2010 PDC World Darts Championship
|Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship|
|Dates||18 December 2009–3 January 2010|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
|Format||Legs (preliminaries, 3rd/4th place playoff)
Sets (from Round 1)
Final – best of 13
|Nine dart finish||Raymond van Barneveld (Round 2)|
|High checkout||170 Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock|
Phil Taylor gained the title with a 7-3 victory over Simon Whitlock, defending successfully his title from the 2009 tournament. Raymond van Barneveld recorded the second nine dart finish in the history of the tournament in his second round match against Brendan Dolan.
The event took place from 18 December 2009 until 3 January 2010 – albeit with two breaks in between for Christmas and New Year. The tournament was held for the third time at London's Alexandra Palace.
Format and qualifiers
The televised stages featured 72 players, an increase of 2 from last year. The top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit on 1 December 2009 were seeded for the tournament. They were joined by the 16 highest non qualified players in the Players Championship Order of Merit from events played on the PDC Pro Tour.
- The final field as of 1 December 2009:
These 48 players were joined by 24 international players: the 4 highest names in the European Order of Merit not already qualified, the 3 highest names in the North American Order of Merit not already qualified and 15 further international qualifiers to be determined by the PDC and PDPA. Some of the players, such as the 4 from the European Order of Merit, the top 2 Americans, and Australian players are entered straight into the first round, while others, having won qualifying events in their countries, were entered into the preliminary round.
European Order of Merit
North American Order of Merit
The 2010 World Championship featured a prize fund of £1,000,000 - a rise of £260,000 on the previous year, to become darts' first £1 million tournament. All rounds featured more money compared to 2009, and also sees a £10,000 highest checkout prize being to make the fund go up to a million.
In addition, the losing semi-finalists contested a third place play off match on the same night as the Final, played for an extra £20,000 "winner takes all" pot on top of the £40,000 they both already received for being losing semi finalists. Therefore third place won £60,000, and fourth place £40,000 - both an increase from last years £30,000 for the losing semi finalists.
The prize money is allocated as follows:
- Winner: £200,000 (up from £125,000)
- Runner-Up: £100,000 (up from £60,000)
- Third: £60,000 (up from £30,000 for losing semi finalists in 2009)
- Fourth: £40,000 (up from £30,000 for losing semi finalists in 2009)
- Quarter Finals: £25,000 (up from £20,000)
- Third Round losers: £15,000 (up from £12,000)
- Second Round losers: £10,000 (up from £8,000)
- First Round losers: £6,000 (up from £5,000)
- Preliminary Round losers (8): £3,500 (up from £2,500)
- Highest checkout: £10,000
- Nine darter: £25,000 (up from £20,000)
The preliminary round draw was made on 29 November, and the format is best of 7 legs.
|Player 1||Score||Player 2|
|Per Laursen 81.45||3-4||Christian Perez 94.53|
|Ken MacNeil 77.52||4-2||Norman Madhoo 76.25|
|Jarkko Komula 76.09||4-3||Roman Konchikov 73.21|
|Haruki Muramatsu 75.98||4-1||Krzysztof Kciuk 76.28|
|Tomas Seyler 79.66||1-4||Jan van der Rassel 83.07|
|Magnus Caris 87.13||4-0||Francisco Ruiz 75.09|
|Aodhagan O'Neill 88.06||4-2||Les Francis 79.16|
|Phillip Hazel 83.15||2-4||Osmann Kijamet 85.34|
Shi Yongsheng was originally drawn to play Tomas Seyler. However, he was forced to withdraw from the competition after he was unable to receive a visa to travel to the UK. Jan van der Rassel, the next non-qualified player from the Players Championship Order of Merit, took his place.
- All sets best of five legs, unless there is a final set tie-break. Match distances in sets are quoted at the top of each round of the bracket
|First Round (best of 5 sets)
|Second round (best of 7)
|Third round (best of 7)
|Quarter-finals (best of 9)
|Semi-finals (best of 11)
|Final (best of 13)
|C. Monk 77.66||0|
|A. Jenkins 88.27||2|
|2||van Barneveld 92.65||3|
|2||van Barneveld 89.95||4|
|2||van Barneveld 89.41||4|
|18||van der Voort 94.39||3|
|18||van der Voort 93.26||3|
|2||van Barneveld 95.16||5|
|van der Rassel 82.12||1|
|2||van Barneveld 98.40||5|
|6||T. Jenkins 93.35||3|
|6||T. Jenkins 90.18||4|
|27||A. Smith 85.41||2|
|6||T. Jenkins 92.07||2|
|30||van Gerwen 93.92||2|
|30||van Gerwen 89.00||3|
Scores after player's names are three-dart averages (total points scored divided by darts thrown and multiplied by 3)
- All games that went to a final set had to be won by 2 clear legs, if after six more legs the players still couldn't be separated, a sudden death leg would take place to decide the winner, i.e. if the set goes to 5-5, a decider is played
- Mark Webster defeated Raymond van Barneveld 10 legs to 8 on 3 January in a 3rd/4th place playoff, the first time since 1998 such a playoff has occurred
|Player||Played||Sets Won||Sets Lost||Legs Won||Legs Lost||100+||140+||180s||High Checkout||3-dart Average|
|Vincent van der Voort||2||6||4||23||17||59||30||9||164||93.83|
|Raymond van Barneveld||5||21||7||83||46||175||79||30||141||93.11|
|Michael van Gerwen||2||5||5||20||20||58||20||4||125||91.46|
|Jan van der Rassel||2||1||3||11||11||28||16||3||116||82.60|
As they have done for every PDC World Darts Championship, Sky Sports broadcast all 72 matches live in high-definition, in the UK. Dave Clark presented the coverage with analysis from Rod Harrington and Eric Bristow. They also commentated on matches along with Sid Waddell, John Gwynne, Dave Lanning, Nigel Pearson, Rod Studd and Stuart Pyke. Interviews were either handled by Clark, Bristow or Studd.
Technical crew are supplied by Yorkshire based company, Sports Event Services Limited with Mark Leak heading up their crew and assuming the role of Stage Manager.
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- Ladbrokes.com World Championships pdc.tv
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- "Yongsheng Pulls Out". pdc.tv (Professional Darts Corporation). 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
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