2012 Premier League Darts

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2012 Premier League Darts
England Phil Taylor
Australia Simon Whitlock
9 February–17 May
Number of players
Premier League Darts
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The 2012 McCoy's Premier League Darts was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation; the eighth edition of the tournament. The event began at the Manchester Arena in Manchester on 9 February, and ended at The O2 Arena in London on 17 May.

The format was a double round robin tournament with the top 4 finishers moving on to the play-offs. Each league match was played best of 14 legs. If a player won his eighth leg before the 14th leg, no further legs were played after this point. Two points were awarded for a win and one point awarded for a draw.

Phil Taylor won his sixth and final Premier League title by defeating Simon Whitlock 10–7 in the final.[1] The two men who contested the final were also the players to throw nine-dart finishes during the tournament. Taylor's came in week 2 against Kevin Painter and Whitlock threw his during his semi-final win against Andy Hamilton.

The 2012 Premier League final between Phil Taylor and Simon Whitlock, which took place on the 17 May 2012, was the last darts match that Sid Waddell commentated on before his death of bowel cancer on 11 August 2012.


The PDC's top four players following the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on 3 January qualified by right to compete in the Premier League Darts 2012, and were joined by four wild card selections. Two being chosen by the PDC and two being chosen by broadcasters Sky Sports. The line-up was confirmed on 3 January 2012. Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter made their debut Premier League appearances as wildcard entries.[2]

Player Appearance in
Premier League
Previous best performance Order of Merit
England Phil Taylor 8th 8 Winner (2005 to 2008, 2010) 1
England Adrian Lewis 5th 3 Runner-up (2011) 2
England James Wade 5th 5 Winner (2009) 3
Scotland Gary Anderson 2nd 2 Winner (2011) 4
Australia Simon Whitlock WC 3rd 3 Semi-finals (2010) 5
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld WC 7th 7 Semi-finals (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) 9
England Andy Hamilton WC 1st 1 7
England Kevin Painter WC 1st 1 10

WC = Wild Card



England Manchester Scotland Aberdeen Northern Ireland Belfast England Exeter England Brighton
Manchester Arena
9 February
16 February
Odyssey Arena
23 February
Westpoint Arena
1 March
The Brighton Centre
8 March
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Scotland Glasgow Republic of Ireland Dublin Wales Cardiff England Nottingham England Sheffield
15 March
The O2
22 March
Motorpoint Arena
29 March
Capital FM Arena
5 April
Motorpoint Arena
12 April
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England Bournemouth England Liverpool England Birmingham England Newcastle England London
19 April
Echo Arena
26 April
3 May
Metro Radio Arena
10 May
The O2
17 May
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Prize money[edit]

The prize-money was increased to £450,000 from £410,000 in 2011.[4]

Stage Prize Money
Winner £150,000
Runner Up £70,000
Semi-finalists £50,000
5th Place £40,000
6th Place £35,000
7th Place £30,000
8th Place £25,000


League stage[edit]

The fixtures were announced on 16 January 2012.[5][6]