2016 European Championship (darts)

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2016 Unibet European Championship
Tournament information
Dates28–30 October 2016
VenueEthias Arena
LocationHasselt
Country Belgium
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£400,000
Winners share£100,000
High checkout170 Australia Simon Whitlock
Champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
«2015 2017»

The 2016 Unibet European Championship was the ninth edition of the Professional Darts Corporation tournament, the European Championship, which saw the top European players from the ten European tour events compete against each other. The tournament took place from 28–30 October 2016 at the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, having beaten Gary Anderson 11–10 in the final of the 2015 tournament,[1] and successfully defended his title, winning his third European Championship in a row, after defeating Mensur Suljović 11–1 in the final.[2]

Prize money[edit]

The 2016 European Championship will have a total prize fund of £400,000, a £100,000 increase since the previous staging of the tournament.[3] The following is the breakdown of the fund:

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £400,000)
Winner (1) £100,000
Runner-Up (1) £40,000
Semi-finalists (2) £20,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £15,000
Last 16  (Second round) (8) £10,000
Last 32  (First round) (16) £5,000

Qualification[edit]

The 2016 tournament saw a change in terms of qualification. The top 32 players from the European Tour Order of Merit, which is solely based on prize money won in the ten European tour events during the season, qualified for the tournament.[4] So, because of that former 2-time World Champion and previous tournament winner Adrian Lewis failed to qualify, having only played in three European Tour Events, and not winning enough money to make the list.

The following players took part in the tournament after the final standings of ten events, with the top 8 players being seeds:[5]

  1. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Winner)
  2. Austria Mensur Suljović (Runner-up)
  3. Scotland Peter Wright (Semi-finals)
  4. England James Wade (Semi-finals)
  5. Belgium Kim Huybrechts (First round)
  6. England Dave Chisnall (First round)
  7. England Alan Norris (First round)
  8. Netherlands Jelle Klaasen (Quarter-finals)
  9. England Michael Smith (First round)
  10. Netherlands Benito van de Pas (First round)
  11. England Phil Taylor (Quarter-finals)
  12. England Terry Jenkins (First round)
  13. England Ian White (Second round)
  14. England Stephen Bunting (Second round)
  15. Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney (First round)
  16. Australia Simon Whitlock (First round)
  17. Wales Gerwyn Price (Second round)
  18. England Joe Cullen (Second round)
  19. Scotland Gary Anderson (First round)
  20. Australia Kyle Anderson (Quarter-finals)
  21. Scotland Robert Thornton (First round)
  22. England Mervyn King (Second round)
  23. England Steve West (First round)
  24. England James Wilson (Quarter-finals)
  25. Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena (First round)
  26. South Africa Devon Petersen (First round)
  27. Germany Max Hopp (Second round)
  28. Spain Cristo Reyes (Second round)
  29. England Justin Pipe (First round)
  30. England Chris Dobey (First round)
  31. England James Richardson (Second round)
  32. England Jamie Caven (First round)

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 16 October 2016.

First round (best of 11 legs)
28 October
[6]
Second round (best of 19 legs)
29 October
[7]
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
30 October
[8]
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
30 October
[8]
Final (best of 21 legs)
30 October
[8]
               
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 100.77 6
Australia Simon Whitlock 92.75 5
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 105.50 10
Wales Gerwyn Price 96.59 2
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 88.99 4
Wales Gerwyn Price 91.26 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 106.79 10
8 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 96.83 3
8 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 97.17 6
England Steve West 95.71 3
8 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 101.11 10
England Stephen Bunting 90.78 4
  England Michael Smith 95.00 5
England Stephen Bunting 99.55 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 102.98 11
4 England James Wade 95.76 7
5 Belgium Kim Huybrechts 94.55 3
England James Wilson 98.84 6
  England James Wilson 93.64 10
England Mervyn King 99.23 9
  England Mervyn King 90.20 6
South Africa Devon Petersen 85.03 4
  England James Wilson 87.01 7
4 England James Wade 91.22 10
4 England James Wade 94.93 6
Scotland Gary Anderson 77.40 0
4 England James Wade 97.03 10
Germany Max Hopp 87.31 3
Netherlands Benito van de Pas 90.08 4
  Germany Max Hopp 85.80 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 111.62 11
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 85.91 1
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 104.26 6
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 95.06 1
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 100.89 10
  England Ian White 97.57 9
  England Ian White 93.08 6
England Terry Jenkins 89.08 2
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 105.50 10
England Phil Taylor 104.36 3
7 England Alan Norris 96.88 3
England Phil Taylor 109.28 6
  England Phil Taylor 103.98 10
England Joe Cullen 94.63 3
England Joe Cullen 95.21 6
  England Chris Dobey 84.83 2
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 97.15 11
3 Scotland Peter Wright 98.34 8
6 England Dave Chisnall 91.57 3
Australia Kyle Anderson 92.98 6
  Australia Kyle Anderson 94.95 10
England James Richardson 86.00 4
England James Richardson 80.67 6
  England Jamie Caven 77.73 3
Australia Kyle Anderson 90.87 5
3 Scotland Peter Wright 95.59 10
3 Scotland Peter Wright 90.27 6
England Justin Pipe 89.76 5
3 Scotland Peter Wright 100.79 10
Spain Cristo Reyes 93.52 7
Scotland Robert Thornton 93.77 4
  Spain Cristo Reyes 96.83 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Battling van Gerwen's European Glory". PDC. Archived from the original on 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Michael Van Gerwen seals hat-trick of European Championship titles". Sky Sports. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Prize Fund Boosts Announced". Professional Darts Corporation. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  4. ^ "Prize Fund Boosts Announced". Professional Darts Corporation. 2015-12-29. Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  5. ^ "ProTour Order of Merit". Professional Darts Corporation. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  6. ^ "Unibet European Championship Day One". PDC. Archived from the original on 2016-11-22. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  7. ^ "HappyBet European Matchplay Day Two". PDC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "European Hat-Trick For Amazing van Gerwen". PDC. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 23 January 2017.