2017 PDC World Darts Championship

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2017 William Hill World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates15 December 2016 –
2 January 2017
VenueAlexandra Palace
LocationLondon
Country England
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatSets
Final – best of 13
Prize fund£1,650,000
Winners share£350,000
High checkout170 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
170 Australia Simon Whitlock
Champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
«2016 2018»

The 2017 William Hill World Darts Championship was the 24th World Championship organised by the Professional Darts Corporation since it separated from the British Darts Organisation. The event took place at Alexandra Palace in London from 15 December 2016 to 2 January 2017.

Phil Taylor made a 28th successive appearance at a World Championship (including the BDO version), equalling the record of John Lowe.

For the first time in the history of the World Darts Championship (PDC and BDO), no Englishman progressed to the semi-finals. It was also the first time since 2009 that the final was contested by the top 2 seeds.

Michael van Gerwen set a new record for the highest World Darts Championship 3-dart average (114.05) in his semi-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld, breaking a 15-year record that had been held by Phil Taylor since 2002 (111.21); van Barneveld himself set a new record for the highest losing 3-dart average (109.34) in the same tie, just 5 days after Cristo Reyes had broken the record in his second round match (106.07), also against van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen won his second World Championship title by defeating two-times defending champion Gary Anderson 7–3 in the final.[1][2][3]

Format[edit]

The field consisted of 72 players, including 16 in a Preliminary Round. Therefore, 64 players were entered into Round 1. The schedule was announced on 15 July 2016.[4]

The 72 players consist of:

  • Top 32 players in the PDC Main Order of Merit
  • Top 16 Pro Tour Order of Merit players
  • Top 4 European players from the Pro Tour Order of Merit
  • 16 International qualifiers
  • 4 PDPA qualifiers

Qualifiers[edit]

The draw was made on 28 November live on Sky Sports News. The preliminary round draw was made the previous night.[5]

1^ Kyle Anderson, who would have been the 28th seed, withdrew from the tournament after being unable to secure a British visa. As a result, Cristo Reyes moved into the top 32 seeds, and 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter qualified through the Pro Tour.[11]

Prize money[edit]

The prize money was £1,650,000 in total. The winner's prize money was increased from £300,000 to £350,000.[12] Prize money for a nine-dart finish was originally set at £5,000, but the PDC increased it to £25,000 due to 'the stature of the tournament', though none were thrown.[13]

Position (num. of players) Prize money
Winner (1) £350,000
Runner-up (1) £160,000
Semi-finalists (2) £80,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £38,000
Third round losers (8) £25,000
Second round losers (16) £17,000
First round losers (32) £10,000
Preliminary round losers (8) £4,500
Nine-dart finish (0) £25,000

Preliminary round[edit]

Best of three sets.

Av. Player Score Player Av.
86.63 Jerry Hendriks Netherlands 2 – 0 New Zealand Warren Parry 85.42
83.44 Tengku Shah Malaysia 2 – 1 Japan Masumi Chino 80.18
76.40 Ross Snook Canada 0 – 2 Finland Kim Viljanen 83.57
76.05 Kevin Simm England 2 – 0 Philippines Gilbert Ulang 73.00
88.96 John Bowles England 0 – 2 Australia David Platt 86.92
68.04 Sun Qiang China 0 – 2 Australia Corey Cadby 102.48
76.51 Boris Koltsov Russia 1 – 2 Germany Dragutin Horvat 75.58
90.35 Zoran Lerchbacher Austria 2 – 1 England Simon Stevenson 85.44

Main draw[edit]

First round (best of 5 sets)
15–22 December
[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
Second round (best of 7 sets)
23–28 December
[22][23][24]
Third round (best of 7 sets)
28–29 December
[24][25]
Quarter-finals (best of 9 sets)
30 December
[26]
Semi-finals (best of 11 sets)
1 January
[27]
Final (best of 13 sets)
2 January
[28]
                  
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 103.34 3
Finland Kim Viljanen 81.50 0
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 105.24 4
32 Spain Reyes 106.07 2
32 Spain Cristo Reyes 95.54 3
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 99.11 2
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 104.44 4
England D. Webster 99.20 1
16 England Stephen Bunting 91.02 2
England Darren Webster 94.46 3
England D. Webster 104.64 4
17 Australia Whitlock 99.50 0
17 Australia Simon Whitlock 98.70 3
Germany Dragutin Horvat 88.18 0
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 103.08 5
24 Northern Ireland Gurney 98.52 1
8 Austria Mensur Suljović 88.51 3
Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp 88.56 0
8 Austria Suljović 91.23 3
25 Wales M. Webster 92.79 4
25 Wales Mark Webster 87.78 3
England Joe Murnan 88.84 0
25 Wales M. Webster 89.10 3
24 Northern Ireland Gurney 92.33 4
9 Scotland Robert Thornton 88.55 3
Austria Zoran Lerchbacher 81.80 0
9 Scotland Thornton 90.74 3
24 Northern Ireland Gurney 95.35 4
24 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 96.85 3
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 91.90 1
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 114.05 6
12 Netherlands van Barneveld 109.34 2
5 England Adrian Lewis 93.25 3
Sweden Magnus Caris 80.64 0
5 England A. Lewis 102.65 4
28 England Cullen 82.74 0
28 England Joe Cullen 100.88 3
Australia Corey Cadby 98.62 1
5 England A. Lewis 98.05 3
12 Netherlands van Barneveld 95.00 4
12 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 98.84 3
England Robbie Green 90.08 0
12 Netherlands van Barneveld 103.59 4
21 England Norris 97.03 0
21 England Alan Norris 91.61 3
Greece John Michael 86.05 2
12 Netherlands van Barneveld 96.31 5
4 England Taylor 95.65 3
4 England Phil Taylor 101.68 3
Australia David Platt 86.94 0
4 England Taylor 92.73 4
England Painter 90.52 0
29 England Jamie Caven 81.51 1
England Kevin Painter 85.13 3
4 England Taylor 101.37 4
13 Belgium K. Huybrechts 93.86 2
13 Belgium Kim Huybrechts 98.66 3
England James Wilson 94.69 0
13 Belgium K. Huybrechts 92.76 4
Germany Hopp 87.57 0
20 Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 88.79 1
Germany Max Hopp 94.59 3
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 107.79 7
2 Scotland Anderson 104.93 3
2 Scotland Gary Anderson 96.16 3
England Mark Frost 73.74 0
2 Scotland Anderson 102.58 4
England Gilding 86.21 0
31 Scotland John Henderson 88.19 2
England Andrew Gilding 90.94 3
2 Scotland Anderson 107.68 4
15 Netherlands van de Pas 102.30 2
15 Netherlands Benito van de Pas 91.18 3
Malaysia Tengku Shah 87.86 1
15 Netherlands van de Pas 95.79 4
18 England Jenkins 94.70 3
18 England Terry Jenkins 93.66 3
England Josh Payne 88.94 1
2 Scotland Anderson 105.90 5
7 England Chisnall 104.63 3
7 England Dave Chisnall 98.72 3
Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez 94.90 2
7 England Chisnall 92.88 4
England Dobey 90.71 2
26 England Justin Pipe 85.94 1
England Chris Dobey 90.70 3
7 England Chisnall 93.88 4
10 Netherlands Klaasen 88.36 2
10 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 96.02 3
Netherlands Jeffrey de Graaf 89.79 1
10 Netherlands Klaasen 93.32 4
23 Northern Ireland Dolan 93.34 0
23 Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan 95.12 3
Netherlands Christian Kist 88.67 1
2 Scotland Anderson 103.45 6
3 Scotland Wright 99.83 3
6 England James Wade 93.83 3
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 87.72 0
6 England Wade 99.39 4
27 England Beaton 97.74 1
27 England Steve Beaton 88.55 3
South Africa Devon Petersen 79.29 1
6 England Wade 94.01 4
11 England Smith 94.52 3
11 England Michael Smith 96.78 3
England Ricky Evans 93.20 2
11 England Smith 93.83 4
22 England King 94.24 3
22 England Mervyn King 86.85 3
England Steve West 86.66 2
6 England Wade 99.13 3
3 Scotland Wright 104.79 5
3 Scotland Peter Wright 101.06 3
Netherlands Jerry Hendriks 86.55 0
3 Scotland Wright 103.53 4
30 Wales J. Lewis 91.35 0
30 Wales Jamie Lewis 91.08 3
Republic of Ireland Mick McGowan 87.01 2
3 Scotland Wright 103.05 4
14 England White 96.17 1
14 England Ian White 87.20 3
England Kevin Simm 82.16 0
14 England White 92.60 4
Wales Clayton 86.38 1
19 Wales Gerwyn Price 86.89 1
Wales Jonny Clayton 89.88 3

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 13 sets.
Referees: England George Noble (first half) and England Paul Hinks (second half).
Alexandra Palace, London, England, 2 January 2017.
(1) Michael van Gerwen Netherlands 7 – 3 Scotland Gary Anderson (2)
3 – 2, 2 – 3, 2 – 3, 3 – 2, 3 – 0, 3 – 1, 3 – 0, 3 – 1, 2 – 3, 3 – 2
107.79 Average (3 darts) 104.93
20 180 scores 22
125 Highest checkout 81
44.26% (27/61) Checkout summary 37.78% (17/45)

Statistics[edit]

Player Eliminated Played Sets Won Sets Lost Legs Won[29] Legs Lost[29] Leg Breaks[29] 100+[29] 140+[29] 170+[29] 180s[29] High Checkout[30] Checkout Av.%[30] Average[30]
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen Winner 6 29 9 100 58 33 196 101 18 66 170 42.74 106.32
Scotland Gary Anderson Runner-up 6 25 15 93 76 34 203 143 6 71 157 40.97 103.45
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld Semi Finals 5 18 12 67 52 23 144 84 14 33 167 42.95 100.62
Scotland Peter Wright Semi Finals 5 19 10 68 46 25 179 107 2 26 144 46.26 102.45
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney Quarter Finals 4 12 12 51 45 18 125 63 3 23 161 34.23 95.76
England Phil Taylor Quarter Finals 4 14 7 52 35 22 124 57 2 19 167 39.39 97.92
England Dave Chisnall Quarter Finals 4 14 11 59 47 21 119 62 3 48 130 39.86 97.53
England James Wade Quarter Finals 4 14 9 51 43 18 148 76 0 24 155 49.04 96.59
England Darren Webster Third Round 3 8 6 35 31 13 83 54 1 24 157 41.18 99.43
Wales Mark Webster Third Round 3 10 7 39 32 15 81 48 1 13 129 31.71 89.89
England Adrian Lewis Third Round 3 10 4 34 23 12 74 39 3 16 161 44.74 97.98
Belgium Kim Huybrechts Third Round 3 9 4 32 23 13 67 33 2 17 138 47.06 95.09
Netherlands Benito van de Pas Third Round 3 9 8 38 36 16 84 30 4 18 143 45.78 96.42
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen Third Round 3 9 5 32 31 8 57 34 2 19 140 50.79 92.57
England Michael Smith Third Round 3 10 9 42 38 18 95 46 3 27 143 32.31 95.04
England Ian White Third Round 3 8 5 28 26 11 67 28 0 16 130 50.91 91.99
Spain Cristo Reyes Second Round 2 5 6 23 24 5 53 31 2 9 130 60.53 100.81
Australia Simon Whitlock Second Round 2 3 4 15 13 3 30 15 1 9 170 38.46 99.10
Austria Mensur Suljović Second Round 2 6 4 21 21 9 69 21 2 10 120 27.63 89.87
Scotland Robert Thornton Second Round 2 6 4 19 21 9 41 31 0 9 124 27.54 89.65
England Joe Cullen Second Round 2 3 5 14 20 5 31 19 1 8 117 37.84 91.81
England Alan Norris Second Round 2 3 6 13 23 5 35 28 3 6 64 26.53 94.32
England Kevin Painter Second Round 2 3 5 14 18 4 39 16 0 7 124 31.11 87.83
Germany Max Hopp Second Round 2 3 5 15 17 5 52 23 0 7 102 41.67 91.08
England Andrew Gilding Second Round 2 3 6 19 25 4 47 25 2 9 143 44.19 88.58
England Terry Jenkins Second Round 2 6 5 27 21 11 68 38 1 11 140 39.13 94.18
England Chris Dobey Second Round 2 5 5 21 21 11 53 24 0 8 112 42.86 90.71
Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan Second Round 2 3 5 16 16 6 52 15 1 6 142 51.61 94.23
England Steve Beaton Second Round 2 4 5 16 19 5 47 19 1 8 124 35.56 93.15
England Mervyn King Second Round 2 6 6 30 31 12 86 31 3 8 148 36.14 90.55
Wales Jamie Lewis Second Round 2 3 6 13 19 4 33 17 0 9 110 43.33 91.22
Wales Jonny Clayton Second Round 2 4 5 19 20 7 56 25 1 5 120 30.65 88.13
Finland Kim Viljanen First Round 2 2 3 7 11 3 16 12 0 3 120 41.18 82.54
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh First Round 1 2 3 10 12 1 15 17 1 9 98 40.00 99.11
England Stephen Bunting First Round 1 2 3 11 15 5 31 17 1 6 118 37.93 91.02
Germany Dragutin Horvat First Round 2 2 4 8 15 2 35 11 0 3 101 20.51 81.88
Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp First Round 1 0 3 4 9 2 16 5 0 3 116 33.33 88.56
England Joe Murnan First Round 1 0 3 4 9 1 14 5 0 3 70 36.36 88.84
Austria Zoran Lerchbacher First Round 2 2 4 12 14 6 34 22 1 3 75 27.91 86.08
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena First Round 1 1 3 5 10 1 24 7 0 2 90 29.41 91.90
Sweden Magnus Caris First Round 1 0 3 4 9 0 15 5 0 1 60 28.57 80.64
Australia Corey Cadby First Round 2 3 3 14 10 7 32 16 0 6 152 60.87 100.55
England Robbie Green First Round 1 0 3 2 9 0 14 4 0 1 86 28.57 90.08
Greece John Michael First Round 1 2 3 11 11 4 29 10 0 4 141 57.89 86.05
Australia David Platt First Round 2 2 3 8 13 1 31 5 2 2 156 38.10 86.93
England Jamie Caven First Round 1 1 3 6 10 2 17 9 0 0 60 27.27 81.51
England James Wilson First Round 1 0 3 3 9 0 15 12 0 1 40 25.00 94.69
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort First Round 1 1 3 5 10 2 19 8 1 2 90 20.00 88.79
England Mark Frost First Round 1 0 3 2 9 0 10 6 0 0 73 25.00 73.74
Scotland John Henderson First Round 1 2 3 13 15 3 27 25 0 3 121 50.00 88.19
Malaysia Tengku Shah First Round 2 3 4 13 16 8 36 15 0 6 101 29.55 85.65
England Josh Payne First Round 1 1 3 6 11 2 18 9 0 7 75 37.50 88.94
Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez First Round 1 2 3 8 12 4 17 12 0 7 85 34.78 94.90
England Justin Pipe First Round 1 1 3 7 11 4 14 10 0 7 78 20.59 85.94
Netherlands Jeffrey de Graaf First Round 1 1 3 8 9 3 27 5 0 2 127 38.10 89.79
Netherlands Christian Kist First Round 1 1 3 4 9 2 20 5 1 1 105 33.33 88.67
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts First Round 1 0 3 4 9 2 18 6 0 1 69 50.00 87.72
South Africa Devon Petersen First Round 1 1 3 5 9 2 15 8 0 2 100 33.33 79.29
England Ricky Evans First Round 1 2 3 8 12 3 24 15 0 3 120 34.78 93.20
England Steve West First Round 1 2 3 13 14 5 32 8 0 8 109 37.14 86.66
Netherlands Jerry Hendriks First Round 2 2 3 8 13 2 23 12 1 4 156 40.00 86.59
Republic of Ireland Mick McGowan First Round 1 2 3 7 12 2 23 8 1 3 95 36.84 87.01
England Kevin Simm First Round 2 2 3 11 13 4 36 9 0 5 100 26.19 79.11
Wales Gerwyn Price First Round 1 1 3 7 11 3 23 12 0 4 53 26.92 86.89
New Zealand Warren Parry Prelim. Round 1 0 2 4 6 1 15 8 0 1 102 33.33 85.42
Japan Masumi Chino Prelim. Round 1 1 2 5 7 3 22 7 0 0 117 26.32 80.18
Canada Ross Snook Prelim. Round 1 0 2 2 6 1 8 3 0 2 38 25.00 76.40
Philippines Gilbert Ulang Prelim. Round 1 0 2 4 6 1 8 3 0 2 56 28.57 73.00
England John Bowles Prelim. Round 1 0 2 4 6 0 13 8 1 0 110 28.57 88.96
China Sun Qiang Prelim. Round 1 0 2 0 6 0 8 1 0 0 0 0/0 68.04
Russia Boris Koltsov Prelim. Round 1 1 2 6 7 2 16 3 1 0 97 40.00 76.51
England Simon Stevenson Prelim. Round 1 1 2 5 8 3 13 11 0 2 76 29.41 85.44

Top averages[edit]

This table shows the highest averages achieved by players throughout the tournament.

# Player Round Score
1 Michael van Gerwen SF 114.05 *
2 Raymond van Barneveld SF 109.34 **
3 Michael van Gerwen F 107.79
4 Gary Anderson 3 107.68
5 Cristo Reyes 2 106.07
6 Gary Anderson QF 105.90
7 Michael van Gerwen 2 105.24
8 Gary Anderson F 104.93 ***
9 Peter Wright QF 104.79
10 Darren Webster 2 104.64

* The highest average in the history of the PDC World Championship.

** The highest losing average in the history of the PDC World Championship.

*** The highest losing average in the final of a PDC World Championship.

Representation from different countries[edit]

This table shows the number of players by country in the World Championship, the total number including the preliminary round. Twenty-two countries were represented in the World Championship, one less than in the previous championship.

England
ENG
Netherlands
NED
Scotland
SCO
Wales
WAL
Belgium
BEL
Australia
AUS
Austria
AUT
Northern Ireland
NIR
Germany
GER
Spain
SPA
South Africa
RSA
Republic of Ireland
IRL
Sweden
SWE
Greece
GRE
Finland
FIN
Malaysia
MAL
Canada
CAN
China
CHN
Japan
JPN
New Zealand
NZL
Philippines
PHI
Russia
RUS
Total
Final 1 1 2
Semis 2 2 4
Quarters 3 2 2 1 8
Round 3 7 4 2 1 1 1 16
Round 2 15 4 3 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 32
Round 1 26 10 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 64
Prelim. 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16
Total 28 10 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 72

Media coverage[edit]

The tournament was available in the following countries on these channels:

Country Channel
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Republic of Ireland Ireland
Sky Sports Darts
Netherlands Netherlands RTL7
RTL7 Darts Radio[31]
Germany Germany Sport 1 and DAZN
Denmark Denmark TV3 Sport1/TV3 Sport2
Norway Norway Viasport 3
Baltic States Viasat Sport
Australia Australia

Greece Greece
Turkey Turkey
Cyprus Cyprus
Malta Malta
Israel Israel
Italy Italy

Fox Sports
New Zealand New Zealand Sky Sport (New Zealand)
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Slovakia Slovakia
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Nova Sport
Hungary Hungary Sport1 or Sport2
United States United States
Brazil Brazil
ESPN 3/WatchESPN
Belgium Belgium Eleven Sport Network
MENA OSN Sports
Sub-Saharan Africa Kwesé Sports 1 or 2
China China CCTV5+

Sky Sports F1 was renamed as Sky Sports Darts for the duration of the tournament.

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