In 2016 the PDC have announced that the European Tour is set to grow to 10 events.
With the continued growth of the PDC this move will surely bring smiles to the European darting world. With a large focus around Germany we will look and hope for a German to realise this darting countries potential and start to challenge for titles on the PDC circuit. Youngster Max Hopp continues to show the promise required but as of yet has failed to live up to the talent he has shown. Failing to even win on the PDCs Youth or Development tours. Maybe 2016 will be Max’s opportunity to shine.
With the European Tor supplemented with the World Cup opportunities for the European Darter has never been so great. See below for the events that are set to take place in 2016:
|12.02.-14.02.||Dutch Darts Masters||Venray||NL|
|26.03.-28.03.||German Darts Masters||München||D|
|06.05.-08.05.||Gibraltar Darts Trophy||Gibraltar||GIB|
|13.05.-15.05.||International Darts Trophy||Hamburg||D|
|02.06.-05.06.||World Cup of Darts||Frankfurt||D|
|10.06.-12.06.||European Darts Matchplay||To be confirmed||AUT|
|29.07.-31.07.||European Darts Open||Düsseldorf||D|
|02.09.-04.09.||International Darts Open||Riesa||D|
|09.09.-11.09.||European Darts Trophy||Mülheim a.d.R.||D|
|16.09.-18.09.||European Darts Grand Prix||Sindelfingen||D|
|14.10.-16.10.||German Darts Championship||Hildesheim||D|
|28.10.-30.10.||European Darts Championship||To be confirmed||B|
After years of the PDC trying to get darts to take off in North America it seemed that they had given up when no events were released on the 2012 calendar. However PDC darts in North America does not seem to be over.
The PDC will launch a North American Pro Tour (NAPT) that is designed to grow each year and sustain itself after the first 3 years. Each NAPT event will be held over a weekend with the Pro Event being held on the Sunday. An associated tournament or warm-up event would precede the Pro Event on the Friday and Saturday.
The program is designed to sustain itself after the first three years meaning that there would be at least 8 Pro Events in 2015 and subsequent years. Success of the program will mean additional growth in year 4 (2015) in terms of increased prize money per event and/or an increase in the number of Pro Events throughout North America in 2015.
The following details outline the PDC NAPT program for the first three years. At the present time, one of the 3 Pro Events to be held in 2012 has been confirmed, the London Ontario NAPT Pro Event to be held on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Hilton London Ontario. The 2 additional Pro Events will be announced as soon as they are confirmed and will be posted on the Bull’s-Eye News website: bullseyenews.com
1. The PDC NA Pro Tour would be open only to North American residents.
2. Each Pro Event in the PDC North America Pro Tour would consist of a guaranteed $10,000
singles event with the PDC Players Championship format.
1st 2nd T-4 T-8 T-16 T-32
$2,000 $1,600 $800 $400 $200 $100
Format: Best of 11 legs of 501 throughout.
• 3 PDC NAPT events in 2012
• 5 PDC NAPT events in 2013
• 8 PDC NAPT events in 2014
The three events for this year are now confirmed
July 20-22 NAPT Event #1 & The Chicago Open (Chicago)
Aug 24-26 NAPT Event #2 & The London Open (Ontario)
Sept 7-9 NAPT Event #3 & The Atlantic City Open (New Jersey)
Hopefully they will be well attended, and we can see some new stars from North America. There are secondary events on Fridays and Saturdays, with the main NAPT events on Sundays. The Canadian U21 event is still going ahead when the tour ventures to Ontario, only open to Canadians. Unfortunately no U21 qualifier for USA yet.
The Scandinavian Darts Corporation (SDC) has now formed in co-operation with authorities in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, as well as UNICORN Products and Precision Sports Management.
The current qualifiers for Scandinavain countries has now been scrapped!!
The PDC are putting in 40,000 euros over 4 weekends in which two events will be hosted (8 in total)
02-03. June Denmark
Each event will count towards an OOM, in which seeding for each event will be used, (the initial event will be seeded based on PDC rankings). At the end of the season the prizes for those in the OOM are:
The Winner will have direct entry into 1 round by Ladbrokes.Com World Darts Championship + Tour Card for 2013-14
Runner Up Entry into the first round by Ladbrokes. Com World Darts Championship + Free entry to Q-school 2013
3rd, 4th and 5th Free entry to Q-school 2013
The player who lies 1st at the end of August, will represent his country and SDC at the European Championships in Germany 2012.
Prize money at each SDC event per day:
Winner : 1,100 EURO
Runner Up : 600 EURO
Semi-finalists : 300 EURO
Quarter-finalists : 200 EURO
9-16 : 125 EURO
17-32 : 50 EURO
Total prize money per day : 5,000 EURO
Total prize amount for all 8 events : 40,000 EURO
In the next 24 months they hope to expand the prize fund and hae at least one event on tv.
UNICORN Products sponsors the tournament lanes for all 3 countries.
Both UNICORN Products and Precision Sports Management are represented by 1 person each in SDC’s board of directors and its composition is as follow:
Chairman Michael Frydendahl DDL Denmark
Chief Executive Officer Danny Cox PSM England
Event Director Jann Hoffmann DDL Denmark
Board member Heli Sorsa PDF Finland
Board member Richard Hagel PDS Sweden
Board member Edward Lowy Unicorn Products-England
In week 2 of the McCoys Premier League Darts Phil Taylor stole the show in his victory against Kevin Painter.
After a slow start Taylor stepped on the gas in the 10th leg with a memorable 9 darter. With scores of 180 and 174 Taylor rounded of his 9 darter with a 147. This gave Taylor his 2nd victory in 2 weeks as he went on to defeat Painter 8-5. In victory Taylor had an average of 108.27. After the match Taylor was quoted as saying:
“I’m overwhelmed to have hit the nine-darter, Kevin was playing really well and I knew I had to do something extraordinary to crack him.
“I thought I would do a nine-darter earlier in the match but it came at the perfect time. It’s always the tough games that you do something like this because you’re not thinking about it.”
In other matches in Week 2 Scotland’s Gary Anderson claimed a comfortable 8-2 against Premier League debutant Andy Hamilton. Many were concerned for Hamilton when he was announced in the line up, however after his victory last week many thought he could cope with this pressure, however with this heavy defeat can Hamilton bounce back for next weeks match.
In the other 2 matches Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld claimed a very impressive 7 all draw with World Champion Adrian Lewis. At one stage Lewis led the match 5-2 but Barney stormed back to claim a draw. This result will surely be good news of all members of the Barney Army as well as Barney himself in the manner of his performance and come back.
The last match of the night saw Simon Whitlock seal a very impressive 8-4 victory over James Wade. Defeat for Wade saw hm drop to the bottom of the table after 2 weeks as he has failed to pick up a point. The victory for Whitlock sees him lead the league on leg difference from Phil Taylor with one victory and a draw. The loss for Wade could have been worse but for a late charge. Wade struggled with his doubles and this left him 7-0 down. Wade then won 4 legs but with only an 18% checkout rate he will know improvement will have to come in the coming weeks should he want to move up the league.
The McCoy’s Premier League Darts continues at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast next Thursday, with the matches including resurgent van Barneveld taking on Phil Taylor.
McCoy’s Premier League Darts
February 16 – AECC, Aberdeen
Adrian Lewis 7-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 8-2 Andy Hamilton
Phil Taylor 8-5 Kevin Painter
Simon Whitlock 8-4 James Wade
Latest League Table
|Raymond van Barneveld||2||0||2||0||0||2|
The PDC have today finally announced the details of the new European Tour, this will offer around €500,000 in prize money across five tournaments in 2012.
Each European Tour event, will be offering £82,100 in prize money with £15,000 to the winner In every tournament there will be 64-players which will be held across three days in Vienna, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Egmond-aan-Zee.
Each European Tour event will offer the following prize money:
|Position||£ Prize Money||€ Approx|
|Last 16 Losers||£1,500||€1,800|
|Last 32 Losers||£1,000||€1,200|
|Last 64 Losers||£200||€240|
|Last 128 Losers||£100||€120|
Each tournament will see the top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit who will enter automatically into the first round, with the remaining 32 places to be filled by a combination of Qualifiers from the UK and Europe.
The first round of each tournament will feature two stages across two sessions on Friday, before play is moved to a single main stage on Saturday for the 2nd round.
The third round will be played on Sunday afternoon, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being played on Sunday evening.
The top 32 players from the PDC Order of Merit will qualify automatically and are seeded from 1-32 for the first round draw, with the 32 qualifiers drawn at random.
The tournament will be played in a bracket format following the first round, and all games are the best of 11 legs.
For each tournament the 32 qualifiers will come from 3 separate qualifiers, the first will be held in the UK which is open to Full and Associate PDPA members from the UK or outside Europe. The 2nd qualifier will be the host nation qualifier. Each event will allow a further 4 qualifiers from the host nation. The final qualifier will be a European Qualifier which will be open to Full, Associate and Day PDPA members who are not from either the UK or the host nation.
The details of each event:
European Tour 1 – Austrian Darts Open
Entry Deadline: Tuesday March 27 (2pm)
UK Qualifier: Friday April 13 (7pm) Barnsley Metrodome
Host Nation Qualifier: Saturday March 31, Eisenstadt
European Qualifier: Saturday April 7, Huerth, Cologne
Draw: Friday April 13 (following UK Qualifier)
Main Tournament: Friday April 27-Sunday April 29, Arena Nova, Wiener Neudstadt
European Tour 2 – German Darts Championship
Entry Deadline: Tuesday May 8 (2pm)
UK Qualifier: Friday May 25 (7pm), K2 Centre, Crawley
Host Nation Qualifier: Friday June 1, Bruehl, Cologne
European Qualifier: Saturday June 2, Bruehl, Cologne
Draw: Monday June 4
Main Tournament: Friday June 22-Sunday June 24, Tempodrom, Berlin
European Tour 3 – European Darts Open
Entry Deadline: Tuesday June 12 (2pm)
UK Qualifier: Friday June 15 (7pm), Community Hall, Birmingham NIA
Host Nation Qualifier: Friday June 29, Dusseldorf
European Qualifier: Saturday June 30, Dusseldorf
Draw: Monday July 2
Main Tournament: Friday July 6-Sunday July 8, Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf
European Tour 4 – German Darts Masters
Entry Deadline: Tuesday July 31
UK Qualifier: Friday August 3 (7pm), Moorways Centre, Derby
Host Nation Qualifier: Friday August 3, Huerth, Cologne
European Qualifier: Saturday August 4, Huerth, Cologne
Draw: Monday August 6
Main Tournament: Friday September 7-Sunday September 9, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart
European Tour 5 – Dutch Darts Masters
Entry Deadline: Tuesday September 25 (2pm)
UK Qualifier: Friday October 5 (7pm), Citywest Hotel, Dublin
Host Nation Qualifier: Saturday September 29, Rosmalen, Netherlands
European Qualifier: Saturday October 13, Bruehl
Draw: Monday October 15
Main Tournament: Friday October 25-Sunday October 28, Hotel Zuiderduin, Egmond-aan-Zee