US Open (darts)

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US Open
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Tournament information
Venue Mohegan Sun Casino Resort
Location Atlanta, Georgia
Country United States
Established 2007
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Sets
Prize fund £31,000 (2010)
Month(s) Played August
Final Year 2010
Final champion(s)
England Phil Taylor

The US Open was a United States darts tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), which launched in May 2007. It replaced the World Series of Darts which ran for one year and was cancelled as a result of poor television ratings on ESPN.

The tournament is held at the Mohegan Sun Casino Resort in Connecticut - which was also the venue used for the World Series of Darts, in 2007 and 2008. However, the tournament will move to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2009 event, in a double-header weekend with a Players Championship event taking place the day before.

Phil Taylor won the first two events, but opted not to take part in the 2009 version which Dennis Priestley won but then Taylor came back in 2010 and beat Denis Ovens in the final.

Television coverage[edit]

The 2007 tournament was broadcast live in the UK on satellite station Challenge, who were broadcasting a PDC tournament for the first time. Limited coverage of the event was shown on US sport channel Versus. In 2008 coverage passed to Nuts TV in the UK.

Format[edit]

The US Open retains a short game format throughout, sharing the same format as all of the Players Championship events on the PDC Pro Tour - from the first round to the final each game is best of 5 sets and best of 3 legs to a set. The only exception was the 2007 final which was best of 7 sets.

Results[edit]

Year Champion (average in final) Score Runner-Up (average in final) Sponsor Prize Fund Champion Runner-up
2007 England Phil Taylor 103.10 4-1 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 99.06 PDC £126,000 £12,500 £7,500
2008 England Phil Taylor 96.86 3-0 England Colin Lloyd 91.48 PartyPoker.net £126,000 £12,500 £7,500
2009 England Dennis Priestley 6-3 England Andy Hamilton PartyPoker.net $50,000 $12,000 $6,000
2010 England Phil Taylor 6-3 England Denis Ovens PartyPoker.net £31,200 £6,000 £3,000

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