2018 World Series of Darts Finals

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2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals
Tournament information
Dates2–4 November 2018
VenueMultiversum Schwechat
LocationVienna
Country Austria
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£250,000
Winners share£50,000
High checkout170 Scotland Gary Anderson (Second round)
England Michael Smith (Final)
Champion(s)
England James Wade
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The 2018 bwin World Series of Darts Finals was the fourth staging of the World Series of Darts Finals tournament, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament took place in the Multiversum Schwechat, Vienna, Austria, from 2–4 November 2018. It featured a field of 24 players.

Michael van Gerwen was three-time defending champion after defeating Gary Anderson 11-6 in the 2017 final, but lost in the quarter-finals to Raymond van Barneveld 8–10. This ended a 13-match unbeaten streak and 3 year reign as champion.

James Wade won his first World Series Finals title (and his first World Series title of any kind) and his second title in as many weeks after he beat Michael Smith 11–10 in a dramatic final, in which Wade missed two match darts in the penultimate leg and Smith missed five match darts in the final leg.

Qualification[edit]

The top eight players from the six World Series events of 2018 are seeded for this tournament. Those events are:

In addition, the next four highest ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit following the 2018 World Grand Prix final on 6 October 2018 qualify, as will the next eight players on the World Series Order of Merit. Another four places were awarded following a Tour Card Holders' qualifier in Barnsley on 19 October.[1]

Corey Cadby originally qualified through the World Series Order of Merit, but withdrew following a broken arm in a car accident. Royden Lam replaced him.[2] Dawson Murschell also originally qualified through the World Series Order of Merit, but withdrew on the day of the tournament with illness. Max Hopp replaced Murschell as the highest player from the Order of Merit who had not qualified and was able to play, with Mark McGrath, Tim Pusey and Haupai Puha unable to make the journey at such short notice.[3]

The following players qualified for the tournament:

World Series Top 8

(seedings after all events)

  1. Scotland Peter Wright (Second round)
  2. England Rob Cross (Second round)
  3. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Quarter-finals)
  4. Scotland Gary Anderson (Second round)
  5. England Michael Smith (Final)
  6. Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (Semi-finals)
  7. Austria Mensur Suljović (Second round)
  8. Australia Simon Whitlock (Quarter-finals)
PDC Order of Merit Qualifiers
  1. Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney (Second round)
  2. England Dave Chisnall (Quarter-finals)
  3. England Ian White (First round)
  4. Wales Gerwyn Price (Semi-finals)
Tour Card Qualifiers
World Series Order of Merit
  1. England James Wade (Champion)
  2. Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh (First round)
  3. Australia Kyle Anderson (Second round)
  4. Australia Damon Heta (Second round)
  5. Australia Raymond Smith (Second round)
  6. Wales Jamie Lewis (Quarter-finals)
  7. Hong Kong Royden Lam (First round)
  8. Germany Max Hopp (First round)

Prize money[edit]

The total prize money remained £250,000.

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £250,000)
Winner (1) £50,000
Runner-Up (1) £25,000
Semi-finalists (2) £16,500
Quarter-finalists (4) £12,500
Last 16  (Second round) (8) £7,500
Last 24  (First round) (8) £4,000

Draw[edit]

  First round (best of 11 legs)
2 November
Second round (best of 11 legs)
3 November
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
4 November
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
4 November
Final (best of 21 legs)
4 November
                                               
Wales Gerwyn Price 90.57 6     1 Scotland Peter Wright 79.94 1  
Hong Kong Royden Lam 73.49 1     Wales Gerwyn Price 81.44 6  
  Wales Gerwyn Price 96.75 10  
  8 Australia Simon Whitlock 98.91 7  
England Steve Beaton 98.54 0 8 Australia Simon Whitlock 88.86 6
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 102.48 6     Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 95.02 5  
  Wales Gerwyn Price 96.38 8  
  5 England Michael Smith 98.00 11  
England Ian White 97.36 4     5 England Michael Smith 103.98 6  
Australia Kyle Anderson 101.35 6     Australia Kyle Anderson 97.46 3  
  5 England Michael Smith 100.09 10
  England Dave Chisnall 100.10 5  
England Dave Chisnall 102.91 6 4 Scotland Gary Anderson 100.36 5
Germany Max Hopp 84.39 1     England Dave Chisnall 95.80 6  
  5 England Michael Smith 99.09 10  
  England James Wade 97.00 11
Wales Jamie Lewis 109.82 6     2 England Rob Cross 83.86 5  
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 105.21 2     Wales Jamie Lewis 87.87 6  
  Wales Jamie Lewis 84.08 5
  England James Wade 94.40 10  
England Ross Smith 87.11 3 7 Austria Mensur Suljović 87.30 3
England James Wade 91.16 6     England James Wade 97.82 6  
  England James Wade 99.37 11
  6 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 93.60 2  
Australia Raymond Smith 93.48 6     6 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 89.63 6  
England Keegan Brown 92.16 3     Australia Raymond Smith 83.77 5  
  6 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 99.67 10
  3 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 103.59 8  
Germany Maik Langendorf 80.70 5 3 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 104.86 6
Australia Damon Heta 83.21 6     Australia Damon Heta 85.62 0  

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, Dave. "bwin World Series Finals Field Update". PDC. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Phillips, Josh. "bwin World Series Finals Field Confirmed". PDC. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ Allen, Dave. "Ill Murschell Replaced By Hopp". PDC. Retrieved 2 November 2018.