2008 Grand Slam of Darts

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Grand Slam of Darts
Tournament information
Dates 15–23 November
Venue Civic Hall
Location Wolverhampton
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £356,000
Winners share £100,000
Nine dart finish England James Wade
High checkout 170 Scotland Gary Anderson
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
«2007 2009»

The 2008 Grand Slam of Darts was the second staging of the darts tournament, the Grand Slam of Darts organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The event took place from 15–23 November 2008 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. As with 2007, the tournament included players from both the PDC and BDO organisations.

Phil Taylor successfully defended the title after defeating Terry Jenkins 18–9 in the final.

Prize Fund[edit]

The prize fund for the 2008 tournament was as follows:

  • Winner – £100,000
  • Runner-Up – £40,000
  • Losing Semi-Finalists – £20,000 each
  • Losing Quarter-Finalists – £12,500 each
  • Round Two Losers – £7,500 each
  • Group Stage Losers – £4,000 each
  • Highest Finish – £2,000
  • Total Prize Fund – £356,000

Qualifying[edit]

There were 15 tournaments that provided qualifying opportunities to players. Most tournaments offered a qualifying position for the winner and runner-up of the tournament, however the World Championships and the 2007 Grand Slam also offered a place in the tournament to the losing semi-finalists. There were also various other ways of qualifying for overseas players, including those from Australia and the United States of America, as well as a wildcard qualifying event open to any darts player.

Qualifying tournaments[edit]

Note: Players in italics have already qualified for the tournament.

For the second year running, Martin Adams declined his invitation to take part in the competition.

Due to the 2008 World Masters being scheduled for December, Michael van Gerwen was offered an invitation to compete in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. The invitation was given as van Gerwen won the World Masters in 2006.[1]

Other Methods of Qualification[edit]

An invitation to compete in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts was also awarded to:

  • The top player from the PDC North American Order of Merit
  • The player who accumulated the highest amount of prize money at the conclusion of the DPA William Cross Pro-Am
  • The BDO Women's World Champion
  • An ITV Wildcard

PDC North American Order of Merit[edit]

The PDC North American Order of Merit ranks all of the North American dart players based on the amount of prize money that they have won from tournaments held in the United States and Canada.

Having won the inaugural North American Darts Championship and reaching the second round of the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic, as well as reaching the later stages of some North American events on the PDC Pro Tour, Darin Young picked up approximately £9,075 in PDC tournaments in North America, meaning he topped the North American Order of Merit and was selected for inclusion the Grand Slam.

William Cross Pro AM[edit]

The William Cross Pro AM was a group of four darts tournaments held in Australia from the 2 to 10 August 2008. At the culmination of the four tournaments, an invitation to the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts was awarded to the Australian/New Zealand player who had accumulated the highest amount of prize money.

UK born player Paul Nicholson performed well in all four events and was runner-up in the Australian Open Players Championship. He topped the prize money table and as such was awarded a place in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.[2]

Women's World Championship[edit]

The PDC also invited the winner of the BDO Women's World Championship this year. The winner of the 2008 event was the Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova, who defeated Trina Gulliver in the final. She was entered as a reserve player should the field remain unfulfilled, and with Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, and James Wade dominating most televised finals, she was invited to the event.

ITV Wildcard[edit]

On 1 August 2008, the PDC announced that the ITV Wildcard qualifier was to be held on Friday 17 October 2008 at the Magnum Centre in Irvine, Scotland. Any darts player was able to enter and the winner received an invitation to the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. The losing semi-finalists also competed in a third-place play-off match to determine reserve qualifiers. Together with the runner-up, these qualifiers would be invited to the Grand Slam of Darts should the 32-man field remain unfilled.

Winner: Wes Newton
Runner Up: Colin McGarry
3rd Place: Alan Tabern
4th Place: Jamie Caven

[3]

Newton, McGarry, and Tabern all qualified though Caven was the unlucky player to miss out – he was provisionally in the tournament until Adrian Lewis reached the final of the 2008 European Championship, the last qualifying event before the Grand Slam.

Qualified Players[edit]

The 32 qualified players were:

International representatives[edit]

This table shows the number of players from each country in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.

 England : 18  Scotland : 2  Wales : 1  Netherlands : 4
 Canada : 1  Australia : 2  Russia : 1  United States : 2
 Northern Ireland : 1

* In darts, as in many other sports, some non-sovereign sub-national entities of the United Kingdom are treated as separate countries for sport governance purposes.

Pro Celebrity Challenge[edit]

As a curtain-raiser for the main Grand Slam of Darts, a competition involving eight celebrities and eight of the professionals taking part in the Grand Slam took place on the Friday before the tournament. The winners of the tournament collected a first prize of £8,000. In a closely fought final, James Wade and Steve Backley won a final-leg decider over Phil Taylor and Neil Ruddock, with Backley's double two checkout sealing the victory. Those involved were:

Draw and results[edit]

all matches first-to-3/best of 5.

Semi Finals   Final   Final
                   
 Part/McGuigan 0  
 Mardle/Le Vell 3      Mardle/Le Vell 1  
 Taylor/Ruddock 3    Taylor/Ruddock 3  
 Dobromyslova/Davis 1        Taylor/Ruddock 2
 Wade/Backley 3        Wade/Backley 3
 Manley/Ulliott 1      Wade/Backley 3
 van Barneveld/Tufnell 3    van Barneveld/Tufnell 0  
 Webster/Tindall 2  

Draw and results[edit]

Group Stages[edit]

All matches first-to-5/best of 9.

NB: P = Played; W = Won; L = Lost; LF = Legs For; LA = Legs Against; +/- = Plus/Minus Record, in relation to legs; Average – 3-dart average; Pts = Points.

Nine dart shootout[edit]

With Andy Hamilton and Alan Tabern finishing level on points and leg difference, a piece of history was made, with a nine-dart shootout between the two to see who would play Phil Taylor in the second round. The match took place after the conclusion of Tuesday's second round matches.

POS Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Status
2 England Andy Hamilton 60 60 5 60 20 60 265 Advance to the last 16
3 England Alan Tabern 60 20 5 20 1 20 3 20 20 169 Eliminated

Knockout Stages[edit]

Second Round (best of 19)
Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 November
Quarter Finals (best of 19)
Friday 21 November
Semi Finals (best of 31)
Saturday 22 November
Final (best of 35)
Sunday 23 November
                       
1 England Phil Taylor 97.37 10
8 England Andy Hamilton 98.30 8
1 England Phil Taylor 103.52 10
Australia Simon Whitlock 97.73 7
Australia Simon Whitlock 89.93 10
England Andy Jenkins 85.86 8
1 England Phil Taylor 106.56 16
England Mervyn King 96.66 10
England Mervyn King 88.04 10
England Kevin McDine 90.80 9
England Mervyn King 100.98 10
4 Wales Mark Webster 94.28 8
5 Canada John Part 83.68 2
4 Wales Mark Webster 91.73 10
1 England Phil Taylor 106.25 18
7 England Terry Jenkins 100.92 9
2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 95.14 10
United States Darin Young 84.59 4
2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 97.18 9
7 England Terry Jenkins 96.48 10
7 England Terry Jenkins 93.43 10
Scotland Robert Thornton 93.30 8
7 England Terry Jenkins 102.30 16
6 Scotland Gary Anderson 105.65 14
3 England James Wade 89.98 8
6 Scotland Gary Anderson 95.16 10
6 Scotland Gary Anderson 98.45 10
England Darryl Fitton 88.80 6
England Darryl Fitton 94.71 10
England Denis Ovens 91.89 8

Nine dart finish[edit]

In the seventh second round match, James Wade recorded his first televised nine dart finish against Gary Anderson, during the twelfth leg of Anderson's 10–8 win. Wade hit consecutive maximums, before checking out with treble 20, treble 19 and double 12. It was the first ever nine-darter at the Grand Slam and the first UK televised nine-dart finish in which the player achieving it eventually lost the match. In 2007 Michael van Gerwen recorded a nine dart finish during the semi-finals of the Masters of Darts (a tournament that was shown on Dutch TV) but ended up losing the match to Raymond van Barneveld.

Statistics[edit]

Player Played Legs Won Legs Lost 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout 3-dart Average
England Phil Taylor 7 68 40 126 99 32 151 104.10
England Andy Hamilton 4 19 19 53 33 9 136 100.22
Scotland Gary Anderson 6 48 41 101 74 30 170 98.65
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 5 34 21 73 33 19 121 98.15
England Terry Jenkins 7 59 57 144 99 36 164 97.63
England James Wade 4 23 17 54 34 10 141 95.09
England Mervyn King 6 45 40 108 61 24 161 94.70
Australia Simon Whitlock 5 30 24 72 32 14 109 92.84
Scotland Robert Thornton 4 21 22 56 30 12 126 92.71
England Denis Ovens 4 21 17 63 25 3 122 92.10
England Alan Tabern 3 11 9 26 19 4 71 92.04
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 3 10 11 30 14 5 146 91.47
England Adrian Lewis 3 10 10 26 11 5 127 90.69
England Darryl Fitton 5 30 27 56 44 13 117 90.58
England Kevin Painter 3 9 14 25 19 5 91 90.08
Wales Mark Webster 5 30 22 70 26 9 158 89.98
Australia Paul Nicholson 3 11 14 29 23 5 140 88.93
England Phill Nixon 3 6 13 24 15 1 68 88.36
England Kevin McDine 4 20 17 40 15 10 107 88.14
England Andy Jenkins 4 21 23 56 24 7 104 87.87
United States Darin Young 4 17 21 48 24 8 86 87.25
Canada John Part 4 15 17 33 12 4 135 86.93
United States Gary Mawson 3 11 10 27 9 4 152 86.63
England Kirk Shepherd 3 5 15 22 11 1 70 83.89
England Colin Lloyd 3 9 15 33 13 2 90 83.38
England Wayne Mardle 3 10 12 27 8 2 158 83.23
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 3 6 11 20 7 3 52 82.68
England Brian Woods 3 4 15 16 9 6 120 82.19
Russia Anastasia Dobromyslova 3 7 15 42 10 0 120 81.46
Netherlands Niels de Ruiter 3 1 15 25 5 2 73 81.37
England Wes Newton 3 10 12 27 10 1 100 80.85
Northern Ireland Colin McGarry 3 9 14 32 14 0 100 79.23

Television Coverage[edit]

ITV Sport again broadcast coverage throughout the championship, in the UK. Again, Matt Smith presented the coverage on ITV4, with analysis from Chris Mason and Alan Warriner-Little, commentary from Peter Drury, Stuart Pyke and John Rawling and reports from Ned Boulting and Janie Omorogbe.

Match fixing allegations[edit]

Five days after the tournament concluded, the PDC revealed that the organisation had received complaints concerning the Group H match between Darryl Fitton and Gary Anderson, and forwarded those complaints to the Darts Regulation Authority.[4] On 26 January 2009 it was announced that there was no evidence of player collusion in the arranging of match outcomes.[5]

External links and references[edit]

  1. ^ Michael van Gerwen accepts Grand Slam place, Planet Darts
  2. ^ Nicholson wins place in 2008 Grand Slam of Darts Planet Darts
  3. ^ PDC announce ITV Wildcard Qualifiers Planet Darts
  4. ^ "PDC Statement". PDC. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "DRA Statement". PDC. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009.