2012 PDC World Darts Championship
|Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship|
|Dates||15 December 2011 – 2 January 2012|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
Sets (from Round 1)
Final – best of 13
Adrian Lewis was the defending champion having won the 2011 tournament. Phil Taylor became the only player to have played in every PDC World Championship, after Dennis Priestley failed to qualify. For the first time players from Malaysia, Portugal and Serbia qualified.
Lewis was able to defend his title against Andy Hamilton in the final with a 7–3 win. He became the third player to defend the world title following their first win, after Eric Bristow and Raymond Van Barneveld.
Sid Waddell, having commentated on the BDO World Darts Championship from 1978 to 1994 for the BBC, and on the PDC World Darts Championship from 1995 to 2011 for Sky Sports, was forced to miss commentating on the 2012 PDC World Darts Championship, having been diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2011.
Format and qualifiers
The televised stages features 72 players. The top 32 players in the PDC Order of Merit on 28 November 2011 are seeded for the tournament. They will be joined by the 16 highest non qualified players in the Players Championship Order of Merit from events played on the PDC Pro Tour.
Sid Waddell, having commentated on the BDO World Darts Championship for the BBC from 1978 to 1994, and on the PDC World Darts Championship for Sky Sports from 1995 to 2011, was forced to miss his first world darts championship in 2012, after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2011 and then undergoing treatment.
These 48 players are joined by two PDPA qualifiers (to be determined at a PDPA Qualifying event to be held in Wigan on 28 November 2011), the winner of the PDC Youth Tour Order of Merit, and 21 international players: the 4 highest names in the European Order of Merit not already qualified, and 17 further international qualifiers to be determined by the PDC and PDPA.
Some of the international players, such as the 4 from the European Order of Merit, and the top American and Australian players are entered straight into the first round, while others, having won qualifying events in their countries, are entered into the preliminary round.
European Order of Merit
In case a player has to withdraw from the competition, the first reserve player that will take his spot is the third place finisher in the PDPA qualifier, Chris Thompson. It is the first time a match for third place was held at the qualifier.
The 2012 World Championship features a prize fund of £1,000,000 – the same as in the previous two years.
The prize money is allocated as follows:
|Position (num. of players)||Prize money|
|Third round losers||(8)||£15,000|
|Second round losers||(16)||£10,000|
|First round losers||(32)||£6,000|
|Preliminary round losers||(8)||£3,500|
The format is best of 7 legs. One match is played each day with the winner playing his first round match that same day. The draw for the preliminary round was held on 28 November 2011.
|Player 1||Score||Player 2|
|Paul Barham 76.83||2–4||Scott MacKenzie 73.23|
|Haruki Muramatsu 85.22||4–2||Dennis Nilsson 77.20|
|Dietmar Burger 67.44||0–4||Christian Perez 73.32|
|Kevin Münch 82.74||4–2||Lee Choon Peng 71.88|
|Connie Finnan 83.15||3–4||Warren French 85.88|
|Per Laursen 89.76||3–4||Petri Korte 83.31|
|Joe Cullen 94.63||4–2||Oliver Ferenc 87.88|
|Devon Petersen 83.39||4–3||José Oliveira de Sousa 75.61|
The winners of the eight Preliminary Round matches will join 56 other players in the first round. The schedule was published on 2 December 2011.
- 1^ Denis Ovens had to withdraw due to a injured nerve in his back after the first set. Münch had won the first set 3–0.
|Player||Eliminated||Played||Sets Won||Sets Lost||Legs Won||Legs Lost||100+||140+||180s||High Checkout||Average|
|Dave Chisnall||3Third round||3||7||5||28||25||61||36||16||127||95.97|
|Kevin Painter||3Third round||3||9||8||41||35||98||56||16||134||94.07|
|Paul Nicholson||3Third round||3||8||5||29||23||64||46||10||170||93.69|
|Wayne Jones||3Third round||3||7||5||26||21||74||33||14||116||93.05|
|Michael van Gerwen||3Third round||3||10||6||31||25||71||42||14||158||92.62|
|Justin Pipe||3Third round||3||8||8||34||34||89||52||13||121||92.38|
|Colin Lloyd||3Third round||3||8||6||29||29||72||28||13||167||91.03|
|Steve Farmer||3Third round||3||7||8||32||32||81||34||12||102||87.24|
|Phil Taylor||2Second round||2||4||4||19||17||46||23||5||98||100.15|
|Mervyn King||2Second round||2||4||4||19||12||38||25||12||132||98.47|
|Richie Burnett||2Second round||2||4||6||18||23||51||30||16||136||94.78|
|Vincent van der Voort||2Second round||2||6||6||27||24||70||27||15||148||94.68|
|Scott Rand||2Second round||2||4||4||18||14||29||21||7||140||93.75|
|Robert Thornton||2Second round||2||5||5||19||23||65||29||8||121||93.18|
|Mark Walsh||2Second round||2||6||5||22||23||56||36||8||96||92.69|
|Wes Newton||2Second round||2||6||4||24||22||57||29||8||170||91.98|
|Devon Petersen||2Second round||3||5||6||27||29||64||35||16||120||88.46|
|James Richardson||2Second round||2||4||4||18||18||58||28||4||145||88.09|
|Kevin Münch[n 1]||2Second round||3||3||4||19||16||38||27||4||155||87.66|
|Jelle Klaasen||2Second round||2||3||5||14||16||38||12||4||120||86.57|
|Alan Tabern||2Second round||2||3||5||13||19||51||17||5||149||86.50|
|Co Stompé||2Second round||2||4||4||16||17||46||20||7||97||86.30|
|Steve Beaton||2Second round||2||4||6||20||24||59||21||3||121||86.27|
|Roland Scholten||2Second round||2||3||5||12||19||31||15||10||138||82.50|
|Antonio Alcinas||1First round||1||2||3||8||13||24||15||5||123||98.76|
|Nigel Heydon||1First round||1||2||3||12||14||39||15||7||100||91.30|
|Mark Webster||1First round||1||2||3||11||13||29||11||9||100||89.72|
|Mark Hylton||1First round||1||2||3||8||13||29||17||3||104||89.49|
|Ronnie Baxter||1First round||1||2||3||8||13||24||14||2||98||88.79|
|Magnus Caris||1First round||1||2||3||10||11||30||16||2||107||87.21|
|Kurt van de Rijck||1First round||1||0||3||5||9||22||11||3||136||93.84|
|Mensur Suljović||1First round||1||1||3||7||11||30||5||3||121||90.36|
|Arron Monk||1First round||1||1||3||8||11||22||10||3||87||90.03|
|Ian White||1First round||1||1||3||9||10||26||15||3||64||90.02|
|Colin Osborne||1First round||1||1||3||7||9||20||11||1||84||89.81|
|Peter Wright||1First round||1||1||3||4||10||17||6||4||83||88.40|
|Raymond van Barneveld||1First round||1||0||3||5||9||22||5||5||130||91.02|
|Joe Cullen||1First round||2||0||3||7||11||14||10||3||83||89.01|
|Jyhan Artut||1First round||1||2||3||13||14||23||18||8||116||86.94|
|Steve Brown||1First round||1||2||3||11||12||31||11||3||130||86.60|
|Warren French||1First round||2||1||3||9||14||33||13||3||70||85.59|
|Darin Young||1First round||1||1||3||6||10||23||5||3||118||85.31|
|Petri Korte||1First round||2||1||3||9||13||18||9||4||112||84.27|
|Jamie Caven||1First round||1||1||3||7||9||14||5||4||97||83.62|
|Sean Reed||1First round||1||1||3||6||9||18||8||0||121||82.29|
|Mark Dudbridge||1First round||1||0||3||3||9||16||8||1||82||86.74|
|Haruki Muramatsu||1First round||2||0||3||7||11||26||16||0||102||86.54|
|Michael Smith||1First round||1||0||3||3||9||23||7||1||25||85.45|
|Dennis Smith||1First round||1||0||3||1||9||13||4||2||44||84.57|
|Brendan Dolan||1First round||1||0||3||2||9||19||6||0||56||82.38|
|John Henderson||1First round||1||0||3||2||9||16||2||2||67||80.39|
|Christian Perez||1First round||2||1||3||11||10||30||17||2||110||79.67|
|Scott MacKenzie||1First round||2||1||3||10||12||34||10||1||100||79.30|
|Per Laursen||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||3||4||13||4||1||137||89.76|
|Oliver Ferenc||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||2||4||6||6||0||32||87.88|
|Connie Finnan||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||3||4||8||3||2||121||83.15|
|José Oliveira de Sousa||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||3||4||3||4||1||83||75.61|
|Lee Choon Peng||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||2||4||11||1||0||120||77.88|
|Dennis Nilsson||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||2||4||10||2||0||58||77.20|
|Paul Barham||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||2||4||6||6||0||20||76.83|
|Andy Smith||1First round||1||0||3||0||9||9||8||1||—||84.50|
|Geoff Kime||1First round||1||0||3||0||9||8||0||1||—||66.13|
|Dietmar Burger||0Preliminary round||1||0||0||0||4||5||1||0||—||67.44|
|Denis Ovens[n 1]||1First round||1||0||1||0||3||1||1||0||—||65.64|
Last updated: 2 January 2012
Source: Match reports from the main draw
- Denis Ovens had to withdraw due to an injured nerve in his back after the first set in the first round.
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