Players Championship Finals

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Players Championship Finals
Tournament information
Venue Butlins Resort
Location Minehead
Country England
Established 2009
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £250,000 (2013)
Month(s) Played December (2013)
Current champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen

The Players Championship Finals (also known as the Cash Converters Players Championship for sponsorship purposes)[1] is a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament features the top 32 players from the Players Championship Order of Merit, a separate ranking system that only takes into account the non-televised Players Championship events on the PDC Pro Tour.[2]

The tournament was first announced at the PDC Awards Dinner in January 2008 by PDC chairman Barry Hearn.[3] It was initially held from late January to February,[4] and originally took place at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, the venue for the first 14 PDC World Championships.[5] For the third edition, the event moved to the Doncaster Dome.[6] The 2012 Edition took place in December at Butlins in Minehead.[7]

Final results[edit]

Year Champion Legs Runner-up Sponsor Prize Fund Champion Runner-up Venue
2009 England Phil Taylor (98.04) 16–9 Scotland Robert Thornton (88.52) coral.co.uk £200,000 £50,000 £25,000 Circus Tavern, Purfleet
2010 Australia Paul Nicholson (92.75) 13–11 England Mervyn King (89.74) totesport.com £250,000 £60,000 £24,000
2011 Feb. England Phil Taylor (97.01) 13–12 Scotland Gary Anderson (96.31) Doncaster Dome, Doncaster
2011 Dec. England Kevin Painter (96.28) 13–9 Wales Mark Webster (93.31) Cash Converters
2012 England Phil Taylor (103.57) 13–6 Belgium Kim Huybrechts (91.70) Butlins Resort, Minehead
2013 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (102.45) 11–7 England Phil Taylor (102.64)
2014 £300,000 £65,000 £35,000

Finalists[edit]

Player Won Runner-up
England Phil Taylor 3 1
Australia Paul Nicholson 1 0
England Kevin Painter 1 0
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 1 0
Scotland Robert Thornton 0 1
England Mervyn King 0 1
Scotland Gary Anderson 0 1
Wales Mark Webster 0 1
Belgium Kim Huybrechts 0 1

Television coverage[edit]

In the UK and Ireland, the first two tournaments were broadcast on ITV4 with the third edition being screened through the PDC website. The fourth edition returned to ITV4 where it has stayed eversince and ITV4 have signed a long term deal to cover the European Championships, Players Championships, UK Open and new tournament the Masters from 2013-2015.[8]

TV Broadcasters

  • 2009-2010: ITV4
  • Feb 2011: Not Shown on TV (Live on PDC Website)
  • Dec 2011-2015: ITV4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fresh Support From Cash Converters". PDC. November 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2008 Order of Merit explanation from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 19-11-2008
  3. ^ PDC website report - PDC To Introduce New Events from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 19-11-2008
  4. ^ PDC website report - 2009 PDC Calendar from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 19-11-2008
  5. ^ PDC website report - PDC Return To Circus Tavern from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 19-11-2008
  6. ^ "2011 Players Championship Finals Tickets". Professional Darts Corporation (PDC & Perform Ltd.). 2 December 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Butlins Minehead To Host Cash Converters Players Championship". Planet Darts. 30 March 2012. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]

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