UK Open

The UK Open will take place from 2. - 4. March in Minehead. Participants are the Top 96 of the UK Open Order of Merit and 32 Riley's Amateur qualifiers.
Participants, Schedule, Draw
Tournament Information


Premier League

The Premier League will begin on 1. February and will be played every Thursday till 17. May.
Participants, Schedule
Tournament Information


New Columns
23. January

Coaching Clinic 48:
Sponsoring

Halloween - but it is more about Kuba:
It's Halloween!


Adam "Thorn" Smith travels again :
"The Antigua Roadshow"


Interview with Aleksandr Oreshkin


Aleksandr Oreshkink is the Russian qualifier for the PDC World Championship 2018.
To the Interview

22. February
Premier League
On the fourth league day Premier League for the very first time comes to Germany - to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.
Mensur Suljovic is still on the hunt for his first points - he will play against Gerwyn Price. Beside there'll be an all Scottish match between Peter Wright and Gary Anderson and the clash between the two players who head the table - Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock. World Champion Rob Cross will play against Raymond van Barneveld and reigning champion Michael van Gerwen against Daryl Gurney.
Preview Fourth League Day



21. February
Coaching Clinic
This Coaching Klinik deals with the practice plan book, the Darts Performance Centre published - effectively the science of darts practice. The Coaching Clinic offers three practice matches that will give you an idea of where you are at!
Starting at the beginning is a very good place to start!



20. February
UK Open
The PDC now announced the schedule and the board allocations for the first and second round of the UK Open. Terry Jenkins and Paul Nicholson will open the tournament on the main stage, Mark Walsh and Alex Roy will play the first match on stage two. In the last second round match Raymond van Barneveld will play on the main stage against Mike Norton.
UK Open, Schedule First and Second Round



Results...

Winners of the year's Scottish Open are Anastasia Dobromyslova and Richard Veenstra. The Mixed Triple won Lorraine Winstanley, Jonathan Worsley and Wes Newton. The men's pairs were won by the Dutch pair Vaes/Mandigers, the ladies pairs by the English pair Doppel O'Brien/Hedman.



UK Open
At the weekend the last Riley's Qualifiers for the UK Open took place. Qualified are Scott Robertson, Martin Biggs, Paul Whitworth, Darren Brown, Andy Hibbert, Darryl Pilgrim, John Scott, Andreas Hajimina, John Morris and Andrew Pullen. For Paul Whitworth it will already be his 10. UK Open.
UK Open, Participants



19. February
Two Wins for van Gerwen in Barnsley
Michael van Gerwen won the first two Players Championships of the year which were played at the weekend in Barnsley. On Saturday he defeated in the final James Wade with 6:4. The semi-finals reached Gerwyn Price and Ryan Joyce. On sunday the number 1 of the world defeated in the final Australian Corey Cadby. In the semi-finals stood Simon Stevenson and Ian White.
Pro Tour



PDC Rankings
After the two Players Championships the PDC Order of Merit, the Pro Tour Order of Merit and thePlayers Championships Order of Merit were updated.
PDC Rankings



16. February
Pro Tour Weekend
From today till Sunday in Barnsley a Pro Tour weekend will take place. Today the UK Qualifiers for the first two events of this years European Tour will take place. Tomorrow and on Sunday the first two Players Championships of the year will be played. Mensur Suljovic didn't register for then weekend, all other Premier League participants will stand at the oche..
Participants, Results
European Tour Event 1
European Tour Event 2



15. February
Premier League - Third League Day
While Rob Cross on the third day of Premier League by a win over Peter Wright secured his first two points Mensur Suljovic sits now with still zero points on the last place of the table. Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith both got their third wins and still head the table followed by Michael van Gerwen, who got his second win in a fast and high class match against Gary Anderson. Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney were both not really happy about their draw.
Results, Table
Report, Statistics



Premier League
On the third League Day the PDC travels to Newcastle.
Two players till now have no point: Mensur Suljovic and Rob Cross. Mensur Suljovic will play against Michael Smith who together with Simon Whitlock heads the table. Rob Cross will play against Peter Wright whom he defeated in the semi-finals of the UK Open Qualifier on Saturday.
Preview Third League Day



13. February
UK Open Draw
The draw for the first and second round of the UK Open took place. All other draws will only take place after the conclusion of the preceding round during the tournament in Minehead.
Already during the first two rounds some well-known players - like Raymond van Barneveld, Paul Nicholson, Gerwyn Price and Dave Chisnall - will stand on one of the Minehead stages.
Draw First and Second Round



PDC Rankings
The PDC Order of Merit, der Pro Tour Order of Merit and der UK Open Order of Merit were updated.
PDC Rankings



12. Februar
UK Open Qualifier 1 - 3
Winners of the last three UK Open Qualifiers at the weekend were Gary Anderson, Corey Cadby and Krzysztof Ratajski. The runner-ups were Jeffrey de Zwaan, Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney. New World Champion Rob Cross played a much better second qualifiers weekend and qualified for the UK Open .
Participants, Results
UK Open Order of Merit Final Standings



UK Open
At the weekend two more Riley's Qualifiers for the UK Open took place. Qualified are Martin Atkins and Dan Read. The last Riley's Qualifiers will be played on 17. and 18. February.
UK Open



9. February
Pro Tour Weekend
Today in Wigan a Pro Tour weekend will begin during which the last three UK Open Qualifiers will be played. The UK Open Qualifier are open not only for Tour Card holders but for a certain number of Associate Members, that means players who took part in Qualifying School but didn't ein a Tour Card. From the Premier League players Mensur Suljovic didn't register and Gary Anderson withdrew due to his back problems.
Participants, Results



8. February
Premier League - Second League Day
World Champion Rob Cross and Mensur Suljovic are the two players still without a point after the second league day. Their second wins got Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith who now head the table. Gary Anderson managed to win over local hero Gerwyn Price. Match of the evening was the match between Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright which Wright won with 7:5.
Results, Table
Report, Statistics



7. February
Premier League
Tomorrow the second League Day will be played in Cardiff.
That means debutant Gerwyn Price will have a home match against Gary Anderson. It will be Price' first televised match in Wales. The number 1 of the world Michael van Gerwen will play against he number 2 of the world Peter Wright. Rob Cross will try to win his first points against the last week so impressive Simon Whitlock. Mensur Suljovic as well hopes for his first points against Raymond van Barneveld. Michael Smith will open the evening against Daryl Gurney.
Preview Second League Day
Results



5. February
UK Open Qualifiers 1 - 3
Winners of the first three UK Open qualifiers were Michael van Gerwen (twice) and Michael Smith. Michael Smith reached the final of the first qualifier as well . The other two finalists were Darren Webster and Zoran Lerchbacher. Quite astonishing is that the new World Champion Rob Cross till now failed to win any price money.
Participants, Results
UK Open Order of Merit after the first three Qualifiers



Results...
Both Deta Hedman as Mark McGeeney managed to defend their Dutch Open titels. They defended in their finals Aileen de Graaf and Glen Durrant. Wesley Harms and Richard Veenstra won the men's pairs, Lorraine Winstanley and Corrine Hammond the ladies pairs. The youth titles went to Ksenia Klochek, Keanu van Velzen and Maison Wilson. The new Paradarts Champion is Vincent d'Hondt.
Winner of the Gwynedd Open was Heber Thomas.The Romanian Classic Darts Open titles went to Deta Hedamn and Daniel Day. The Romanian International Darts Open won Karolina Podgorska from Poland and Welshman Martin Phillips.



UK Open
Last weekend again Riley's Qualifier for the UK Open took place. Beside well-known names like Alex Roy and Andy Hamilton some more debutants like Simon Tate, Daniel Lee and David Airey managed to qualify.
UK Open



2. February
Pro Tour Weekend
Today in Wigan a Pro Tour weekend will begin during which the first three UK Open Qualifiers will be played. The UK Open Qualifier are open not only for Tour Card holders but for a certain number of Associate Members, that means players who took part in Qualifying School but didn't ein a Tour Card. From the Premier League players Mensur Suljovic didn't register and Gary Anderson withdrew due to his back problems.
Participants, Results



1. February
Premier League - First League Day
On the first league day of the Premier League in Dublin Michael van Gerwen got a clear win over Rob Cross. We could see two draws between Raymond van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price and defeats for the still from backproblems suffering Gary Anderson and for Mensur Suljovic. The best match of the night was the first match between Simon Whitlock and Mensur Suljovic in which Whitlock impressed with an 106.46 average and a hitting rate on the doubles of 88 percent.
Results, Table
Report, Statistics



31. January
Premier League
Tomorrow Premier League arrives for the first league day in Dublin.
In the centre of the limelight will be the clash between Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross who played such a remakable World Championship semi-final. The Premier Lague and the first league day will start with the match between the first German speaking Premier League participant - debutant Mensur Suljovic - who will play against Simon Whitlock who returns into the Premier League.
Preview First League Day



29. January
Nordic and Baltic Tour
The Nordic and Baltic Tour as well started at the weekend into the new season - two tournaments were played and the three qualifiers for the first three PDC European Tour events.
The first event of the Nordic and Baltic Tour was won by Kim Viljanen who defeated Ulf Ceder in the final. Sunday's event was won by Daniel Larsson who prevailed over Darius Labanauskas. For the first three European Tour Events Mark Kantele, Madars Razma and Daniel Larsson qualified.
Nordic and Baltic Tour



PDC Challenge Tour
On Saturday and Sunday the first four events of the Challenge Tour took place in Wigan statt and there were four different winners: Simon Preston, Diogo Portela, Martin Atkins and Jason Cullen. For all four it was the first win on the Challenge Tour. Michael Barnead reached both on saturday and on Sunday a final, the other two finalists were Jarred Cole and Cameron Menzies.
Challenge Tour



Target Superleague Germany
On the first weekend of superleague novic Gabriel Clemens played himself with 12 wins on rank 1. As good played Martin Schindler with 12 wins as well. Far less successful was superleague returnee Max Hopp who had quite a good Saturday but collected defeats on Sunday. So after the first weekend he is only ranked ten in the superleague table.
Target Super League Darts



UK Open
At the weekend some more Riley's Qualifyers for the UK Open took place. Qualified are Andrew Johnson, Jason Mold, Tony Mitchell, Ian Jopling, Mark Craddock, Liam Kelly, Benjami McLelland, Mark Rice and Paul Hogan. Andrew Johnson, Benjamin McClelland and Mark Craddock will give their UK Open debut - all other qualifiers already took part in the tournament.
UK Open



28. January
Van Gerwen wins fourth time in a row Masters title
For the fourth time in a row the World number 1 Michael van Gerwen won the Masters title. He defeated in a close final - in which he twice had to come back from arrear - Raymond van Barneveld with 11:9. Before he defeated in the semi-finals Gary Anderson who still suffers from his back problems. Raymond van Barneveld overcome in the semi-finals Mensur Suljovic.
Statistics Finals Day



The Masters

Today the tournament will be played to the end.
In the afternoon the quarterfinals will take place, tonight in the evening session semi-finals and final will be played.
Schedule, Results



27. January
The Masters - Day 1
Slightly rusty but nevertheless in good form new PDC world champion Rob Cross started with a 10:3 win against Ian White into his first Masters. Peter Wright reported back with a 10:5 win over Alan Norris. Beside in rather close matches Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic grinded out a win.
Tonight the first round comes to an end and among the players in action will be reigning champion Michael van Gerwen.
Report, Statistics Day 1
Schedule, Results
Statistics Day 2



PDC Asian Tour
The PDC has announced that this year for the first time an PDC Asian Tour will be played. It will consist of six tournament weekend in six different countries in Asia. At the end of the tour a PDC World Cahmpionship qualifier will follow by which four places in the tournament will be allocated.

The dates were added to the Tournament Calender.



26. January
The Masters
Today in Milton Keyes "The Masters" will begin, the first televised PDC tournament of the year. The participants are the Top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit.
Tonight the first four matches of the first round will be played and among the players on stage will be the new World Champion Rob Cross. Cross will play against Ian White.

Schedule, Results
Preview



25. January
UK Open
The UK Open 2018 will take place from 2. - 4. March in Minehead.
This year again players can qualify by the Riley's amateur qualifiers for the tournament. The first two Riley's qualifiers were already played last weekend in Greenock and in London Victoria and Andrew Davidson, Michael Burgoine and Joe Davidson qualifified. All three already took part in the UK Open.
UK Open



23. January
PDC Awards Dinner
During the PDC Awards Dinner - which took place last night in The Dorchester in London - the PDC allocated the awards for 2017. For the third time in a row Michael van Gerwen was voted PDC Player of the Year. But that stayed his only award for 2017 while new World Champion Rob Cross went home with four awards: PDC Best Newcomer, PDPA Player of the Year, PDC Fan's Winner of the Year and Televised Performance of the Year for his semi-final against van Gerwen during the world Championship. Peter Wright was awarded Pro Tour Player of the Year, Dimitri van den Bergh PDC Young Player of the Year. Sky presenter Dave Clark was inducted in the PDC Hall of Fame.



Adam "Thorn" Smith

We lost sight of Adam "Thorn" Smith and his darting travels for some time. Last we heard he was on a cruise through the Carribean but till now on none of the Islands there had been able to find a dartboard. By now he debarked in St.John on Antigua gelandet and there resumes his search.
Antigua's Roadshow



22. January
DDV Ebstorfer Klostercup
At the weekend the Ebstorfer Klostercup took place - the first DDV ranking event in 2018.
Winner of the men's event on Saturday was Nico Schunker. The ladies event was won by Anne Willkomm. Winners of the youth events were Marcel Winter and Christina Schuler. The men's event on Sunday was won by Michael Rosenauer while in the ladies event Irina Armstrong prevailed.



Qualifying School
Yesterday in Hildesheim and in Wigan the last event of Qualifying School was played. The event in Hildesheim was won by German Gabriel Clemens who was awarded with a Tour Card. German Robert Marjanovic thanks to his good results over all four days of QS won a Tour Card as well by the Qualifying School Order or Merit.In Wigan the last two direct Tour Cards were won by Canadian Dawson Murschell and young Englishman Bradley Brooks.
You can fin all new Tour Card holders and both Qualifying School Orders of Merit here:
Qualifying School



Target Superleague Germany
On Saturday during the Qualifiying School in Hildesheim the Qualifier for the Super League took place in which three places for the tournament series were on offer. The qualifiers were Max Hopp, Gabriel Clemens and Marvin Wehder who could celebrate his immediate comeback
Target Super League Darts



19. January
PDC Qualifying School Day 1
On the first day of Qualifying School in Wigan Corey Cadby and Eddie Dootson got a Tour Card. The winner's Tour Card in Hildesheim went to Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan. Six points for reaching the semi-finals in Wigan respectively the final in Hildesheim got Nathan Aspinall, Callan Rydz and Dirk van Duijvenbode. Best German player on the first day of Qualifying School was Gabriel Clemens who reached the semi-finals in Hildesheim and won by this five points.
Today in Hildesheim and in Wigan Qualifying School will go on
Participants, Results



17. January
PDC Qualifying School
Tomorrow both in Hildesheim and in Wigan this year's PDC Qualifying School will begin. All in all 626 players registered. 33 Tour Cards are on offer. Eight will get the eight finalsist of the four days of the UK Qualifiying School, four on the day winners of the European Qualifying School. The other Tour Cards will be handed out according the Qualifying School Orders of Merit.



Premier League
The PDC now announced the deteailed schedule of all league days till the Judgement Night. The new PDC World Champion Rob Cross will play on the first league day, the 1. February, in Dublin against Michael van Gerwen whom he defeated in the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship. The fourth league day of this year's Premier League will take place on the 22. February in Berlin in Germany.
Participants, League Days Schedule



16. January
Coaching Clinic
This time the Coaching Clinic deviats from the usual subject areas and has a view on a topic which bothers a lot of dart players, might be even this moment as the PDC Qualifying School is just around the corner: Sponsoring.
Sponsoring



14. January
Durrant as well defends title
As Lisa Ashton Glen Durrant managed to defend his world championship title. He defeated in a not absolutly highclass but very thrilling and close final Mark McGeeney with 7:6. McGeeney was the first who had in the last set chances to win but his matchdarts missed the double 18 twice and Durrant could force the tie break. McGeeney was overscored by far and Durrant manged to get the two legs lead necessary for the win. So Durrant for the second time in a row won the BDO World Champion title.
Report, Statistics



13. January
BDO World Championships - Day 8
Beside the women's final today the two men's semi-finals were played. The first semi.final between Glen Durrant and Scott Waites was most of the time dominated by Durrant who on the day was just too strong for Waites. Durrant won 6:2. Much more evenly matched was semi-final number 2 between Mark MCGeeney and Michael Unterbuchner. Unterbuchner once again played a good match but missed a few chances. McGeeney couldn't hit with his first matchdart but won the deciding leg of the tenth set and progressed with a 6:4 win into the final against Glen Durrant.
Report, Statistics - Day 8



Lisa Ashton defends title
Lisa Ashton won the final of the women's world championship against Anastasia Dobromyslova with 3:1 and got for the fourth time the world champion title. In a highclass match Dobromyslova won the first set and looked like the winner. But Ashton started to score better and was suddenly more clinical with her doubles while Dobromyslova lost the thread. Ashton won the next three sets, the match and the title.



BDO World Championships - Day 7
Michael Unterbuchner's world championship fairytale went on on the seventh day of the tournament and he defeated Richard Veenstra 5:4 to progress into the semi-finals. All quarterfinals of the men were close and thrilling matches and beside Unterbuchner Scott Waites, Glen Durrant - with the best average of the tournament - and Mark McGeeney prevailed.
The two semi-finals of the women were won by Anastasia Dobromyslova and reigning champion Lisa Ashton 2:0. They will meet tomorrow afternoon in the women's final.



12. January
BDO World Championships
Today again in Lakeside an afternoon and an evening session will take place - both with a women's semifinal and two men's quarterfinals. The reigning men's champion - Glen Durrant - plays in the last match of the afternoon session against Welshman Jim Williams. The reigning women's world champion - Lisa Ashton - opens the evening session against Deta Hedman.
Schedule, Results



PDC Qualifying Schools
The lists of participants were updated:
Qualifying School



BDO World Championships - Day 6
In the women's quarterfinals Deta Hedman, Trina Gulliver, Lisa Shaton and Anastasia Dobromyslova prevailed.
German Michael Unterbuchner managed to defeat Martin Phillips as well! He now will play in the quarterfinals against Dutchman Richard Veenstra who defeated a shocked Geert de Vos 4:0. In the match of the BDO World Championship with the till now most 180s - which was a very close and thrilling match as well - Jim Williams defeated Conan Whitehead 4:3.
Justin von Tergouw defended his youth world champion title with the highest average of the day - 93.04 - against young Irishman Killian Hefferman.
Report, Statistics - Day 6



11. January
BDO World Championships
Today in Lakeside the women's quarterfinals will take place, two each in the afternoon and the evening session. In the men's event the last three second round matches will be played - one in the afternoon session and two in the evening session.
The afternoon session will be opened by the final of the Youth World Championship between Justin van Tergouw and Killian Hefferman.
Schedule, Results



BDO World Championships - Day 5
On the fifth day for the men the second round matches started and it felt like the level of play rose with them. Outstanding match was the match between Glen Durrant and Darryl Fitton, which Durrant won in the end with an 99.42 average. Wayne Warren, surprise player of the tournament, prevailed over Willem Mandigers as well and now stands in the quarterfinals. The last women's first round match was dominated by Lorranine Winstanley who progressed with an over 80 average into the quarterfinals.
Report, Statistics - Day 5 5



10. January
BDO World Championships
On the fifth day of the BDO world Championships in the afternoon the last women's first round match was played beside the first two men's second round matches. In the evening session three men's second round matches will be played and among other players reigning champion Glen durrant will be on stage.
Schedule, Results



9. January
BDO World Championships
On the fourth day of the BDO World Championships in the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green again an afternoon- and an evening session will take place.
Today there will be no more preliminary round matches. In both sessions three men's first round matches and one women's first round match will be played.
Schedule, Results
Statistics - Day 4



The Masters
After the PDC World Championship 2018 the 16 participants in the tournament were known. Now the PDC published the draw and the schedule of the tournament which will take place from 26. - 28. January in Mylton Keynes. Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will play his first match against Kim Huybrechts.
Participants, Schedule, Draw



BDO World Championships - Day 3
On the third day of the BDO World Championships in an afternoon- and an evening session one first round match of the women, two men's preliminary round matches and four men's first round matches took place. It was not a real highclass darts day but there were some close and thrilling matches which were only decided in the tie break.
Report, Statistics - Day 3



8. January
BDO World Championships
On the third day of the BDO World Championships in the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green again an afternoon and an evenening session will be played.
In the afternoon session two preliminary round matches and a first round match of the men will take place and in the first German Michael Unterbuchner will stand against Canadian David Cameron at the oche. In the evening session the tournmanet goes on with one first round match of the women and three frist round matches of the men.
Schedule, Results



BDO World Championships - Day 2
On the second day of the BDO World Championships in Lakeside three preliminary round matches, three first round matches of the men and two first round matches of the women took place. Reigning Champion Glen Durrant had not too many problems with Gary Robson and won 3:0. In the preliminary round matches Swede Dennis Nilsson impressed with a strong performance. The women's matches were won by Fallon Sherrock and Sharon Prins. The first round matches between Scott Montgomery and Scott Waites and Wesley Harms and Wayne Warren which ended the afternoon- and the evening session were the best matches of the day. Welshman Warren produced the first upset of the tournament - he won 3:0 against number 7 seed Wesley Harms.
Report, Statistics - Day 2



7. January
BDO World Championships - Day1
The best match of the day was the last match of the evening session between Scott Mitchell and Darius Labanauskas. Bothplayers averaged just under 100 and Mitchell won it 3:2. The tournament started with a not really high.class but drammatic clash between Mark McGeeney and Martin Adams dwhich was decided in a Sudden Death leg by McGeeney.
Today the first rounds and the preliminary round will go on and reigning champion Glen Durrant will open the afternoon session.
Report, Statistics Day 1
Schedule, Results



6. January
BDO World Championships
Today in the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green The two BDO world Championships will begin. An afternoon and an evening session will be played.
The tournament starts with a highlight - number 1 seed Mark McGeeney will play against the former BDO World Champion Martin Adams. As well at the oche will be in the afternoon session reigning champion Lisa Ashton against Welsh Rhian Griffiths.
You can follow the tournament by the BDO stream: Official BDO Stream
Schedule, Results



Preview BDO World Championships

The Darts Performance Centre has a view on what we can excpect during the BDO World Championships and tells us which players could be a threat.
Preview




5. January
Additions Who is Who
Not all participants of the BDO World Championships - which will begin tomorrow - could be found in the Who is Who erfasst... So the following players were added: Paula Jacklin, Rhian Griffiths, Rachna David, David Cameron, Michael Unterbuchner, Justin Thompson, Penigran Mohamed, Wayne Warren and Cameron Menzies.
Who is Who



PDC Qualifying School
From 18. - 21. January the Qualifying School will take place both in Hildesheim and in Wigan. How the lists of participants in the European QS and the UK QS look at the moment you can find here:
Qualifying School



4. January
Gallery PDC World Championship

My PDC World Championship Gallery is online.
You can find it here:
Gallery




2. January
BDO World Championships

James Hurrell, number 15 seed in the BDO World Championship, had to withdrew due to illness. He is replaced by Welshman Richie Edwards.
Participants, Schedule



Target Super League 2018

The PDC Europe announced participants and dates of the Target Super League 2018. Three places will be filled by a qualifier which will take place on 20. January.
Target Super League Darts



Tournament Calendar
To the oturnament calendar 2018 the dates of the Target Super League and of the Nordic and Baltic Tour were added.
Tournament-Calendar 2018



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



1. January
Cross new World Champion
In a one-sided final Rob Cross convinced again and defeated Phil Taylor in his last world championship with 7:2. Taylor showed a good performance as well - he played an 102.26 average - but Cross dominated the match from the start and even in the last set including his matchdart which he hit with the first attempt never showed any nerves. An amazing world championship debut of a deserved new world champion.
Report and Statistic Finalnew



Premier League 2018
The PDC announced the field of participants in the Premier League 2018. Beside Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld who took part in the last years as well new world champion Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Mensur Suljovic and Simon Whitlock will compete.
Participants and Schedule




31. December
PDC World Championship - Semi-finals
Two thrilling and highclass semifinals took place last night in Alexandra Palace - both with a more surprising end. And so we will see tomorrow an all English final between legend Phil Taylor and and his could be potential successor Rob Cross.
Phil Taylor managed to win a close match against Jamie Lewis 6:1. As most of the sets were only decided in a fifth leg the match was much closer than the result makes one believe. Taylor had to put all his experience and his clinical finishing into the balance to win.
The second semi-final was an epic match which was decided in a Sudden Death leg in which rather astonishing debutant Rob Cross and not the reigning champion Michael van Gerwen kept his nerve. Cross won in the end the match thanks to his clincal finishing as well while van Gerwen as in all his matches of the tournament missed surprisingly many doubles - among them six matchdarts
So in the final sixteen times world champion Phil Taylor will play debutant Rob Cross who proved in his semi-final match he has the potential for a world champion.
Report and Statistics Semi-Finals



30. December
PDC World Championship
Tonight in London the two semi-finals of the World Championship will take place. First Jamie Lewis and Phil Taylor will play against each other. Than reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross will stand at the oche.
Results



PDC World Championship - Quarterfinals
While the first quarterfinal between Jamie Lewis and Darren Webster was a one-sided match dominated by Lewis the other three quarterfinals were all highly competitive. Both Dimitri van den Bergh and Raymond van Barneveld missed their chances to win and lost narrowly to Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen. A little bit more breathing space had Phil Taylor in his 5:3 win against Gary Anderson. In the semi-finals Jamie Lewis and Phil Taylor will meet while reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will play against Rob Cross.
Results
Statistics Quarterfinals



29. December
PDC Weltmeisterschaft
Today is quarterfinals day in Alexandra Palace in London and an afternoon- and an evening session will be played. In the afternoon session Jamie Lewis will play against Darren Webster and Rob Cross will meet Dimitri van den Bergh. Tonight first Michael van Gerwen will play against Raymond van Barneveld. After that Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson will come on stage.



28. December
PDC World Championship

Today in an afternoon- and an evening session the third round will go on. Among the players on stage in the evening session will be Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor.
Results



27. December
PDC World Championship
The Christmas break is over and today again an afternoon- and an evening session will be played. In the last match of the afternoon session German Kevin Münch will play his second round match against Antonio Alcinas. The evening session will begin with the last second round match between Peter Wright and Jamie Lewis. After that two third round matches will follow. Among others reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will play against Gerwyn Price.
Results
Report and Statistics Day 11



24. December



Merry Christmas!!!





PDC World Championship - Tenth Day
The match of the day took place in the afternoon-session between Michael Smith and Rob Cross. While Smith dominated early in the match later Cross settled and in the end won the match 4:3. The upset of the day was the elimination of Daryl Gurney by John Henderson. Gurney never really found into the match while the Scotsman unimpressed played his game. Beside Keegan Brown, Steve West, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld progressed into the next round.
The tournament now takes a break for Christmas. On 27. December it will be resumed with the last matches of the second round and the first two third round matches.
Statistics Day 10



23. December
PDC World Championship

Before the Christmas break will begin tomorrow today the second round will go on again in an afternoon- and an evening session. Among others tonight Phil Taylor will stand against Justin Pipe at the oche.
Results



22. December
PDC World Championship - Ninth Day
Today the second round of the tournament begins and an afternoon and an evening session will be played with three matches each. In the evening session among others reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will take on James Wilson.
Results
Report and Statistics Day 9



PDC Qualifying School
From 18. - 21. January Qualifiyng School will take place both in Hildesheim and in Wigan. How the lists of entries in the European QS and in the UK QS look at the moment you can see here:
Qualifying School



PDC World Championship - Eigth Day
Last night in Alexandra Palace the last four first round matches were played. In the limelight stood the last match of the evening and the number two seed Peter Wright. Wright said after the match he not yet felt really well but he showed a good performance and defeated the first Brauilian participant in a PDC World Champpionship with 3:1. His oponent Portela showed a quite decent performance as well. Through to the next round are beside Wright Antonio Alcinas, James Richardson and Darren Webster. With Cristo Reyes and Kim Huybrechts two more sedded players were elimnated from the tournament.
Results
Report and Statistics Day 8



21. December
Diogo Portela
Tonight as last match of the evening and of the first round the match between Diogo Portela and Peter Wright will take place. Wright seems to have recovered from his gallstones. What Diogo did since the last blog to prepare for the match you can find here:
Diogo und Goliath - Part 3



PDC World Championship - Seventh Day
Martin Schindler couldn't do the same as Kevin Münch and lost his match against Simon Whitlock - who suffered from flue - with 1:3. Even closer were the other two first round matches of the evening - Michael Smith defeated Steve Lennon with 3:2 and Justin Pipe won an epic battle against Bernie Smith in the tie break with the same result.
Report and Statistics Day 7



19. December
PDC World Championship - Day 6
The sixth evening of the World Championship started quite boring with three one sided matches which were won by Kevin Muench, John Henderson and Raymond van Barneveld without losing a set. But than Kevin Muench returned on stage and played himself from one Set behind to a 3:1 win oder Adrian Lewis. So the number seven seed is out of the tournament and will slide down the ranking even further.
Statistics Day 6



PDC World Championship
Today Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld will be in the limelight. Adrian Lewis will play against the winner of the prelimnary round match between German Kevin Münch and Russian Aleksandr Oreshkin, Raymond van Barneveld will paly against Richard North, In the third first round match John Henderson will play against Marko Kantele. Kevin Münch yesterday already payed the Alexandra Palace a visit.
Results



19. December
Interview with Aleksandr Oreshkin - Darts in Russia - Part 2
The second part of "Darts in Russia" is of course an interview with Aleksandr Oreshkin! He will for the second time stand on the stage of the Alexandra Palce - his third international appearance this year. Before he took part with Boris Koltsov - whom he thinks to be the at the moment the best Russian player - as Team Russia in the PDC World Cup and only recently again with Boris Koltsov won the pairs title of the WDF World Cup.
To the Interview



18. December
PDC World Championship - Fifth Day
The first two first round matches of the evening were won by the seeded players Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic. Gurney had clearly more problems to fight of Ronny Huybrechts then Suljovic to win against Kevin Painter. But the story of the evening, probably the story of the World Championship was written by another player: Paul Lim who first won his preliminary round match against Kai Fan Leung and than defeated Mark Webster.
Bericht und Statistics Day 5



Darts in Russia - Part 1
This year again with Aleksandr Oreshkin a dart player from Russia will take part in the PDC World Championship. He will play tomorrow in the preliminary round against German Martin Schindler.
The chairman of the Euroasian Darts Cooperation Igor Dzasokhov kindly answered me some questions about the sport of darts in Russia.
To the Interview



17. December
PDC World Championship - Day 4, Evening
While till now the World Championship had only a few mild suprises in the evening session of day four we had two really big upsets when with James Wade and Dave Chisnall two of the seeded top players were eliminated from the tournament by Keegan Brown and Vincent van der Voort. Ian White had in the last match of the evening no big problems with the preliminary round winner from New Zealand Cody Harris.
Report and Statistics Day 4, Evening



PDC World Championship - Day 4, Afternoon
On the fourth day of the World Championship again an afternoon and an evening session are played with one prelimnary round match and three first round matches each.
The afternoon session brought rather one sided matches which were won by Alan Norris, Kyle Anderson and JAmie Lewis. So far Jamie Lewis is the only player who won both his preliminary round and his first round match and progressed into the second round.
Bericht und Statistics Day 4, Afternoon



16. December
PDC World Championship - Day 3, Evening
The evening session of the third day of the World Championship started with a preliminary round match as well - Canadian Jeff Smith met the first of the Development Tour Order of Merit Luke Humphries and the Canadian won 2:0. At least a small upset. Next on was the match between Joe Cullen and Jermaine Wattimena a very close and thrilling match on high level which the Dutchman managed to win in a Sudden Death leg. The next upset followed in the all Dutch clash between Jelle Klaasen and Jan Dekker - again the unseeded player, Jan Dekker, was the winner. At the end of the night preliminary round winner Jeff Smith and Gary Anderson came on stage and it was clear from the start that Smith wouldn't have a chance. A clear 3:0 win for Gary Anderson.
Report and Statistics Day 3, Evening



Phil Taylor
As I can't tell anything about Phil Taylor which is not already known you find in my second article a lot of Phil Taylor pictures. And of course I talk about the matches of the second day of the World Championship.
Phil Taylornew



PDC World Championship - Day 3, Afternoon
On the third day of the World Championship an afternoon and an evening session are played with one prelimnary round match and three first round matches each.
In the afternoon session a once again fighting with his back problems Mervyn King stumbled over Austrian Zoran Lerchbacher who won 3:1. The as well sedded Benito vwn de Pas was elimnated by a confidently playing Steve West. In the last match of the afternoon session Robert Thornton defeated Brendan Dolan who before had won the preliminary round match against Alan Ljubic.
Bericht und Statistics Day 3, Afternoon



JDC World Championship Final
Before the PDC World Cahmpionship today started into the third day on the big stage the JDC World Championships final between Dutchman Owen Roelofs and Austrian Rusty-Jake Rodriguez took place.
Rusty - Jake Rodriguez as the clearly more experienced player won it 5:4.
Final JDC World Championship



15. December
PDC World Championship - Second Day
On the second day of the World Championship one Preliminary Round match and three First round matches were played. Segio Asada one the Preliminary Round match against Gordon Mathers. Of course In teh limelight of the evening stood Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey not an easy task but Taylor won 3:1.But the best and most thrilling match of the evening was the match between Dimitri van den Bergh and Steohen Bunting which the youn Belgian won with a 104.17 average 3:1. After all that no one seemed really interested in the match between Rob Cross and Segio Asada which Cross in now already normal fashion won with an 104.12 average 3:0.
Bericht und Statistic Day 2



Gemischtrassig...
The first article from Globaldarts live from London of course is as well about the first round matches of the first day of the World Championship. Beside we have a look at a topic which is at the moment of interest in the United Kingdom..
Mixed Racenew



14. December
PDC World Championship - Day 1
On the first day of the PDC World Championship there were no upsets and in all four first round matches the seeded players prevailed - among them reigning champion Michael van Gerwen. The match between van Gerwen and Christian Kist was the best match of the evening and both players averaged over 100. But in the other matches the players showed good performances as well especially Gerwyn Price who had an over 100 average too and could celebrate the only whitewash of the evening.
Report and Statistics Day 1



PDC World Championship
On the first day of the PDC World Championship 2018 four first round matches will be played in an evening session. In the limelight of course will be the first appearance of the reigning champion Michael van Gerwen against his fellow country man Christian Kist.
Schedule, Results



PDC World Championship - Preview
Today in the Alexandra Palace in London the PDC World Championship 2018 will begin. With a Christmas and a New Year break it will be played till 1. January 2019.
Here a preview:
Preview



Ten years ago...
To end the review on the surprising World Championship 2008 of course a look on the two finalists and their way into the final in necessary.
Ten years ago - Part 3new



12. December
Diogo Portela
The Darts Performance Centre the first participant from Brazil in a PDC World Championship, Diogo Portela, with a series of blogs through his preparation for the big event. The second blog deals with an e-mail from Barry Hearn, the sponsors and again the preparation. Beside you can find the link to a video of Diogo's throw.
Diogo and the World Championship



BDO World Championships 2018
Today the detailed schedule of the first round and preliminary round matches was published. Reigning champion Glen Durrant will begin his way to defend the title in the afternoon session of the second day of the tournament against the winner of the preliminary round match between Penigran Mohamed v Gary Robson. The reigning women's World champion Trina Gulliver begins her tournament on Monday 8. January in the evening session against Vicky Pruim.
Schedule First Round, Preliminary Round



10. December
Additions Who is Who
As every year before the World Championships I find out that there are gaps in the Who is Who ... The following players - all taking part in the PDC World Championship - were added: Luke Humphries, Marko Kantele, Aleksandr Oreshkin, Steve Lennon, Martin Schindler, Ted Evetts, Diogo Portela, Rob Cross, Richard North und Peter Jacques.

Who is Who



Ten Years ago...
Some of the players who took part for the first time in a PDC World Championship 2008 by now moved up far in the PDC Rankings - among them to be sure Mensur Suljovic. Among those who never recovered from illness and disappeared from the Circuit is Peter Manley - in 2008 still one of the most popular players.
Ten years ago - Part 2new



7. December
BDO World Championships 2018
Yesterday the draw for the BDO World Championships of the women and men took place, which will start on 6. January 2018 in the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green.
The two reigning champions Trina Gulliver and Glen Durrant will begin their tournaments with matches gainst Vicky Pruim from Sweden and the winner of the preliminary round match between Penigran Mohamed from Brunei and Gary Robson.

Participants, Schedule, Draw



6. December
Diogo Portela
The Darts Performance Centre accompanies the first Brasilian player in a PDC World Championship, Diogo Portela, with several blogs through his preparation for the big event.
Here blog number 1:
Diogo and the World Championship



Entry Fees

As Barry Hearn the PDC chairman announced there will no entry fees for Pro Tour Events for Tour Card holders and Associate PDPA Members next year.
Entry Fees Boost



New Rules for Q-School and European Tour Qualifiers
There are some new rules for the Qualifying School which will take place 2018 in wigan and in Hildesheim at the same time and some new rules for the European Tour qualifiers as well.
You can find all information here:
Qualifying School 2018



5. December
Ten years ago...
Ten years ago the PDC World Championship for the first time took place in Alexandra Palace. Many of the players who took part have by now disappeared from the PDC Circuit, others established their reputation. In 2008 we had a surprise winner and an even more surprising runner-up...
Ten years ago - Part 1new



30. November
PDC World Championship
The PDC now published the schedule for the Preliminary round, the first round and the second round of the PDC World Championship. Traditionally reigning champion Michael van Gerwen will already play his first round match against Christian Kist on the first evening of the event. The tournament will be opened by the match between Steve Beaton and William O'Connor. The first round will be played till 21. December and will be closed by the match between Peter Wright and Diogo Portela. Round two will start on 22. December and will be finished after the Christmas break on 27. December.
Schedule
Tournament Information









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