2016 PDC Pro Tour

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The 2016 PDC Pro Tour is a currently-running series of non-televised darts tournaments organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events are the events that make up the Pro Tour. This year there are 36 PDC Pro Tour events being held – 20 Players Championships, six UK Open Qualifiers and ten European Tour events.

Prize money[edit]

Prize money for each Players Championship has increased from £60,000 to £75,000 per event. The UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events stays the same as in 2015.[1]

This is how the prize money is divided:

Stage UKQ PC ET
Winner £10,000 £10,000 £25,000
Runner-up £5,000 £6,000 £10,000
Semi-finalists £2,500 £3,000 £5,000
Quarter-finalists £2,000 £2,250 £3,500
Last 16 £1,500 £1,500 £2,000
Last 32 £750 £1,000 £1,500
Last 48 N/A N/A £1,000
Last 64 £250 £500 N/A
Total £60,000 £75,000 £115,000

PDC Pro Tour Card[edit]

128 players are granted Tour Cards, which enables them to participate in all Players Championships, UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events.

Tour Cards[edit]

The 2016 Tour Cards are awarded to:

Afterwards, the playing field was complemented by the highest qualified players from the Q School Order of Merit until the maximum number of 128 Pro Tour Card players had been reached. In 2016, that meant a total of 14 players qualified this way.

Q-School[edit]

The PDC Pro Tour Qualifying School took place at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan from January 13–16. The following players won two-year tour cards on each of the days played:

January 13[2][3] January 14[4][5] January 15[6][7] January 16[8][9]

England John Bowles
England Simon Stevenson
England Andy Parsons
England Ricky Williams

Wales Jonathan Worsley
England James Richardson
England Ted Evetts
England Ryan Meikle

Northern Ireland Ray Campbell
Netherlands Jeffrey de Graaf
England Tony Newell
England Brian Woods

England Ryan Palmer
England Ross Smith
Netherlands Yordi Meeuwisse
Netherlands Vincent Kamphuis

371 contestants 372 contestants 364 contestants 350 contestants

A Q School Order of Merit was also created by using the following points system:

Stage Points
Last 8 9
Last 16 5
Last 32 3
Last 64 2
Last 128 1

To complete the field of 128 Tour Card Holders, places were allocated down the final Qualifying School Order of Merit. The following players picked up Tour Cards as a result:[8]

UK Open Qualifiers[edit]

No. Date Venue Winner Score Runner-up Ref.
1 Friday 5 February England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Adrian Lewis England 6–2 England Phil Taylor [10]
2 Saturday 6 February Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–4 England Alan Norris [11]
3 Sunday 7 February Phil Taylor England 6−2 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen [12]
4 Friday 19 February Gary Anderson Scotland 6–1 England James Wade [13]
5 Saturday 20 February Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–2 Wales Gerwyn Price [14]
6 Sunday 21 February Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–2 England Steve Beaton [15]

Players Championships[edit]

No. Date Venue Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 12 March England Barnsley, Metrodome Peter Wright Scotland 6–5 England Adrian Lewis [16]
2 Sunday 13 March Stephen Bunting England 6–4 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen [17]
3 Friday 8 April Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–3 Netherlands Benito van de Pas [18]
4 Saturday 9 April Benito van de Pas Netherlands 6–5 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen [19]
5 Sunday 10 April Ian White England 6–0 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen [20]
6 Saturday 30 April Josh Payne England 6–5 England James Wade [21]
7 Sunday 1 May Gerwyn Price Wales 6–3 Scotland Peter Wright [22]
8 Saturday 21 May England Coventry, Ricoh Arena Gerwyn Price Wales 6–1 England Jamie Caven [23]
9 Sunday 22 May Benito van de Pas Netherlands 6–0 England Joe Cullen [24]
10 Saturday 2 July England Barnsley, Metrodome Dave Chisnall England 6–2 England Steve Beaton [25]
11 Sunday 3 July Ian White England 6–3 England Joe Cullen [26]
12 Saturday 6 August Gary Anderson Scotland 6–5 England Terry Jenkins [27]
13 Sunday 7 August Ian White England 6–4 Netherlands Benito van de Pas [28]
14 Tuesday 20 September Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–0 Austria Mensur Suljović [29]
15 Wednesday 21 September Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–3 England James Wilson [30]
16 Thursday 22 September Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–5 England Steve West [31]
17 Friday 30 September Republic of Ireland Dublin, City West Hotel Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–1 Netherlands Christian Kist [32]
18 Saturday 1 October Simon Whitlock Australia 6–5 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts [33]
19 Friday 21 October England Barnsley, Metrodome Simon Whitlock Australia 6–4 England Chris Dobey [34]
20 Saturday 22 October Benito van de Pas Netherlands 6–1 England Dave Chisnall [35]

European Tour[edit]

Compared to last year, there's one European Tour event added on the calendar. In addition, the top 32 of the European Tour will qualify for the European Championship.

No. Date Venue Location Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 12–14 February Dutch Darts Masters Netherlands Venray, Evenementenhal Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–2 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney [36]
2 26–28 March German Darts Masters Germany Munich, Ballhausforum Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–4 Scotland Peter Wright [37]
3 6–8 May Gibraltar Darts Trophy Gibraltar Gibraltar, Victoria Stadium Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–2 England Dave Chisnall [38]
4 13–15 May European Darts Matchplay Germany Hamburg, Inselparkhalle James Wade England 6–5 England Dave Chisnall [39]
5 10–12 June Austrian Darts Open Austria Vienna, Multiversum Schwechat Phil Taylor England 6–4 England Michael Smith [40]
6 29–31 July European Darts Open Germany Düsseldorf, Maritim Hotel Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–5 Scotland Peter Wright [41]
7 2–4 September International Darts Open Germany Riesa, SACHSENarena Mensur Suljović Austria 6–5 Belgium Kim Huybrechts [42]
8 9–11 September European Darts Trophy Germany Mülheim, RWE-Sporthalle Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–5 Austria Mensur Suljović [43]
9 16–18 September European Darts Grand Prix Germany Sindelfingen, Glaspalast Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 6–2 Scotland Peter Wright [44]
10 14–16 October German Darts Championship Germany Hildesheim, Halle 39 Alan Norris England 6–5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen [45]

PDC Challenge Tour[edit]

The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour was open to all PDPA Associate Members who failed to win a Tour Card at Qualifying School. The players who finished first and second received two-year Tour Cards to move onto the PDC Pro Tour in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the players who finished from third to eighth will receive free entry to the 2017 PDC Qualifying School.

No. Date Venue Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 19 March England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Chris Quantock England 5−3 England Rob Cross [46]
2 Barry Lynn England 5−4 Australia Rob Modra [46]
3 Sunday 20 March Ritchie Edhouse England 5−0 England Mark Dudbridge [47]
4 Bryan de Hoog Netherlands 5−4 England Peter Hudson [47]
5 Saturday 28 May Nick Fullwell England 5−1 England Rob Cross [48]
6 Adam Hunt England 5−3 England Jamie Bain [48]
7 Sunday 29 May Ryan Searle England 5−2 England Mark Dudbridge [49]
8 Scott Taylor England 5−4 England Barry Lynn [49]
9 Saturday 25 June England Coventry, Ricoh Arena Matt Padgett England 5−4 England Lee Evans [50]
10 Rob Cross England 5−2 England Mark Dudbridge [50]
11 Sunday 26 June Richie Burnett Wales 5−2 England Ryan Searle [51]
12 Kelvin Hart England 5−3 Germany René Eidams [51]
13 Saturday 10 September England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Rob Cross England 5−1 England Michael Barnard [52]
14 Richie Burnett Wales 5−1 England Arron Monk [52]
15 Sunday 11 September Rob Cross England 5−0 England Martyn Turner [53]
16 Ryan Searle England 5−1 Wales Barrie Bates [53]

PDC Development Tour[edit]

The PDC Unicorn Development Tour is open to players aged 16–23. The Development Tour is expanded from 16 to 20 tournaments, where event number 20 is the PDC Youth World Championship from the Last 64 onwards. The players who finish first and second on the Order of Merit will receive two-year Tour Cards to move onto the PDC Pro Tour in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the players who finish from third to eighth will receive free entry to the 2017 PDC Qualifying School.

No. Date Venue Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 26 March England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Callum Loose England 4−0 Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez [54]
2 Steve Lennon Republic of Ireland 4−2 Wales Kurt Parry [54]
3 Sunday 27 March Josh Payne England 4−1 Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez [55]
4 Adam Hunt England 4−2 Wales Dean Reynolds [55]
5 Saturday 23 April Germany Mülheim, RWE Sporthalle Max Hopp Germany 4−2 Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon [56]
6 Ross Twell England 4−2 England Adam Hunt [56]
7 Sunday 24 April Kenny Neyens Belgium 4−1 England Callum Loose [57]
8 Dean Reynolds Wales 4−3 Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez [57]
9 Saturday 14 May England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Dean Reynolds Wales 4−3 England Bradley Kirk [58]
10 Ross Twell England 4−2 Netherlands Jimmy Hendriks [58]
11 Sunday 15 May Aden Kirk England 4−3 England Keegan Brown [59]
12 Ross Twell England 4−3 England Luke Humphries [59]
13 Saturday 3 September England Coventry, Ricoh Arena Dean Reynolds Wales 4−2 England Aaron Dyer [60]
14 Dimitri Van den Bergh Belgium 4−2 Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon [60]
15 Sunday 4 September Dean Reynolds Wales 4−3 Netherlands John de Kruijf [61]
16 Dean Reynolds Wales 4−1 England Aden Kirk [61]
17 Saturday 15 October England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Dean Reynolds Wales 4−3 Netherlands Justin van Tergouw [62]
18 Corey Cadby Australia 4−2 Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan [62]
19 Sunday 16 October Mike De Decker Belgium 4−3 Netherlands Berry van Peer [63]

Scandinavian Darts Corporation Pro Tour[edit]

The Scandinavian Pro Tour has eight events this year, with a total of €40,000 on offer. The top player and the runner-up on the SDC Order of Merit 2016 will play in the 2017 World Championship preliminary round.

Leading the overall table, Kim Viljanen and Magnus Caris won their places in the 2017 World Championship.[64]

No. Date Venue Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 30 January Finland Tuusula, Hotel Gustavelund Per Laursen Denmark 6–4 Sweden Dennis Nilsson [65]
2 Sunday 31 January Kim Viljanen Finland 6–3 Sweden Magnus Caris [66]
3 Saturday 19 March Denmark Copenhagen, Hotel Park Inn by Radisson Daniel Larsson Sweden 6–5 Sweden Magnus Caris [67]
4 Sunday 20 March Kim Viljanen Finland 6–1 Denmark Daniel Jensen [68]
5 Saturday 27 August Sweden Gothenburg, Apple Hotel Madars Razma Latvia 6–0 Finland Aaron Knox [69]
6 Sunday 28 August Kim Viljanen Finland 6–2 Sweden Daniel Larsson [70]
7 Saturday 8 October Roland Lenngren Sweden 6–4 Denmark Per Laursen [71]
8 Saturday 9 October Magnus Caris Sweden 6–4 Norway Cor Dekker [72]

Eurasian Darts Corporation (EADC) Pro Tour[edit]

The 6 EADC Pro Tour events and the 2017 World Championship Qualifier will be played at Omega Plaza Business Center, Moscow. Players from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine are eligible to play.

No. Date Venue Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 27 February Russia Moscow, Omega Plaza Business Center Boris Koltsov Russia 6–4 Russia Aleksey Kadochnikov [73]
2 Sunday 28 February Roman Obukhov Russia 6–3 Russia Boris Koltsov [74]
3 Saturday 26 March Anton Kolesov Russia 6–5 Russia Roman Obukhov [75]
4 Sunday 27 March Boris Koltsov Russia 6–1 Russia Nikolai Mikhalin [76]
5 Saturday 23 April Boris Koltsov Russia 6–3 Russia Roman Obukhov [77]
6 Sunday 24 April Boris Koltsov Russia 6–5 Russia Roman Obukhov [78]

Australian Grand Prix Pro Tour[edit]

The Australian Grand Prix rankings are calculated from events across Australia. The top player in the rankings automatically qualified for the 2017 World Championship.

Corey Cadby secured top spot in the Australian Grand Prix rankings and will qualify for the 2017 World Championship.
David Platt also won a place in the 2017 World Championship by winning the Oceanic Masters and therefore he will join Cadby and DPNZ qualifier Warren Parry to compete in the World Championship.

No. Date Also known as Winner Legs Runner-Up Ref.
1 Friday 5 February Chester Hill Open 1 Corey Cadby Australia 6–5 Australia John Weber [79]
2 Saturday 6 February Chester Hill Open 2 David Platt England 6–2 Australia Harley Kemp [80]
3 Sunday 7 February Chester Hill Open 3 Gordon Mathers Australia 6–2 Australia Corey Cadby [81]
4 Friday 4 March Victoria Open 1 Corey Cadby Australia 6–2 England David Platt [82]
5 Saturday 5 March Victoria Open 2 Corey Cadby Australia 6–5 Australia Tyson Hoeful [83]
6 Sunday 6 March Victoria Open 3 Corey Cadby Australia 6–2 Australia Laurence Ryder [84]
7 Saturday 19 March DPA Perth Open 1 David Platt England 6–3 New Zealand Koha Kokiri [85]
8 Sunday 20 March DPA Perth Open 2 David Platt England 6–4 Australia Corey Cadby [86]
9 Saturday 2 April Warilla Bowls Club Open 1 Dave Marland Australia 6–5 England David Platt [87]
10 Sunday 3 April Warilla Bowls Club Open 2 Corey Cadby Australia 6–5 Australia Harley Kemp [88]
11 Saturday 30 April NDDA Open 1 David Platt England 6−4 Australia Tic Bridge [89]
12 Sunday 1 May NDDA Open 2 David Platt England 6−1 Australia Tyson Hoeful [90]
13 Thursday 26 May DPA Australian Singles Corey Cadby Australia 6−1 New Zealand Darren Herewini [91]
14 Friday 27 May DPA Australian Open Damon Heta Australia 6−1 Australia John Weber [92]
15 Friday 24 June Queensland Open 1 David Platt England 6−2 Australia John Matheson [93]
16 Saturday 25 June Queensland Open 2 Corey Cadby Australia 6−3 Australia Lucas Cameron [94]
17 Sunday 26 June Queensland Open 3 Corey Cadby Australia 6−0 Australia Steve MacArthur [95]
18 Saturday 30 July Sydney Masters Qualifier 1 Rhys Mathewson Australia 6−5 Australia Jeremy Fagg [96]
19 Sunday 31 July Sydney Masters Qualifier 2 Cody Harris New Zealand 6−5 New Zealand Warren Parry [97]
20 Monday 1 August Sydney Masters Qualifier 3 David Platt England 6−4 Australia Harley Kemp [98]
21 Friday 4 November Harrows Australian GP 21 Rob Szabo New Zealand 6−0 Australia Damon Heta [99]
22 Saturday 5 November Harrows Australian GP 22 Cody Harris New Zealand 6−5 Australia Rhys Mathewson [100]
23 Sunday 6 November Harrows Oceanic Masters David Platt England 6−0 New Zealand Cody Harris [101]

Chinese Tour[edit]

Stages One to Three will count towards the 2016 PDC World Cup of Darts, Stages Four to Seven for the inaugural 2016 Shanghai Darts Masters event and Stage Eight was a qualifier for the 2016 PDC World Youth Championship. Stage Thirteen was for the 2017 PDC World Darts Championship Qualification (see below at International Qualifiers).

No. Date Venue Winner Sets (Legs) Runner-Up Ref.
1 Saturday 2 April China Qingdao Dawei Zhang China 2–1 (0−3, 3−1, 3−2) China Weihong Li [102]
2 Saturday 9 April China Guangzhou Bin Ouyang China 2−1 (3−2, 1−3, 3−1) China Hu Ling [103]
3 Saturday 23 April China Ningbo Lihao Wen China 2−1 (3−1, 2−3, 3−2) China Jianhua Shen [104]
4 Saturday 14 May China Jinan Yanlai Shi China 2−0 (3−1, 3−0) China Weihong Li [105]
5 Saturday 28 May China Hangzhou Guanshou Ruan China 2−0 (3−0, 3−2) China Yuyi Shao [106]
6 Thursday 9 June China Chongqing Chenhao Li China 2−0 (3−1, 3−1) China Xuejie Huang [107]
7 Friday 24 June China Shanghai Qiang Wei China 2−1 (1−3, 3−2, 3−1) China Fen Fiu [108]
8 July China Qingdao Xiao Chen Zong China 6−4 China Luming Zhao [109]
9 Saturday 27 August China Shenyang Chengan Liu China 2−1 (1−3, 3−2, 3−2) China Yuanjun Liu [109]
10 September China Changsha Lihao Wen China 2−0 (3−2, 3−2) China Wenge Xie [110]
11 September China Yinchuan Qiang Wei China 2−1 (2−3, 3−1, 3−1) China Xiao Chen Zong [110]
12 Saturday 29 October China Suzhou Xiao Chen Zong China 2−0 (3−1, 3−2) China Yuanjun Liu [111]

World Championship PDPA Qualifier[edit]

The winner directly qualified for the first round, whereelse the runner-up and the two losers of the semi-finals entered the 2017 PDC World Darts Championship in the Preliminary Round.

Date Venue Winner Score Runner-up Third Fourth Ref.
Monday 28 November England Wigan, Robin Park Arena Mark Frost England 5–2 England Kevin Simm England Simon Stevenson England John Bowles [112]

World Championship International Qualifiers[edit]

Date Event Winner Score Runner-up Ref.
Sunday 10 July DPNZ Qualifier Warren Parry New Zealand 7–3 New Zealand Rob Szabo [113]
Sunday 21 August North American Qualifier Ross Snook Canada 3–0 United States Darin Young [114]
Saturday 8 October Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Mick McGowan Republic of Ireland 6–5 Republic of Ireland Radoslaw Szaganski [115]
22–23 October EADC Qualifier Boris Koltsov Russia 3–1 Mongolia Odkhuu Khundaganai [116]
Sunday 23 October Philippine Qualifier Gilbert Ulang Philippines 4–1 Philippines Prussian Dela Crus [117]
Sunday 23 October Southern Europe Qualifier John Michael Greece 6–0 Spain Javier Toquero [118]
Sunday 30 October Greater China Qualifier Sun Qiang China 3–2 China Yuanjun Liu [111]
Sunday 6 November Harrows Oceanic Masters David Platt Australia 6−0 New Zealand Cody Harris [101]
Sunday 6 November PDJ Japanese Qualifier Masumi Chino Japan 6−4 Japan Yuya Akutsu [119]
Saturday 12 November Eastern Europe Qualifier Zoran Lerchbacher Austria 10–1 Austria Dietmar Burger [120]
Saturday 19 November German Qualifier Dragutin Horvat Germany 10–6 Germany Stefan Stoyke [121]
Sunday 20 November South Asia Qualifier Tengku Shah Malaysia 3–2 Malaysia Mark Jumin [122]
Sunday 20 November Central Europe Qualifier Jerry Hendriks Netherlands 6–4 Netherlands Jan Dekker [123]

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