PDC European Championship

The European Championship will be played from 25. - 29. October in Hasselt in Belgium. Eight seed and 24 qualifiers take part.
Participants, Schedule, Draw first round
Tournament Information

German Darts Masters
The German Darts Masters is the last World Series event before the Final and will be played on 20. und 21. October in Düesseldorf. Eight PDC Top players and eight German speaking players Qualifiers take part.
Partitipants, Schedule First Round
Tournament Information


New Columns
7. June

Coaching Clinic 44:
How to practice hitting the doubles

Why no team from the Philippines in the PDC World Cup:
An Open Letter to Barry Hearn - about the Philippines.


Adam "Thorn" Smith in Mallorca :
My Oche in Mallorca


Interview with Jeff Smith


An interview with Jeff Smith - the Canadian player who just won the men's singles of the WDF World Cup.
To the Interview

20. October
German Darts Masters - Preview
Today in Düsseldorf the German Darts Masters will begin - the last event of this year's World Series of Darts.
In Düsseldorf eight PDC Top players will play gainst eight German speaking players.
Schedule and Results
Preview



PDC World Championship 2018
The PDC now published the for the PDC World Championship 2018 already qualified players and the dates for the last few qualifiers.
Among the already qualified players are Pole Krzysztof Ratajski as the highest ranked East European player in the PDC Order of Merit and Canadian Jeff Smith, who took part last year in the Grand Slam and some time ago owned a PDC two years Tour Card. Ratajski was qualified as Winmau World Masters winner for the BDO World Championship but withdrew and was replaced by Gary Robson.
Participants, Schedule



18. October
European Championship
Now the PDC published the detailed schedule of the first and the second round.
The match between Gerwyn Price and Ronny Huybrechts will open the tournament on Thursday, 26. October. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and runner-up Mensur Suljovic will play their first round matches on the first evening as well. Last match of the first round will be Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski in Friday's afternoon session.
Participants, Schedule



The Barnsley Mystery
Paul Gillings from the Darts Performance Centre accompanied Diogo Portela to the last two Players Championships of the year in Barnsley. There he used his spare time to visit the theatre...
The Barnsley Mystery



17. October
European Championship
The PDC now announced the draw of the first round of the European Championship which will take place from 26. - 29. October in Hasselt in Belgium.
The only German participant, Martin Schindler, will play first round against Rob Cross. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen - again the number 1 seed this year - will open his campaign against fellow country man Jan Dekker. Last year's runner-up Mensur Suljovic will play first round against Kim Huybrechts. Beside Kim Huybrechts with his brother Ronny and with Dmitri van den Bergh two more Belgians will play in front of the local crowd.
Participants, Schedule, Draw first round



16. October
PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit, the Pro Tour Order, the European Tour Orden and the Players Championship Order were updated.
PDC Rankings



15. October
Sieg für van Gerwen in Goettingen
With a 6:4 win over Rob Cross Michael van Gerwen got his sixth European Tour title of the year.
In the semi-finals stood Simon Whitlock and Kim Huybrechts. Andy Boulton had been eliminated from the tournament as last qualifier by Simon Whitlock in the quarterfinals.
Schedule, Results
Report Finals Day
Statistics



European Darts Trophy - Day 3
On the third day of the European Darts Trophy the tournament will be played in an afternoon and an evening session to the end.
The last two German players in the event - Martin Schindler and Rene Eidams were eliminated in the second round. Unseeded players still in the tournament are Jonny Clayton, Keegan Brown, Andy Boulton and Jan Dekker.



14. October
European Darts Trophy - Day 2
On the second day of the European Darts Trophy yesterday's winners will play in an afternoon and an evening session against the seeded players.
With Martin Schindler and Rene Eidams two out of five Host Nation Qualifiers survived the first round as did the only Austrian player in the field of participants Zoran Lerchbacher. Schindler - who was yesterday the only player with an over 100 average - will play today against number two seed Peter Wright. Rene Eidams will play against Stephen Bunting and Zoran Lerchbacher against Top favourite Michael van Gerwen.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



13. October
European Darts Trophy
Today in Goettingen the first round of the European Darts Trophy will be played in an afternoon and an evening session. Only the qualifiers will stand at the oche.
By the Host Nation Qualifier last night Rene Eidams, Martin Schindler, Robert Allenstein, Nico Blum and Manfred Bilderl qualified for the event. So Schindler still has the chance to qualify for the PDC World Championship by the ranking.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



German Darts Masters
The PDC announced the draw for the German Darts Masters - the last World Series Turnier before the finals in Glasgow.
In Duesseldorf eight PDC Top players will play against eight German speaking qualifiers.
Matches - First Round



Finder Darts Masters
The field of this year's Finder Darts Masters - the last big BDO/WDF event before the BDO WWorld Championships in Lakeside - is filling up.
For the men's event Andy Fordham, the two Canadians Jeff Smith and David Cameron and Scotsman Schotte Cameron Menzies now got a wildcard. The field of participants of the youth event is already complete. Here Justin van Tergouw, Nathan Grivan, Jarred Cole and Keane Barry got the wildcards.
Participants



12. October
European Darts Trophy
Tomorrow in Goettingen the last event of this year's European Tour will begin.
Mensur Suljovic withdrew, for him qualifier Stephen Bunting moves up as seeded player and in the Host Nation Qualifier five instead of four places are on offer.
The PDC already announced the draw for the first and second round.
Participants, Schedule, Draw first and second round



Wins for Cross and Clayton in Barnsley
Rob Cross and Jonny Clayton won the titles in the last two Players Championships of the year in Barnsley.
Rob Cross won Players Championship 21 with a 6:3 win over Adrian Lewis. In the semi-finals stood William O'Connor and Jermaine Wattimena. For Cross it was already the fourth win on the Pro Tour this year. Dave Chisnallthrew a nine-darter in his first round match.
Jonny Clayton got his first Pro Tour Sieg in Players Championship 22 and defeated in the final James Wilson with 6:1. The semi-finals reached Jamie Caven and Jeffrey de Zwaan.
Participants, Results



11. October
Grand Slam of Darts
The PDC now announced which BDO players will take part in this year's Grand Slam of Darts. The eight players are: Glen Durrant as BDO World Champion 2017 and Winmau World Masters winner 2016, Danny Noppert as runner-up of the BDO World Championship 2017, Peter Machin as winner of the World Trophy 2017 and Mark McGeeney, Jamie Hughes, Scott Mitchell, Ross Montgomery and Cameron Menzies, who qualified by the ranking.
The field of participants at the moment looks like this:
Participants



PDC World Championship
More and more places in the field of participants of the PDC World Championship are assigend though several qualifiers took not place yet.
By the Japanese qualifier again Segio Asada qualified. The qualification for Asia won Paul Lim who will take part for the tenth time in a World Championship. William O'Connor qualified as winner of the Irish Matchplay. Winner of Eastern European qualifier was Alan Ljubic and the Central and South American qualifier won Diogo Portela.
Participants, Schedule



BDO World Championships 2018
By the Lakeside Play Offs after the Winmau World Masters the last four places in the BDO men's World Championship and the last two places in the Women's World Championship of the BDO were assigned.
Among the qualifiers is with Michael Unterbuchner a German player - the DDV number 1.
Participants, Schedule



10. October
Winmau World Masters - Finals Day
Somehow I got steam rolled by other dart events when I returned home form the Winmau World Masters in Bridlington. I hope that by now my site is up to date again and can finally close the Winmau World Masters. The gallery will be posted soon as well. But first the article about the finals day of the Winmau World Masters - of course with a lot of pictures! This picture here shows the walk-on man who accompanied the women on stage on the finals day.
Finals Daynew



World Series of Darts Final
After last nights qualifier the field of participants of the final of this year's World Series of Darts - which will take place from 3. - 5. November in Glasgow - is complete. The qualifiers were Rob Cross, Chris Dobey, Dimitri van den Bergh, Justin Pipe, Jonny Clayton, Mark Webster, Jan Dekker and Simon Stevenson. Phil Taylor will not take part in the event.
World Series of Darts



Target Super League Germany
At the weekend the last Superleague weekend of the year was played. Most successful player was Martin Schindler with 14 wins in 14 matches witch moved him up on the third place in the ranking. Head of the table stays Maik Langendorf who won nine of his matches. Die Top Eight of the ranking - Maik Langendorf, Stefan Stoyke, Martin Schindler, Kevin Münch, Dragutin Horvat, Robert Marijanovic, Rene Berndt and Nico Kurz will play in the final on 18. November for a place in the PDC World Championship 2018. Frank Kortendieck and Holger Rettig were relegated.
Target Superleague Germany



9. October
German Darts Masters
The participants of the German Darts Masters are known - the World Series of Darts ebent wich will be played from 20. - 21. October in Düesseldorf. With Maik Langendorf, Stefan Stoyke, Kevin Münch, Dragutin Horvat and Robert Marjanovic the Top 6 of the Target Super League Germany Ranking after the last league weekend qualified.
Max Hopp and Mensur Suljovic got an invitation.
World Series of Darts



Pro Tour - Barnsley
From today till Wednesday the Pro Tour for the sixth time this year comes to Barnsley.
Today the World Series of Darts Finals PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifier takes place with eight places in the World Series of Darts Final on offer. Tomorrow and on wednesday the last two Players Championships of the year will be played.
Participants, Results



WDF World Cup
The men's single title of the WDF World Cup, which took part this year without the teams from England, Scotland and Wales, won Canadier Jeff Smith. The women's single title went to Vicky Pruim from Sweden. The youth titles won Justin van Tergouw from the Netherlands and Denis Hashtbaran from the Iran. Justin Tergouw won together withWessel Nijmann the boy's pairs and together with Kayla Brussel the mixed pairs as well.The girl's pairs won the pair Hashtbaram/Avazzadeh from the Iran. The women's pairs won the Russian pair Dobromyslova und Kononova, the men's pairs the Russian pair Koltsov/Oreshkin. Winner of the men's team event was team australia, winner of the women's team event was team Netherlands.
Participants, Results



PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit was updated.
PDC Rankings



8. October
O'Connor wins Irish Matchplay

Before the World Grand Prix final in Dublin the final of the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay between Jason Cullen and William O'Connor took place.
O'Connor won with 6:4 and by this secudred himself a place in the PDC World Championship 2018, where he'll give his debut.



7. October
Gurney wins in Dublin
Daryl Gurney as first Irish player with a close 5:4 win over Simon Whitlock got the World Grand Prix Title.
Gurney had started quite nervous into the match and Whitlock managed to win the first two sets in the deciding leg. Than the Northern Irish man finally had settled, leveled and himself took a 3:2 lead. But Whitlock didn't give in, leveled and went 4:3 in front. Gurney won the eigth set and the match went into the deciding set. In the fourth leg Gurney first missed the finishing double with three darts but the Australian was still far back and Gurney's fourth matchdart hit the target.
Bericht und Statistics, Final



6. October
World Grand Prix - - Semifinals
Winners of the two semi-finals tonight were Simon Whitlock and Daryl Gurney, who now will meet in the final tomorrow.
Simon Whitlock defeated Mensur Suljovic in a close match 4:3. Whitlock first was the stronger player but than slumped a little bit and Suljovic was back in the game. In the end the Australian won and for the first time since 2013 progressed into a televised final.
The second match was had faught too though the result doesn't show it. Gurney defeated John Henderson 4:1. Gurney looked a little bit tired but in the end kept his nerve and for the first time reached the final of a ranking and televised tournament.
Results
Report and Statistics, Semifinals



World Grand Prix
Tonight in Dublin the semi-finals of the PDC World Grand Prix will be played.
Mensur Suljovic will play against Simon Whitlock and Daryl Gurney stands with the last Scotsman in the tournament John Henderson at the oche who is the only non seeded player among the last four as well.



WDF World Cup
While in Dublin the PDC Top players play the World Grand Prix in Kobe in Japan players from 28 nations stand at the oche who take part in the WDF World Cup. Many of them traveled on from the Winmau World Masters in Bridlington to Kobe.
Men's and women's pairs and the mixed pairs of the youth are already over. The men's pairs won the Russian pair Koltsov/Oreshkin, the women's pairs the Russian pair Dobromyslova/Kononova and the mixed pairs of the youth were won by the Dutch pair van Tergouw/Brussel. Men's and women's pairs and the mixed pairs of the youth are already over. The men's pairs won the Russian pair Koltsov/Oreshkin, the women's pairs the Russian pair Dobromyslova/Kononova and the mixed pairs of the youth were won by the Dutch pair van Tergouw/Brussel.
All other finals will be played tomorrow and will be streamed on youtube..
participants, Results



World Grand Prix - Day 5
Three of the quarterfinals were quite one-sided matches but with surprising results. Simon Whitlock defeated Benito van de Pas without problems 3:0, John Henderson this time eliminated Raymond van Barneveld from the tournament and Mensur Suljovic prevailed over Peter Wright - who never found into the match - as Henderson with 3:1. The last match of the evening was a thriller. In the end a once again very emotional Daryl Gurney crossed the finishing line really only just in front of Robert Thornton
Results
Report and Statistics, Day 5



5. October
World Grand Prix
Tonight in Dublin the quarterfinals will take place.
Still in the race are Simon Whitlock, Benito van de Pas, John Henderson, Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic, Peter Wright, Robert Thornton and Daryl Gurney - that means three Scotmen, two Dutchmen, one Australian, one Austrian and one Irishman.
Results



4. October
World Grand Prix - Day 4
The second evening with matches of the second round was even more one sided than the first one. Benito van de Pas, Mensur Suljovic and Simon Whitlock all won 3:0. Only Peter Wright lost one set but won in the end 3:1 against Mervyn King.
Results
Report and Statistics, Day 4



World Grand Prix
Tonight in Dublin the the second round will be played to the end.
The now favourite to win the tournament Peter Wright will play against Mervyn King. Rising star Richard North will meet Simon Whitlock at the Oche who only just survived the first round. Beside Mensur Suljovic - who now was invited for German Darts Masters World Series Event - will play against Steve West and Gerwyn Price against Benito van de Pas.



3. October
World Grand Prix - Day 3
On the third evening of the World Grand Prix three more onesided and one close and thrilling match were played. After the night Robert Thornton, John Henderson, Daryl Gurney and Raymond van Barneveld progressed into the quarterinals while Dave Chisnall, Alan Norris, Joe Cullen and Steve Beaton were eliminated from the tournament.
Results
Report and Statistics, Day 3



World Grand Prix
Tonight in Dublin the first four matches of the second round will be played.
John Henderson who caused the biggest upset of the tournament so far by eliminating Michael van Gerwen will play today against Alan Norris. Dave Chisnall who showed the best performance of the first round will play against the World Grand Prix champion from 2015 Robert Thornton. Beside Raymond van Barneveld will meet Steve Beaton and Joe Cullen will stand with Daryl Gurney at the oche.



World Grand Prix - Day 2
The second day with first round matches at the World Grand Prix was not quite so sensational as the first one. But both - the now favourite to win the event Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock - only just managed to win with luck against Stephen Bunting and Christian Kist. Rising star Richard North on the other side had no problems to elimnate Mark Webster and Steve West who sent last year Phil taylor packing in the first round this year was successful against James Wade.
Results
Report and Statistics, Day 2



2. October
World Grand Prix - Day 1
Even before the tournament started there was a first surprise - Gary Anderson withdrew form the event due to the impending birth of his second child and was replaced by Mark Webster.
But the results of the first evening were full of upsets as well. Not only Rob Cross, upcoming star of the PDC, but Adrian Lewis and even reigning champion Michael van Gerwen didn't survive the first round.
Results
Report and Statistics Day 1



30. September
World Grand Prix
Tomorrow in Dublin the World Grand Prix will begin.
Already on the first evening reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will stand at the oche against John Henderson. The event will be opened by the match between Alan Norris and Justin Pipe. On Monday the first round will end with the match between Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting.
Participants, Results
Preview



Cross and Suljovic win in Dublin
Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic won the two Players Championships which were played ahead the World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Rob Cross won on Friday the final against Peter Wright. In the semi-finals stood Mensur Suljovic and Antonio Alcinas.
Today Mensur Suljovic won the final against Stephen Bunting and the semi-finals reached Madars Razma and James Wilson.
Participants, Results



27. September
Winstanley and Ratajski win titles
With a 2:5 win over Corrine Hammond Lorraine Winstanley won the women's Winmau World Master title. Before she had defeated in the semi-finals Trisha Wright.
In the men's event in a more one-sided match Pole Krzysztof Ratajski prevailed - a winner probably no one had predicted. Ratajski defeated in the final number 1 seed Mark McGeeney. Before on finals day he won against Cameron Menzies and Glen Durran. McGeeney had won his semi-final against Gabriel Clemens and his quarterfinal Martin Phillips.



Winmau World Masters - Day 2
After the youth finals the quarterfinals of the women and the last 16 of the men were played. Sarah Roberts, Corrinne Hammond, Lorraine Winstanley and Trisha Wright progressed to the semi-finals. In the men's tournament most of the seeded players won their matches with the exception of Ross Montgomery. But Montgomery lost against James Hurrell, another seeded player, and due to an injury in his throwing arm was not really able to compete.
Winmau World Masters
And here the article for day 2:
The second daynew

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Nico Blum wins Boy's Final
German Nico Blum kept his nerve in the last leg of the final and won the boy's Winmau World Masters. He defeated in a close and high class final his Irish oponent Keanne Barry with 4:3. Barry had impressed with the better scoring and was supported by most of the crowd. But he had too many problems to finish his legs. The girl's final was a more one sided affair dominated by the by now 13 years old Beau Greaves who showed a great performance. Her Irish opponent Katie Sheldon had no chance.



Global Darts at World Masters.
Last year I had not been able to attend the World Masters but this year I managed the long and exhausting travel to Bridlington.
Here my report of day 1 which was quite successfull for the German participants
The first day

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25. September
Winmau World Masters - Day 1
Today in Bridlington the Winmau World Masters began. The men's event was played to the last 16, the women's event to the last 8, the youth tournaments to the final..
The German players were quite successfull: Nico Blum reached the boys final and Gabriel Clemens played himself under the last 16 of the men. Tomorrow both will play their stage matches. For the seeds it was not a good day. Nine of the 16 seeded men and three of the seeded women are already out of the tournament.
Winmau World Masters



24. September
Interview with Jeff Smith
The current Canadian number 1 got especially well known by the performances during the BDO World Championships 2015 and 2016. 2016 Jeff Smith even reached the final. But Jeff Smith owned a PDC Tour Card for two years as well. This year he stands at the oche of the Winmau World Masters.
To the Interview



Wright wins in Riesa
After a rather slow start into the tournament Peter Wright managed to convince in the semi-finals and the final. With a 6:5 win over Kim Huybrechts he won the title.
Wright defeated on finals day Ronny Huybrechts, Jelle Klaasen and Ron Meulenkamp to progress into the final. Kim Huybrechts won against Ian White, Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen. Mensur Suljovic, last year's winner of the tournament, was eliminated in the third round despite a great performance against Gerwyn Price. The highest average of the tournament played a non seeded player. Ron Meulenkamp had in his semi-final against Peter Wright an 105.89 average.



International Darts Open - Finals Day
On the finals day the tournament will be played to the end.
None of the German qualifiers is still in the tournament but with Ronny Huybrechts, Peter Jacques, Dennis Nilsson, Ron Meulenkamp and Josh Payne some qualifiers are still in the running. Five of the seeded players were already eliminated from the tournament: Cristo Reyes, Benito van de Pas, Daryl Gurney, Michael Smith and Rob Cross.
Results
Statistics



23. September
Winmau World Masters
On Monday the Winmau World Masters will begin which this year return to Bridlington Spa. Next week Thurday as well in Bridlington at the same venue the Lakeside Play-Offs will folloew.
To attune to the World Masters today and tomorrow in Bridlington the BDO British Classic and British Open take place in which many of the World Masters participants will take part as well.
Winmau World Masters



International Darts Open - Day 2
In the second round - again in an afternoon and an evening session - the first round winners will play against the sedded players. As Michael van Gerwen didn't register for Riesa Peter Wright is the number 1 seed. He will stand at the oche against Chris Quantock. The only German qualifier who survived the first round - Max Hopp - will play in the penultimate match of the evening against Alan Norris.
Results
Statistics



22. September
International Darts Open
Today in Riesa the International Darts Open will begin - the penultimate event of the European Tour 2017.
In the first round the qualifiers will meet in an afternoon- and an evening session.
By the Host Nation Qualifier last night Max Hopp, Bernd Roith, Dragutin Horvat and Martin Schindler qualified.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



19. September
World Grand Prix
The detailed schedule of the tournament was now published by the PDC.
The match between Alan Norris and Justin Pipe will open the tournament on Sunday, 1. October. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will compete in the penultimate match of the first evening against John Henderson. On the second evening among others Mensur Suljovic will play against Ian White and Gary Anderson against Richard North before the match between Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting will terminate the first round.
Schedule



Coaching Klinik

Last Coaching Clinic had the focus on how to prepare on the PDC World Cup - a pairs event. This Coaching Clinic now takes stock.Let's see what we got right and what wrong.
After the World Cup - what we got right and what wrong?



18. September
World Grand Prix
The PDC now published the draw for the first round of the World Grand Prix.
Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will begin his tournament against John Henderson while runner-up Gary Anderson will play first round against Richard North.
Draw First Round



Results...
Winners of the Vizcaya Open in Bilbao in Spain were Spaniard Jose Oliveira De Sousa and Englishwoman Deta Hedman. The titles of the Van Diemens Classic in Luanceston, Tasmaia won Justin Thompson and Tori Kewish.
Winners of the Catalonia Open in Calella in Spain were Dutchman Chris Landman and Dutchwoman Sharon Prins. The FCD Anniversary Open as well in Calella in Spain won Catalonian Marti Marti-Santamara and the Dutchwoman Aileen de Graaf.



Finders Darts Masters
As the Finders Darts Masters Ranking 2017 by now is on its final standing most participants of the event which is traditional the last BDO/WDF tournament before the BDO World Championships in Lakeside are known. The still free tournament places of the tournament which will be played from 8. - 10. December are filled with Wild Cards.
Finder Darts Masters



17. September
Suljovic wins Champions League
In a thrilling final Mensur Suljovic - who entered the event as underdog - defeated Gary Anderson with 11:9. Suljovic was the most consistent player of the tournament and managed to hold his nerve in the final. It is Suljovic's first win in a televised event.
Before Suljovic defeated in his last group match Dave Chisnall and in the semifinals Raymond van Barneveld with another 11:9 win. Anderson way to the final on the second day of the event started with a close win over Peter Wright in his third group match. In the semifinals he defeated Phil Taylor. The pre tournament favourit to win the event - Michael van Gerwen - didn't reach the semi-finals as Phil Taylor beat him in the last group match.
Report and Statistics



Development Tour Weekend
At the weekend in Barnsley a Development Tour weekend with four events took place. Most successfull player of the weekend was Dimitri van den Bergh,who won an avent on Saturday and reached the final of the other one. On Sunday he stood in one of the semi-finals. Van den Bergh moved up the ranking and sits now behind Luke Humphries in second place.
Development Tour



Champions League

On the second day of Champions League the last group matches take place before in the evening session semi-finals and final will be played.

Results, Tables
Statistics



16. September
Champions League
On the first day of the Champions League in an afternoon- and an evening session each time four group matches will be played.
In the evening session the group winners of the afternoon and the group losers of the afternoon will play each other.
Results, Tables
Statistics



15. September
Champions League
Tomorrow in Cardiff the Champions League will begin. Among the eight participants, the top eight of the PDC ORder of Merit after the World Matchplay, are three debutants: Dave Chisnall, Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic.
Last year Phil Taylor won with a win over Michael van Gerwen the first Champions League. Has Taylor a chance to defend his title?
Preview



13. September
Coaching Klinik

How do you prepare for a pairs event? The DPC offers you some ideas it tried on Team Brazil in the preparation for the PDC World Cup in June.
Be Prepared! We look at pairs play in darts!



12. September
PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit, the Pro Tour Order of Merit, the European Tour Order of Merit and the Challenge Tour Order of Merit were updated.
PDC Rankings



11. September
World Grand Prix
The field of participants for the PDC World Grand Prix is known after the German Darts Grand Prix. The biggest surprise: the rumours came true and Phil Taylor will - though qualified - not for a last time take part in the World Grand Prix. Thanks to Taylor's refusal Robert Thornton stays in the field of participants. He would have been ousted otherwise by Simon Whitlock.
Four players will give their World Grand Prix debut this year: Rob Cross, Christian Kist, Richard North and Ronny Huybrechts.
The first round draw will take place on Sunday, 17. September.
Participants



Challenge Tour
At the weekend the last tournaments of this year's Challenge Tour took place. On Saturday Peter Jacques and Nick Fullwell won the events, on Sunday Wayne Jones and Alan Tabern were the winners.
The two players on top of the final ranking, Wayne Jones and Mark Dudbridge, got a Tour Card for two years. The players ranked 3-8, Luke Humphries, Peter Jacques, Aaron Dyer, Alan Tabern, Mark Frost and Kevin McDine, can enter Qualifying School 2018 for free.
Challenge Tour



Van Gerwen triumphs in Mannheim
With 6:3 win over Rob Cross Michael van Gerwen won in Mannheim his fifth European Tour event of the year. Van Gerwen only lost sex legs during the tournament and only had one match with an average under 100. Cross played a similar strong tournament but had his weakest match in the final - the only one with an average below 100.
Van Gerwen reached the final with wins against Richard North, Gerwyn Price, Jelle Klaasen and Simon Whitlock. Rob Cross defeated on his way to the final Jan Dekker, Mensur Suljovic, Ian White and Benito van de Pas.
Report Finals Day



Ergebnisse...
Winners of the EDO England Matchplay were Lorraine Winstanley and Glen Durrant. The youth titles went to Beau Greaves and Tyler Radlett. Winners of the England Classic were Deta Headman and Jeff Sparidaans. The girls event was as well won by Beau Greaves, in the boy's event Jarred Cole won the title. Before the EDO weekend the men's Penthatlon took place, the winner was as many times before Martin Adams.
Winners of the Champions League of Darts in the Netherlands were Rick Hofstra, Marjolein Noijens and Ramon Leferink/Youth who all qualified by their wins for the Finder Darts Masters 2017.



10. September
German Darts Grand Prix - Finals Day
Today the German Darts Grand Prix will be played again in two sessions to the end. With Dave Chisnall, Mervyn King, Alan Norris, Kim Huybrechts and Peter Wright five seeded players were already eliminated from the event. Especially impressive were in the second round Rob Cross, Vincent van der Voort, Kyle Anderson and the favourite to win the tournament - Michael van Gerwen who all played averages over 100.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017



9. September
German Darts Grand Prix - Day 2
On the second day of the German Darts Grand Prix in an afternoon- and an evening session yesterday's winners will play against the seeded players.
Despite quite decent performances all German qualifiers are already out of the tournament. Kyle Anderson played with 101.44 the highest average of the first day and will meet in second round Kim Huybrechts.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017



8. September
German Darts Grand Prix
Today in Mannheim the German Darts Grand Prix will begin - the tenth event of the European Tour 2017.
In the first round the qualifiers will meet in an afternoon- and an evening session.
By the Host Nation Qualifier last night Max Hopp, Bernd Roith, Michael Hurtz and Martin Schindler qualified.

Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



6. September
PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship
Australian Corey Cadby will be able to defend his title - he again is among the international qualifiers for the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship which will be played on the 6. November in Wigan down to the final. 12 of 16 international qualifiers are already known. The field of participants will be completed by Benito van de Pas - the only eligible player among the Top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit - and the Top 47 of the Development Tour Rankings after the last Development Tour event of the year.
PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship



German Darts Masters
The German Darts Masters are part of the PDC World Series of Darts and will be played for the first time this year. They will take place in Düsseldorf on the 20. and 21. October. The PDC now announced who will be the eight PDC players taking part in the event. It will be Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Daryl Gurney and Kyle Anderson. Max Hopp and Martin Schindler will join them as the two best ranked German players in the PDC Order of Merit and six more German players will be added according the final standings of the Superleague Germany ranking on 9. October.
World Series of Darts



5. September
Tournament Calender 2018
After the PDC published its tournament calendar for 2018 we assembled from the already known dates a provisional tournament calendar for the next year. As soon as other dates get publish we'll add them to the calendar.
Tournament Calender 2018



World Grand Prix
Only the European Tour weekend in Mannheim will count for the qualification for the World Grand Prix in Dublin which will be played this year without local players as the PDC dropped the two places for Irish participants. This year the Top 16 of the Order of Merit and the Top 16 of the Pro Tour Order of Merit will take part in the tournament.
How the field of participants looks before the European Tour weekend in Mannheim you can find here:
Participants on 5. September



European Tour 2018
The European Tour will be extended to 13 events next year. Nine events will be played in Germany, one in Austria - in Graz, two in the Netherlands and for the first time an Europeant Tour event will take place in Denmark in Copenhagen.
European Tour



PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit, the Pro Tour Order of Merit, the European Tour Order of Merit and the Scandinavian Order of Merit were updated.
PDC Rankings



4. September
Van Gerwen gewinnt in Maastricht
For the fourth time in a row Michael van Gerwen won the Dutch Darts Masters. In a quite one sided final he defeated Steve Beaton with 6:1. Van Gerwen won on the finals day against Kyle Anderson in the to be sure best match of the tournament, Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith to progress into the final. Steve Beaton defeated Martin Schindler, John Henderson and Peter Wright.

Results
Statistics
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017



2. September
Dutch Darts Masters
On the second day of the Dutch Darts Masters the seeded players entered the tournament. Nine of them lost their first matches and are out of the event already among them the only seeded German speaking player Mensur Suljovic. Among the qualifiers who reached the third round is the last German speaking player in the tournament Martin Schindler and with Christian Kist the last Dutch qualifier still in the event. With a clear 6:1 win over his fellow country man Jeffrey de Zwaan reigning champion Michael van Gerwen progressed into the third round.

Results
Statistics
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017



1. September
Dutch Darts Masters
Today in Maastricht the Dutch Darts Masters will begin - the ninth event of the European Tour 2017.
In the first round the qualifiers will meet in an afternoon- and an evening session.
Yesterday in Maastrich the Host Nation- and the European Qualifier for the tournament were played. By the Host Nation Qualifier Jimmy Hendricks, Christian Kist, Justin van Tergouw and Jeffrey de Zwaan qualified.
Participants, Schedule, Results
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