2015 European Championship (darts)

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2015 Unibet European Championship
Tournament information
Dates30 October–1 November 2015
LocationHasselt
Country Belgium
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£300,000
Winners share£65,000
High checkout161 Wales Gerwyn Price
161 England Phil Taylor
Champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
«2014 2016»

The 2015 Unibet European Championship was the eighth edition of the Professional Darts Corporation tournament, the European Championship, which saw the top European players compete against the highest ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit. The tournament took place from 30 October–1 November 2015 at the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, having beaten Terry Jenkins 11–4 in the final of the 2014 tournament, and he retained his title by overcoming Gary Anderson 11–10.[1] It was the first time Van Gerwen had successfully defended a major title.[2][3]

Prize money[edit]

The 2015 European Championship had a total prize fund of £300,000, a £50,000 increase since the previous staging of the tournament.[4] The following is the breakdown of the fund:

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £300,000)
Winner (1) £65,000
Runner-Up (1) £35,000
Semi-finalists (2) £17,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £11,500
Last 16  (Second round) (8) £7,000
Last 32  (First round) (16) £4,000

Qualification[edit]

The top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit on 19 October automatically qualified for the event. The top eight non-qualified players from the Pro Tour Order of Merit were added to the tournament. The remaining places were filled by European qualifiers, with the top seven players from the European Order of Merit and a Scandinavian qualifier. The top eight from the PDC Order of Merit were seeded in the tournament.

These were the participants:[5]

PDC Top 16
  1. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Champion)
  2. Scotland Gary Anderson (Runner-Up)
  3. England Phil Taylor (Quarter-finals)
  4. Scotland Peter Wright (Semi-finals)
  5. Scotland Robert Thornton (First round)
  6. England Adrian Lewis (Semi-finals)
  7. England James Wade (Second round)
  8. England Ian White (First round)
  9. England Michael Smith (Second round)
  10. Belgium Kim Huybrechts (Second round)
  11. England Terry Jenkins (First round)
  12. Australia Simon Whitlock (Second round)
  13. Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan (First round)
  14. England Mervyn King (First round)
  15. England Dave Chisnall (Quarter-finals)
  16. Netherlands Vincent van der Voort (First round)
Pro Tour Order of Merit qualifiers
  1. Netherlands Jelle Klaasen (Quarter-finals)
  2. England Justin Pipe (Second round)
  3. Austria Mensur Suljović (First round)
  4. Netherlands Benito van de Pas (First round)
  5. England Stephen Bunting (Second round)
  6. Wales Gerwyn Price (First round)
  7. England Alan Norris (First round)
  8. Scotland John Henderson (Quarter-finals)
European qualifiers
  1. Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (First round)
  2. Netherlands Christian Kist (First round)
  3. Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez (Second round)
  4. Spain Cristo Reyes (Second round)
  5. Germany Max Hopp (First round)
  6. Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode (First round)
  7. Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan (First round)
Scandinavian Qualifier[6]
  1. Sweden Magnus Caris (First round)

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 20 October 2015.[7][8]

First round (best of 11 legs)
30 October
[9]
Second round (best of 19 legs)
31 October
[10]
Quarter Finals (best of 19 legs)
1 November
[11]
Semi Finals (best of 21 legs)
1 November
[2]
Final (best of 21 legs)
1 November
[2]
               
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 100.37 6
Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan 88.81 3
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 106.81 10
  Spain Cristo Reyes 91.65 3
  Germany Max Hopp 86.70 2
Spain Cristo Reyes 100.69 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 106.55 10
England Dave Chisnall 97.52 4
8 England Ian White 97.72 5
England Stephen Bunting 93.78 6
  England Stephen Bunting 102.27 6
  England Dave Chisnall 103.86 10
  England Dave Chisnall 100.66 6
Austria Mensur Suljović 99.31 5
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 104.76 11
4 Scotland Peter Wright 104.74 7
5 Scotland Robert Thornton 95.66 4
Scotland John Henderson 96.84 6
  Scotland John Henderson 84.38 10
Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez 73.43 2
  Netherlands Christian Kist 85.47 4
Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez 84.15 6
  Scotland John Henderson 88.77 4
4 Scotland Peter Wright 102.19 10
4 Scotland Peter Wright 95.44 6
England Alan Norris 90.70 3
4 Scotland Peter Wright 102.93 10
Belgium Kim Huybrechts 96.65 8
  England Mervyn King 95.81 3
  Belgium Kim Huybrechts 100.86 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 107.28 11
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 102.42 10
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 96.42 6
Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan 94.00 3
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 96.28 10
  Australia Simon Whitlock 93.47 8
  Australia Simon Whitlock 95.85 6
Sweden Magnus Caris 86.27 2
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 103.24 10
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 94.59 6
7 England James Wade 88.66 6
England Terry Jenkins 90.00 3
7 England James Wade 95.76 5
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 99.76 10
  Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 98.35 4
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 97.85 6
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 106.26 11
6 England Adrian Lewis 97.01 5
6 England Adrian Lewis 94.37 6
Netherlands Benito van de Pas 94.58 5
6 England Adrian Lewis 101.07 10
England Justin Pipe 88.15 7
  England Justin Pipe 91.87 6
Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode 85.44 2
6 England Adrian Lewis 98.97 10
3 England Phil Taylor 106.12 9
3 England Phil Taylor 100.24 6
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 97.49 1
3 England Phil Taylor 105.25 10
  England Michael Smith 98.53 5
  England Michael Smith 98.44 6
Wales Gerwyn Price 97.95 4

Broadcasting[edit]

On 14 June 2013, the PDC announced that the European Championship would be broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV4 for the next three years.[12] The tournament was available in the following countries on these channels:[13]

Country Channel
United Kingdom United Kingdom ITV4
Netherlands Netherlands RTL7
Germany Germany Sport1/Sport1+
Republic of Ireland Ireland Setanta Sports
Middle East OSN
Australia Australia Fox Sports
New Zealand New Zealand Sky Sport (New Zealand)
United States United States ESPN
Czech Republic Czech Republic Nova Sport 2

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Unibet European Championship Day Two". PDC. Archived from the original on 2015-12-03. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Unibet European Championship QFs". PDC. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  12. ^ "PDC & ITV Sign New Four-Event Deal". PDC. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Unibet European Championship Preview". PDC. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.