2018 European Championship (darts)

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2018 Unibet European Championship
Tournament information
Dates25–28 October 2018
VenueWestfalenhallen
LocationDortmund
Country Germany
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£400,000
Winners share£100,000
High checkout170 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
(First round)
Champion(s)
England James Wade
«2017 2019»

The 2018 Unibet European Championship was the eleventh edition of the Professional Darts Corporation's European Championship tournament, which saw the top players from the thirteen European tour events compete against each other. The tournament took place from 25–28 October 2018 at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany.

Michael van Gerwen was the four-time defending champion, after defeating Rob Cross 11–7 in the 2017 final. However, he lost against Steve West 7–10 in the second round, ending a 21-game unbeaten run.

It means that Phil Taylor still holds the record of the longest unbeaten run in this tournament (22 matches). For the first in the history of this tournament, no Dutch player reached the quarter-finals.

James Wade became European Champion for the first time and won his first ranking major since 2011 after beating Simon Whitlock 11–8 in the final.

Prize money[edit]

The 2018 European Championship will have a total prize fund of £400,000, equal the amount of the last staging of the tournament.[1] 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 2018 tournament continues the new system in terms of qualification with the two previous editions: The top 32 players from the European Tour Order of Merit, which is solely based on prize money won in the thirteen European tour events during the season, qualifying for the tournament.

In a change from previous years, the draw was done in a fixed bracket by their seeded order with the top qualifier playing the 32nd, the second playing the 31st and so on.

The following players will take part in the tournament:

  1. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Second round)
  2. Austria Mensur Suljović (First round)
  3. Wales Gerwyn Price (Quarter-finals)
  4. England Ian White (First round)
  5. England Joe Cullen (Semi-finals)
  6. England James Wade (Champion)
  7. Germany Max Hopp (Semi-finals)
  8. Australia Simon Whitlock (Runner-up)
  9. Scotland Peter Wright (Second round)
  10. Wales Jonny Clayton (First round)
  11. Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney (First round)
  12. England Michael Smith (Second round)
  13. England Rob Cross (Quarter-finals)
  14. England Adrian Lewis (First round)
  15. England Darren Webster (Quarter-finals)
  16. England Steve West (Quarter-finals)
  17. England Mervyn King (First round)
  18. England Stephen Bunting (First round)
  19. England Dave Chisnall (Second round)
  20. Netherlands Danny Noppert (First round)
  21. Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon (First round)
  22. England Ricky Evans (Second round)
  23. England James Wilson (Second round)
  24. Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena (First round)
  25. England Steve Beaton (First round)
  26. Republic of Ireland William O'Connor (First round)
  27. Germany Martin Schindler (First round)
  28. Netherlands Jelle Klaasen (First round)
  29. England Richard North (Second round)
  30. Australia Kyle Anderson (First round)
  31. Spain Cristo Reyes (Second round)
  32. Australia Paul Nicholson (First round)

Draw[edit]

First round (best of 11 legs)
25–26 October
Second round (best of 19 legs)
26–27 October
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
28 October
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
28 October
Final (best of 21 legs)
28 October
               
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 110.32 6
32 Australia Paul Nicholson 96.45 2
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 95.27 7
16 England Steve West 96.06 10
16 England Steve West 94.15 6
17 England Mervyn King 92.53 5
16 England Steve West 101.67 7
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 100.27 10
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 101.16 6
25 England Steve Beaton 95.93 3
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 89.83 10
9 Scotland Peter Wright 86.82 6
9 Scotland Peter Wright 101.33 6
24 Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 91.57 0
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 90.19 11
5 England Joe Cullen 87.07 10
5 England Joe Cullen 94.76 6
28 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 89.71 2
5 England Joe Cullen 94.02 10
12 England Michael Smith 91.92 4
12 England Michael Smith 100.76 6
21 Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon 96.60 3
5 England Joe Cullen 90.79 10
13 England Rob Cross 93.83 8
4 England Ian White 88.94 1
29 England Richard North 93.22 6
29 England Richard North 89.47 2
13 England Rob Cross 93.06 10
13 England Rob Cross 97.17 6
20 Netherlands Danny Noppert 92.17 4
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 88.81 8
6 England James Wade 91.44 11
2 Austria Mensur Suljović 89.23 3
31 Spain Cristo Reyes 90.90 6
31 Spain Cristo Reyes 91.74 9
15 England Darren Webster 91.84 10
15 England Darren Webster 99.38 6
18 England Stephen Bunting 96.79 5
15 England Darren Webster 95.27 5
7 Germany Max Hopp 94.80 10
7 Germany Max Hopp 91.28 6
26 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 86.92 1
7 Germany Max Hopp 92.59 10
23 England James Wilson 90.83 7
10 Wales Jonny Clayton 91.06 2
23 England James Wilson 103.64 6
7 Germany Max Hopp 93.90 10
6 England James Wade 93.91 11
6 England James Wade 91.77 6
27 Germany Martin Schindler 84.35 3
6 England James Wade 94.40 10
22 England Ricky Evans 91.77 5
11 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 97.20 4
22 England Ricky Evans 94.83 6
6 England James Wade 95.80 10
3 Wales Gerwyn Price 91.14 9
3 Wales Gerwyn Price 92.34 6
30 Australia Kyle Anderson 101.09 4
3 Wales Gerwyn Price 95.19 10
19 England Dave Chisnall 94.82 5
14 England Adrian Lewis 90.53 5
19 England Dave Chisnall 97.94 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prize Fund Boosts Announced". Professional Darts Corporation. 2015-12-29. Archived from the original on 2016-01-18. Retrieved 2015-07-01.