PDC World Matchplay

From 20. to 28. July findet in Blackpool the World Matchplay will be played. The Top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit and the Top 16 of the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit will take part.
Participants, Schedule
Tournament Information


New Columns
27. May

Coaching Clinic 55:
Flights and Shafts


What did we do without DartConnect?? Not really by Dartoid...
In the days before Dart Connect


Adam "Thorn" Smith in Costa Rica :
"Yo, Throw, Throw And A Bottle Of Rum"




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





20. July
Results...
Most successful player of the England Open and the England National Singles was fifteen years old Beau Greaves who won both ladies singles titels, the Mixed Youth and the girls event. Wesley Harms won the England National men's singles, Jim Williams the England Open men's singles.
The titles of the Canadian Open Champions won Dianne Gobiel and Jeff Smith.



The World
Winner of the second event of this year's World Soft-Dart Series was Croat Boris Krcmar who prevailed in the final over Austrian Michael Rasztovits. Beside Rasztovits the Austrian brothers Rowby-John and Rusty-Jake Rodriguez took part as well in the tournament which was played in La Rochelle in France. Among the participants were Germans Rene Eidams and Michael Unterbuchner, Belgian Kim Huybrechts, Dutchman Jelle Klaasen and Englishmen Andy Jenkins and Scott Waites.
The World



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



17. June
Chisnall wins Danish Darts Open
Dave Chisnall won in Copenghagen the final of the Danish Darts Open with 8:3 against Chris Dobey. For Chisnall it was this year after two Players Championship wins already the third PDC titel. Chris Dobey for the first time reached a stage final. In the semi-finals stood Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton.
Participants, Results
Tournament Statistics
Report Final



12. June
World Series of Darts
The PDC today announced that James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld will complete the squat of PDC players in the Events in Australia und New Zealand. Most of the Oceanic representives are already know as well. The still free places will be filled by qualifiers.
World Series of Darts



Grand Slam of Darts
Both the winners of the PDC World Cup - Gary Anderson and Peter Wright - as the runner-ups Steve Lennon and William O'Connor secured themselves a place in the Grand Slam of Darts in November in Wolverhampton.
An overview of the already for the tournament qualified players you can find here:
Grand Slam of Darts



Results...
Winners of the Swiss Open were Thomas Junghans and Deta Hedman. Junghans was since 1984 the first Swiss winner of the tournament. The youth event of the Swiss Open won Emir Mujanovic from Switzerland, the pairs won English/Belgian pair Dave Evans/Brian Raman.
The titles of the Helvetia Open went to Alan Soutar (against Thomas Junghans) and Fallon Sherrock. German Lucca Scheuch won the youth event.
The New Zealand Canterbury Open were won by Darren Herewini and Tina Osborne.



PDC Development Tour
Last weekend four Events of PDC Development Tour were played in Milton Keynes.
Most successful was Ted Evetts who won two of the events and now heads the Development Tour Order of Merit. As well a good weekend had young Dutchman Geert Nentjes who won the ninth event and threw a nine-darter in event eleven. The fourth event of the weekend won Luke Humphries.
Development Tour



9. June
Scotland wins World Cup
With a 3:1 win over the surprise-team of this year's World Cup - the Team of the Republic of Ireland, Team Scotland won the World Cup. With Scotland the most confident and consistent Team of the event got the win.
Scotland could win in the second round and on the final day till the final itself all its matches 2:0 and probably was slightly fresher as the Irish team who won their matches on finals day against Austria and against the Netherlands only in strong double matches 2:1. In the final Gary Anderson lost to Steve Lennon while Peter Wright won against both Steve Lennon and William O'Connor. The double match the Scots won with 4:0.
Results
Report, Statistics



PDC World Cup
Today the tournament will be played to the end in an afternoon- and an evening-session.
In the afternoon the quarterfinals take place, in the evening session the semi-finals and the final. Again the matches begin with two singles followed if necessary by a double match. In the final two singles are followed by a doubles match. Should the final not be decided after that up to two more singles can be played.
Schedule, Results



8. June
PDC World Cup - Day 3
The second round of the event brought some more upsets and with Australia and England two more seeded teams and favorits were eliminated. Host nation Germany lost as well - Martin Schindler and Max Hopp were just not strong enough for Team Belgium. Scotland - and especially Gary Anderson - convinced again and progressed as Team Austria and Team Netherlands into the quarterfinals.
Unseeded Team Canada again showed a strong nerved performance and eliminated Australia, while two strong Irishmen prevailed over top favorite Team England. William O'Connor played against Rob Cross the match of his life and with 115.10 the so far highest average of this year's event.
Results
Report, Statistics



PDC World Cup
On the third day of the tournament in an afternoon- and an evening session the second round will be played.
In the afternoon with Scotland and Belgium two seeded teams will play - Belgium against host nation Germany. In the evening session four seeded teams will stand in the oche which all will play against an unseeded opponent. All matches begin with two singles followed if necessary by a double match.
Schedule



7. June
Interview Chuck Puleo
One of the debutants in the PDC World Cup I want to introduce you more detailed - the American Chuck Puleo who already took part in the PDC World Championship 2019. Together with Darin Young - who played in every World Cup so far - he is Team America.
To the Interview



PDC World Cup - Day 2
There were no real upsets on the second first round day and all four seeded teams progressed into the second round. It was not easy for Austria and really surprisingly hard work for Australia to win against Finland. England and the Netherlands won their matches commandingly. The highest avarage of the second day had with 97.56 not a seeded team but rather surprinsingly Team Canada who had a real fight with the almost as good team from Italy.
Results
Report, Statistics Day 2



PDC World Cup
On the second day of the tournament the first round will be played to the end.
As yesterday four seeded and twelve unseeded nations will stand at the oche. The seeds are reigning champion Netherlands, Team England, Team Australia and Team Austria. England will play against the high profile Team Philippines, Austria against Russia, Australia against Finnland and the Netherlands against Spain.
Participants, Schedule, Results



6. June
PDC World Cup - Day 1
Today in Hamburg the PDC World Cup started with the first eight matches of the first round.
On the first day of the event we already saw two upsets and with Northern Ireland and Wales two seeded teams were elimanated by the unseeded teams from South Africa and Singapore. Especially Paul Lim once again won the hearts of the delighted crowd. Team Germany had no problems to win over the weakest team of the first day - Team Hungary. Belgium, as well a seeded team, impressed against Hong Kong. In the last match of the night number two seed Scotland with Gary Anderson and Peter Wright showed the outstanding performance of the first day. They won against Denmark with the only average over 100 with 5:0.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Report, Statistics Day 1



Interview with Magnus Caris
In the today in Hamburg beginning World Cup there are not only debutants. One of the participants has decided to give up his darts career after the tournament - permanently and entirely. Swede Magnus Caris after 40 years of darts has enough. An interview by Mads Plagborg Magnussen.
To the Interview



PDC World Cup
The PDC in the preview of the tournament has a view on the participants and talks to Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock. For all three the tournament is something special and they all look forward to wear their national shirts.
Preview



5. June
PDC World Cup
Short notice there was a chance in the Chinese team - instead of debutant Quingyu Zhan- who had problems with his visum - Yuanjun Liu will play his third PDC World Cup.
But of course there are several more debutants who didn't whithdraw and on those the third preview article has a view.
The Debutants 2



4. Juni
PDC World Cup
On 6. June the PDC World Cup will begin which this year will take place in Hamburg.
As in every year this year again several debutants will take part in the tournament - for example Michael Smith who will take part for the first time in the World . And sometimes nations will give their debut as well - this year Lithuania will its debut.
The Debutants 1



3. June
PDC World Cup
On 6. June the PDC World Cup will begin which this year will take place in Hamburg.
To tune in we have a view on the reigning champion Team Netherland which will this year no longer consist of last year's winners Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen. Instead of van Barneveld this year Jermaine Wattimena was nominated!
The Reigning Champion - Team Netherlands



31. May
WDF/BDO Rankings
All WDF/BDO Rankings were updated.
WDF/BDO Rankings



PDC World Matchplay
There are still almost two months till the World Matchplay and four events still to be played before the participants will be decided.
Here you can find how the list of participants looks at the moment:
World Matchplay 2019



27. May
White wins in Zwolle
Ian White won in Zwolle the final of the Dutch Darts Masters against Michael van Gerwen with 8:7 and got his second European Tour title in a row. Both players looked tired in the final but it was White who was more clinical on his doubles and van Gerwen trailed most of the time in the match.
White defeated on his way in the final on the third day of the event Jermaine Wattimena, Vincent van der Voort and Peter Wright. Van Gerwen won a rather close match against his Dutch rival Raymond van Barneveld, after that a very close match against Dave Chisnall in the quarterfinals and prevailed only just in the semi-finals over Gerwyn Price.
Report Final



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



26. May
Dutch Darts Masters - Day 3
In Zwolle today the Dutch Darts Masters will be played to the end. In the afternoon-session the third round will be played, in the evening session quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will take place.
The most anticipated match of the third round was the clash between Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld which was won by the reigning champion. For Raymond van Barneveld - who will retire end of the year - it were his last Dutch Darts Masters.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



25. Mai
Dutch Darts Masters - Day 2
Today in Zwolle the second day of the Dutch Darts Masters takes place on which the seeded players enter the tournament and played against the first round winners.
With the exception of Danny van Trijp all Host Nation Qualifiers were eliminated in the first round. Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez had with 108.79 the highest average of the first day. James Wade withdrew on short notice so his opponent Glen Durrant gets a bye and progresses into the third round.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



24. May
Dutch Darts Masters
Today in Zwolle in the Netherlands the Dutch Darts Masters - the seventh event of the European Tour 2019 - will begin.
In an afternoon-and an evening-session the first round will be played in which only the qualifiers take part.
As Rob Cross withdrew on short notice yesterday in the Host Nation Qualifier five tournament places were on offer. The qualifiers are Erik Hol, Jimmy Hendriks, Danny van Trijp, Wesley Plaisier and Alexander Merkx.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



23. May
Van Gerwen wins Premier League
Michael van Gerwen won his fifth Premier League title. He defeated in the unforunately rather one sided final Rob Cross with 11:5. Cross had his chances in the match but often spoiled them as he couldn't find the double.
In the semi-finals van Gerwen didn't play as strong as in the final and had a lot more problems against his opponent Daryl Gurney, who was similar to Cross not too sure on his doubles. Rob Cross won his semifinal against James Wade convincingly and deserved, Wade just never found his game.
Report, Statistics



Premier League - Preview Play-Offs
Today the final of the Premier League will take place in the O2 Arena in London.
In the first semi-final reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will meet Daryl Gurney. Gurney won this season both his league matches against van Gerwen. In the second semi-final James Wade will play against Rob Cross. It is a repeat of match last week in Leeds. There Wade defeated Cross with 8:6. After that this year's Premier League will conclude with the final.
Preview



21. May
European Tour - Associate Members Qualifiers
At the weekend in Hildesheim, Germany, three Associate Members Qualifiers for European Tour Events in the Netherlands, in Denmark and in the Czech Republic took place. Austrian Michael Rasztovits threw a nine-darter Neun-Darter but failed to qualify.
For the Dutch Darts Masters qualified German Florian Hempel and Belgian Mike de Decker, for the Danish Darts Open Mike de Decker and New Zealands Cody Harris and for the Czech Darts Open Switzlerland's Stefan Bellmont and Dutchman Wessel Nijman.
Dutch Darts Masters
Danish Darts Open
Czech Darts Open



Durrant and Ward win in Barnsley
Glen Durrant won on saturday the fifteenth Players Championship of the year and with it his second PDC title. In the final he defeated Darius Labanauskas with 8:1. In the semi-finals Durrant prevailed over Michael van Gerwen while Labanauskas won against Ron Meulenkamp. Dave Chisnall threw a nine-darter.
The sixteenth Players Championship on sunday was won by Harry Ward who won the close final against German Max Hopp with 8:7. The semi-finals reached Robert Thornton and Jose de Sousa. Robert Thornton threw a nine-darter.
Results



Results
Winners of the Police Open were Dutchman Toon Greebe and Fie Skinnes from Denmark. The titles of the Police Masters won Welshman Mark Blandford and Deta Hedman.
Kirsi Viinikainen from Finland won both the Lithunian and the Vilnius Open. The men's titles went to Englishman Martin Barrett and Dutchman Jeffrey Sparidaans.
Beau Greaves dominated the ladies events of the Welsh Open and won the girl's title and the women's titles of the Welsh Classic and the Welsh Open. James Beeton won the boy's event. Dutchman Martijn Kleermaker got the Welsh Open title, the Welsh Classic were won by Dave Parletti.



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



17. Mai
Pro Tour Barnsley
Again today in Barnsley a Pro Tour weekend begins with the UK and den West/South Europe Tour Card holders Qualifiers for the European Tour Events seven and eight in Zwolle and Copenhagen. On Saturday and Sunday the Players Championships fifteen and sixteen will follow.
Some Tour Card holders didn't register or have withdrawn - among them Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic. They will be replaced by players from the Challenge Tour Order of Merit.
Participants, Results
Dutch Darts Open
Danish Darts Open



PDC World Cup
By now the PDC published the first round schedule as well. The match between Gibraltar and Japan will open the tournament on Thursday the 6. June. The match between last year's runner-up Team Scotland and Team Denmark will end the first day. On the second day of the tournament the first round will be played to the end. In the last match of the first round and the last match of the second day reigning champion Netherlands will play against the Spanish Team.
Draw and Schedule First Round, Participants



16. May
Premier League - Sixteenth League Day
On the last dramatic league night of Premier League especially Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney impressed in their 8:3 wins over Peter Wright and Michael Smith with strong perfomances. Price nevertheless lost out on a place in the play-offs as Gurney and James Wade won as well and sit by this in front of him in the final league table on the places three and four. Michael van Gerwen won the battle for the first place in the table with his win over Mensur Suljovic while Rob Cross lost to James Wade.
Next weeks semifinals will be Michael van Gerwen against Daryl Gurney - against whom he lost twice in the league phase - and as today James Wade against Rob Cross.
Table Final Standings, Results
Statistics



PDC World Cup
The PDC today announced the draw for the first round of the event which will take place from 6. - 9. June in Hamburg.
Reigning champion Netherlands - this year with Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena - will play against Spain. Team Scotland, last year's runner-up, will play in the first round against Team Denmark. Number 1 seed Team England - this year with Rob Cross and Michael Smith - begins against Team Philippines.
Draw First Round, Participants



15. May
Premier League - Preview Sixteenth League Day
The sixteenth and last league day of the Premier League will take place in Leeds and finally the positions in the table will be decided.
For Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen it is all about the first place in the table, for Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and James Wade it is all about the last two play-off places. All four matches will be important.
Preview



13. May
PDC World Cup
The PDC announced all participants in the PDC World Cup which will be played from 6. - 9. June in Hamburg. While last year's runner-up Scotland again will play with Gary Anderson and Peter Wright the Dutch reigning champion this year for the first time will stand with Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena at the oche. In the number 1 seed Team England there will be a change as well - Rob Cross represents his home country this year together with Michael Smith. Team Switzerland was replaced by Team Lithunia - Darius Labanauskas, Mindaugas Barauskas.
Participants



PDC Challenge Tour
At the weekend in Wigan four more events of the PDC Challenge Tour took place and there were four different winners. The events 5 and 6 on Saturday were won by Darren Beveridge and Cameron Menzies - for Beveridge it was the first PDC title, for Menzies the second. On Sunday Jesus Naguera and Stephen Burton got a win each. For the Spaniard it was the first win in the PDC, for Burton already the second Challenge Tour win this year. Burton now heads the Challenge Tour Order of Merit. in the seventh event Geert de Vos threw a nine-darter.
Challenge Tour



White wins in Sindelfingen
Ian White defeated in the close finale of the European Darts Grand Prix Peter Wright with 8:7 and won his second European Tour title. With White won the most consistent player of the event. On his way into the final he defeated on finals day Keegan Brown, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Steve Beaton. Wright first won on finals day against Jonny Clayton, prevailed in the quarterfinals over the reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and defeated in the semi-finals Jamie Hughes. For Hughes it was the first PDC semi-final.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



12. May
European Darts Grand Prix - Day 2
Yesterday in Sindelfingen the second day of the European Darts Grand Prix took place. The seeded players joined the tournament and played against the first round winners.
After all German speaking qualifiers were elimnated in the first round the two seeds Mensur Suljovic and Max Hopp lost their second matches against Steve Beaton and Nathan Aspinall as well. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen had much to bother to get over the finishing line in front of his opponent Brendan Dolan. In the best match of the evening session Jamie Hughes defeated Adrian Lewis with the with 103.67 so far highest average of the event 6:3.
Schedule, Results
Statistics



10.May
European Darts Grand Prix
Today in Sindelfingen the European Darts Grand Prix will begin - the sixth event of the European Tour 2019.
In an afternoon-and an evening-session the first round will be played in which only the qualifiers take part.
By the West/South Europe Associate Members Qualifier Michael Rasztovits and Stefan Bellmont qualified. As Dave Chisnall withdrew by the Host Nation Qualifier five tournament places were on offer. Daniel Klose, Michael Hurtz, Dragutin Horvat, Ricardo Pietrezko and Michael Rosenauer qualified.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



Premier League - Fifteenth League Day
After the fifteenth league day of Premier League it is still up in the air who'll be in the play-offs. Till know only is known reigning Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross will progress - both won their matches tonight. Rob Cross still heads the table one point in advance of van Gerwen. James Wade has after his draw with Michael Smith a small edge over Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney and still is third of the table. Gerwyn Price has one point less then Suljovic and Gurney and two points less then Wade - it all depends on the last league day next week.
Table, Results
Statistics



9. May
Premier League - Preview Fifteenth League Day
On the fifteenth and penultimate league day of the Premier League in Sheffield and the battle for the play-off places enters the next round.
The head-to head match of the night will be the match between Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney. Peter Wright and Michael Smith are not able to qualify any longer for the top four and have nothing to lose against Michael van Gerwen and James Wade. First in the table Rob Cross will play against Mensur Suljovic.
Preview



3. May
Austrian Darts Open
Today in Premstätten near Graz in Austria the Austrian Darts Open will begin - the fifth event of the European Tour 2019.
In an afternoon-and an evening-session the first round will be played in which only the qualifiers take part.
By the West/South Europe Associate Members Qualifier Patrick van den Boogaard and Diogo Portela qualified. By the Host Nation Qualifier qualified Dietmar Burger, Michael Rasztovits, Benjamin Fasching und Patrick Tringler for the event. Fasching and Tingler will give their European Tour debut.
Participants, Schedule, Results
Statistics



2. May
Premier League - Fourteenth League Day
With a clear 8:1 win over Michael Smith Rob Cross played hi9mself back on the first place of the table of the Premier League and secured as first player his place in the play-offs Platz while Michael Smith with this loss is out finally out of the race for a place under the top four. Michael van Gerwen for the second time this season lost to Daryl Gurney and again has one point less then Cross. Gurney moved up with the win to the fifth place in the table and is only one point behind the places three and four. As well no longer in the races for a place under the top four is Peter Wright who lost against Mensur Suljovic. In the last match of the night direct rivals James Wade and Gerwyn Price met. Price had no good day and lost against a solid playing Wade. By this Price dropped behind Gurney on the sixth place in the table.
Table, Results
Report, Statistics



1. May
O'Connor and de Zwaan win in Barnsley
William O'Connor and Jeffrey der Zwaan won the Players Championships 13 and 14 in Barnsley.
William O'Connor got his first PDC Title by defeating Nathan Aspinal in the final of Players Championship 13 on Tuesday. The semi-finals reached Adrian Lewis and Daryl Gurney.
Jeffrey de Zwaan won today the fourteenth Players Championship defeating Stephen Bunting. Arron Monk and Darius Labanauskas stood in the semi-finals.
Results



Premier League - Preview Fourteenth League Day
The fourteenth league day of Premier League is played in Manchester and the battle for the play-off places enters the next round.
Gerwyn Price and James Wade meet in the last match of the evening in a head-to-head match while Mensur Suljovic will play against Peter Wright who is last of the table. Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen could secure their play-off places. Rob Cross will meet luckless Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen will play againsth Daryl Gurney who defeated him in the first half of the campaign in Berlin.
Preview












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