PDC World Matchplay

The PDC World Matchplay will take place from 22. - 30. July in Blackpool. The top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit and the top 16 of the Pro Tour Order of Merit take part.
Participants, Schedule, Draw
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 Diogo Portela

Diogo Portela is the first dart player from Brazil on the PDC Circuit.
To the Interview

22. July
World Matchplay - Day 1
On the first day of the World Matchplay the debutants made the top players work hard. Steve West defeated a somehow tired looking Michael Smith im the opening match with 5:10. Gary Anderson had against a strong playing Christian Kist probably more problems than awaited and James Wilson made a weak playing Peter Wright wobble. A dramatic match developed between entwickelte sich Darren Webster and James Wade, who after he had been in the lead in the beginning lost in the overtime 11:13.
Statistics Day 1

World Matchplay
Today in Blackpool the World Matchplay will begin.
On the first evening of the tournamen four first round matches will be played. Out of the top players Michael Smith, James Wade, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright will stand on stage. Global Darts will report live from Blackpool.

PDC World Championship
As the PDC announced today the PDC World Championship 2018 will begin on 14. December and will be played till 1. January 2018. First round and preliminary round will be played from 14. - 21. December, second round from 22. December to 27. December with the Christmas break on 24., 25. und 26. December, third round starts on 27. December, on 29. December the quarterfinals take place, on the 30. December the semi-finals and the final will be played on 1. January 2018.
Tickets for annual PDC TV subscribers can be bought from 26. July, on 31. July the general sale will begin.
PDC World Championship 2018

19. July
World Matchplay Preview 2 - The Favourites
The second part of the World Matchplay preview deals with those players, the betting companies have on their list of favourites to win the tournament: Dave Chisnall, Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen. What really are their chances and who will be their opponents?
The Favourites

17. Juli
World Matchplay Preview 1 - The Debutants
On Saturday in Blackpool the World Matchplay will begin - after the World Championship the most important tournament of the PDC. This year five debutants will stand at the oche: Christian Kist, Steve West, James Wilson, Cristo Reyes and Rob Cross. This preview has a closer look on the players and their chances.
The Debutants

Target Superleague Darts Germany
At the weekend the third Superleague Darts weekend was played in Darmstadt by which the table was whirled around. Most successful were Rene Berndt and Stefan Stoyke with 12 wins each. So Stefan Stoyke is now head of the table while Rene Berndt got closer to a place in the final - he is now placed ninth. Not happy with the weekend was Martin Schindler who only managed to win five of his matches.
Target Superleague Darts Germany

Overall winners of the WDF Europe Cup Youth were the Dutch boys and the Dutch girls teams. The single titles won Jarred Cole from England and Turk Emine Dursan. The boys pairs won the Austrian pair Rodriguez/Langer, the girls pairs the Dutch pair Rietbergen/Brussel. The boys team event won the Dutch team.
Winner of the Wolverhampton Open was Ross Mongomery, the Wolverhampton Classic won Glen Durrant.
Winners of the Australian Grand Masters were Peter Machin and Judy Fenton. The titles of the Serbian Apatin Open won Serbian Oliver Ferenc and Veronika Ihasz from Hungary.

16. July
Van Gerwen wins in Las Vegas
With a 8:6 win against debutant Daryl Gurney Michael van Gerwen won the first U.S. Darts Masters in Las Vegas.
Of the eight Northamerican Qualifiers only Canadians Dawson Murschell and Dave Richardson reached the second round. But there they had no chance against Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen. While the German PDC debutant Max Hopp in the first round didn't manage to get going and lost to Dave Richardson the Northern Irish PDC World Series debutant Daryl Gurney showed a strong performance and eliminated Dennis Sayre, Perter Wright and Gary Anderson before he lost in the final to Michael van Gerwen.
Report Final

14. July
U.S. Darts Masters
Today in Las Vegas the U.S. Darts Masters will begin - a World Series of Darts Event which is played for the first time this year. Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor withdrew both due to health reasons. They are replaced by James Wade and Gerwyn Price. Two World Series debutants will stand at the oche: Max Hopp and Daryl Gurney.
The eight PDC players will play in the first round against eight North American qualifiers.
Fixtures, Results, Statistics
Tournament Information

PDC World Championship
By the North American Championship 35 years old Willard Bruguier qualified for the PDC World Championship in London. Bruguier for the first time takes part in the World Championship.
New Zealand will be represented by a debutant as well: Cody Harris won the New Zealand qualifier.

13. July
World Matchplay - Schedule
After the draw the PDC now announced the deteailed schedule of the World Matchplays The tournament will be opened on Saturday 22. July be the match between Michael Smith and Steve West. Mensur Suljovic will play in the afternoon session on Sunday against John Henderson, Phil Taylor will meet in the evening session on Sunday Gerwyn Price. Reigning Michael van Gerwen will open his campaign to defend the title on Monday evening against Stephen Bunting.
Participants, Schedule, Draw

PDC Events Las Vegas
By the qualifiers in Las Vegas eight players qualified who will take part both in the US Masters on Friday as in the North American Championship today by which the North American participant in the PDC World Championship will be decided. None of the well-known North American players managed to qualify so we will probably see a debutant in the World Championship - unless Dave Richardson will qualify. Qualified are Chris White, Jayson Barlow, Shawn Brenneman, Willard Bruguier, Dawson Murschell, Dave Richardson, Dennis Sayre and David Cameron. David Cameron already took part four times in the BDO World Championship where he represented Canada. Dawson Murschell plays since last year on the PDC Development Tour and der PDC Challenge Tour. At the momeent he is ranked 13 in the Development Tour Order of Merit.
World Series of Darts

12. Juli
Level 5 Darts - Review
The Level 5 Darts were designed by Neil Birkin who plays with them himself. Important for him was that "his" dart has a high level grip without sharp edges but durable. The Level 5 is available at the Darts Performance Centre Shop. Here a first positive feedback by Barry Gribben.
Level 5 Darts

World Matchplay
The field of participants for the World Matchplays - which will begin on 22. July - was known after the Pro Tour weekend in Barnsley. Now the PDC announced the draw for the first round.
This year with Steve West, Cristo Reyes, Rob Cross, Christian Kist and James Wilson will give their World Matchplay debut. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will meet Stephen Bunting in first round. Phil Taylor will begin his last World Matchplay campaign against Gerwyn Price.
Participants, Draw

10. July
Joe Cullen wins in Barnsley
Joe Cullen was the winner of the second Players Championship in Barnsley. He defeated in the final Austrian Zoran Lerchbacher. For Lerchbacher it was the first final of a PDC ranking event. In the semifianls stood Daryl Gurney and Justin Pipe. By his good result Pipe secured himself a place in the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

PDC Rankings
Th PDC Order of Merit, the Pro Tour Order of Merit and the Players Championship Order of Merit wurden updated.
PDC Rankings

8. July
World Series of Darts
After Adrian Lewis now Phil Taylor had to withdraw from the next World Series of Darts Event - the U.S. Darts Masters in Las Vegas. Taylor didn't feel well in Shanghai and instead to fly to Las Vegas decided to return home to England.
World Series of Darts

Darren Webster Surprise Winner in Barnsley
Darren Webster won today 15. Players Championship in Barnsley - his first ranking tile in 12 years. He defeated in the final Daryl Gurney with 6:1. In the semi-finals stood Kyle Anderson and Justin Pipe. Adrian Lewis had to withdraw due to surgery from the weekend.

7. July
Pro Tour Weekend in Barnsley
Today in Barnsley the next Pro Tour weekend will begin with the UK Qualifier for the ninth event of the European Tour, the Dutch Darts Masters in Maastricht. On Saturday and Sunday the Players Championships 15 and 16 will take place - the last opportunity for the players to qualify for the World Matchplay in Blackpool.
Dutch Darts Masters

Van Gerwen defends Shanghai Darts Masters Title
With a 8:0 win over Dave Chisnall in the final Michael van Gerwen defended his Shanghai Darts Masters title. Before van Gerwen defeated a little bit luckily in the quarterfinals Phil Taylor - who missed with his match dart - and than in the semi-finals prevailed over James Wade. Dave Chisnall won in the quarterfinals against Gerwyn Price with 8:4 and defeated in the semi-finals Raymond van Barneveld with the same result.
Results, Statistics

World Series of Darts
The PDC now announced the already known participants in the World Series Events in Australia and New Zealand. Due to the approaching birth of their children both Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis will not take part in the events and Dave Chisnall will not be among the participants either. Instead Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock will stand at the oche. The last free place is not yet taken.
World Series of Darts

5. July
Shanghai Darts Masters
Tomorrow the Shanghai Darts Masters will begin - the second event of the World Series of Darts this year.
Adrian Lewis withdrew from the topurnament and was replaced by Gerwyn Price. By the Chinese Qualifier Cheng An Liu, Xiao Chen Zong, Hai Long Chen and Wei Hong Li qualified for the event. Hai Long Chen will play against reigning champion Michael van Gerwen.
The tournament is streamed on PDCTV-HD gestreamt.
Schedule, Results, Statistics
Tournament Information

4. July
Winners of the single events of the British Gold Cup were Ryan Jones and Fallon Sherrock. Fallon Sherrock won together with Felicia Blay the ladies pairs as well. The men's pairs won Scott Baker and Dan Nicholls.
Winners of the Open Vienna were Begian Belgier Sven Wens an Hungarian Vivien Czipo. The youth titles went to Hungarians Vivien Czipo and Nandor Pres. Best Austrian participants were in the men's event Hannes Schnier ranked 9 and in the ladies event Jasmin Schnier, Sophie Fasching, Sylvia Ehrenhofler und Catalina Pasa - all ranked fifth
During the third weekend of the American Championship Darts Circuit both John Part and Larry Butler won an event.

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

3. July
Wright wins in Leverkusen

Peter Wright won in Leverkusen the European Darts Open - it was his fourth European Tour title of the year. In the final he defeated Mervyn King with 6:2. The semi-finals reached Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic. Michael van Gerwen was eliminated third round by Rob Cross.

Overall Statistics European Tour 2017

29. Juni
European Darts Open
Tomorrow in Leverkusen the European Darts Open will begin, the eighth event of the PDC European Tour. Adrian Lewis had to withdraw due to illness, he is replaced by a fifth Host Nation Qualifier.
Tonight in Leverkusen the South- and West European Qualifier and the Host Nation Qualifier took place. By the European Qualifier among others Zoran Lerchbacher, Dimitri van den Bergh and Vincent van der Voort qualified for the event. The Host Nation Qualifiers are Christian Bunse, Robert Allenstein, Martin Schindler, Steffen Siepmann and Dragutin Horvat.
Participants, Schedule, Results

26. June
Overall winners of the Six Nations Cup were the English Ladies Team and the English Men's Team. In both events the teams from the Netherlands were the runner-up.
The ladies singles title won Fallon Sherrock who defeated in the final Robyn Bryrne from the Repiblic of Ireland. In the men's final Northern Ireland's Kyle McKinsey prevailed over Scotsman Ross Montgomery.

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

25. June
Van Gerwen wins in Vienna
In a highclass, close and thrilling final Michael van Gerwen defeated Michael Smith and got his third European Tour title of the year.
Before van Gerwen defeated in the quarterfinals German Martin Schindler and prevailed in the semi-finals over Cristo Reyes. Michael Smith reached the final with wins against Joe Cullen and Mervyn King.
Report Final
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017

Austrian Darts Open - Day 3
On the third day of the Austrian Darts Open the third round, quarterfinals, semi-finals and the final will be played.
German Martin Schindler and Finnland's Kim Viljanen win their third round matches - so two not seeded players progress into the quarterfinals. The last Austrian participant - Mensur Suljovic - lost third round to Mervyn King. The seeded players beside King who reached the quarterfinals are Michael van Gerwen, Joe Cullen, Cristo Reyes, Michael Smith and Daryl Gurney.
Teilnehmer, Zeitplan, Ergebnisse

24. June
Austrian Darts Open - Day 2
On the second day of the Austrian Darts Open the winners of the first day will play against the seeded players.
While both German participants and three Austrian qualifiers could celebrate first round wins after the second round from all German speaking players only Martin Schindler is still in the tournament. Beside Ian White - who was defeated by Schindler - other seeded players who didn't survive the second round were Steve West, Alan Norris, Stephen Bunting and Peter Wright. Peter Wright lost a close match against Kim Viljanen who had a much lesser average but a much higher checkout percentage - till now the biggest upset of the event.
Participants, Schedule, Results

World Series of Darts
The PDC announced the World Series of Darts will this year be extended by an event in Germany. It will take place on 20. and 21. October in Düsseldorf. Beside eight PDC top players eight German qualifiers will take part.
Due to the new tournament Players Championships 21 and 22 will be moved up to 10. and 11. October and the World Series of Darts Finals Qualifier will take place before the last event of the series on 9. October.
World Series of Darts

23. June
Austrian Darts Open
Today in Schwechat near Vienna the Austrian Darts Open will begin, the seventh event of the PDC European Tour.
As always on the first day of these events only the qualifiers will stand on stage. Adrian Lewis has withdrewn, for him a fifth Host Nation Qualifier got a place in the tournament. By the Host Nation Qualifier - which took place last night - all three Rodriguez brothers managed to qualify. Beside them Christian Kallinger and Zoran Lerchbacher play for Austria. The only 16 years old Rusty-Jake Rodriguez will give his European Tour debut. He will play against Richie Edhouse.
Last night two more East Europe Qualifier were played as well - Krzysztof Ratajski won both which means he will stand both in Schwechat as in Leverkusen at the oche.
Participants, Schedule, Results

22. June
Introduced - Adrian Gray
Tomorrow in Vienna the Austria Darts Open will begin - the seventh event of the European Tour 2017. Among the participants: Adrian Gray, who till some years ago was a well known face on the PDC Circuit. When he started to slide down the rankings he changed into the soft-darts scene. Now it seems he wants to return.
Introduced - Adrian Gray

The World
The second event of this year's soft-darts tournament series - which took place in La Rochelle in France stattfand, was won by Paul Lim. He defeated in the final Francis Emonts. The semi-finals reached Frenchman Bivand Mathieu and Croatian Alan Ljubic. Due to his win Lim now heads the ranking in front of Alexis Reyes.
The World


Winner of the Canadian Open was David Cameron. The women's event won Karrah Boutilier.
The titles of the New Zealand Masters went to Cody Harris and Tina Osborne.

20. June
Coaching Clinic
Another important chapter of the "Practice Makes Progress" campaign. This time the Darts Performance Centre tries to help you with your counting. And there is another practice game - for practicing 3- and 2.Dart finishs.
Can we count on you to practice your darts?

"Dartin' For St. Martin"

After he left Mallorca Adam "Thorn" Smith is now cruising through the Carribian Islands. Till now he could't find a dartboard but there are other things he can do to pass the time.
"Dartin' For St. Martin"

19. June
Wins for Beaton and Anderson in Wigan
Steve Beaton won the first of the Players Champions in Wigan and defeated Gary Anderson in the final. In the semi-finals stood Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney. For Beaton it was the first PDC tournament win since September 2013.
In the second Players Championship Gary Anderson won the final against Ian White. Again beside Robert Thornton Rob reached the semifinals.
Beside Michael van Gerwen Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis and Max Hopp had withdrawn from the Players Championships

European Tour
Last weekend on Friday in Wigan before the two Players Championships the UK Qualifier for the European Darts Open in Leverkusen was played. The event will take place from 30. June till 2. July.
Among the 18 qualifiers are beside James Wade and Adrian Lewis Australian Kyle Anderson and South African Devon Petersen.
European Darts Open

DDV German Masters
During the German Masters weekend in Kirchheim first on saturday the team events took place. Winners of the men's and the women's event were the NWDV1 Team`s 1. On sunday the German national singles championships took place.The titles went to Steffi Lück and Tobias Seibert. Denise Schuler and Nico Blum were the winners of the youth titles.
The teams for the Teams for the WDF World Cup in Cobe in Japan were nominated at the end of the weekend.Among others Stefanie Rennon, Irina Armstong and Anne Willkommwill be in the ladies team. 17 men were nominated for the men's team. Among them are the new German national singles champion Tobias Seibert and Martin Schindler.

The titles of the EDO England Open at the weekend went to Lorraine Winstanley, Geert de Vos, Beau Greaves und bei an Alex Gurr. The mixed pairs won the pair Claire Brookin/Chris Fidler. The National Singles were won by Deta Hedman and Scott Mitchell. Deta Hedman won the Ladies British Pentathlonas well which opened the tournament weekend.
Nach dem letzten DPA Pro Wochenende steht Gordon Mathers an der Spitze des DPA Pro Tour Rankings und hat damit als erster Spieler überhaupt einen Platz bei der nächsten PDC Weltmeisterschaft sicher. Mathers wird zum ersten Mal an der PDC Weltmeisterschaft teilnehmen. Corey Cadby und Robbie King qualifizierten sich beide für die PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.

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

16. Juni
Pro Tour Wochenende in Wigan

Today in Wigan the next Pro Tour Weekend will begin with the UK Qualifier for the eight event of the European Tour, the European Darts Open in Leverkusen. On Saturday and Sunday the Players Championships 13 and 14 will follow.
Participants, Results

PDC World Matchplay
The next PDC Major Event will be the World Matchplay in Blackpool. Cutoff day for the field of participants will be the 9. July. Till than two European Tour Events and four Players Championships will take place.
How the list of participants looks at the moment you can find here:
Participants - On 13. June

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

12. June
PDC Challenge Tour
At the weekend in Milton Keynes Events 13 - 16 of the PDC Challenge Tour took place.
There were four different winners. On Saturday Sout African Warrick Schaffer and Kevin Mcdine were the winners of the two events. On Sunday Mark Dudbridge and Matthew Edgar won. For Dudbridge it was already the second Challenge Tour win of the year, on Saturday he had reached the final against Scheffer as well.
Again Lisa Ashton was among the participants. On Sturday she once reached the last 16, on Sunday in Challenge tour event 15 she reached the quarterfinals.
Challenge Tour

Winners of the Swiss Open last Saturday were Welshman Jim Williams and Fallon Sherrock from Bngland. players from Switzerland were Rosine Tagan and Jorge Fonseca under the last. Winner of the pairs event was the Germen Jochen Graudenz/Markus Reger. The youth title went to Dutchman Wessel Nijman. The Helvetia Open on Sunday were won by Mark McGeeney and Deta Hedamn from England. Again the best players from Switzeland reached the last 16: Fiona Gaylor, Daniela Buee, Jeanette Stoop and Tobias Anliker. The youth titel again won Wessel Nijman.
Winners of the Canterbury Open in New Zealand were Bernie Smith and Jane Harrington.

Michael van Gerwen wins in Hamburg
With a 6:3 defeat of Mensur Suljovic Michael van Gerwen wins the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg.
Before van Gerwen had defeated in the semi-finals Michael Smith who unlike as in his earlier matches suddenly had problems to hit his finishes. Mensur Suljovic prevailed over Cristo Reyes who as Smith couldn't keep up his earlier great performances. Peter Hudson - the last qualifier in the evening session - lost against Michael van Gerwen.
Report Finals Day
Overall Statistics European Tour 2017

European Darts Matchplay - Day 3
Today the European Darts Matchplay will be played to the end.
Five of the seeded players were already eliminated yesterday: Kim Huybrechts who couldn't keep up with Peter Hudson in the end, Simon Whitlock who still is in pain due to his wrist injury, James Wade who played really weak, Jelle Klaasen who had surgery in the meantime but who's wrist is not yet completly healed and Benito van de Pas who similar to Adrian Lewis just was surpassed by Vincent van der Voort.
Tournament Statistics

European Darts Matchplay - Day 2
On the second day of the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg the first round winners will play against the seeded players. Again an afternoon- and an evening-session will take place.
During the evening session world number 1 Michael van Gerwen will play against John Henderson.
Tournament Statistics

9. June
European Darts Matchplay - Day 1
During the first day of the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg all four German participants were already eliminated from the tournament. Most thrilling match of the day was the match between Vincent van der Voort and Adrian Lewis. Lewis almost hit a nine-darter but lost in the end 4:6 due to his problems to hit the doubles. As high class was in the afternoon session the match between Krzysztof Ratajski and Justin Pipe. Pipe had with 98.52 the highest average of the day and won 6:4.
Tournament Statistics

European Darts Matchplay
Today in Hamburg the European Darts Matchplay will begin - the sixth event of the European Tour 2017.
As alway on the first day the qualifiers will play against another in an afternoon- and an eveneing-session. By the Host Nation Qualifier las night Erik Tautfest, Martin Schindler, Max Hopp and Mike Holz qualified for the event.
Participants, Schedule, Results

World Series of Darts
Adrian Lewis has withdrewn from the World Series Events in Shanghai and Las Vegas next month due to the upcoming birth of his child. Gerwyn Price will replace him in both tournaments
In Shanghai beside four Chinese qualifiers Paul Lim from Singapurs, Japanese Haruki Muramatsu, South Korean HyunChul Park and Royden Lam from Hong Kong will stand at the oche.

World Series of Darts

WDF/BDO Rankings
All WDF and BDO Rankings including the Finders Masters Ranking were updated.
WDF/BDO Rankings

7. Juni
Coaching Clinic

In this issue of the Coaching Clinic the Darts Performance Centre give tips how to practice hitting your doubles. Added is a practice game. treffen.
This month we look at how to practice hitting the double!

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

Winners of the BDO World Trophy were Aileen de Graaf from the Netherlands and Australian Peter Machin who was invited for his win to the PDC Grand Slam of Darts.
Winners of the Polish Open were Krzysztof Ratajski from Poland and Aileen de Graaf from the Netherlands. The youth tournaments won Dutchman Marvin van Velzen and Russian Ksenia Klochek. The titles of the Police Masters went to Englishman James Hurrell and Norwegian Ramona Mostad Eriksen. The youth titles were won as in the Polish Open by Dutchman Marvin van Velzen and Russian Ksenia Klochek.
Winners of the Australian Geelong Dart Club Classic were Justin Thompson and Corrine Hammond. The youth title won Samson Farley. The titles of the Sunshine State Classic went to Danny Graham and Jade Whitworth. Winner of the youth event was Ky Smith.

4. June
Team Netherlands wins PDC World Cup
With a 3:1 win over Team Wales Team Netherlands won PDC World Cup Title. The one point for Wales Mark Webster scored with his 4:1 win over Raymond van Barneveld.
Before Wales had defeated in the semif-finals Team Belgium 2:0. Team nNetherlands had prevailed with the same result against Team England - which played for the first time without Phil Taylor.
Report and Statistics, Final Day

2. June
PDC World Cup - First Day
The first day of the PDC World Cup brought a big upset - Team Singapore Paul Lim and Harith Lim defeated the number 1 seed Team Scotland Gary Anderson and Peter Wright with 2:5. Seeded Teams Australia and Wales had problems as well but won their close matches 5:4 in the end after their opponents failed to hit the winning double. Only Team Belgium got a clear win as Kim Huybrechts showed an impressive performance.
Report Day 1

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