2016 Champions League of Darts

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2016 Unibet Champions League of Darts
Tournament information
Dates 24–25 September 2016
Venue Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Location Cardiff
Country  Wales
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £250,000
Winners share £100,000
High checkout 167 England Phil Taylor
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
2017»

The 2016 Champions League of Darts, also known as the Unibet Champions League of Darts for sponsorship purposes, was the inaugural staging of the tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. It took place from 24–25 September 2016 at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Wales. Phil Taylor won, defeating Michael van Gerwen 11–5 in the final.[1]

Format[edit]

The eight qualifying entrants were first split into two groups of four, playing each other once in best of 19-legged matches. The top two players in each group then proceeded to a knockout stage of two semi-finals and a final, all best of 21 legs.

Qualifiers[edit]

Only the top eight players on the PDC Order of Merit on 12 August 2016 qualified for the tournament; they were:

  1. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Runner-up)
  2. Scotland Gary Anderson (Semi-finals)
  3. England Adrian Lewis (Group stage)
  4. England Phil Taylor (Winner)
  5. Scotland Peter Wright (Group stage)
  6. England James Wade (Semi-finals)
  7. England Michael Smith (Group stage)
  8. Scotland Robert Thornton (Group stage)

Prize fund[edit]

The prize money was distributed as follows:[2]

Stage (number of players) Prize money
Winner (1) £100,000
Runner-up (1) £50,000
Semi-finalists (2) £25,000
Group Third (2) £15,000
Group Fourth (2) £10,000

Results[edit]

Group stage[edit]

[3][4]

All matches first-to-10 (best of 19 legs)

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; Q = Qualified for K.O. phase

Group A[edit]

Pos. Player P W L LF LA +/– Pts
1 England Phil Taylor (4) 3 3 0 30 11 +19 6
2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (1) 3 2 1 24 20 +4 4
3 Scotland Peter Wright (5) 3 1 2 20 26 -6 2
4 Scotland Robert Thornton (8) 3 0 3 13 30 -17 0

24 September (Best of 19 legs)

102.66 (4) Phil Taylor England 10 – 5 (5) Scotland Peter Wright 97.70
97.30 (1) Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 10 – 5 (8) Scotland Robert Thornton 91.10

24 September (Best of 19 legs)

104.13 (1) Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 4 – 10 (4) England Phil Taylor 107.49
94.30 (5) Peter Wright Scotland 10 – 6 (8) Scotland Robert Thornton 90.80

25 September (Best of 19 legs)

108.31 (4) Phil Taylor England 10 – 2 (8) Scotland Robert Thornton 100.62
100.27 (1) Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 10 – 5 (5) Scotland Peter Wright 94.85

Group B[edit]

Pos. Player P W L LF LA +/− Pts
1 Scotland Gary Anderson (2) 3 3 0 30 18 +12 6
2 England James Wade (6) 3 2 1 28 18 +10 4
3 England Adrian Lewis (3) 3 1 2 18 28 -10 2
4 England Michael Smith (7) 3 0 3 18 30 -12 0

24 September (Best of 19 legs)

96.86 (2) Gary Anderson Scotland 10 – 5 (7) England Michael Smith 87.65
97.48 (3) Adrian Lewis England 3 – 10 (6) England James Wade 103.49

24 September (Best of 19 legs)

95.85 (3) Adrian Lewis England 10 – 8 (7) England Michael Smith 87.28
94.62 (2) Gary Anderson Scotland 10 – 8 (6) England James Wade 90.66

25 September (Best of 19 legs)

103.03 (6) James Wade England 10 – 5 (7) England Michael Smith 95.30
91.18 (2) Gary Anderson Scotland 10 – 5 (3) England Adrian Lewis 92.01

Knockout Stage[edit]

Semi-finals

(Best of 21 legs)
[5]

Final
[5]

(Best of 21 legs)

      
A1 England Phil Taylor (4) 98.38 11
B2 England James Wade (6) 94.66 3
A1 England Phil Taylor (4) 98.97 11
A2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (1) 100.92 5
B1 Scotland Gary Anderson (2) 96.22 5
A2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (1) 105.67 11

Broadcasting[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the event was televised by the BBC. The first group games were televised on BBC One; and, from the second group games onwards, BBC Two. Jason Mohammad presented coverage with Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster, and Alan Warriner-Little being the analysts. Vassos Alexander, Dan Dawson, Nicholson, and Warriner-Little were the match commentators.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Champions League of Darts: Phil Taylor beats Michael van Gerwen in final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "2016 Champions League of Darts Player Prize Money". Darts Database. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Champions League Groups Announced". PDC. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "2016 Champions League of Darts Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Stunning Taylor's Champions League Glory". PDC. Retrieved 23 January 2017.