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2018 William Hill World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates 14 December 2017–1 January 2018
Venue Alexandra Palace
Location London
Country England, United Kingdom
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Sets
Final – best of 13
Prize fund £1,800,000
Winners share £400,000
High checkout 170 Michael van Gerwen
170 Stephen Bunting

170 Daryl Gurney
170 Jeff Smith
170 Jamie Lewis
170 Steve West
Champion(s)
Rob Cross
«2017 2019»

The 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship was a darts event, held between 14 December 2017–1 January 2018 at the Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom. It was the 25th World Championship organised by the Professional Darts Corporation since it separated from the British Darts Organisation.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, but lost to Rob Cross 6–5 in the semi final. Cross went on to win the World Championship on his debut by defeating Phil Taylor 7–2 in the final. This was Taylor's 29th and final World Championship, surpassing the record of 28 appearances he jointly held with John Lowe.

Jamie Lewis became the first player to reach the semi-finals after entering the championship through a preliminary round event, first introduced at the 2004 Championship. Lewis eventually fell to Taylor in the semi-final, by a score of 6–1.

Background and qualification

Michael van Gerwen, the number one seed, was the reigning and defending champion, prior to the tournament.

The 2018 PDC World Darts Championship is the 25th World Darts Championship to be organised by the Professional Darts Corporation; and the tenth to be held at Alexandra Palace, London. It was held between 14 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, the culmination of the 2017 Professional Darts Corporation season.[1] 72 players competed in the championship; with the 32 highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit being seeded, and the next sixteen highest ranked players from the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit and the top eight ranked players from a number of international and invitational qualifiers also going straight into the first round. The remaining sixteen international and invitational qualifiers competed in a preliminary round.

Michael van Gerwen, the winner of the 2014 and 2017 championships, was top of the two-year PDC Order of Merit and number one seed going into the tournament.[2] The tournament was to be the last for Phil Taylor, who had won the PDC World Championship fourteen times previously, most recently in 2013.[3] As well as van Gerwen and Taylor, three other previous PDC world champions qualified as seeds, two-time champions Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis, and 2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld.

The top seeds below van Gerwen were 2017 UK Open winner Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, 2017 World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney and 2017 Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljović.[2] Rob Cross, the runner-up at the 2017 European Championship, made his World Championship debut as the 20th seed.[2]

Richard North, in his debut year, was the highest ranked non-seed on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit. As well as North, three other qualifiers through the Pro Tour made their debut, Peter Jacques, Steve Lennon and Martin Schindler.[2] The list of qualifiers also included the 2017 Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and the 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter.

Amongst the international and invitational qualification tournaments there was, for the first time, a South and Central American Qualifier.[4] The majority of tournaments were the same as had been for the previous championship, but there was no longer a Philippines Championship.[5] Gordon Mathers was the first player to qualify for the Championships, having finished top of the Dartplayers Australia rankings.[6] The top two players on the Nordic & Baltic rankings also qualified,[5] as did the winners of the fifteen international qualifiers, including the 2017 PDC World Youth Championship.

The final four qualification places were announced on 19 October,[5] with places being given to the highest ranked Eastern European, Krzysztof Ratajski, the National Darts Federation of Canada number one Jeff Smith, the highest ranked African, Devon Petersen, and the then-undetermined 2017 Development Tour winner, Luke Humphries.[7] The sudden announcement of these places, and the granting of them to Ratajski, who had declined an invitation to the rival 2018 BDO World Darts Championship before failing to qualify through the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit; and Jeff Smith, who had failed to qualify for the BDO World Darts Championship and not played a single PDC event in the previous year, were criticized by some, with ITV4 pundit and tour card holder Paul Nicholson saying he had written to the Professional Darts Players Association to seek clarification over the placings.[8]

The final three placings were determined by the PDPA qualifier held at Arena MK on 27 November, with Ted Evetts securing a first round place by winning the tournament, and runner-up Brendan Dolan and third-place playoff winner Jamie Lewis both qualifying to the preliminary round. The third place had become available as the 2017 PDC World Youth Championship, which carries a qualification place, was won by Dimitri Van den Bergh, who qualified through the Pro Tour Order of Merit.[9]

15 of the international and invitational qualifiers were making their PDC World Championship debuts, Seigo Asada,[5] Willard Bruguier,[5] Ted Evetts,[9] Cody Harris,[5] Luke Humphries,[7] Kai Fan Leung,[10] Alan Ljubić,[11] Gordon Mathers,[5] Kenny Neyens,[12] William O'Connor,[5] Diogo Portela,[13] Krzysztof Ratajski,[5] Bernie Smith,[14] Jeff Smith,[5] and Zong Xiao Chen.[15] Portela was the first ever Brazilian to qualify for the World Championships.[16]

Qualifiers

[2]

  1. ^ Per the PDC Order of Merit Rules, invited players shall be placed in to either the Preliminary or First Round draws for the event based on their position in the Order of Merit (if applicable). If insufficient players hold a position of the Order of Merit, the PDC will select which players are placed in to which round at the discretion of its board of Directors.[17]

Prize money

The prize money for the tournament will be a record high of £1,800,000 in total. The winner's prize money has increased from £350,000 to £400,000.[18]

Position (num. of players) Prize money
Winner (1) £400,000
Runner-up (1) £170,000
Semi-finalist (2) £85,000
Quarter-finalist (4) £40,000
Third round losers (8) £27,000
Second round losers (16) £18,500
First round losers (32) £11,000
Preliminary round losers (8) £4,500
Nine-dart finish (0) £20,000

Tournament summary

Rob Cross won the championship in his debut year.
Phil Taylor (pictured in 2009), sixteen-time world darts champion (14 time PDC champion) in his final year before retirement, lost in the final.

The top quarter of the draw saw reigning champion Michael van Gerwen dominate, knocking fellow Dutchman Christian Kist out in the first round,[19] before defeating James Wilson, without losing any of the twelve legs played,[20][21] and Gerwyn Price,[22] to set up a quarter-final with fellow Dutch former world champion Raymond van Barneveld. In the quarter-final, van Gerwen took an early lead, but missed a dart in the fifth set to take a 4–1 lead and ended up being pulled back to 3–3. The two took one more set each before van Gerwen won the deciding set 3–1 to qualify for the semi-final.[23]

In the second quarter, the fourth seed, Daryl Gurney, was eliminated in the second round by John Henderson.[24] Debutant Rob Cross defeated Michael Smith in the second round after Smith missed two match darts,[25] and Cross went on to defeat Henderson[26] to set up a quarter-final against the World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, who had defeated fifth seed Mensur Suljović in the third round.[27] In the quarter-final, Cross led his Belgian opponent early on, leading 4–1 in the best-of-nine match after five sets. Van den Bergh took the next three sets in succession, setting up a decider which Cross won 3–1, hitting double one in the final leg to qualify for the semi-final.[23]

The two highest-ranked seeds in the third quarter fell early on. Two-time champion and seventh seed Adrian Lewis was knocked out in the first round by German qualifier Kevin Münch,[28] while the second seed Peter Wright was knocked out in the second round by Jamie Lewis, who had qualified for the event by coming third in the final PDPA Qualifier.[29] Welshman Jamie Lewis went past the unseeded James Richardson in the third round, becoming the first player to go from the preliminary round to the quarter-final in the history of the championship;[30] before whitewashing Darren Webster to reach the semi-final.[23]

Two former world champions, two-time champion Gary Anderson and retiring sixteen-time champion Phil Taylor, met in the last quarter-final. Anderson's run to the quarter-final included a second round win over 63-year-old Singaporean, Paul Lim, a match noted for a leg in which Lim, who in 1990 had become the first player to throw a perfect nine-dart leg in the World Darts Championship,[31] missed a dart at double twelve to repeat the feat.[32] Taylor had faced English opposition in his three previous rounds, beating Chris Dobey[33] in the first round before whitewashing Justin Pipe[34] and Keegan Brown[35] in the next two rounds to set up the quarter-final. Taylor took a 4–1 lead after winning six consecutive legs, and despite Anderson winning the next two sets, Taylor took advantage of missed darts in the eighth set to triumph, 5–3.[23]

The semi-final between Taylor and Lewis was the first to be played, and, despite Lewis winning the first set, Taylor took the next three, with Lewis having missed darts in all three sets to have potentially been 4–0 up. Taylor won the next two sets as well, before Lewis took the first two legs in the seventh set, with Taylor taking advantage of three missed set darts from Lewis to steal the set and qualify for the twenty-first World Darts Championship final in his career.[36]

In the second semi-final, debutant Cross took on reigning world champion van Gerwen. The first eight sets in the match all went with throw, with Cross taking a lead before being pegged back by van Gerwen. Michael van Gerwen got the first break in the ninth set, taking a 5–4 lead to throw for the match, but Cross fought back to win the tenth set 3–1 to force a deciding set. In the deciding set – which had to be won by two clear legs until the eleventh leg was reached – Cross missed a match-winning dart at the bull with the score at 3–2, before van Gerwen won two legs in succession to take a 5–4 lead. With both players under pressure, van Gerwen missed five darts to win the tenth leg, before Cross hit a double 18 to force a sudden death leg. Both Cross and van Gerwen missed match darts at double 16 before Cross hit double 8 to qualify for the final in his debut entry,[37] becoming the first player to make the final on his debut since Kirk Shepherd in 2008.[38]

In the final, held on New Year's Day 2018, Phil Taylor won the bull-off, but opted to allow Cross to throw first. Rob Cross held the first set 3–1, and broke in the second set by the same scoreline, before winning the third set 3–0. Taylor scored his first set with a 3–0 win in the fourth, before missing a dart at double twelve for a potential perfect nine-dart leg in the first leg of the fifth set.[39] Cross won that leg and the next two to restore his three set lead, before breaking Taylor in the first leg of the sixth set, and the fourth leg of the seventh, taking a 6–1 lead in the best-of-thirteen match.[40] Taylor held the eighth set 3–0, but Cross held the first leg in the ninth set, before hitting double-eight to break and go one leg away from the championship, and in the final leg, hit a 140 finish, treble-18, treble-18, double-16 to win the world championship.[41]

Preliminary round

The draw was made on 26 November 2017.[42]

Best of three sets.

Av. Player Score Player Av.
86.65 Seigo Asada 2 – 1 Gordon Mathers 82.65
92.19 Brendan Dolan 2 – 0 Alan Ljubić 85.36
95.39 Jeff Smith 2 – 0 Luke Humphries 88.56
87.21 Kenny Neyens 1 – 2 Jamie Lewis 93.17
83.96 Willard Bruguier 1 – 2 Cody Harris 84.30
81.74 Kai Fan Leung 0 – 2 Paul Lim 86.25
76.70 Aleksandr Oreshkin 0 – 2 Kevin Münch 84.66
86.97 Zong Xiao Chen 0 – 2 Bernie Smith 87.47

Main draw

The draw for the main round was made live on Sky Sports News on 27 November 2017.[43][44]

First round (best of 5 sets)
14–21 December
[45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52]
Second round (best of 7)
22–27 December
[53][54][55]
Third round (best of 7)
27–28 December
[55][26]
Quarter-finals (best of 9)
29 December
[23]
Semi-finals (best of 11)
30 December
[36]
Final (best of 13)
1 January
[41]
                  
1 Michael van Gerwen 106.17 3
Christian Kist 100.23 1
1 van Gerwen 108.65 4
32 Wilson 96.02 0
32 James Wilson 97.94 3
Krzysztof Ratajski 92.59 1
1 van Gerwen 100.06 4
16 Price 97.06 2
16 Gerwyn Price 101.55 3
Ted Evetts 85.60 0
16 Price 96.93 4
17 White 93.62 1
17 Ian White 96.89 3
Cody Harris 85.47 1
1 van Gerwen 102.91 5
9 van Barneveld 98.76 4
8 Dave Chisnall 96.75 0
Vincent van der Voort 98.90 3
van der Voort 101.17 4
25 Beaton 94.26 0
25 Steve Beaton 93.28 3
William O'Connor 91.27 1
van der Voort 93.09 1
9 van Barneveld 101.04 4
9 Raymond van Barneveld 102.00 3
Richard North 91.98 0
9 van Barneveld 102.78 4
24 K Anderson 95.95 1
24 Kyle Anderson 93.08 3
Peter Jacques 85.79 1
1 van Gerwen 102.44 5
20 Cross 100.97 6
5 Mensur Suljović 93.03 3
Kevin Painter 88.58 0
5 Suljović 90.66 4
28 Thornton 93.51 2
28 Robert Thornton 98.67 3
Brendan Dolan 94.83 1
5 Suljović 94.35 0
Van den Bergh 96.60 4
12 Jelle Klaasen 96.73 1
Jan Dekker 95.74 3
  Dekker 97.27 2
Van den Bergh 94.91 4
21 Stephen Bunting 98.14 1
Dimitri Van den Bergh 104.17 3
Van den Bergh 98.60 4
20 Cross 97.13 5
4 Daryl Gurney 100.51 3
Ronny Huybrechts 96.74 1
4 Gurney 95.58 2
29 Henderson 95.89 4
29 John Henderson 90.09 3
Marko Kantele 87.21 0
29 Henderson 92.81 1
20 Cross 99.77 4
13 Michael Smith 92.63 3
Steve Lennon 94.95 2
13 M Smith 103.29 3
20 Cross 102.65 4
20 Rob Cross 104.12 3
Seigo Asada 92.91 0
20 Cross 107.67 7
6 Taylor 102.26 2
2 Peter Wright 97.90 3
Diogo Portela 91.66 1
2 Wright 103.44 1
J Lewis 107.27 4
31 Jonny Clayton 81.83 0
Jamie Lewis 99.02 3
  J Lewis 96.25 4
Richardson 89.02 1
15 Alan Norris 95.41 3
Kim Viljanen 90.38 0
15 Norris 86.76 1
Richardson 86.78 4
18 Kim Huybrechts 86.40 0
James Richardson 96.91 3
J Lewis 101.26 5
23 D Webster 91.88 0
7 Adrian Lewis 94.04 1
Kevin Münch 93.48 3
  Münch 81.94 1
Alcinas 91.11 4
26 Cristo Reyes 85.26 1
Toni Alcinas 85.85 3
Alcinas 88.25 0
23 D Webster 94.54 4
10 Simon Whitlock 87.42 3
Martin Schindler 84.01 1
10 Whitlock 92.16 1
23 D Webster 90.20 4
23 Darren Webster 90.81 3
Devon Petersen 87.16 2
J Lewis 97.35 1
6 Taylor 99.87 6
6 Phil Taylor 96.33 3
Chris Dobey 91.72 1
6 Taylor 99.37 4
27 Pipe 90.30 0
27 Justin Pipe 89.24 3
Bernie Smith 87.11 2
6 Taylor 101.34 4
Brown 96.56 0
11 James Wade 93.01 2
Keegan Brown 95.45 3
  Brown 87.65 4
Lerchbacher 87.10 2
22 Mervyn King 82.89 2
Zoran Lerchbacher 92.09 3
6 Taylor 102.02 5
3 G Anderson 98.68 3
3 Gary Anderson 100.93 3
Jeff Smith 78.38 0
3 G Anderson 97.46 4
Lim 90.60 1
30 Mark Webster 91.67 2
Paul Lim 95.98 3
3 G Anderson 95.26 4
West 92.60 2
14 Benito van de Pas 90.58 1
Steve West 95.97 3
  West 87.92 4
Wattimena 87.54 1
19 Joe Cullen 96.11 2
Jermaine Wattimena 96.83 3

Final

Final: Best of 13 sets.
Referees: George Noble (first half) and Kirk Bevins (second half).
Alexandra Palace, London, England, 1 January 2018.
(20) Rob Cross 7 – 2 Phil Taylor (6)
3 – 1, 3 – 1, 3 – 0, 0 – 3, 3 – 0, 3 – 1, 3 – 1, 0 – 3, 3 – 0
107.67 Average (3 darts) 102.26
27 100+ scores 33
27 140+ scores 20
11 180 scores 12
167 Highest checkout 151
3 100+ Checkouts 2
60% (21/35) Checkout summary 45.45% (10/22)

Tournament statistics

Player Eliminated Played Sets Won Sets Lost Legs Won Legs Lost Leg Breaks 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout Checkout Av.% Average[a]
Rob Cross Winner 6 29 15 101 82 38 201 122 66 167 44.49 102.05
Phil Taylor Runner-up 6 24 12 85 64 34 202 92 38 151 51.20 100.20
Michael van Gerwen Semi Finals 5 21 13 84 63 36 160 107 48 170 41.38 104.05
Jamie Lewis Semi Finals 6 19 9 74 52 32 138 95 50 170 43.53 99.05
Raymond van Barneveld Quarter Finals 4 15 7 54 35 26 129 87 21 161 43.90 101.15
Dimitri Van den Bergh Quarter Finals 4 15 8 53 40 21 111 65 30 134 40.46 98.57
Gary Anderson Quarter Finals 4 14 8 51 40 18 114 63 26 115 38.06 98.08
Darren Webster Quarter Finals 4 11 8 40 35 16 101 52 15 160 37.38 91.85
Gerwyn Price Third Round 3 9 5 35 25 15 67 45 21 114 39.77 98.51
Vincent van der Voort Third Round 3 8 4 26 23 12 63 26 15 156 57.78 97.72
Keegan Brown Third Round 3 7 8 31 34 9 77 34 10 124 37.35 93.22
John Henderson Third Round 3 8 6 30 28 12 79 45 11 160 46.15 92.93
Mensur Suljović Third Round 3 7 6 28 26 12 78 42 5 121 37.84 92.68
Steve West Third Round 3 9 6 36 26 10 77 46 15 170 42.35 92.16
James Richardson Third Round 3 8 5 31 26 11 67 38 17 106 32.63 90.90
Toni Alcinas Third Round 3 7 6 29 26 12 66 39 8 121 36.25 88.40
Peter Wright Second Round 2 4 5 21 19 9 54 39 11 121 42.00 100.67
Daryl Gurney Second Round 2 5 5 22 20 9 44 33 14 170 42.31 98.05
Michael Smith Second Round 2 6 6 27 21 10 58 24 23 150 36.99 97.96
James Wilson Second Round 2 3 5 10 20 3 38 19 9 95 40.00 96.98
Jan Dekker Second Round 2 5 5 17 21 6 41 31 3 128 48.57 96.51
Robert Thornton Second Round 2 5 5 21 23 7 58 28 11 144 50.00 96.09
Ian White Second Round 2 4 5 19 18 9 45 30 8 151 52.78 95.26
Kyle Anderson Second Round 2 4 5 17 18 8 35 8 9 114 44.74 94.52
Steve Beaton Second Round 2 3 5 14 17 7 42 26 6 131 35.00 93.77
Jermaine Wattimena Second Round 2 4 6 16 22 6 51 25 2 141 35.56 92.19
Alan Norris Second Round 2 4 4 19 17 8 39 22 9 131 32.20 91.09
Paul Lim Second Round 3 6 6 24 26 11 56 30 16 118 33.33 90.94
Simon Whitlock Second Round 2 4 5 19 18 5 40 16 11 127 33.93 89.79
Justin Pipe Second Round 2 3 6 15 21 8 42 19 4 96 34.09 89.77
Zoran Lerchbacher Second Round 2 5 6 26 21 7 77 28 6 122 42.62 89.60
Kevin Münch Second Round 3 6 5 23 22 9 50 23 12 158 36.51 86.69
Christian Kist First Round 1 1 3 4 11 0 17 13 2 86 44.44 100.23
Stephen Bunting First Round 1 1 3 8 10 2 20 14 4 170 53.33 98.14
Dave Chisnall First Round 1 0 3 4 9 1 21 6 2 132 66.67 96.75
Ronny Huybrechts First Round 1 1 3 6 10 2 22 12 2 112 37.50 96.74
Jelle Klaasen First Round 1 1 3 7 9 2 19 11 4 101 31.82 96.73
Joe Cullen First Round 1 2 3 10 10 4 31 7 5 135 52.63 96.11
Steve Lennon First Round 1 2 3 9 11 3 22 16 6 91 37.50 94.95
Adrian Lewis First Round 1 1 3 7 10 2 26 9 3 121 43.75 94.04
Brendan Dolan First Round 2 3 3 15 10 6 37 17 4 126 62.50 93.51
James Wade First Round 1 2 3 9 12 2 21 12 1 110 64.29 93.01
Krzysztof Ratajski First Round 1 1 3 8 10 3 20 8 1 106 57.14 92.59
Richard North First Round 1 0 3 3 9 0 12 7 4 40 23.08 91.98
Chris Dobey First Round 1 1 3 8 11 1 17 8 6 104 53.33 91.72
Mark Webster First Round 1 2 3 10 13 5 28 11 4 77 40.00 91.67
Diogo Portela First Round 1 1 3 5 11 1 16 7 3 99 62.50 91.66
William O'Connor First Round 1 1 3 5 9 3 14 7 6 115 21.74 91.27
Benito van de Pas First Round 1 1 3 5 11 1 17 11 1 124 38.46 90.58
Kim Viljanen First Round 1 0 3 3 9 2 12 8 3 76 27.27 90.38
Seigo Asada First Round 2 2 4 12 14 5 37 13 3 120 41.38 89.78
Kevin Painter First Round 1 0 3 2 9 2 8 9 3 88 16.67 88.58
Bernie Smith First Round 2 4 3 15 14 8 39 16 4 146 39.47 87.29
Marko Kantele First Round 1 0 3 3 9 1 9 8 2 62 60.00 87.21
Devon Petersen First Round 1 2 3 8 11 4 21 15 4 60 32.00 87.16
Jeff Smith First Round 2 2 3 8 12 1 21 14 1 170 44.44 86.89
Kim Huybrechts First Round 1 0 3 2 9 0 10 5 2 16 18.18 86.40
Peter Jacques First Round 1 1 3 6 11 2 18 5 5 75 28.57 85.79
Ted Evetts First Round 1 0 3 3 9 1 11 6 1 76 75.00 85.60
Cristo Reyes First Round 1 1 3 7 11 2 20 8 3 118 35.00 85.26
Cody Harris First Round 2 3 4 13 15 7 48 13 4 121 29.55 84.89
Martin Schindler First Round 1 1 3 6 11 1 18 10 3 60 17.65 84.01
Mervyn King First Round 1 2 3 7 13 1 18 12 1 112 36.84 82.89
Jonny Clayton First Round 1 0 3 4 9 1 12 9 2 104 28.57 81.83
Luke Humphries Prelim. Round 1 0 2 3 6 0 12 5 0 94 75.00 88.56
Kenny Neyens Prelim. Round 1 1 2 5 8 2 14 4 5 74 29.41 87.21
Zong Xiao Chen Prelim. Round 1 0 2 1 6 0 11 2 2 40 16.67 86.97
Alan Ljubić Prelim. Round 1 0 2 1 6 1 10 2 0 56 25.00 85.36
Willard Bruguier Prelim. Round 1 1 2 5 8 2 25 5 0 112 29.41 83.96
Gordon Mathers Prelim. Round 1 1 2 5 7 2 13 10 1 46 45.45 82.65
Kai Fan Leung Prelim. Round 1 0 2 3 6 2 15 2 0 52 30.00 81.74
Aleksandr Oreshkin Prelim. Round 1 0 2 1 6 1 5 5 0 10 10.00 76.70
  1. ^ Please note this is not calculated properly for players playing more than one match and is not indicative of actual tournament averages.

Top averages

This table shows the highest averages achieved by players throughout the tournament.

# Player Round Score Result
1 Michael van Gerwen 2 108.65 Won
2 Rob Cross F 107.67 Won
3 Jamie Lewis 2 107.27 Won
4 Michael van Gerwen 1 106.17 Won
5 Dimitri Van den Bergh 1 104.17 Won
6 Rob Cross 1 104.12 Won
7 Peter Wright 2 103.44 Lost
8 Michael Smith 2 103.29 Lost
9 Michael van Gerwen QF 102.91 Won
10 Raymond van Barneveld 2 102.78 Won

Representation from different countries

This table shows the number of players by country in the World Championship, the total number including the preliminary round. Twenty-four countries were represented in the World Championship, two more than in the previous championship.


ENG

NED

SCO

WAL

BEL

AUS

AUT

NIR

GER

SPA

FIN

IRL

NZL

SGP

CAN

JPN

BRA

POL

RSA

CHN

CRO

HKG

RUS

USA
Total
Final 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Semi-Final 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Quarter-Final 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Round 3 6 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
Round 2 12 5 4 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 32
Round 1 23 8 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 64
Prelim. 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 16
Total 24 8 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 72

Media coverage

The tournament was available in the following countries on these channels:

Country Channel
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
Sky Sports Darts[56]
Talksport[57]
 Australia
Fox Sports[58]
 Belgium Eleven Sport Network[59]
 Bulgaria
 Denmark
 Finland
 Norway
 Sweden
Baltic States
Viasat[58]
 China CCTV[60]
 Croatia RTL Televizija[60]
 Cyprus
 Greece
 Israel
 Italy
 Malta
 Turkey
Fox Sports[60]
 Czech Republic
 Slovakia
Nova Sport[58]
 France
 Romania
 Spain
Eurosport[60]
 Germany
 Austria
  Switzerland
Sport 1[58]
 Germany
  Switzerland
 Austria
 Japan
 Canada
DAZN[60]
 Hungary Pragosport[58]
 Mongolia MNBA Sports TV
 Netherlands RTL7[58]
 New Zealand Sky Sport[58]
 Poland TVP Sport[58][61]
 United States BBC America[62]
MENA OSN Sports[58]
Sub-Saharan Africa Kwesé Sports[58]

Additionally, there was coverage in Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, France, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Monaco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan on Eurosport Player, and coverage in all countries except the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands on the Professional Darts Corporation's streaming service, PDCTV-HD.[60]

† Sky Sports Arena was renamed as Sky Sports Darts for the duration of the tournament.

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