2008 Premier League Darts

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2008 Premier League Darts
Winner
England Phil Taylor
Runner-up
England James Wade
Score
16–8
Date
31 January – 26 May 2008
Edition
4th
Number of players
8
Venues
15
Premier League Darts
< 2007 | 2008 | 2009 >

The 2008 Whyte & Mackay Premier League was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). The prize money was increased by £75,000 compared to 2007. The overall fund was £340,000 with the eventual winner taking home £100,000.

Phil Taylor continued his dominance of this tournament by taking the title for the fourth year in a row despite losing for the first time in 44 matches, losing the opening game 8–6 to newcomer James Wade and going on to lose twice more in his first four matches. Taylor beat Wade 16–8 in the final.

Sky Sports secured television coverage of the event until 2010, and Whyte & Mackay sponsored the tournament for the same duration – taking over from Holsten who sponsored the event in 2006 and 2007.[1]

Qualifiers[edit]

The World Grand Prix in October 2007 was the cut-off point for automatic qualification for the event. The top six players in the World Rankings after the tournament received an automatic place in the Premier League. The qualifiers were thus:

Venues[edit]

Scotland Glasgow England Plymouth England Manchester England Coventry England Bournemouth
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
31 January
Plymouth Pavilions
7 February
Manchester Evening News Arena
14 February
Ricoh Arena
21 February
Bournemouth International Centre
28 February
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England Nottingham England Sheffield England Brighton England Birmingham Scotland Aberdeen
Trent FM Arena
6 March
Sheffield Arena
13 March
The Brighton Centre
20 March
National Indoor Arena
27 March
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
3 April
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England Liverpool England London Northern Ireland Belfast England Newcastle Wales Cardiff
Echo Arena Liverpool
10 April
Wembley Arena
17 April
Odyssey Arena
24 April
Metro Radio Arena
1 May
Cardiff International Arena
26 May
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Prize money[edit]

The prize fund increases for 2008 – with the top prize of £100,000 matching the amount that the 2008 PDC World Champion receives. The guaranteed prize for reaching the Premier League is now £20,000.

Condition
Prize
Winner £100,000
Runner-up £50,000
Semi-finalists £40,000 each
5th place £27,500
6th place £25,000
7th place £22,500
8th place £20,000
Highest checkout each night £1,000
Total £340,000

Results[edit]

League Stage[edit]

Play-Offs[edit]

Wales The CIA, Cardiff

Score
26 May – Semi finals
Phil Taylor England
112.68
11–1 England Adrian Lewis
97.33
James Wade England
89.62
11–8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
90.65
26 May – Final
Phil Taylor England
108.36
16–8 England James Wade
100.14
High Checkout: n/a

† = Terry Jenkins replaced Adrian Lewis on 27 March show against Phil Taylor because Lewis was too ill to play. The next week, Lewis played his match against Taylor and James Wade, giving Jenkins the night off.

Table and Streaks[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Name Pld W D L +/- LWAT Pts
1 England Phil Taylor 14 10 1 3 +46 31 21
2 England James Wade 14 9 2 3 +26 40 20
3 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 14 9 0 5 +16 37 18
4 England Adrian Lewis 14 4 4 6 −12 30 12
5 England Wayne Mardle 14 4 4 6 −14 31 12
6 England Peter Manley 14 3 5 6 −12 30 11
7 England Terry Jenkins 14 3 3 8 −18 23 9
8 Canada John Part 14 4 1 9 −28 28 9

NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. Players separated by +/- leg difference if tied.

Streaks[edit]

Player Week Play-Offs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SF F
England Taylor, PhilPhil Taylor L W L L W W W W D W W W W W W W
England James Wade W W D W L D W L W W W W L W W L
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld W W W L W L W L W L L W W W L
England Adrian Lewis W L D W D L L W DNP L L W L D D L
England Wayne Mardle L D L L L D W W W W L D L D
England Peter Manley D D L W D D L L L W W L D L
England Terry Jenkins L L W W W D L L L D DNP L D L L
Canada John Part D L W L L W L W L L L L W L

NB: W = Won D = Drawn L = Lost DNP = Did Not Play

Player Statistics[edit]

The following statistics are for the league stage only. Playoffs are not included.

Phil Taylor[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 10
  • Most consecutive wins: 5
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-0 (v. Wayne Mardle)
  • Biggest defeat: 3-8 (v. Peter Manley)

James Wade[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 4
  • Most consecutive wins: 4
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 1
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-1 (v. Adrian Lewis)
  • Biggest defeat: 4-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Raymond van Barneveld[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 3
  • Most consecutive draws: 0
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-1 (v. Terry Jenkins)
  • Biggest defeat: 2-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Adrian Lewis[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 1
  • Most consecutive draws: 2
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 3
  • Biggest victory: 8-2 (v. John Part)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. James Wade)

Wayne Mardle[edit]

Peter Manley[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 2
  • Most consecutive draws: 2
  • Most consecutive losses: 3
  • Longest without a win: 5
  • Biggest victory: 8-3 (v. Phil Taylor)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Terry Jenkins[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten run: 4
  • Most consecutive wins: 3
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 3
  • Longest without a win: 9
  • Biggest victory: 8-2 (v. John Part)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. Raymond van Barneveld)

John Part[edit]

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