sherrock on Night Two, Durrant was at his clinical best as he landed finishes of 107, 89 and 85 on his way to a 5-1 lead. Two-time Premier League champion Anderson hit back with checkouts of 122 and 64, but Durrant maintained control of the contest to move to the table summit.

World Champion Peter Wright eventually found his way to a first victory of the campaign with a 7-5 defeat of Rob Cross, though Wright averaged over 20 points more than his opponent for much of the contest. With Cross struggling to find his range on the trebles, Wright took advantage to race into a 3-0 lead thanks to a trio of 13-dart legs.

Former World Champion Cross fought back and took the match all the way to a 12th leg, but after the former World Champion failed to take out 126, Wright found a last dart double five to condemn Cross to his first loss of the season.

The 2020 Unibet Premier League continues with Night Four in Dublin on Thursday February 27 as Republic of Ireland’s World Cup runner-up William O’Connor stars as a Challenger against Van Gerwen, while table-topper Durrant meets Aspinall in the battle of the newcomers.

Unibet Premier League Night 3

February 22nd, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

(101.95) Peter Wright 7-5 Rob Cross (90.13)
(97.44) Jonny Clayton 1-7 Michael Smith (105.51)
(96.84) Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Nathan Aspinall (100.46)
(97.46) Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price (93.70)
(97.24) Glen Durrant 7-4 Gary Anderson (96.89)

League Table:

5pts – Glen Durrant (+7)
4pts – Michael Van Gerwen (+6)
4pts – Nathan Aspinall (+4)
3pts – Michael Smith (+2)
3pts – Rob Cross (0)
3pts – Gerwyn Price (0)
3pts – Peter Wright (0)
3pts – Gary Anderson (-1)
1pt – Daryl Gurney (-8)

Unibet Premier League Night 2

February 15th, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

(94.71) Rob Cross 7-5 Nathan Aspinall (95.48)
(98.11) Gerwyn Price 6-6 Michael Smith (101.71)
(95.58) Gary Anderson 6-6 Peter Wright (88.72)
(92.21) Glen Durrant 6-6 Fallon Sherrock (87.36)
(93.92) Daryl Gurney 1-7 Michael van Gerwen (105.05)

Unibet Premier League Night 1

February 6th, P&J Live, Aberdeen

(95.01) Glen Durrant 7-3 Michael Smith (95.41)
(94.71) Gary Anderson 7-5 Daryl Gurney (91.65)
(104.13) Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Peter Wright (97.71)
(89.19) Nathan Aspinall 7-3 John Henderson (81.93)
(95.86) Gerwyn Price 6-6 Rob Cross (100.10)

Template - Front page: PDPA Players show support to Australian ‘Bushfire Fund’

PDPA Players have shown their full support to the devastation we have all seen due to the Bushfires in Australia.

 

Australia is facing one of the most dangerous and catastrophic bushfire seasons it has ever seen. The fires are devastating, and the crisis is still ongoing.

The PDPA collected signed shirts from our players which were delivered to Rob Denny from the DPA ‘Dart Players Australia’

The PDPA would like to thank all the players who donated signed shirts, with all the proceeds going to the ‘Bushfires Fund’

We have all seen the devastation that our Australian friends have had to endure, we are glad to help the fund and send our best wishes to everyone.

The PDPA

  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Simon Whitlock
  3. Jelle Klaasen
  4. Kim Huybrechts
  5. Steve Beaton
  6. Adrian Lewis (2)
  7. Gerwyn Price
  8. Daryl Gurney
  9. Glen Durrant

Watch the appeal video by CLICKING the image below.

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The second PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour weekend of 2020 will now be played across three days from April 10-12 in Wigan.

 

After reviewing the opening weekend of the 2020 season with the PDPA, the PDC has decided to stage the next four events of the year over three days, scheduled as follows:

  1. Friday April 10 – Event Five
  2. Saturday April 11 – Events Six and Seven
  3. Sunday April 12 – Event Eight

Event Five on April 10 will commence from 1400 GMT on Friday April 10, with registration for players from 1100-1300. The action on April 11-12 will see registration from 0800-0930, with play commencing 15 minutes after the draw is confirmed.

Entries for Events Five-Eight are now available for PDPA Associate Members through the PDC Online Entry System. The format and structure of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will continue to be assessed ahead of the year’s remaining 16 tournaments.

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Peter Wright claimed glory in his first tournament as World Champion, winning the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters in dramatic fashion against Michael Smith in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

 

A thrilling final reached an unpredictable climax at the Marshall Arena as Smith squandered three match darts in the deciding leg, before Wright kept his composure to hit double eight with his last dart in hand to seal further glory.

It was a maiden Masters triumph for Wright after claiming the World Championship crown on New Year’s Day, securing back-to-back televised titles for the first time in his career.

Earlier in the day, world number two Wright whitewashed Dave Chisnall 10-0 in the afternoon’s quarter-finals before seeing off his Scottish World Cup winning teammate Gary Anderson 11-7 in the semi-finals.

Smith, meanwhile, overcame Adrian Lewis 10-6 in the last eight before coming through a last-leg decider with Nathan Aspinall to set up a showdown with Wright.

The final began with Wright starting the stronger of the pair, taking a commanding 5-2 lead, only for a determined Smith to fight his way back into the contest at 6-4 despite not being at his fluent best.

A crucial break of throw followed for Smith, who then landed a 130 checkout to level it up at 8-8, and after the next four legs were shared the contest went all the way to a one-leg shoot-out.

Smith kicked off the decider with his eighth 180 of the match and followed up with a 140, but a 171 visit from Wright piled the pressure on the St Helens man, who missed two darts at double top and one at his favourite double ten to take victory.

Wright then found double eight at the third time of asking to bring the curtain down on a dramatic final, leaving Smith to rue yet another agonisingly close bid for a second TV title.

Wright and Smith will now turn their attentions to Night One of the 2020 Unibet Premier League, which will take place at Aberdeen’s new P&J Live on Thursday.

Anderson also enjoyed a strong start to the year ahead of the Premier League, with the two-time World Champion having averaged 102 in his superb 10-2 quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price.

Reigning UK Open champion Aspinall also won through to the semi-finals after continuing his Masters debut with a 10-8 win over Jonny Clayton, who was unable to follow up his defeat of Michael van Gerwen despite a strong display in the quarter-finals.

2020 Ladbrokes Masters:

Sunday February 2nd
(12.45 GMT)

QUARTER FINALS (19)
Adrian Lewis 6-10 Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton 8-10 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 2-10 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 10-0 Dave Chisnall

(19.00 GMT)

SEMI FINALS (21)
Michael Smith 11-10 Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson 7-11 Peter Wright

FINAL (21)
Michael Smith 10-11 Peter Wright

Template - Front page: PDC Awards 2020

World number one Van Gerwen enjoyed another year of glittering success in 2019, picking up 14 titles including a fourth successive Premier League crown.

 

The Dutchman also retained his World Grand Prix and Masters titles, along with other televised triumphs at the Champions League of Darts, World Series of Darts Finals, Melbourne Darts Masters and NZ Darts Masters.

Van Gerwen, who celebrated his 30th birthday in 2019, also won the ProTour player of the year award in recognition of his consistency throughout the year away from the TV cameras.

Peter Wright (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Newly-crowned World Champion Peter Wright scooped a hat-trick of awards, including Televised Performance of the Year for his stunning victory over Van Gerwen to win the World Championship Final.

The popular Scot has also been recognised by fans and fellow-players alike for his achievements by winning the Fans’ Player of the Year and PDPA Players’ Player of the Year awards.

Glen Durrant (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The Best Newcomer Award went to Glen Durrant, whose stellar first year in the PDC saw him reach the semi-finals of three televised events, including a memorable week in Blackpool at the World Matchplay.

Luke Humphries (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Luke Humprhies was awarded Young Player of the Year after becoming World Youth Champion for the first time and reaching the World Championship Quarter-Finals for a second successive year.

Players who achieved a perfect leg in PDC tournaments during 2019 were recognised with places in the PDC Nine-Dart Club, with Van Gerwen’s televised perfect leg at the Players Championship Finals earning him a commemorative gold pin badge.

Silver pin badges are awarded to recognise the record-breaking 46 perfect legs hit away from the TV cameras on the PDC circuit last year.

2019 PDC Award Winners

Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Nominated: Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross

Fans’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright
Runner-up: Gerwyn Price

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright
Runner-up: Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall (joint-second)

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright (World Championship Final v Michael van Gerwen)
Nominated: Gerwyn Price (Grand Slam of Darts Final v Peter Wright), Michael van Gerwen (World Grand Prix Final v Dave Chisnall), Glen Durrant (World Matchplay Last 16 v Michael van Gerwen)

Best Newcomer

Winner: Glen Durrant
Nominated: Jamie Hughes, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Nominated: Ian White, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright

Young Player of the Year

Winner: Luke Humphries
Nominated: Ted Evetts, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Max Hopp

PDC Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pins: Michael van Gerwen
Silver Pins: Dave Chisnall (x3), Geert Nentjes (x3), Michael van Gerwen (x3), Gerwyn Price (x2), Ritchie Edhouse (x2), Ted Evetts (x2), Peter Jacques, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans, Scott Baker, Danny Noppert, Brian Raman, James Wade, Mark McGeeney, Harry Ward, Callan Rydz, Steve Beaton, Geert De Vos, Michael Rasztovits, Robert Thornton, Madars Razma, Lourence Ilagan, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Andy Jenkins, Kyle Anderson, Boris Koltsov, Simon Preston, John Henderson, Matt Clark, Jose De Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Rob Cross, Ian White, Cody Harris, Mensur Suljovic James Beeton, Keane Barry

Template - Front page: PDC European Tour 2020

The 2020 European Tour is almost upon us, below are all the current details of these events, please note PDC-Europe will no longer be arranging players hotels.

 

These will be done by the official PDPA travel partners with Katie & Tina at ‘Travel Counsellors’ Also PDC Europe will not be running the shuttle service any more for players at any PDC European Tour Event, so you need to plan ahead and read the tournament information.

European Tour qualification (PDC)

European Tour qualification structure

16 Seeded Players: The top 16 entered players from ProTour Order of Merit at time of entry deadline. Will enter each event at second round stage, and need to win their second round match in order for prize money to count to the relevant Orders of Merit.

24 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers: These events are for Tour Card Holders only and are one knockout qualifier for each European Tour event, these are either prior or following PC events. All these dates are available via the calendar Click Here

Up to two ranked players from the Host Nation: Outside of the top 16 seeds from the ProTour Order of Merit who have entered at the time of entry deadline. Will enter each event at first round stage, and need to win their first round match in order for prize money to count to the relevant Orders of Merit. Should there be less than two ranked players from the Host Nation, additional places would be on offer at the Host Nation Qualifier.

Two Host Nation Qualifiers: From events for Associate and Day Members from the Host Nation only. Day Members can participate in up to two Host Nation Qualifiers per year, these events are always the night prior to the main event. The Host Nation Qualifiers are not yet finalised but will be announced shortly.

Two Associate Member Qualifiers: From events open to any Associate Member who competed at the 2020 Qualifying Schools and did not win a Tour Card, these events will be in Europe usually the night before the main event but are still TBC. Entries will be available very soon via your sport radar accounts. The Associate Members Qualifiers are not yet finalised but will be announced shortly

One PDC Nordic & Baltic Qualifier: These events are run by PDC N&B for players in that region, who are not Tour Card Holders

One East Europe Qualifier: These events dates are now available, and are for the Eastern Europe Region for players who are not Tour Card Holders, please see calendar of events Click Here

Entries are FREE for all PDPA/PDC Members for all European Tour events.

For all the European Tour events of 2020 see below and go to the event brief for that particular event.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR 1 – HASSELT: Belgian Darts Championship: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 2 – SINDELFINGEN: European Darts Grand Prix: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 3 – LEVERKUSEN: European Darts Open: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 4 – MUNICH: German Darts Grand Prix: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 5 – GRAZ: Austrian Darts Open: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 6 – BUDAPEST: Hungarian Darts Open:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 7 – RIESA: International Darts Open:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 8 – TRIER: European Dart Masters:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 9 – HILDESHEIM: German Darts Championship:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 10 – JENA: German Darts Open: CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 11 – LEEUWARDEN: Dutch Darts Masters:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 12 – GIBRALTAR: Gibraltar Darts Trophy:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

EUROPEAN TOUR 13 – PRAGUE: Czech Darts Open:CLICK HERE to link to the event brief for this event including event information, official hotel and how to book, travel and flights.

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Day two of the Challenge Tour weekend saw victories for Matthew Dennant and Jitse van der Wal in the PDC’s second-tier tour on Sunday.

Dennant ran out the winner on Sunday afternoon with a last leg deciding win over Nathan Rafferty, hitting a 180 at the right time, in the Semi Final he overcame Australian Gordon Mathers 5-3 while Rafferty beat former World Youth Champion James Hubbard 5-1.

PDC veteran, Andy Jenkins hit a 9 Darter on Sunday afternoon with Jitse van der Wal taking event 4 with a win over Arjan Konterman in the Final. Scott Taylor and Daniel Ayres were Semi Finalists.

Former BDO Champion Scott Mitchell heads the CTOoM table after there first 4 events £50 ahead of Robert Collins.

TO 8 CTOoM TABLE:
1 – Scott Mitchell £2,200
2 – Robert Collins £2,150
3 – Matthew Dennant £2,100
4 – Jitse van der Wal £2,050
5 – Adam Huckvale £1,300
6= Andrew Gilding £1,200
6= Nathan Rafferty £1,200
8 – Arjan Konterman £1,100

For the full table Click Here, if on the APP Go to the Rankings Area.

Sunday 26th January
Challenge Tour Three – Wigan

SEMI FINALS
Matthew Dennant 5-3 Gordon Mathers
Nathan Rafferty 5-1 James Hubbard

FINAL
Matthew Dennant 5-4 Nathan Rafferty

For the full results follow Dart Connect CLICK HERE

Sunday 26th January
Challenge Tour Four – Wigan

SEMI FINALS
Arjan Konterman 5-3 Scott Taylor
Jitse Van der wal 5-4 Daniel Ayres

FINAL
Arjan Konterman 2-5 Jitse Van der wal

For the full results follow Dart Connect CLICK HERE

SATURDAY – Scott Mitchell and Robbie Collins picked up their first victories on the PDC circuit with triumphs on the opening day of the 2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour season.

Collins, a Rileys Qualifier for the 2019 Ladbrokes UK Open who also competed on the Challenge Tour last year, took victory in Event One as he edged out Adam Huckvale 5-4 in the final.

Saturday’s second event saw Mitchell scoop his first PDC title in style with a 5-1 defeat of Andrew Gilding in the final, winning the opening three legs without reply before closing out a dominant victory with a 13-dart leg.

Saturday 25th January
Challenge Tour One – Wigan

SEMI FINALS
Ryan Hogarth 3-5 Adam Huckvale
Robert Collins 5-2 Justin Hood

FINAL
Adam Huckvale 4-5 Robert Collins

For the full results follow Dart Connect CLICK HERE

Saturday 25th January
Challenge Tour Two – Wigan

SEMI FINALS
Scott Mitchell 5-2 Eddie Lovely
Andrew Gilding 5-3 Darren Beveridge

FINAL
Scott Mitchell 5-1 Andrew Gilding

For the full results follow Dart Connect CLICK HERE

Template - Front page: PDC Q-School 2020

Lisa Ashton made history by becoming the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card through Qualifying School on Sunday in Wigan.

 

Four-time BDO Women’s Champion Ashton will compete on the PDC ProTour in 2020 and 2021 after holding on to the final qualification place on the Q School Order of Merit on a landmark day for the sport.

Ashton, who starred in the 2018/19 World Championship, had to endure a nervous wait after going down 5-2 to Justin Smith in her second game of the day resulting in no points being added to her Order of Merit tally.

However, results over the course of the day meant that Ashton’s nine points, the bulk of which were won in her run to the last eight on Day Two, were enough to secure her place on the PDC professional circuit for the first time.

Ashton was one of six players tied on nine points, but she and Darren Penhall held the advantage in number of legs won over the four days to take the final two qualification spots. A dramatic final day of action in Wigan and Hildesheim saw both UK and European Q Schools reach their climax as 22 players won two-year Tour Cards.

Two-time BDO Champion Scott Waites will compete on the PDC circuit for the first time in 2020 after winning his Tour Card outright on the final day along with Welshman Nick Kenny.

Having struggled on the opening three days of Q School, former Grand Slam winner Waites found his form on the final day, culminating in a 5-0 whitewash of teenage Irish sensation Keane Barry in their Tour Card decider.

Two-time Development Tour winner Kenny will also be a new addition to the PDC circuit after he saved his best performance till last as he averaged 110.5 to defeat Scott Taylor 5-2 in their Tour Card play-off.

Joining Ashton in winning Tour Cards via the UK Q School Order of Merit are 11 players headed up by former World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton.

Junior Darts Corporation Chairman Steve Brown was unable to attend the final day of Q School due to JDC-related commitments in China, but his runs on the first two days were enough to ensure a return to the PDC Tour after a five-year absence.

Brisbane Masters winner Damon Heta was successful in his first Q School appearance and he will be joined on the circuit by fellow-Australian and surprise-package Penhall. Scottish duo Ryan Murray and William Borland are also new names on tour, along with Wigan’s Martin Atkins.

Adam Hunt, Alan Tabern and Wayne Jones all secured immediate returns after losing their Tour Cards at the end of 2019, while Peter Jacques returns after a one-year absence. At European Q School Germany’s Steffen Siepmann booked his place on the PDC Tour for the first time by defeating Wesley Harms 5-3 in the Day Four final in Hildesheim.

However, two-time BDO Championship semi-finalist Harms did enough over the four days to earn a PDC Tour Card for the first time. Harms’ fellow-Dutchmen Derk Telnekes and Martijn Kleermaker also secured Tour Cards for the first time, while Dirk van Duijvenbode won back his card at the first time of asking.

Sweden’s Daniel Larsson, Croatia’s Boris Krcmar and Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk also won Tour Cards for the first time via the European Q School Order of Merit. The first three days of action saw six players win Tour Cards outright at UK Q School, along with three at European Q School.

All 31 PDC Tour Card winners will get their first taste of the PDC ProTour in 2020 at Players Championships One and Two which will take place at The Barnsley Metrodome from February 8th – 9th.

For full QSOoM tables Click Here

UK Q School winners (PDC)European Q School winners (PDC)

UK Qualfying School Day Four

LAST 16

Wayne Jones 5-4 Thomas Lovely
Scott Taylor 5-3 Alexander Morrison
Stephen Burton 5-0 Darren Johnson
Nick Kenny 5-3 Darren Penhall
Matthew Dennant 5-0 Wes Newton
Keane Barry 5-1 Graham Usher
Scott Waites 5-3 Connor Scutt
Adam Hunt 5-4 Steve Hine

QUARTER FINALS

Scott Taylor 5-1 Wayne Jones
Nick Kenny 5-1 Stephen Burton
Keane Barry 5-2 Matthew Dennant
Scott Waites 5-4 Adam Hunt

SEMI FINALS

Nick Kenny 5-2 Scott Taylor
Scott Waites 5-0 Keane Barry

European Qualfying School Day Four

LAST 16

Steffen Siepmann 5-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Jose Justicia 5-4 Gino Vos
Lukasz Sawicki 5-0 Wesley Plaisier
Danny van Trijp 5-3 Dennis Nilsson
Wesley Harms 5-3 Boris Krcmar
Kevin Blomme 5-3 Michael Unterbuchner
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-3 Derk Telnekes
Cody Harris 5-0 Daniel Larsson

QUARTER FINALS

Steffen Siepmann 5-4 Jose Justicia
Danny van Trijp 5-4 Lukasz Sawicki
Wesley Harms 5-0 Kevin Blomme
Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 Cody Harris

SEMI FINALS

Steffen Siepmann 5-1 Danny van Trijp
Wesley Harms 5-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode

FINAL

Steffen Siepmann 5-3 Wesley Harms

Final UK QS OoM Table

Player

Points

1 Adam Hunt 14
2 Ryan Murray 14
3 Peter Jacques 13
4 Damon Heta 13
5 Andy Hamilton 12
6 Alan Tabern-snr 12
7 Wayne Jones 11
8 William Borland 10
9 Martin Atkins-Wigan 10
10 Steve Brown-ENG 10
11 Darren Penhall 9
12 Lisa Ashton 9
13 Steve Hine 9
14 Wes Newton 9
15 Tony Newell 9
16 Stephen Burton 9
17 Dave Prins 8
18 Ritchie Edhouse 8
19 Niall Culleton 8
20 Lewis Pride 8
21 Carl Hamilton 8
22 Keane Barry 8
23 Darryl Pilgrim 8
24 Darryl Fitton 8
25 David Ladley 7
26 Paul Nicholson 7
27 Alexander Morrison 7
28 Lee Evans 7
29 Gary Mawson 7
30 Tony Richardson 7
31 Robert Modra 7
32 John O’Shea-1975 7
33 Jamie Clark 7
34 Seigo Asada 6
35 James Richardson 6
36 Jim Williams 6
37 Leonard Gates 6
38 John Bowles 6
39 James Hurrell 6
40 Andrew Gilding 6
41 Colin Osborne 6
42 Liam Meek 6
43 Gary Eastwood 6
44 Danny Lauby-Jnr 6
45 Jarred Cole 6
46 Matthew Finch 6
47 Thomas Lovely 6
48 Robert Collins 6
49 Adam Mould 6
50 Darren Johnson 6
51 Terry Roach 6
52 Graham Usher 6
53 Darren Davies-ENG 6
54 Steve Haggerty 6
55 Scott Taylor 6
56 Justin Smith 5
57 Scott Mitchell 5
58 Kevin Thomas 5
59 Daniel Day 5
60 Darren Beveridge 5
61 Jason Askew 5
62 Robbie Green 5
63 Daniel Lee 5
64 Scott Williams 5
65 Chris Quantock 5
66 Michael Flynn 5
67 Chris Lacey 5
68 Shaun Carroll 5
69 Frankie Ansell 5
70 Mark Barilli 5
71 Christopher Bent 5
72 Dom Taylor 5
73 Prakash Jiwa 5
74 Justin Hood 5
75 Andy Chalmers 5
76 Matthew Dennant 5
77 Shaun Rutter 5
78 George Cressey 5
79 Ryan Hogarth-SCO 5
80 Peter Mitchell 4
81 Ryan Harrington 4
82 Chris Aubrey 4
83 Martin Edwards 4
84 Anthony Urmston-Toft 4
85 Jake Jones 4
86 Rhys Hayden 4
87 Andrew Foster 4
88 Tony O’Shea 4
89 Lewis Williams 4
90 Cameron Menzies 4
91 Mark Lawrence 4
92 Dafydd Edwards 4
93 Greg Ritchie 4
94 Stuart White 4
95 Andy Jenkins 4
96 Jamie Kelling 4
97 Kevin Burness 4
98 Damien O’Driscoll 4
99 Kevin Dowling 4
100 Connor Scutt 4
101 Jason Cullen 4
102 Peter Hudson 4
103 John Brown-ENG 4
104 Brett Claydon 3
105 Curtis Hammond 3
106 John Part 3
107 Kevin Garcia 3
108 John Costigan 3
109 Richard Hosey 3
110 Mark Grimes 3
111 Nathan Burdett 3
112 Tommy Lishman 3
113 Daniel Faulkner 3
114 Evander Stevenson 3
115 Anthony Brown-PAD 3
116 James Hubbard 3
117 Brian Woods 3
118 Jamie Atkins 3
119 Alan Norris 3
120 Mick Todd 3
121 Chas Barstow 3
122 Craig Baxter 3
123 Luke Yates 3
124 Mark Dudbridge 3
125 Ben Cheeseman 3
126 Jamie Caven 3
127 Lee Smith 3
128 Daniel Ayres 3
129 David Evans 3
130 Paul Phillips 3
131 Kevin Lane-WAL 3
132 David Neads 3
133 Ewan Hyslop 3
134 Mark Layton 3
135 Russell Murphy 3
136 Ian McFarlane 3
137 Steven Morrison 3
138 Terry Temple 3
139 Sean Ewing 3
140 William O’Toole 3
141 Dave Parletti 2
142 Diogo Portela 2
143 Kevin Painter 2
144 Richie Burnett 2
145 Shane McGuirk 2
146 Dean Owen 2
147 Kyle McKinstry 2
148 Joshua Lowthorpe 2
149 Stuart Davies 2
150 Mark Turner 2
151 Stuart Dutton 2
152 Kieran Evans 2
153 Aden Kirk 2
154 Dean Forde 2
155 Nathan Rafferty 2
156 Fallon Sherrock 2
157 Jacob Gwynne 2
158 Gordon Mathers 2
159 Nicky Denoon 2
160 Christopher-Paul Jones 2
161 Robert Rickwood 2
162 Sandy Morrison 2
163 Coni Singh-Nagi 2
164 Gary Robson 2
165 Daniel Cooper 2
166 Richard Baillie 2
167 Ross Twell 2
168 Paul Rowley 2
169 Ben Quenby 2
170 Rhys Griffin 2
171 Martin Thomas 2
172 Adam Wood 2
173 Chris Craven 2
174 Darren Herewini 2
175 James Lawson 2
176 Martyn Turner 2
177 Geoffrey Murray-ENG 2
178 Joshua Richardson 2
179 Mark Wilson 2
180 Paul Dulson 2
181 Allan Fitzpatrick 2
182 Jonathan Wynn 2
183 Shaun Matthews 2
184 Scott Marsh 2
185 Michael Meaney 2
186 Steven Beasley 2
187 Lee Cocks 2
188 Graham Hall 2
189 Lee Whitworth 2
190 Ray Marshall 2
191 Jason Murphy 2
192 Brandon Jones 2
193 Ricky Clarke 2
194 Tony Clark-ENG90 2
195 Jim Walker 2
196 Scott Hope 1
197 Patrick Lynskey 1
198 Robert Owen 1
199 Mike Gillet 1
200 Adrian Devine 1
201 Darren Armstrong 1
202 Shane Byrne 1
203 Jason Delahunty 1
204 Ryan Hope 1
205 Aled Goode 1
206 Chris White 1
207 Ryan Craddock 1
208 Shaun Fox 1
209 Philip Wathen 1
210 Ian Jopling 1
211 Rees Hall 1
212 Robert Stansbury 1
213 Shane Price 1
214 Grant Whittaker 1
215 Jimmy McKirdy 1
216 Adam Jenkinson 1
217 Samuel Ridgway 1
218 Derek Coulson 1
219 Jason Wilson 1
220 Matt Padgett 1
221 Stuart Duncan 1
222 Jack Main 1
223 Hywel Manuel 1
224 Dan Read 1
225 Kelvin Hart 1
226 Scott Darbyshire 1
227 Tony Wood 1
228 Callum Francis 1
229 Perry Davenport 1
230 Cavan Phillips 1
231 Gary Court 1
232 Chris Mathews 1
233 Simon Preston 1
234 Harry Robinson 1
235 John Court 1
236 Yuki Yamada 1
237 Eddie Lovely 1
238 Ryan Furness 1
239 Stephen Gallimore 1
240 John Crossley 1
241 Ricky King 1
242 Mark Stephenson 1
243 David Carr 1
244 Ian Lever 1
245 Allen Baldock 1
246 Stu Wilson-1977 1
247 Andy Derrick 1
248 Kevin McDine 1
249 Michael Harrison 1
250 Padraig Balfe 1
251 Mark Frost 1
252 David Walker 1
253 Martin Grearson 1
254 James Duncan 1
255 Richard Langlois 1
256 Matthew-Joseph Smith 1
257 Patrick Quinn 1
258 Adam Huckvale 1
259 Nick Fullwell 1
260 Phillip Goodwin 1
261 Scott Ridler 1
262 Terry Creed 1
263 Stephen Harradine 1
264 Josh Habgood 1
265 Michael McCloskey 1
266 Daniel Cox 1
267 Tom Lonsdale 1
268 Aaron Argyle 1
269 Trevor Vallely 1
270 Darrell Hodgson 1
271 Derek Lumley 1
272 Daniel O’Donnell 1
273 David Calvert 1
274 Rachel Brooks 1
275 William Thexton 1
ALL OTHERS 0pts

Final European QSOoM

Player

Points

1 Dirk van Duijvenbode 18
2 Wesley Harms 17
3 Derk Telnekes 16
4 Martijn Kleermaker 15
5 Daniel Larsson 15
6 Boris Krcmar 14
7 Krzysztof Kciuk 14
8 Zoran Lerchbacher 13
9 Cody Harris 13
10 Thibault Tricole 12
11 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 12
12 Dennis Nilsson 12
13 Danny van Trijp 12
14 Berry van Peer 12
15 Ronny Huybrechts 11
16 Lukasz Sawicki 10
17 Michael Hurtz 10
18 Wesley Plaisier 10
19 Franz Roetzsch 10
20 Jose-Antonio Justicia-Perales 9
21 Michael Unterbuchner 9
22 Kevin Munch 9
23 Justin van Tergouw 9
24 Kevin Doets 9
25 Kevin Blomme 9
26 Mario Vandenbogaerde 8
27 Szabolcs Nemeth 8
28 Ondrej Kysilka 8
29 Kay Smeets 8
30 Willem Mandigers 8
31 Gabriel Pascaru 8
32 Richard Veenstra 8
33 Philipp Spindler 8
34 Dragutin Horvat 8
35 Marek Polyak 8
36 Jeffrey de Graaf 7
37 Tytus Kanik 7
38 Jeffrey Van Egdom 7
39 Romeo Grbavac 7
40 Zdravko Antunovic 7
41 Sebastian Pohl 7
42 Wouter Vaes 7
43 Wessel Nijman 6
44 Ryan de Vreede 6
45 Brian Raman 6
46 Jimmy Hendriks 6
47 Owen Roelofs 6
48 Paulo Ferreira 6
49 Nico Blum 6
50 Fabian Herz 6
51 Arjan Konterman 6
52 Andrew Beeton 6
53 Michele Turetta 6
54 Paolo Trutalli 6
55 Dennie Olde-Kalter 6
56 Mario Robbe 5
57 Jose Marques 5
58 James Bailey 5
59 Jeffrey Sparidaans 5
60 Pero Ljubic 5
61 Christian Kist 5
62 Stefan Bellmont 5
63 Tonny Veenhof 5
64 Patrick Plotz 5
65 Radek Szaganski 5
66 Kai Gotthardt 5
67 Thomas Junghans 5
68 Daniel Barborak 5
69 Richard van Zijtveld 5
70 Jitse van der Wal 5
71 Ivan Springborg-Poulsen 5
72 Sead Nicevic 5
73 Gino Vos 4
74 Julio Barbero-Gonzalez 4
75 Erik Tautfest 4
76 Patrick Tringler 4
77 Dragutin Pecnjak 4
78 Pavel Drtil 4
79 Sebastian Bialecky 4
80 Chris Landman 4
81 Michal Ondo 4
82 Andreas Harrysson 4
83 Benjamin Pratnemer 4
84 Armando Slotboom 4
85 Jeremy van der Winkel 4
86 Filip Sebesta 4
87 Janos Vegso 4
88 Roemer Mooijman 4
89 Kenny Neyens 4
90 Lukas Wenig 4
91 Manfred Bilderl 4
92 Leo Hendriks 4
93 Ricardo Perez-Ibarra 4
94 Marcel Gerdon 4
95 Marco Apollonio 4
96 Adam Gawlas 4
97 Peter Schnupfhagen 4
98 Arsen Ballaj 4
99 Robert Marijanovic 4
100 Andy Baetens 4
101 Christian Kallinger 4
102 Rene Berndt 4
103 Mareno Michels 3
104 Jarno Braamskamp 3
105 Niels-Joergen Hansen 3
106 Patrick Peters 3
107 Youri Duijster 3
108 Boris Koltsov 3
109 Danny van Klompenburg 3
110 Michael Plooy 3
111 Marcel Gugger 3
112 Andreas Frei 3
113 Markus Kessler 3
114 Martin Dufek 3
115 Martin Sevcov 3
116 Patrik Kovacs-HUN 3
117 Sebastian Steyer 3
118 Davy van der Zande 3
119 Fabian Roosenbrand 3
120 Gergely Lakatos 3
121 Michal Smejda 3
122 Andreas Schnellhardt 3
123 David Pisek 3
124 Johan Engstrom 3
125 Mindaugas Barauskas 3
126 Niels Heinsoe 3
127 Zereso Zeverboom 3
128 Claus-Bendix Nielsen 3
129 Alexander Masek 3
130 Tom Veje-Kristensen 3
131 Patrick Heitmueller 3
132 Pavel Jirkal 3
133 Wesley van Trijp 3
134 Raphael Leufgen 3
135 Marco Obst 3
136 Johan Singerling 3
137 Christopher Haensch 3
138 Mitchell Von Schukkmann 3
139 Michal Zarybnicky 3
140 Sven Vogelsberg 2
141 Michael Rasztovits 2
142 Vitezslav Sedlak 2
143 Maikel Verberk 2
144 Angel-Martin Sanchez 2
145 Frantisek Mika 2
146 Spyridon Ballas 2
147 Gabriel-Florin Olar 2
148 Patrick Bulen 2
149 Jens Kniest 2
150 Konstantinos Samaras 2
151 Roman Benecky 2
152 Rowdy Schoremans 2
153 Kevin Vennik 2
154 Karsten Koch 2
155 Toon Greebe 2
156 Levy Frauenfelder 2
157 Bent Lambertsen 2
158 Marvin van Velzen 2
159 Wesley Bour 2
160 Marcel Althaus 2
161 Veniamin Symeonidis 2
162 Dolf Reker 2
163 Gabriel Rollo 2
164 Robin Beger 2
165 Vincent Kamphuis 2
166 Gian van Veen 2
167 Tobias Mueller 2
168 Pal Szekely 2
169 Stefano Roso 2
170 Dennis van der Ende 2
171 Erik Hol 2
172 Marina Letica 2
173 David Haberberger 2
174 Peter Hubinger 2
175 Andreas Gradert 2
176 Lorenzo Van Hove 2
177 Simeon Heinz 2
178 Matthias Orn-Fridriksson 2
179 Hannes Schnier 2
180 Thomas Kohnlein 2
181 Sebastian Fey 2
182 Stefan Taferner 2
183 Pavel Kodera 2
184 Ole Luckow 2
185 Daniel Klose 2
186 Danny Tessmann 1
187 Marvin Wehder 1
188 Vitor-Manuel Gurerra-Charrua 1
189 Christian Jentschke 1
190 Wim Hofsink 1
191 Christian Goedl 1
192 Stefan Nilles 1
193 Jerry Hendriks 1
194 Aaron Hardy 1
195 Alessio Marconi 1
196 Aron Boroczi 1
197 Dimitrij Gorbunov 1
198 Andrea Micheletti 1
199 Sebastian Oschitzki 1
200 Dominik Thiel 1
201 Paul Pohl 1
202 Marek Raz 1
203 Cor Ernst 1
204 Ronald Balfoort 1
205 Nico Wagner 1
206 Willi Zimmermann 1
207 Glenn Leysen 1
208 Wilco Vermeulen 1
209 Sandor Ballo 1
210 Wesley Brown 1
211 Michael Stoeten 1
212 Martin Christiansen 1
213 Anton Salge 1
214 Anoop Ramdajal 1
215 Nandor Major 1
216 Maurice Boeve 1
217 Roxy-James Rodriguez 1
218 Lukas Grygar 1
219 Nico Kurz 1
220 Peter van den Broek 1
221 Timo Koenig 1
222 Rene Fricke 1
223 Rohan Brouwers 1
224 Patrick van den Boogaard 1
225 Michel Furlani 1
226 Sander van Beem 1
227 Erik Poliak 1
228 Thomas Lazic 1
229 Matthias Wagner 1
230 Christoph Mayer 1
231 Joshua Hermann 1
232 Fons Hardeman 1
233 Kevin Knopf 1
234 Dennis Akhtar 1
235 Manuel Sanwald 1
236 Erik Meulenmeesters 1
237 Alexander Merkx 1
238 Andreas-Dirk Sauer 1
239 Karl Cron 1
240 Nico Riehle 1
241 Karel Papezik 1
ALL OTHERS 0pts

 

Template - Front page: PDPA World Representatives

We are pleased to announce new representatives have joined the PDPA to help players around the global regions.

 

In a further PDPA development, and as part of our future plans to look after dart players around the world. We have our first four regional PDPA representatives.

With our sport continually progressing around the world, we have four areas where it is at a great stage to introduce these representatives.


Mr Gary Mawson
(North America) CLICK HERE for the CDC PDC Affiliated Tour.


Mr Wayne Weening
(Oceanic Region) CLICK HERE for the DPA PDC Affiliated Tour area.


Mr Joakim Kulan
(Nordic & Baltic) CLICK HERE for PDC Nordic & Baltic Affiliated Tour area

TBC
(Asia) CLICK HERE for the PDC Asia Affiliated Tour area.

Template - Front page: 2020 PDC Rules

The 2020 PDC Order of Merit Rules have now been announced ahead of the start of the new season.

 

With the PDC Qualifying Schools starting tomorrow in Wigan and Hildesheim, the updated PDC Rules are now complete.

PROFESSIONAL DARTS CORPORATION
2020 TOURNAMENT RULES

  1. Eligibility

1.1   All players must be a member of the Professional Darts Players Association (PDPA) to feature in the Professional Darts Corporation’s (PDC) Order of Merit. Membership is defined as either having been awarded an Honorary Membership, or being in one of the below listed categories:

  • A Full Member is defined as a player who has joined the PDPA and holds a PDC Tour Card or a player who has qualified for an event as listed in 1.2; or can be a non-playing Full Member such as a PDPA board member or Honorary Member.
  • An Associate Member is defined as a player who has joined the PDPA but does not hold a Tour Card (for example a player who attempted to win a Tour Card through Q School or a player who participates on a Secondary Tour).
  • A Day Member is defined as a non-UK national who pays a supplement to their entry fee for relevant qualifying Events for European Tour Events.
  • A Secondary Tour Member is defined as a player who is only permitted to play in Challenge or Development Tour Events. For the avoidance of doubt, they are not permitted to play in qualifiers for Premier or ProTour Events unless otherwise allowed under these Rules.

1.2   All players who participate in the following Events must be a Full Member of the PDPA: World Championship (excluding PDPA Associate Members), World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam (excluding BDO qualifiers) UK Open (excluding Amateur Qualifiers and PDPA Associate Members), European Championship, Players Championship Finals (excluding PDPA Associate Members), Masters, World Series Finals (excluding invited non-members), Premier League (excluding Challengers), Champions League.

In the event of a non-PDPA member qualifying for or being invited into an Event through an Order of Merit, a qualifying Event, or PDC Board invitation they must join the PDPA prior to participation in the Event.

1.3   All Full Members who wish to participate in Events must sign and accept the PDC Player Contract and the PDPA Code of Conduct and agree to abide by the Rules of the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) and pay any appropriate Sanction Fees to the DRA before being allowed to participate in any PDC organised Event.

Associate Members who wish to participate in Events must agree to abide by the Rules of the DRA and pay any appropriate Sanction Fees to the DRA before being allowed to participate in any PDC organised Event.

1.4   Any player who is not in good financial or disciplinary standing with the DRA, PDC or the PDPA or with companies involved with the DRA, PDC or PDPA (including having unpaid outstanding fines or other unpaid sums owing to any such party) will not be allowed to participate in any Event until such time as they are in good standing.

1.5   PDPA membership lasts from the conclusion of one World Championship until the conclusion of the next World Championship and any player who is not a Tour Card holder but qualifies for an Event listed in 1.2 is still required to play at Q School in order to be eligible to participate in that year’s ProTour Events.

1.6   All Events shall be played under the Rules of the Darts Regulation Authority, as covered in the DRA Rule Book published on its website, www.thedra.co.uk.

  1. Order of Merit

2.1   The PDC operates various Orders of Merit, based on prize money won in its Events.

Events are categorised as follows:

Premier Ranked Events:
World Championship
World Matchplay
World Grand Prix
Grand Slam
European Championship
Players Championship Finals
UK Open

Premier Invitational Events:
Premier League
Champions League
World Series Finals
Masters
World Cup

ProTour Events:
European Tour
Players Championships

Secondary Tour Events:
Challenge Tour
Development Tour

Other Events:
World Youth Championship
World Series

Non-UK Affiliate Tours (as administered by PDC Nordic & Baltic, Eurasian Darts Corporation, DartPlayers Australia, DartPlayers New Zealand, PDC Asian Tour, Championship Darts Corporation (CDC).

2.2   All Events will be scheduled and categorised at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors, following consultation with the PDPA, but with the final decision resting with the PDC Board of Directors.

2.3   Prize money won in all ranking Events determine a player’s standing in the relevant Orders of Merit. Prize money will be displayed in UK£.

2.4   Any bonus prize money for a nine-dart finish achieved by a player in an Event will be determined by the PDC Board of Directors and announced in advance of the Event. These payments will not count towards any Orders of Merit.

2.5   All prize money paid to PDPA Members in all Events will be paid in UK£ directly by the PDC or its local agents, unless otherwise advertised.

Prize money will be paid in to the bank account nominated by the player to the PDC which must be either in their own name, the name of a company of which they is a Director, the name of their DRA Licensed Agent’s Business Account or in the case of a Development Tour player or other player legally classified as a minor, the name of one or more of their parents/guardians.

2.6   The main Order of Merit is calculated on prize money won by players over a 104 week period and is added to each player’s total at the end of the day on which the Event concludes.

All prize money shall count for two years and be removed from the main Order of Merit 104 weeks after it was won, regardless of the corresponding position in the calendar of any Events.

No Premier Event shall count three times towards the main Order of Merit, with the earliest of the three removed if necessary.

2.7   The calendar of Events and Orders of Merit will be published on pdc.tv, the PDC’s official website and it will be the responsibility of the individual players to ensure they are aware of all details.

2.8   Invitations to and seedings for ranked Premier and European Tour Events will be based on the relevant Orders of Merit at the closing date for entries or qualification for the Event in question (as per Section 3).

Seedings for Players Championship Events will be based on the relevant Order of Merit at the time of the draw being made – usually the day of the event.

2.9   Players will need to have participated in a minimum of one ProTour or Premier Event over a rolling 104-week period to be eligible to qualify for Premier Ranked Events through the main Order of Merit or be eligible to win a Tour Card.

Once a player has not participated in one ProTour or Premier Event over a rolling 104-week period, they will be removed from the Order of Merit.

2.10 Only prize money won by players when PDPA members shall appear on the Orders of Merit. Lapsed members, or players who lose their Tour Card and do not regain it for the following year will be removed from the Orders of Merit after Q School, and if they compete again as Full, Honorary, Associate or Day Members their prize money tallies will revert to £0 from the day their membership ceased or their Tour Card was lost.

Non-Tour Card holders who qualify for a one-year Tour Card by virtue of their ranking at the end of the previous year will retain their prize money won during the previous year on the Order of Merit.

Prize money won by Amateur Qualifiers (who are not PDPA Associate Members) in the UK Open or BDO representatives in the Grand Slam will not count towards the Main Order of Merit. For the avoidance of doubt, PDPA Associate Members who have not qualified for the UK Open through their Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit position are permitted to participate in Amateur Qualifiers for the UK Open.

2.11 All prize money won in all PDC Events (not sanctioned affiliate tours) will be subject to a 2% levy, to be paid directly to the PDPA in the form of deductions from prize money.

  1. Invitations and Seedings

3.1   Invitations, seedings and structures for Premier Events are played according to the following criteria.

2020 Masters (non-ranked)
Cut-off date: January 1 2020
Seeds: Top 16 in Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
Qualifying Players:
Top 16 in Order of Merit 

2020 UK Open Finals
Cut-off date: February 23 2020
Seeds: Tour Card holders will enter from round one onwards depending on their position on the main Order of Merit as follows:
97 – 128: first round
65 – 96: second round
33 – 64: third round
1 – 32: fourth round

Qualifying Players:
128 Tour Card Holders
Top 8 from the 2019 Development Tour Merit Table and Top 8 from the 2019 Challenge Tour Merit Table who remain PDPA Associate Members in 2020. Associate Members from 2019 who become Full Members for 2020 will qualify as Full Members and further places will be offered to players from each of the final 2019 OOM Tables using the Development Tour first, then the Challenge Tour one player at a time, until all 8 places are filled.

16 Amateur Qualifiers (non-PDPA Full Members) from specific Events

2020 World Cup
Cut-off date: May 17 2020
Seeds:Top 8 ranked nations based on combined Order of Merit ranking (lowest total = highest seed)
Qualifying Players:
32 pairs representing different nations selected at the discretion of the PDC 

2020 World Matchplay
Cut-off date: July 5 2020
Seeds: Top 16 in Order of Merit
Qualifying Players:
Top 16 in Order of Merit.
Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

2020 Champions League
Cut-off date: July 26 2019
Seeds: Top 8 in Order of Merit
Qualifying Players:
Previous year’s winner plus top 7 on Order of Merit not otherwise qualified drawn in two groups of four as per seed pattern

2020 World Grand Prix
Cut-off date: September 20 2020
Seeds: Top 8 in Order of Merit
Qualifying Players:
Top 16 in Order of Merit.
Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

2020 European Championship
Cut-off date: October 18 2020
Seeds: Top 32 in European Tour Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
Qualifying Players:
Top 32 in European Tour Order of Merit

2020 World Series Finals
Cut-off date: September 8 2020
Seeds: Top 8 in World Series Merit Table
Qualifying Players:
Top 8 in World Series Merit Table.
Top 4 in Order of Merit not otherwise qualified.
Between 4 and 8 invited players at discretion of PDC board
Between 4 and 8 qualifiers from a Full Member qualifier

2020 Grand Slam of Darts
Cut-off date: November 5 2020
Seeds: Top 8 qualified from Order of Merit (one drawn per group)
Qualifying Players: [TO BE CONFIRMED]

2020 Players Championship Finals
Cut-off date: November 5 2020
Seeds: Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
Qualifying Players:
Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit

2020/21 World Championship
Cut-off date: November 29 2020
Seeds: Top 32 in Order of Merit seeded through to Last 64
Qualifying Players:
Top 32 in Order of Merit
Top 32 in the ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
32 invitations at the PDC’s discretion (international qualifying Events, PDPA qualifier, PDC Secondary and Affiliate Tours). Full criteria to be published in 2020.

For the avoidance of doubt, as per rule 3.6 below, in the event of a player in any qualifying Order of Merit for any above listed Event not being eligible to participate in the Event, all players beneath the non-eligible player will move up one place until all places have been filled.

3.2   In the case of ties in any Order of Merit (money won) or Merit Table (points won), the countback rule will apply; this will be the cumulative money or points won by a player in the previous four eligible Events in the Order of Merit or Merit Table where a tie has occurred. In cases where there is still a tie, this countback will continue one Event at a time until there is a separation.

If two or more players cannot be separated by countback over the entire eligible period of the relevant Order of Merit, the player ranked highest in the main Order of Merit shall be deemed to be highest ranked, with countback continuing indefinitely until a split can be made after the initial four Events on the main Order of Merit.

If this procedure does not produce a separation, a play-off will be organised between the affected players.

3.3 Seedings for Premier Events will be ordered as follows:
TOP HALF: 1-(16)-8-(9)-4(13)-5-(12)
BOTTOM HALF: 2-(15)-7-(10)-3-(14)-6-(11)

Seedings for European Tour Events will be as per Premier Events but the top and bottom halves will alternate across Events. To clarify, in odd numbered Events on the European Tour the number one seed will be in the top half but in even numbered Events the halves will switch positions.

Seedings for Players Championship Events, and the World Championship are ordered as follows:

TOP HALF: 1-32-16-17-8-25-9-24-4-29-13-20-5-28-12-21
BOTTOM HALF: 2-31-15-18-7-26-10-23-3-30-14-19-6-27-11-22

Seedings for the 64-player Players Championship Finals are ordered as follows:

TOP HALF: 1-64-32-33-16-49-17-48-8-57-25-40-9-56-24-41-4-61-29-36-13-52-20-45-5-60-28-37-12-53-21-44
BOTTOM HALF: 2-63-31-34-15-50-18-47-7-58-26-39-10-55-23-42-3-62-30-35-14-51-19-46-6-59-27-38-11-54-22-43

3.4   For PDC ranked events qualification and seedings will be determined by the relevant Order of Merit on the closing date for each particular Event.

The Orders of Merit in operation are as follows:

  • PDC main Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 104-week period in Premier Ranked and ProTour (European Tour and Players Championship) events;
  • European Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s European Tour Events;
  • Players Championship Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Players Championship Events;
  • ProTour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 52-week period in European Tour and Players Championship Events;
  • Development Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Development Tour Events;
  • Challenge Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won in that calendar year’s Challenge Tour Events.

3.5   Seedings for Players Championship Events and European Tour Events, and qualification for Premier Events through the ProTour Order of Merit will be determined on a 52-week rolling basis with 32 seeds per Players Championship Event and 16 per European Tour Event (or as many as entries permit). Seedings will be determined by the rolling 52-week ProTour Order of Merit up to and including the most recent Event completed for Players Championship Events and as of the entry cut-off date for European Tour Events.

3.6   If a player withdraws from a Premier Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons before the draw for the Event has been announced by the PDC, the next highest available non-qualified player from the Order of Merit (or if required in the case of the World Championship, the qualifying route) through which the unavailable player qualified will be invited to participate in the Event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate.

3.7   If a player withdraws from a Premier Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the draw for the Event has been made, the next available non-qualified player from the relevant Order of Merit  (or if required in the case of the World Championship, the qualifying route) through which the withdrawn player qualified will be invited to participate in the Event and will take the place of the withdrawn player directly in the draw with no alteration made to seedings if applicable. This does not apply to the UK Open where no replacement player shall be named.

If this occurs at the World Championship or other Premier Event where the replacement player is invited directly in to a round other than the earliest round of the Event and misses an earlier round, they will only be awarded prize money due for the earliest round of the Event should they lose his first match. However, should they win his first match, prize money will be awarded as normal.

3.8   Full Members may choose to enter their own nation or region’s World Championship qualifying Event and/or the PDPA Full Members qualifier. The PDPA Full Members qualifier will be the last qualifying Event held and will offer the appropriate number of spots required to complete the field for the Event. Therefore, all other qualifying Events must conclude prior to the PDPA Full Members qualifier being held.

If a player qualifies through their own nation or region’s World Championship or World Youth Championship qualifying Event as well as his position on an Order of Merit, they will be deemed to have qualified through that route and not through the relevant Order of Merit and so the next non-qualified player on the relevant Order of Merit will be invited to participate.

In the event of a player qualifying through his own nation or region’s World Championship or World Youth Championship qualifying Event also being in a seeded position for the relevant Event, the seeded position shall take precedence over the qualifying position.

3.9   Any player who declines an invitation to any Event may be denied an invitation to that or other future Events at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors.

  1. ProTour

4.1     Tour Cards for 2020 will be awarded to the following players:

Top 64 x eligible PDPA Members from the PDC Order of Merit following the completion of the 2019/20 World Championship.

29 x Tour Card Holders from 2019 Q School and 2018 Secondary Tours who are not ranked in the Top 64 of the Order of Merit

2 x top ranked players not otherwise qualified for a Tour Card from the 2019 Challenge Tour Order of Merit

2 x top ranked players not otherwise qualified for a Tour Card from the 2019 Development Tour Order of Merit

8 x automatic qualifiers from 2020 UK Q School

4 x automatic qualifiers from 2020 European Q School

Remaining 19 places to be filled by Q School Order of Merit, allocated pro rata across the UK and European Q Schools depending on final entry numbers.

If any players from the above list choose not to take up their Tour Card or are deemed ineligible due to DRA sanction by a deadline determined by the PDC, extra places will be allocated to players from Q School on an alternate basis (Q School with the most entries first) from the relevant Q School Merit Table.

The Top 64 eligible players from the Order of Merit at the end of the 2019/20 World Championship will receive a one-year Tour Card. The remaining qualifiers will receive a two-year Tour Card as their Order of Merit total will revert to £0 from January 2 2020 whereas the Top 64 retain their money won.

Players who lose their Tour Card and then regain it immediately either by winning through the next Q School or through a Secondary Tour Order of Merit will be awarded a two-year Tour Card with their prize money totals reverting to £0 from the day their Tour Card was regained.

If a player who qualifies for a Tour Card through being in the top two of the 2019 Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit is also in the Top 64 of the Order of Merit then they will receive a one-year Tour Card due to their Order of Merit position. Their money from the previous year will remain valid and their Tour Card place will pass to the next highest ranked unqualified player from the 2019 Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit.

If a player is in the top two of both the Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit then the Challenge Tour shall take priority and any further places shall pass down the Development Tour Order of Merit.

4.2     Entry to all Players Championship Events is open initially to Full Members.

All Players Championship Events will have a 128-player draw. In instances where the number of Full Members entering a Players Championship Event does not reach 128, Associate Member entries shall then be accepted in order of Challenge Tour Order of Merit position as of the Event entry deadline to make the total number of entries up to 128.

The exception to the above position is if Associate Members win a Premier Ranked or ProTour Event they shall be placed as first alternate in order of their main Order of Merit position.

If this total still does not reach 128, byes will be awarded in seed order. If this total still does not reach 96, all 32 seeds will receive a bye and additional byes will be awarded on a random basis.

For example, if there is one bye, it will go to seed one; if there are two byes they will go to seeds one and two etc.

4.3     Entry to European Associate Member qualifier is open to any player who played at least one day at either the UK or European Qualifying Schools in 2020 but did not win a Tour Card, unless they are from an East Europe Nation, a PDC Nordic and Baltic Nation, or of the appropriate nationality for the Host Nation Qualifier for that particular event. There is no entry fee and no other players are allowed to take part as Day Members.

4.4    Day Members are permitted to take part in up to two Host Nation Qualifying Events in any One Calendar Year upon payment of the appropriate Entry Fee which includes Day Membership Fee. Once a Day Member has played in a second Host Nation Qualifier that player may not participate in any further Qualifying Events that year. There are no restrictions on the number of entries in the PDC Nordic and Baltic and East European Qualifiers in 2020.

Entry to European Tour Tour Card Holder Qualifying Events is open to all Tour Card Holders.

4.5     European Tour Events will be played with a 48-player main draw consisting of the top 16 ranked entered players from the ProTour Order of Merit at the Entry deadline and 32 qualifiers.

The top 16 ranked entered players from the ProTour Order of Merit at the Entry deadline will be exempted and seeded in to the last 32 where they will play the 16 winners from the matches involving the 32 qualifiers.

Invited players who lose in their first match of the Event shall not be credited with prize money on the Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit or European Tour Order of Merit, however they shall still receive full prize money payment.

An Invited player may opt to enter the relevant qualifier for the Event in order to ensure any prize money won, even if that player loses his first game, counts on the relevant Orders of Merit. In order to be placed in the qualifier, a player must inform the PDC of his request in writing at the time of entry.

A player who qualifies for a European Tour Event as a qualifier but later becomes a seed due to the withdrawal of one or more other players shall be credited with their prize money on the relevant Orders of Merit regardless of how far they progress in the Event.

The last 48 round shall be drawn at random with no seeding.

The 32 qualifiers shall come from the following qualifying Events:

  • Tour Card Qualifier: shall produce 24 players from those entered and eligible under Rule 4.3. Tour Card Holders from all Nations are required to enter this Qualifier.
  • Associate Member Qualifier; shall produce two players from those entered and eligible under Rule 4.3
  • Host Nation Qualifier: the highest two ranked players on the ProTour Order of Merit from the Host Nation, who are outside the Top 16 from the ProTour Order of Merit as at the Entry Deadline. (If there is only one or there are no players then those places shall revert to the Host Nation Qualifier). Additionally a knockout qualifier shall produce between two and four players from those entered and eligible under rules 4.3 and 4.4. Associate Members with the same nationality as the location of the relevant Event are eligible to enter and in this instance any player with that nationality may not enter the Associate Member qualifier for that particular event.
  • PDC Nordic & Baltic Qualifier: shall produce one player from those entered and eligible under rule 4.3 and 4.4. Players with the following nationalities are eligible to enter: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
  • East Europe Qualifier: shall produce one player from those entered and eligible under rule 4.4. Players with the following nationalities are eligible to enter: Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and any state not listed here which falls within the EADC region.
  • In the case of the 2020 European Tour Event to be staged in Gibraltar, the Host Nation qualifiers shall be allocated to a stand-alone qualification process for Gibraltar based Associate and Day Members.

In the case of the 2020 European Tour Events in Prague and Budapest Czech and Hungarian players shall not be permitted to enter the East Europe qualifier when they have their own Host Nation Qualifier

All qualifying Events are to be played with a single-elimination format of a minimum of best of seven legs.

Tour Card Qualifying Events shall be seeded from the ProTour Order of Merit based on the OOM on the day of the Qualifier, depending on the number of qualifying places with one seed per place available. Other qualifying events may be seeded based on alternative criteria by prior agreement of the PDC with the relevant qualifying organiser.

If a player withdraws from a European Tour Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the cut-off date for the Event Entries and before the commencement of the Tour Card Holder Qualifier the next available non-qualified player from the ProTour Order of Merit as at the Entry deadline date will be invited to participate in the Event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate.

If one or more players withdraw from a European Tour Event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the Tour Card Holder Qualifier for the Event, extra places shall be awarded to the Host Nation qualifying Event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player at the cut-off date will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate unless the draw has already taken place, in which case the replacement player shall be entered in to the seed position in the draw but as an unseeded player.

4.6     There is no entry fee for players to enter ProTour Events, including Tour Card Holder and Associate Member Qualifiers for European Tour Events.

Any player who enters and subsequently withdraws from an Event will be subject to rule 4.14.

The PDC may, at its discretion, implement entry fees for Events staged in territories deemed to be ‘developing territories’, such as Nordic & Baltic and East Europe.

4.7     The closing date for entries for the main draw of Players Championship Events will be 1400 UK time on the Tuesday the week before each Event is due to be played for weekend Players Championship events (for the avoidance of doubt, this is 11 days before a Saturday Event). For the midweek Players Championship Events in 2020, the closing dates will be 1400 UK time on Tuesday August 25 for PC 23-24, Tuesday September 1 for PC 25-26, Tuesday October 20 for PC 29-30,

Associate Members shall be informed as soon as possible after this deadline whether their entry has been successful.

Only Associate Members who entered by the appointed deadline shall be considered for ‘top up’ places if not all Full Members enter an Event.

Any variation from this will be advertised on pdc.tv. The PDC reserves the right to alter these times in the Event of logistical issues. The list of entries will be published on pdc.tv before each Event.

4.8     All PDPA members must enter through the PDC’s online entry system or via their local affiliate organisation (as stated in the Event rules and advertised at www.pdc.tv). All non-PDPA members must enter through the PDC’s local affiliate organisation with entry not accepted until payment is made by the appointed deadline.

4.9     Entry in to Events, whether as a Full, Associate or Day Member of the PDPA constitutes acceptance of all PDC, PDPA and DRA rules.

4.10   All ProTour main draw matches will be best of 11 legs up to and including the quarter-finals, and then the semi-finals will be best of 13 legs and the final will be best of 15 legs.

4.11   All Players Championship Events will start at 1200 local time, with registration closing at 1100. Any player not registered by 1100 will be omitted from the draw without exception.

Any variation from this will be advertised on www.pdc.tv. Players’ attention is drawn to Events which take place the day after a Premier Event, as these may start later for operational reasons.

4.12   Draws for Players Championship Events will be conducted following the closure of registration, with seedings adjusted accordingly if an entered player who was due to be seeded has not registered.

Draws for European Tour Events will be conducted at the PDC’s discretion and with the intention of ensuring players have the most possible time to plan their travel arrangements for the Event.

4.13   All ProTour Events will be played in a bracket format throughout with no re-draw after any round.

4.14   Players who wish to withdraw from an Event they have entered must do so in writing to the PDC prior to the closing date if they wish to apply for a refund of their entry fee (if applicable), which will only be considered with the support of a doctor’s certificate (not self-certified) or if they have a serious family issue with supporting evidence.

Players who enter but decide not to travel, or wish to otherwise withdraw from an Event, are requested to inform the PDC as a courtesy.

Players who enter and then subsequently withdraw from a ProTour or Premier Event after the cut-off date will receive standardised fines from the DRA which will increase with each offence and may result in a suspension.

Where no other player is disadvantaged by the withdrawal (such as an Event without a cap on entries or an Event where the relevant player’s place in the draw can be filled without any implications on any other player or the Event) the DRA may choose not to impose a sanction at its own discretion.

For clarity, these fines will be as follows for 2020:

First offence: £300

Second offence: £600

Third offence: £1200

Fourth offence: DRA referral

Following a 12-month consecutive period without offence, a player’s ‘slate shall be wiped clean’ in relation to these offences.

4.15   Where stage matches are played at Events, the bull up shall be conducted in the practice room at a time to be advised to players by the Tournament Director or Players Marshal.

4.16   The PDC/PDPA will use their best endeavours to supply a marker at Players Championship Events but players must assume that marking will be their own responsibility.

Each European Tour qualifier and Players Championship Event will operate on a “loser marks” basis and it is a condition of participation that the losing player of each match marks the following game, if a marker has not been provided, as directed by Tournament Officials. In genuine cases of inability to mark, a player may arrange for someone else to mark the next match on their behalf. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that someone replaces them and that this person can mark to a competent standard and is dressed as per the DRA rules.

If a player arranges someone to mark on their behalf, the Player must notify the Board Official or Tournament Director giving the identity of the person with whom they have made the arrangement.

In either case, the marker must be in place immediately following the completion of the previous game.

Where players are required to mark themselves, the first game on each board will be marked by the last player listed on the schedule of matches for that board.

4.17   Players may be asked by Tournament Officials to move from the board to which they were originally allocated to another board. These and other reasonable requests from Tournament Officials must be adhered to immediately to help the smooth running of the Event.

Players are requested to note this rule particularly in respect of Players Championship Events at which selected boards are to be streamed on the internet. Any player who refuses a request to play on a board selected for streaming will be disqualified from the Event and rule 4.18 will apply in respect of their prize money.

4.18   Players who are timed out, fail to complete or who otherwise miss their scheduled match shall be awarded loser money for that round and be eliminated from the Event unless their withdrawal instigates a referral to the DRA in which case their prize money payment will be withheld subject to the DRA’s investigation and not appear on any Order of Merit until that investigation has been concluded.

A player who benefits from a bye but then loses the match in the round in to which they were placed as a result of the bye shall only be awarded prize money based on the previous round. For example, if a player receives a bye from the first round in to the second round of an Event, but then loses in the second round, they shall only receive and be awarded first round loser prize money. However, if they wins their second round match but lose in the third round, they shall be awarded third round loser prize money.

4.19   If a player intends competing in any Event despite suffering from illness or injury which may affect their performance, they must report this to the Tournament Director in advance. Failure to do this may result in a DRA referral.

4.20   The World Series Finals, Grand Slam and World Championship PDPA qualifying events shall be open to Tour Card Holders only.

  1. UK and European Q Schools

5.1     Both the UK and European Q Schools shall comprise four separate one-day Events, all played over a best of nine leg format under standard ProTour rules. The entry deadline shall be 1400 on January 13 2020 for both UK and European Q Schools.

Players from the UK, Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar shall play in the UK Q School. Players from all other European Nations shall play in the European Q School. Players from other nations may choose in which Q School to participate.

5.2     Tour Cards shall be awarded to the finalists of each day’s play at the UK Q School and the winner of each day’s play at the European Q School. Once a player has been awarded a Tour Card they shall not play in the remainder of Q School. The remaining Tour Cards will be awarded to the remaining players who occupy the qualifying positions in the Q School Merit Table which shall be comprised of points as awarded in 5.3. Places will allocated to the relevant UK & European Q School Merit Tables on a pro-rata basis from the final entry numbers.

Entrance to Q School constitutes acceptance of a Tour Card, if so earned by a player’s performance. If a player earns a Tour Card by virtue of his performance at Q School but declines a Tour Card, they are not eligible to appear on the Q School Merit Table or play in ProTour (including qualifiers) or Secondary Tour Events in 2020

5.3     A Merit Table for each Q School shall be compiled with players awarded one point per win from the first round which is drawn without byes to determine the allocation of any additional Tour Cards as necessary. Wins by virtue of a walkover from this round onwards shall be counted as a 5-0 win. If a player withdraws midway through a match their opponent shall be awarded the win by 5 legs to however many legs the withdrawing player has won at the time of withdrawal.

If two or more players are tied on points, they will be separated in the ranking list by (in order until they can be split): legs won and leg difference. Results from the preliminary round before the first round drawn without byes are disregarded for this countback. If the players cannot be split, a play-off will be organised.

5.4     Entry to the Q School shall cost £400 plus a £50 2020 DRA Sanction Fee and be paid in advance. The player shall then be deemed to be an Associate Member of the PDPA for the year providing the player participates in at least one day of Q School. Players who achieve their Tour Card must upgrade to Full PDPA membership at a cost of an additional £100 in order to be granted their Tour Card.

5.5     The players who finished in the top eight of the final 2019 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit and who were not awarded a Tour Card for 2020 will be invited in to the 2020 Q School. If any of these players achieve a Tour Card through the Q School, they must pay £100 for PDPA membership and £50 DRA Sanction Fee before a Tour Card is granted to them.

  1. Challenge Tour / Development Tour / World Youth Championship

6.1     Entry to Challenge Tour Events is open only to all players who participated in the 2020 Q Schools but did not obtain a Tour Card.

6.2     Entry to Development Tour Events and the World Youth Championship and its associated qualifiers is open to all players who are aged 23 or under and 16 or over on January 2 2020 Players who are ranked in the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit on the cut-off date of an Event are not eligible to enter those Development Tour Events. Players who turn 16 during 2020 shall be eligible to enter Development Tour Events or World Youth Championship qualifiers once their 16th birthday has passed.

All Tour Card Holders meeting the age requirements shall automatically be entered in to the draw for the World Youth Championship for that year and must inform the PDC before the date of the draw whether they wish to participate or not.

6.3     The World Youth Championship starts at the Last 96 round and is comprised of a minimum of 16 invitations, plus any players who under rule 6.2 have qualified by virtue of holding a Tour Card with all remaining places up to 96 bring taken from the final 2020 Development Tour Order of Merit, using countback as per rule 3.2 if required to determine positions.

6.4     Challenge Tour and Development Tour Events and the World Youth Championship are played under the same rules and regulations as ProTour Events where not otherwise specified in this section.

Registration and start times for Challenge and Development Tour Events will be advertised in advance of each Event on pdc.tv as they may vary due to entry levels or logistical reasons.

6.5     Development Tour matches are played over the best of seven legs up to the last eight and then best of nine legs from the last eight to the final. Challenge Tour matches are played over the best of nine legs.

The World Youth Championship is played over the best of 11 legs from the knock-out stage with group matches the best of nine legs. The group stage will consist of three players per group who will play each other once with two points awarded per win. In the event of a tie on points within the groups, players will be separated by leg difference. If two players have the same leg difference then the head-to head result between the two players will be used to determine positions. If all three players have the same leg difference then a three-way nine-dart-shoot out will be played.

6.6     Challenge Tour and Development Tour Events are played with an open draw with no seedings or exemptions. There are generally two Events per day, however this is subject to change.

The World Youth Championship Last 96 will include 32 seeds, being based on the Main Order of Merit with the remaining positions based on the final 2020 Development Order of Merit, and will be played down to a Final. The Final will then be scheduled during a PDC Premier or Invitational Event at a later date (expected to be at the 2020 Players Championship Finals).

6.7     All prize money in Challenge Tour and Development Tour Events won will count towards separate one-year Orders of Merit.

6.8     The Development Tour entry fee is £25 per Event. Challenge Tour entry is £50 per Event. Entries must be made online prior to 1400 the Friday preceding the weekend’s Events. There is no entry fee for the World Youth Championship.

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

  • The two highest ranked players on the 2020 Development Tour Order of Merit and then the highest ranked player on the 2020 Challenge Tour Order of Merit receive an invitation to the 2020/21 World Championship.

NOTE: if any of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualify for the 2020/21 World Championship, or reject their invitations, further places shall be offered to other players from the relevant Order of Merit until the places are filled.

  • The finalists of the 2020 World Youth Championship will be included on the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts qualification criteria list subject to the entry criteria as stated in rule 3.1 of this document.
  • The winner of the 2020 World Youth Championship receives an invitation to the 2020/21 World Championship.

NOTE: if any of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualify for the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts or 2020/21 World Championship, or reject their invitations, no further places shall be offered.

  • The top two players on the final 2020 Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit who have not otherwise won Tour Cards for 2021 and 2022 will receive two-year Tour Cards.

NOTE: if any of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualify for a Tour Card or reject their invitations, places will be offered further down the Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit. In the event a player achieves the above from both the Challenge and Development Tours, the Challenge Tour will take priority.

  • The players who finish third to eighth (countback applied in event of ties) on the 2020 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit will receive free entry to the 2021 Q School.

NOTE: in the event that any of the players who achieve the above qualify otherwise for a Q School place or reject their invitations, places will not be offered further down the Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit.

  1. General

7.1     Participation in all PDC Events is subject to players adhering to the Darts Regulation Authority rulebook. Special attention is drawn to the rules referring to behaviour and dress code.

7.2     The PDC reserves the right to remove any Event from the calendar without prior notice but will endeavour not to add any Event to the calendar without a minimum of three months’ notice.

7.3     The PDC accepts no responsibility for any loss, financial or otherwise, incurred by any player or other person in relation to the change in an Event’s date, location or schedule providing such change is advertised on pdc.tv more than three months before the opening day of the relevant Event.

In the event of a change occurring within three months of the opening day of an Event, the PDC will enter into good faith negotiations with any player who can prove they have incurred non-refundable or changeable travel or accommodation expenses for themselves only.

7.4     The PDC reserves the right to consult with the PDPA to add to or amend any or all of these rules at any time to meet any purpose deemed to be necessary at that time by the PDC’s Board of Directors.

7.5     All match results and prize money awarded shall be recorded in all stages of all PDC Premier, ProTour and Secondary Events and this information shall be published as soon as possible after an Event has been concluded on pdc.tv.

7.6     A Player who wishes to participate in a PDC or PDC affiliated event where nationality is a determining factor for eligibility must prove the following in order to satisfy the PDC’s criteria for nationality:

–        The player was born in that nation OR

–        The player holds a valid passport for that nation OR

–        The player has continuous residency (defined as their primary or permanent home in the nation) for five consecutive years immediately preceding the date of the relevant event.

`       In cases where a player is holding dual citizenship, the player will be required to determine their primary nationality at the time of entering the relevant event and may not then change nationality for a period of five years.

In cases where a qualifying event is being staged by a local PDC affiliated organisation, the PDC’s eligibility rules shall take precedence over those of the local organisation in respect of whether a player is permitted to enter the event or not. In contentious cases, the player’s eligibility must be approved in writing by the PDC before the player is permitted to participate in the event. A player who enters an event and is subsequently denied permission to participate for reasons of eligibility of their nationality shall b entitled to a refund of their entry fee but no further liability shall be accepted by the PDC or its affiliate organisation.

This ruling has been implemented following consultation with the PDPA and both the PDC and PDPA are aware there are a larger number of unique and specific cases regarding player nationalities.

Therefore, the PDC reserves the right to alter or adapt this ruling at its sole discretion in the interests of fairness and sporting integrity.

7.7     This document will remain in force until the completion of all 2020 Events unless otherwise advised. Amendments will be announced on the PDC’s official website www.pdc.tv and unless otherwise stated will come in to force immediately from time of announcement.

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Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is the William Hill World Champion after a Wonderfull display against Michael van Gerwen in the New Years Day final.

 

Wright took the first set in a decider by landing double top at the first attempt – but only after Van Gerwen had missed a dart at the bullseye for a 170 checkout.The Scotsman crucially broke his opponent’s throw in the second leg of set two with a 12-darter before doubling his lead on tops.

Van Gerwen announced his presence in the final with a dominant third set, in which he used just 37 darts to complete a whitewash. Wright missed the opportunity to restore a two-set lead when he missed a dart at double top to take out 102, allowing Van Gerwen to land double eight to level up the match.

The Dutchman was made to pay for six missed darts at double to lead the fifth set, which Wright went on to take 3-1 with the aid of a 10-darter and a set-sealing 96 finish. It was Wright’s turn to complete a whitewash set as he produced a brace of 81 checkouts, followed by an 80 finish to regain a two-set cushion.

An 84 checkout on the bullseye saw Van Gerwen take a 2-1 lead in the seventh set, which he immediately sealed with a ruthless 11-darter. Wright came from 2-1 behind to win the following set in an edgy deciding leg, in which Van Gerwen missed a dart a tops for parity before the Scot pinned double 16 to increase his lead to 5-3 in sets.

Both players had the chance to take the set, but crucially Wright returned to secure the set and put him one set away. Wright took the first leg against the throw in set 10 only to see Van Gerwen take it back, and just missing double 12 for a 9 darter.

Wright took leg 3 tp put him one leg away, which he took with double ten to win his first World Crown.

Wednesday January 1st

Evening Session (19.00 GMT)

Final (13)
Michael van Gerwen 3-7 Peter Wright

Format:

First Round – Best of five sets (no tie-break)
Second Round – Best of five sets
Third Round – Best of seven sets
Fourth Round – Best of seven sets
Quarter-Finals – Best of nine sets
Semi-Finals – Best of 11 sets
Final – Best of 13 sets

A tie-break will be in operation in all round from the second round onwards, where the final set must be won by two clear legs. If the score reaches five-all, the 11th leg will be a sudden-death leg.

Prize Fund:

Winner – £500,000
Runner-up – £200,000
Semi-final – £100,000
Quarter-final – £50,000
Fourth round – £35,000
Third round – £25,000
Second round – £15,000
First round – £7,500

Semi Finals

(12) Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Michael van Gerwen (1)
(7) Peter Wright 6-3 Gerwyn Price (3)

Quarter Finals

(1) Michael van Gerwen 5-2 Darius Labanauskas
(12) Nathan Aspinall 5-3 (29) Dimitri van den Bergh
Luke Humphries 3-5 (7) Peter Wright
(27) Glen Durrant 1-5 (3) Gerwyn Price

Fourth Round

(1) Michael van Gerwen 4-0 (17) Stephen Bunting
Steve Beaton 2-4 Darius Labanauskas
(5) Gary Anderson 2-4 (12) Nathan Aspinall
(29) Dimitri van den Bergh 4-3 (13) Adrian Lewis
Kim Huybrechts 1-4 Luke Humphries
(7) Peter Wright 4-3 (23) Jeffrey de Zwaan
(27) Glen Durrant 4-3 (22) Chris Dobey
(3) Gerwyn Price 4-2 (14) Simon Whitlock

Third Round

(1) Michael van Gerwen 4-0 (32) Ricky Evans
(16) Jonny Clayton 0-4 (17) Stephen Bunting
(8) James Wade 2-4 (25) Steve Beaton
Darius Labanauskas 4-2 (24) Max Hopp
(5) Gary Anderson 4-3 Ryan Searle
(12) Nathan Aspinall 4-3 (21) Krzysztof Ratajski
Luke Woodhouse 2-4 (29) Dimitri an den Bergh
(13) Adrian Lewis 4-3 (20) Darren Webster
Kim Huybrechts 4-2 (31) Danny Noppert
Nico Kurz 2-4 Luke Humphries
(7) Peter Wright 4-2 Seigo Asada
(10) Dave Chisnall 3-4 (23) Jeffrey de Zwaan
(6) Daryl Gurney 2-4 (27) Glen Durrant
Fallon Sherrock 2-4 (22) Chris Dobey
(3) Gerwyn Price 4-0 (30) John Henderson
(14) Simon Whitlock 4-1 (19) Mervyn King

Second Round

(1) Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Jelle Klaasen
(32) Ricky Evans 3-1 Mark McGeeney
(16) Jonny Clayton 3-0 Jan Dekker
(17) Stephen Bunting 3-2 Jose Justicia
(8) James Wade 3-0 Ritchie Edhouse
(25) Steve Beaton 3-1 Kyle Anderson
(9) Ian White 1-3 Darius Labanauskas
(24) Max Hopp 3-2 Benito van de Pas
(5) Gary Anderson 3-0 Brendan Dolan
(28) Steve West 0-3 Ryan Searle
(12) Nathan Aspinall 3-1 Danny Baggish
(21) Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
(4) Michael Smith 1-3 Luke Woodhouse
(29) Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-0 Josh Payne
(13) Adrian Lewis 3-2 Cristo Reyes
(20) Darren Webster 3-0 Yuki Yamada
(2) Rob Cross 0-3 Kim Huybrechts
(31) Danny Noppert 3-2 Callan Rydz
(15) Joe Cullen 1-3 Nico Kurz
(18) Jermaine Wattimena 2-3 Luke Humphries
(7) Peter Wright 3-2 Noel Malicdem
(26) Keegan Brown 2-3 Seigo Asada
(10) Dave Chisnall 3-1 Vincent van der Voort
(23) Jeffrey de Zwaan 3-2 Darin Young
(6) Daryl Gurney 3-0 Justin Pipe
(27) Glen Durrant 3-0 Damon Heta
(11) Mensur Suljovic 1-3 Fallon Sherrock
(22) Chris Dobey 3-2 Ron Meulenkamp
(3) Gerwyn Price 3-2 William O’Connor
(30) John Henderson 3-0 James Richardson
(14) Simon Whitlock 3-0 Harry Ward
(19) Mervyn King 3-2 Ciaran Teehan

First Round

Jelle Klaasen 3-1 Kevin Burness
Mark McGeeney 3-1 Matt Campbell
Ryan Joyce 2-3 Jan Dekker
Arron Monk 0-3 Jose Justicia
Ritchie Edhouse 3-1 Boris Koltsov
Kyle Anderson 3-2 Xiaochen Zong
Darius Labanauskas 3-0 Matthew Edgar
Gabriel Clemens 2-3 Benito van de Pas
Brendan Dolan 3-0 Nitin Kumar
Ryan Searle 3-2 Robbie King
Andy Boulton 2-3 Danny Baggish
Jamie Hughes 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Luke Woodhouse 3-0 Paul Lim
Josh Payne 3-0 Diogo Portela
Cristo Reyes 3-2 Lourence Ilagan
Ryan Meikle 1-3 Yuki Yamada
Kim Huybrechts 3-2 Geert Nentjes
Steve Lennon 2-3 Callan Rydz
James Wilson 1-3 Nico Kurz
Luke Humphries 3-1 Devon Petersen
Rowby-John Rodriguez 0-3 Noel Malicdem
Mickey Mansell 0-3 Seigo Asada
Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Keane Barry
Raymond van Barneveld 1-3 Darin Young
Justin Pipe 3-2 Benjamin Pratnemer
Jose De Sousa 0-3 Damon Heta
Ted Evetts 2-3 Fallon Sherrock
Ron Meulenkamp 3-0 Ben Robb
William O’Connor 3-0 Marko Kantele
James Richardson 3-2 Mikuru Suzuki
Harry Ward 3-2 Madars Razma
Ross Smith 0-3 Ciaran Teehan