2016 Premier League Darts

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2016 Premier League Darts
Winner
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
Runner-up
England Phil Taylor
Score
11–3
Date
4 February–19 May
Edition
12th
Number of players
10
Venues
16
Premier League Darts
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The 2016 Betway Premier League Darts was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation – the twelfth edition of the tournament. The event began on Thursday 4 February at the First Direct Arena in Leeds and ended with the Play-offs at The O2 Arena in London on Thursday 19 May. The tournament saw its first visit to the Netherlands after agreeing to go to Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam on Thursday 12 May, joining 15 other venues across the UK and Ireland.[1][2] This is the third year that the tournament was sponsored by Betway.

Gary Anderson was the defending champion, but he lost to Phil Taylor 10–7 in the semi-finals. Michael van Gerwen won his second Premier League Darts title by beating Taylor 11–3 in the final.[3][4]

Van Gerwen also recorded the highest televised 3-dart average of 123.40 against Michael Smith during night 4 in Aberdeen.

Format[edit]

The tournament format is identical to that since 2013. During the first nine weeks (Phase 1) each player plays the other nine players once. The bottom two players are eliminated from the competition. In the next six weeks (phase 2) each player plays the other seven players once. Phase 2 consists of four weeks where five matches are played followed by two weeks where four matches are played. At the end of phase 2 the top four players contest the two semi-finals and the final in the play-off week.

Venues[edit]