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|
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