Austrian Darts Championship

The Austrian Darts Champion is the tenth European Tour Event of the year and will be played from 30. August - 1. September in Schwechat/Vienna, Austria.
Participants, Schedule
Tournament Information


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Coaching Clinic 55:
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Adam "Thorn" Smith in Costa Rica :
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Interview with Chuck Puleo

Chuck Puleo qualified for the PDC World Championship 2019 and together with Darin Young took part as Team USA ind the PDC World Cup.
To the Interview





15. August
World Series of Darts
Tomorrow the World Series of Darts travels to Mebourne.
The PDC today published the draw and the schedule of the first round. Reigning champion Peter Wright will play in his first match against Corey Cadby. Damon Heta, winner of the event in Brisbane, will play in his first round match as in Brisbane against James Wade.
The tournament will be streamed live on PDC TV. Start is 11.30 am British time.
Schedule, Results, Statistics
Tournament Information, Ranking



14. August
Provisional Tournament Calender 2020
Till now the PDC didn't publish the tournament calender for next year. But other organisations like the DDV, the BDO, the EDO and the WDF already published some dates which can be found in the tournament calender!
Provisional Tournament Calender 2020



Results...
Wayne Warren and Astrid Trouwborst won the titles of the Antwerp Open, winners of the youth events were James Beeton and Lerena Rietbergen. In the on Sunday following Belgium Open siegten Nick Kenny and Aileen de Graaf were the winners. James Beeton again won the boy's title while Julie Berens won the girls event.
Winners of the New Zealand Open were Mark McGrath and Tina Osborne.
At the CDC weekend in Chicago both events had with Matt Campbell and Jeremiah Millar Canadian winners. For Campbell it was already the second win of the season.



12. August
Heta wins in Brisbane
Australian Damon Heta could celebrate his first PDC TV Title in Brisbane.
Heta, who heads the DPA Order of Merit, was on his 32. birthday the suprise winner in front of the Australian crowd. In the first round on the first day of the event he eliminated James Wade. On the second day he defeated in the quarterfinals Gary Anderson - who once again had problems to hit his doubles, in the semi-finals his fellow country man Simon Whitlock and in the final last year's winner Rob Cross. The final was a very close match in which Heta contrary to his opponent used his chances. Cross reached the final with wins against James Bailey, Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney. Gurney had elimanted in the quarterfinals Michael van Gerwen.
Results, Report Final, Statistics



PDC Challenge Tour
At the weekend in Wolverhampton four Events of the PDC Challenge Tour took place and there were four different winners: Cameron Menzies, Patrick Lynskey, Jesus Noguera and Callan Rydz. For Menzies and Noguera it were already the second win this year on the Challenge Tour and they now head the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
On Saturday Boris Koltsov threw a nine-darter, on Sunday Simon Preston.
Challenge Tour



9. August
More BDO News
A new MC and five new referees will stand on stage during the BDO World Trophy which will take place from 30. August to 1. September in Blackburn.
The new MC will be Paul Booth who among others was the MC of the League of Legends and accompanied many darts players through exhibitions. Best known of the new referees is John Fowler who once played darts himself but now works as MC and referee at tournaments and exhibitions. The other four new BDO referees all have some experience in local and regional tournaments. They are Garin Roderick, Josh Clough, Harry Smith and Kerrie Crompton, who will be the first ever official female referee on the BDO stage.



8. August
World Series of Darts
Tomorrow in Brisbane the first of three World Series events in Australia and New Zealand will begin.
Draw, schedule and participants are already known. Reigning Champion and World Matchplay winner Rob Cross will play in the first round against James Bailey, Gary Anderson will have to play against Corey Cadby - probably one of the most difficult oceanic opponents.
The tournament can be followed live on ITV4 Live and is streamed live by the PDC TV stream. Coverage will start at 7pm BST.
Schedule, Results, statistics
Tournament Information



Dartoids World

During a visit to Thailand Dartoid has a look at the famous River Kwai.
Darts near the River Kwai




6. August
BDO News
The BDO news start happening very fast at the moment.
The retirement of popular BDO MC Richard "Little Richard" Ashdown and all BDO referees caused a stir and fueled the fears of an ongoing BDO decline. Totally converse signals came from the BDO chairman who announced a new three years contract with the well-known Circus Tavern for the World Masters - and with One80 L-Style a new sponsor - and a new contract for the BDO World Championship which 2020 no longer will be played in the Lakeside Country Club but in the O2 Arena in London.
Details are not known yet. The World Master will be played from 23. - 28. October, the BDO World Championship from 4. - 12. January 2020.



Adam "Thorn" Smith travels on

Only one more day in Dominical - Thorn paddels the mangrove forest swamp before he spends the night at the dartboards of the San Clemente Bar.
"Flocks, Crocs And Oches"



Results...
In Luxembourg Aileen de Graaf won both the Luxembourg Open and the Luxembourg Masters. Matijn Kleermarker won the men's singles of the Luxembourg Open and Luc Peters the men's event of the Luxembourg Masters. Both girls events were won by Belgian Femke de Vuyst, the boys events were won by Englishman James Beeton(Open) and Dutch Pim van Bijnen(Masters).
Winners of the Mongolia Open were Gan-Erdene Sharavsambuu and Erdenechimeg Dondov. Erdenechimeg Dondov won the ladies singles of the Mongolia Masters as well while Baatarkhuyag Tsend won the men's event.



5. August
World Matchplay Gallery

Here it is finally - the gallery of the first and second round of the World Matchplay:
Gallery



Ratajski and Dolan win in Hildesheim
Krzysztof Ratajski and Brendan Dolan were the winners of the Players Championships in Hildesheim. Ratajski won on Saturday the 21. Players Championship and defeated in the final Dimitri van den Bergh. For Ratajski it was already the second Players Championship title this year. Van den Bergh for the second time stood in a final. The semi-finals reached Ian White and Danny Noppert. On Sunday Brendan Dolan for the first time in almost five years could celebrate a ranking title. He defeated in the final Jermaine Wattimena. Mensur Suljovic and Cody Harris stood in the semi-finals..
Results



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



2. August
Pro Tour Weekend Hildesheim
For a Pro Tour weekend the PDC travels to Hildesheim.
Today the UK/European Tour Card Holders Qualifiers for the European Tour Events 11 and 12 in Mannheim and Riesa take place. Tomorrow and on Sunday the Players Championships 21 and 22 will be played in the same venue.
Several tour card holders didn't register among them Michael van Gerwen - who said he will play no more Players Championships this year - and Gary Anderson.
Participants
European Tour Event 11
European Tour Event 12




1. August
"Let Us Entertain You"
On my last day at the World Matchplay the second round was played to the end. It was not as thrilling as the night before but quite interesting nevertheless.
Besides the World Matchplay this time a tourist attraction is in the focus which has quite a lot to do with entertainment - and as you perhaps can see in the picture on the sidelines with darts-: the Comedy Carpet.
"Let us entertain you"



31. July
At the Beach
On my penultimate day in Blackpool in the evening the second round of the World Matchplay started. It was a great night of darts with hard fought matches and upsets.
But what do you do during the day in Blackpool before the tournament is resumed? On this yunny and warm day the answer only could be let's go to the beach!
At the Beach



30. July
PDC World Championship 2019/20
After American Danny Baggish - who qualified as North American Championship - by now two more participants in the tournament are known. Paul Lim and Lourence Ilagan were quite successful at the weekend on the PDC Asian Tour - Lim won one of the events and reached the final of the other. Now the can't be caught in the Asian Tour Order of Merit and even before the last Asian Tour weekend have qualified again for the PDC World Championship.
PDC World Championship



Super League Germany
At the weekend the third Unicorn Super League took place. Most successful were Nico Kurz, Martin Schindler and Gabriel Clemens who all won ten of their matches. Ricardo Pietrecko for the second time this year withdraw for a weekend and was elimnated..
Super League Germany



Champions League of Darts
The PDC now announced who will be the eight players taking part this year in the Champions League of Darts. It will be Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and James Wade.
The tournament will take place from 19. to 20. October in Leicester.
Champions League



PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit was updated after the World Matchplay.
PDC Rankings



28. July
Cross wins World Matchplay
With a 18:13 win over Michael Smith Rob Cross won the World Matchplay title. In a one sided start in the match Rob Cross got a 9:0 lead before Smith won his first leg and started a remarkable fightback. He managed to reduce his deficit to two legs. But Cross kept his nerve and crossed the finishing line first.
Statistics, Report



27. July
World Matchplay - Semifinals
Tonight in Blackpool the semi-finals were played. In the first semi-final Rob Cross played against Daryl Gurney. Gurney first dominated the match and was 14:7 in the lead. But Cross started a sensational comeback, leveled 15:15 and then took the last two legs of the match and the win.
The second semi-final between Michael Smith and Glen Durrant stayed till the end a one-sided match. Daurrant never played as good as in his previous matches while Michael Smith showed a strong perfromance and won 17:10.
So tomorrow in the final Rob Cross will play against Michael Smith.
Results
Statistics, Report



26.July
World Matchplay
Tonight the last two quarterfinals will be played. Rob Cross will play against Stephen and Peter Wright against Daryl Gurney.
Rob Cross by now ist the favourite on the win with sponsor Betfred.
Schedule, Results



World Matchplay - Day 6
The first two quarterfinals were both clear matches. Mervyn King could keep up long with Michael Smith but nearer the end Smith was just the better player and won 16:11. The second quarterfinal was even more one-sided as James Wade never really was in the match. Might be he had more problems with the heat on stage then his opponent Glen Durrant who won 16:7. Smith and Durrant will now meet in the semifinals tomorrow.
Schedule, Results
Statistics, Report



25. July
World Matchplay - Day 5
Day two of the second round was far less dramatic then day one. Three of the matches were dominated by one player and only one was very close and went into the tie break and ended with a surprise. Daryl Gurney defeated in the first match of the night Keegan Brown with 11:9, both players couldn't keep up their performances of the first round. Krzysztof Ratajski had not much to oppose Rob Cross - Cross won with 11:5. Simon Whitlock had even less to oppose an again strong playing Peter Wright and Wright won with 11:2. The match between Stephen Bunting and Ian White was first dominated by White. But suddenly Bunting was back in the match and the match went into the tie break - Bunting won it 14:12.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



Along the piers
On the third day of the tournament I had some more time and I passed it among other things with a walk. That's one of the reasons the third article deals not only with the last first round matches but with piers in general - not only the Blackpool Piers - as well.
Along the Piers



World Matchplay
On the fifth day of the tournament the second round will be played to the end. Daryl Gurney will play against Keegan Brown, Stephen Bunting against Ian White and Rob Cross against Krzysztof Ratajski. The final match of the second round will be the match between Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock - the only match of the night in which two seeded players will clash.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



World Matchplay - Day 4
The first second round night of the World Matchplay was a dramatic night. It started with a close 12:10 win of Michael Smith over Max Hopp with which Smith for the first time progressed into the quarterfinals of the event. In the second match once again James Wade turned the game and won in the tie break 13:11 against Mensur Suljovic. After that Mervyn King eliminated with a strong performance reigning champion Gary Anderson and the night ended with the clash of two three times world champions which went into the tie break as well. Glen Durrant defeated Michael van Gerwen with 13:11.
Schedule, Results
Statistics, Report



24. July
Darting Entertainment

The second day of the tournamment was a day with two sessions. So one has not much time for other things. But it was an entertaining day nevertheless.
Darting Entertainment



World Matchplay
Today in Blackpool the second round of the World Matchplay will begin. In the first match of the night Max Hopp will stand against Michael Smith at the oche. The matches James Wade v Mensur Suljovic and Gary Anderson v Mervyn King will follow. In the last match of the night Michael van Gerwen will play against Glen Durrant.
Schedule, Results



23. July
World Matchplay - Day 3
On the last first round day with Jonny Clayton another seeded player was eliminated - he lost against Keegan Brown. The other three seeded players Simon Whitlock, Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright won their matches. Simon Whitlock had to fight hard against John Henderson. The match almost went into the Tie Break. The most commanding performance and the best average with 102.04 showed Peter Wright against whom Vincent van der Voort only could keep up at the start of the match.
Schedule, Results
Statistics, Report



World Matchplay
Tonight in Blackpool the first round of the World Matchplay will be played to the end. Four first round matches will be played. Among others Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright will stand at the oche. Wright won last week two Pro Tour events and recently the German Darts Masters - it looks he is in good form.
Schedule, Results



World Matchplay -Tag 2
On the second day of the World Matchplay we saw in the afternoon and the evening session one really hard fought match. In the afternoon it was the match between Daven Chisnall and Max Hopp in which Hopp kept his nerve and won with 11:9. In the evening it was the most thrilling battle between James Wade and Jeffrey de Zwaan which Wade won in a Sudden Death leg. The outstanding performance showed three time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant who defeated in the last match of the second day Adrian Lewis with 10:4. Michael van Gerwen played a more patchy match but showed enough to defeat Steve Beaton with10:6.
Schedule, Results
Statistics, Report



22. July
No Beach Weather...
This year again Global Darts is live in Blackpool - for the first and second round of the tournament - and of course there will be some articles which this year beside the tournament have the topic entertainment. The first article deals with the opening night of the event and might be answers the question why the World Matchplay blends in so well with Blackpool.
No Beach Weather...



World Matchplay
On the second day of the World Matchplay an afternoon- and an evening session with four first round matches each will take place.
In the afternoon session with Jamie Hughes and Krzysztof Ratajski two more debutants will stand at the oche. In the evening session all eyes will be on the number 1 seed Michael van Gerwen -who will play against Steve Beaton and on the last match of the night between Adrian Lewis and Glane Durrant.



21. July
World Matchplay - Day 1
On the first night of the World Matchplay the three debutants all were eliminated. Nathan Aspinall lost 5:10 against a strong playing Mervyn King. Gary Anderson didn't show a great performance but Danny Noppert had no chance nevertheless. Rob Cross convinced in the last match of the night against Chris Dobey. The most thrilling match of the first evening between Gerwyn Price and Stephen Bunting ended in a 13:12 win for Bunting.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics, Report



20. July
World Matchplay
Tonight in Blackpool the World Matchplay will begin - this year sponsored by betting company Betfred. The first round will be played from tonight till Monday. The tournament will be opened by the match between Nathan Aspinall and Mervyn King. Besides tonight reigning champion Gary Anderson will start his campaign against Danny Noppert as well.

Preview
Participants, Schedule, Results



19. July
World Matchplay

Part two of the debutants presentation of this year's World Matchplay deals with Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes, Chris Dobey and Danny Noppert.
The Debutants - Part 2




18. July
World Matchplay

This year there will be seven debutants in the World Matchplay. We check them out.
Today in our first part we deal with Nathan Aspinall, Krzysztof Ratajski und Ricky Evans.
The Debutants - Part 1



Wright wins Players Championship 20 as well

Peter Wright won the 20. Players Championship des Jahres in Barnsley as well - again with impressive performances. He defeated in the final Joe Cullen who had no chance at all. The semi-finals reached Adrian Gray and Adrian Lewis.
Participants, Results



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



17. July
Darts Performance Centre

The Darts Performance Centre has a look on the upcoming World Matchplay. In the centre of the the thoughts stands the question whether Gary Anderson will be able to defend his title.
World Matchplay 2019



Wright gewinnt Players Championship 19
Peter Wright won his second PDC titel in four days - he won the 19. Players Championship of the year in Barnsley. In the final he defeated Justin Pipe. Wright showed a strong performance with several over 100 averages and looked well prepared for the World Matchplay. In the semi-finals he won against Gary Anderson who looked good as well. German Gabriel Clemens played similar strong as in the German Darts Masters and was only defeated in the semi-finals by Justin Pipe.
Kyle Anderson threw a nine-darter.
Today in Barnsley the 20. Players Championship will take place.
Participants, Results



16. July
PDC Pro Tour
Today and tomorrow in Barnsley the Players Championships 19 and 20 take place. Many of the participants of the World Matchplay - which will begin on Saturday in Blackpool - use the tournaments as preparation.
Michael van Gerwen and James Wade didn't register for the events.



15. July
PDC Challenge Tour
At the weekend in Peterbrorough four events of the PDC Challenge Tour were played and there were four different winners. On Saturday Cody Harris and Nick Fullwell won, on Sunday Berry van Peer and Andy Jenkins were the winners. Jenkins besides on Saturday threw a nine-darter.
Stephen Burton still heads the Challenge Tour Order of Merit followed by Boris Koltsov on the second place and Andy Jenkins is ranked third.
Challenge Tour



WDF Europe Cup Youth
In Ankara till Sunday the WDF Europe Cup Youth took place. The boys singles title went to the english high-flyer Leighton Bennett. The pairs title won the Dutch pair Jurjen van der Velde/Luke van der Kwast. The Team Event won the team of the Republic of Ireland. Overall boys winners were the Netherlands. The girls songles title won Hungarian Tamara Kovacs. The girls pairs won the English pair Shannon Reeves/Beau Greaves. Overall girls winner were the girls from England.
WDF Europe Cup Youth



14. July
Wright wins German Darts Masters
For the second time in three years Peter Wright won the German Darts Masters. He defeated in a thrilling final German Gabriel Clemens with 8:6. Though Clemens lost in the end the tournament was a big success for him and his first televised stage final. Wright defeated on finals day Nico Kurz and James Wade, Clemens prevailed over Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic.
The World Series of Darts will continue in August with the Event in Brisbane.
Results, Report Final, Statistics



13. July
German Darts Masters - Day 1
On the first day of the German Darts Masters we could see three wins for the German players. Gabriel Clemens defeated Raymond van Barneveld, Nico Kurz prevailed over Gary Anderson and Martin Schindler showed an incredible comeback to eliminate Michael van Gerwen. Max Hopp was not so lucky. He played with 106.62 highest average but nevertheles was beaten by Rob Cross.
Today the tournament will be played to the end.
Schedule, Results, Statistics



12. July
German Darts Masters

Here a short presentation of the German participants!

German Participants




11. July
German Darts Masters
Tomorrow the third German Darts Masters will begin, the second event of this year's World Series of Darts. The Venue will be the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Eight PDC representatives will play against eight German players. Reigning champion Mensur Suljovic will play in his first match against Maik Langendorf.
Preview



10. July
PDC World Championship
The PDC World Championmship 2019/2020 will be played from Friday 13. December 2019 to the 1. January 2020.
The priority sale for the PDCTV-HD Annual Members will begin on 22. July at 1000 BST for all those who have got Annual PDCTV-HD membership till 17. July 1200 BST. Beside there'll be another priority sale window for those who've registered through the priority sign-up form till 24. July 1000 BST. General sale will start on 26. July 1000 BST.
All information relating the ticket sale you can find here: World Championship Ticket Sale



PDC World Matchplay
The PDC published the draw and the schedule of the first round of the event which will begin on 20. July in Blackpool.
The match between Nathan Asspinall and Mervyn King will open the tournament. Reigning champion Gary Anderson will as well play on the first day against Danny Noppert am Oche stehen. In the evening session of the second day among others Michael van Gerwen will play against Steve Beaton and Adrian Lewis against Glen Durrant. The last first round match will be on Monday 22. July the match between Peter Wright and Vincent van der Voort.
World Matchplay 2019



8. July
German Darts Masters
The PDC published the draw for the German Darts Masters - the second World Series of Darts event of the year - which will be played this year on 12. and 13. July in Cologne. There again eight PDC representatives will play against eight national players. Instead of Gerwyn Price and Nathan Aspinall Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld will stand at the oche. The eight German players are Max Hopp, Martin Schindler, Gabriel Clemens, Maik Langendorf, Nico Kurz, Kevin Münch, Christian Bunse and Robert Marijanovic. Reigning champion Mensur Suljovic will play against Maik Langendorf.
Draw First Round



World Series of Darts
After the event in Germany the World Series will continue in August with events in Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia and the final tournament in Hamilton in New Zealand.
For these events the field of participants is after the DPA qualifiers now complete.
World Series of Darts



6.July
Aspinall wins U.S. Darts Masters
Nathan Aspinall won at his World Series debut the title - he defeated in the final of the U.S. Darts Masters Michael Smith with 8:4. On the second day of the event - on which quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final were played - Aspinall was the outstanding player who had an over 100 average in all his matches. In the quarterfinals he defeated Rob Cross, in the semi-finals Peter Wright. Michael Smith reached the final with wins over Michael van Gerwen in the weakest match of the day and Gerwyn Price who before had eliminated reigning champion Gary Anderson from the event.
Results, Statistics



5. July
Baggish wins North American Championship
The second event yesterday was an all North American affair in which only the eight qualifers took part. It was Danny Baggish who triumphed in the end - he defeated in the final last year's winner Jeff Smith with 6:5. Smith had missed a matchdart on the Bullseye.
So Baggish is the first player who qualified for the PDC Worldchampionship. He will give his debut.
Results, Report, Statistics



U.S.Darts Masters - Day 1
None of the North American qualifiers survived the first round of the U.S.Darts Masters though some of the PDC players - among them the reigning champion Gary Anderson - had to fight hard. Especially close was the match between Peter Wright and Canadian Jeff Smith which was won in the deciding leg by Wright. The best perfomance of the first round showed Rob Cross who was the only player with an average over 100.
Schedule, Results, Statistics



4. July
World Series of Darts
Today this year's PDC World Series of Darts begins with the event in Las Vegas - the U.S.Darts Masters. By four qualifiers four winners qualified - Jeff Smith, Leonard Gates, Daniel Baggish and Elliot Milk. Besides the four highest ranked players of the Qualifiers Order of Merit qualified as well: Gary Mawson, Shawn Brenneman, Jim Long and Darin Young. The eight North American players will play in the first round against eight PDC representatives.
After the first round of the U.S. Darts Masters the North American players wil play in the North American Championship for a place in the next PDC World Championship.
U.S.Darts Masters
World Series of Darts



Momentum Performance Darts

The Momentum Performance Darts - designed by young Dutchman Joeri Wienen and just on the market - were tested.
Here you can find the review:
Momentum Performance Darts



1. July
PDC World Matchplay
After the Czech Darts Open at the weekend all World Matchplay participants are known. Thank to their achievements at the weekend Jamie Hughes and Keegan Brown were able to grab a place in the tournament. They cut out Kyle Anderson and Ryan Searle. Seven players this year will give their debut in Blackpool: Nathan Aspinall, Krzysztof Ratajski, Ricky Evans, Glen Durrant, Chris Dobey, Danny Noppert and Jamie Hughes. The PDC announced the draw will be made next week.
World Matchplay 2019



Hughes wins Czech Darts Open
With 8:3 win over a seemingly tired Stephen Bunting Jamie Hughes secured in Prague his first PDC Title. By this he astonishingly managed to grab a place in the World Matchplay which was only possible by winning the event. Hughes showed a very consistent tournament performance and defeated on the final day besides Bunting Ron Meulenkamp, Ian White and Simon Whitlock. It didn't look the high temperatures on stage did affect him much opposed to other players who obviously had to struggle. With Bunting and Hughes two unseeded players reached the final of the inaugural Czech Open Darts.
Besides Hughes Keegan Brown as well at the last minute snaged a place in the World Matchplay by reaching the semi-finals.
Statistics
Report Final



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












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