The Players Championship double-headers, European Tour Qualifiers and the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events planned for April have now been postponed.
With restrictions being imposed across the world at present and further to this week’s postponement of the non-televised events in the remainder of March, the following tournaments also will not now take place as planned: Players Championships – April 4-5 European Tour 5-6 Qualifiers – April 6 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour 5-8 – April 10-12 European Tour 7 Qualifier – April 17 Players Championships – April 18-19
Whilst the PDC had hoped to retain events across the ProTour, Challenge Tour and Development Tour during the coming weeks, the postponements will ensure the integrity of the various Orders of Merit due to the travel restrictions for non-UK players.
Rescheduled dates for the above events will be confirmed in due course, with the three postponed European Tour events which had been set for March and April already rearranged for later in 2020.
Player entries for postponed tournaments will also remain valid for any rearranged equivalent dates. Players can see further updates from the PDPA via www.pdpa.co.uk.
Ian White claimed his first title of the year at Players Championship 8 in Barnsley on Sunday, defeating James Wade 8-3 in the final.
White produced an incredibly consistent level throughout the day, averaging over 100 in all but one of his seven victories, including a 111.3 in his win over John Henderson in the last 32.
A winner of two European Tour events in 2019, White began the second day of the ProTour double-header with wins over William Borland, Diogo Portela and Henderson.
The 49-year-old then overcame Stephen Bunting in the last 16 before a 109.7 average was enough to see off Dave Chisnall in the last eight.
White defeated Kim Huybrechts 7-4 in the semi-finals and went on to brush Wade aside to pick up his first Players Championship title since June 2018 and a 13th PDC title of his career.
“I’ve been playing good darts through the year but not been getting the luck, so this title has been coming,” said White, who moves back up to tenth on the PDC Order of Merit.
“The form is coming on, I’ve had a few problems but I’m sorting myself out and everything is going well.
“A couple of weeks ago Peter Wright was hitting lots of 100-plus averages so that spurred me on to keep up with him.
“Everyone goes on about my TV form not being as good as my ProTour form but I play good darts on the TV stages, I’ve hit a few averages over 100.
“I’ve just run into top class players at their best a few times, I just think I’ve been unlucky.
“My heads on this year and I want to stay in that top ten.”
The eighth Players Championship event of the year also saw former TV finalist Huybrechts reach his first ranking semi-final in almost two years.
Dutchman Derk Telnekes, who was among the new Tour Card winners in January, also reached the final four having reached the quarter-finals at Saturday’s Players Championship 7.
The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with two Players Championship events at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, with live streaming on PDCTV.
See full Players Championship 8 results in the Match Centre.
Players Championship 8 Sunday March 15 Last 16 Derk Telnekes 6-2 Gavin Carlin Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Glen Durrant James Wade 6-5 Josh Payne Keegan Brown 6-2 Justin Pipe Ian White 6-2 Stephen Bunting Dave Chisnall 6-0 Christian Bunse Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Peter Wright Michael Smith 6-5 Ricky Evans
Quarter-Finals Derk Telnekes 6-3 Luke Woodhouse James Wade 6-4 Keegan Brown Ian White 6-4 Dave Chisnall Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Michael Smith
Semi-Finals James Wade 7-2 Derk Telnekes Ian White 7-4 Kim Huybrechts
The eighth Pro Tour (PC) event of 202 was claimed by Ian White. The Stoke based player produced what he had been threatening for a while and stormed to an emphatic (8-3) win over James Wade in the final. Wade has also had a superb weekend following up yesterday’s semi-final by going one better today.
White defeated the resurgent Kin Huybrechts, in the semi, after gaining wins over most of his friends along the way. Dave Chisnall, Stephan Bunting and John Henderson were defeated back-to-back with Ian showing no friendly feeling! ‘Diamond’ White had started his campaign with wins over William Borland and Diogo Portela.
Perhaps the other most notable performance of the day came from Derk Telnekes. The Netherlands player has impressed since gaining his tour card in January and seems to be carrying last years excellent WDF form into the PDC. Derk defeated Steve Beaton in close run, first round, encounter and then took full advantage. He reached the semi finals before James Wade ended his excellent effort (2-7)
With many cancellations (and postponements) it is not possible to assume the shape of the rest of this years Players Championship and the qualifications that result from it. Those who have done well early in 2020 may reap huge rewards.
Keep returning to dartsworld.com for more updates on events, timetables and other news.
Our Darts World columnist got a surprise call, from the PDC, today and rushed to confront a very difficult opponent. Here is what it is like:
So there you are half-way to a JDC event in Wolverhapton. A quiet weekend ahead, from a playing perspective, but looking forward to cheering on others for once. Then the phone rings. Due to Coronavirus and its knock on effects there are a large number of spaces to be filled at this weekends Pro Tour in Barnsley. If you can get here you can play!
Darts World Columnist, and contributor, Colin Osborne was on the receiving end of such a call yesterday. Due to being en-route to his son’s first JDC event he was unable to attend. This morning he got the same call again, if he could make it before the deadline he could play in Pro Tour 8.
Into the car he, and his partner, jumped and were on route in minutes. It soon became obvious that practise / warm up time might be limited. Still you could hope for a bit of luck and perhaps a late draw, third or forth on your board, against another late notice payer? No such luck, Colin would be first on and against World Champion Peter Wright!
Our Wizard arrived and with barely enough time to put down his phone and extract his darts, from their case, it was time to go. Peter was very sportsmanlike, as always, and offered Colin as many warm up darts as he wanted, instead of the usual nine, but it can hardly be classed as ideal prep for playing the newly crowned world champ.
Peter was in no nonsense mood and scored heavily early on while Colin was trying to find his feet. The Wizard soon found himself 0-3 down but was at least starting to score well and get into the legs. A superb 156 finish in leg four put Colin on the board and offered some hope, but Snakebite was not allowing any such ideas and hit back with an 11 darter to move 4-1 up. The World Champ then turned the screw with a 14 darter, inc a 180, to thwart Colin’s own maximum inch toward victory. Wright completed a 6-1 win in the next leg and moved on into the tournament.
Speaking (to JR Lott) afterwards, ‘The Wizard’ recounted a novel experience to add to his many successful ones!
I enjoyed it, believe it or not, I barely had time to put my things on the table before the game was called. but peter was decent enough to give me a few to warm up.
i am looking forward to getting back into this room on merit and staying in it!
Fair play to ‘The Wizard’, no complaints and taking the chance on getting to Barnsley in time. He has been much more successful on ‘the open road’ recently and things seem to be looking up. Who knows with the current, unfortunate, circumstances more opportunities may come his way. Hopefully he will get at least a warm up before playing……..probably MVG!
Wizard’s Wizdom is regularly published in Darts World Magazine and abridged version appear at dartsworld.com
Nathan Aspinall claimed the £10,000 top prize at Players Championship 7 in Barnsley on Saturday, beating Brendan Dolan 8-4 in the final to pick up his second title of 2020.
The Premier League star recovered from 4-2 down to seal the win, ending the final with an average of 94 as he reeled off six successive legs – five of which were between 12 and 14 darts.
The former UK Open champion first saw off Alan Tabern before going on to secure wins over Geert Nentjes, Chris Dobey and Vincent van der Voort.
The last eight is where Aspinall produced his standout victory, beating world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-1 to progress to the semi-finals.
Another Dutchman – Danny Noppert – was Aspinall’s next victim as the US Darts Masters champion brushed his opponent aside in a 7-3 win to move in to the final.
Dolan took the early initiative in the decider, moving in to a 4-2 lead before Aspinall fought back superbly to win the title.
“I played steady at times and not so well at others but I’m really happy,” said Aspinall. “I’m full of confidence and was determined to have a good run this weekend.
“I know what I can produce and I know how good I am and there is no reason why I can’t win more titles.”
Aspinall is currently planning his wedding to partner Kirsty-Louise, and after pocking a second £10,000 cheque of the year added: “The other half is booking our wedding soon so I need the money!”
It was also a good day for finalist Brendan Dolan, who moved through the field with some impressive wins.
The Northern Ireland World Cup star began his day with a 6-4 win over Adrian Gray, before going on to defeat Niels Zonneveld, Ciaran Teehan and Dave Chisnall.
A quarter-final win over Derk Telnekes secured a semi-final clash with multiple title winner James Wade, where Dolan was far too good for his English opponent, coming through with a 7-1 win.
Despite a good start in the final Dolan wasn’t able to overcome Aspinall and secure a third title within a year – but the the 46-year-old will be pleased with his day’s work.
Wade enjoyed his best run of 2020 so far as he reached the semi-finals alongside Noppert, while Telnekes overcame World Champion Peter Wright as he reached his first quarter-final on the PDC ProTour.
The PDC ProTour weekend in Barnsley concludes on Sunday with Players Championship 8, where 128 players will be hoping to claim the title.
Players Championship Eight Saturday March 14, Barnsley Metrodome Last 16 Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Vincent van der Voort Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Luke Humphries Danny Noppert 6-0 Daryl Gurney Ian White 6-1 Kai Fan Leung James Wade 6-2 Glen Durrant Derk Telnekes 6-1 Peter Wright Brendan Dolan 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Quarter-Finals Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Michael van Gerwen Danny Noppert 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski James Wade 6-5 Ian White Brendan Dolan 6-5 Derk Telnekes
Semi-Finals Nathan Aspinall 7-3 Danny Noppert Brendan Dolan 7-1 James Wade
The 2020 European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen has been rescheduled for May 29-31.
The tournament had been planned as the year’s second European Tour event and was due to be held from March 20-22 at the Glaspalast, before being one of three events postponed earlier this week due to the current global situation.
With restrictions in Germany currently in place until April 19, the European Darts Grand Prix is now set to take place from May 29-31, and will remain at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.
As a result, the planned Players Championship double-header in Hildesheim on May 30-31 will be rescheduled, with details to be announced once finalised.
Rearranged dates for the European Darts Open (ET3) and German Darts Grand Prix (ET4) are still being finalised, and will be announced once confirmed.
Tickets for the original European Darts Grand Prix dates will remain valid for the equivalent session of the new event. Any fans with queries about tickets can contact their point of purchase.
A new Players Championship weekend will be played on March 28-29 in Milton Keynes to replace the postponed European Tour event in Germany.
The European Darts Open in Leverkusen, which was originally planned for March 27-29, has been postponed following measures put in place by the regional federal government in Germany.
As a result, the PDC will now stage two £75,000 Players Championship events at the Marshall Arena on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29.
The tournaments will be streamed live online through PDCTV, with two streams available simultaneously throughout each event.
PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members can now enter these events online through the PDC Online Entry System. Entries will close at 1400 GMT on Friday March 20.
The events are currently titled for player entries as Players Championship 9MK and Players Championship 10MK. However, following the close of entries, subsequent Players Championship events in 2020 will be renumbered accordingly.
Rescheduled dates for the two postponed European Tour events will be confirmed in due course.
Peter Wright claimed his first ProTour title of 2020 by defeating Gerwyn Price 8-6 in Saturday’s Players Championship 5 final in Wigan, while Steve Lennon hit a nine-darter.
The World Champion averaged over 100 in all but one of his matches on his way to claiming the £10,000 top prize in this year’s fifth Players Championship event, sealing the win with a 170 finish.
In the second round, Wright missed a dart at double 20 to break his own broadcast record average, but he still managed an astonishing 120.2 average in a whitewash victory over Adrian Gray.
Scotland’s World Cup star then saw off Scott Mitchell, Ryan Joyce and Glen Durrant before edging a high contest semi-final with Devon Petersen.
In a day filled with ton-plus averages, the final was no different, with both players averaging over 109 across the 14 legs.
“it’s just the start. I’m enjoying these darts and we’ve got something in the pipeline to improve them further.” said a confident Wright.
“Who knows what I can win this year? I just take it a leg at a time and that’s all you can do.
“As World Champion, I’ve always got a target on my back but I feel like I’m giving some of the other players the belief that they too can win anything.”
The first 13 legs of the contest went with throw before Wright produces the biggest finish of them all to not only break the Price throw, but claim the Scot’s first ProTour title of 2020, continuing a fantastic start to the year.
Earlier in the day World Cup runner-up, Lennon, hit a nine-dart finish in the fourth leg of his Last 32 clash with Kai Fan Leung, marking the tenth perfect leg across the PDC this year, before agonisingly missing match darts against Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals.
The wait for a first title of the year continues for Michael van Gerwen as the world number one was dumped out by Christian Bunse in the Last 32, while Gary Anderson was eliminated at the same stage by Ryan Joyce.
The 2020 PDC ProTour continues with Sunday’s Players Championship 6 event in Wigan, with live streaming on PDCTV.
After a high scoring day the Scotsman defeated his Red Dragon stablemate 8-6 in a closely fought and tense final.
Both players left 170 after only 9 darts in the 14th leg. But with Price being 6-7 adrift it was urgently needed. ‘The Iceman’ hit 130 to leave tops and give Wright the opportunity he needed, Snakebite did not prove toothless!
The reigning World Champion had come through a tough field on a day that included a large number of 100+ averages and strong runs from several lower ranked players.
Wright had defeated South African Devon Peterson in the Semi Final after dismissing Glen Durrant, 6-1, the round before.
Price meanwhile had overcome Steve Lennon and Willie O’ Conner at the same stages.
New Tour Card holder Damon Heta again started strongly recoding averages over 105 before bumping into Price in Rd.3. Irish an Lennon recorded the highest average of the day, hitting over 110 in the early rounds.
Players Championship 6 will take place from the same venue tomorrow.
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