2019 World Matchplay (darts)

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2019 Betfred World Matchplay
Tournament information
Dates20–28 July 2019
VenueWinter Gardens
LocationBlackpool
Country England
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£700,000
Winners share£150,000
High checkout160 England Mervyn King
160 Scotland Gary Anderson

160 England James Wade
«2018 2020»

The 2019 Betfred World Matchplay is the 26th annual staging of the World Matchplay, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament is taking place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, from 20–28 July 2019.

Gary Anderson is the defending champion, after defeating Mensur Suljović 21–19 after extra time in the longest final in the tournament's history.[1]

Prize money[edit]

The prize fund rose from £500,000 to £700,000, with the winner's earnings being up from £115,000 in 2018 to £150,000.[2]

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £700,000)
Winner (1) £150,000
Runner-Up (1) £70,000
Semi-finalists (2) £50,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £25,000
Second round (8) £15,000
First round (16) £10,000

Format[edit]

In previous stagings of the event all games had to be won by two clear legs with no sudden-death legs. However, after consulting the host broadcaster Sky Sports in 2013, the PDC decided that games will now only proceed for a maximum of six extra legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a first to 10 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12–12 then the 25th leg will be the decider.

Qualification[edit]

The top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit as of 30 June 2019 are seeded for the tournament. The top 16 players on the ProTour Order of Merit, not to have already qualified on the cut-off date are unseeded.

The following players have qualified for the tournament[3]:

Draw[edit]

First round
(best of 19 legs)
20–22 July

[4][5]
Second round
(best of 21 legs)
23–24 July
Quarter-finals
(best of 31 legs)
25–26 July
Semi-finals
(best of 33 legs)
27 July
Final
(best of 35 legs)
28 July
               
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 93.00 10
England Steve Beaton 89.86 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
England Glen Durrant
16 England Adrian Lewis 94.69 4
England Glen Durrant 101.05 10
 
8 England James Wade 96.16 13
Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan 95.26 12
8 England James Wade
9 Austria Mensur Suljović
9 Austria Mensur Suljović 96.76 10
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 82.02 1
 
5 England Michael Smith 98.78 10
England Jamie Hughes 97.54 7
5 England Michael Smith
Germany Max Hopp
12 England Dave Chisnall 97.69 9
Germany Max Hopp 94.71 11
 
4 Scotland Gary Anderson 93.75 10
Netherlands Danny Noppert 87.77 6
4 Scotland Gary Anderson
England Mervyn King
13 England Nathan Aspinall 102.96 5
England Mervyn King 100.55 10
 
2 England Rob Cross 100.60 10
England Chris Dobey 91.34 3
2 England Rob Cross
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski
15 England Darren Webster 88.61 5
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski 89.23 10
 
England
7 Wales Gerwyn Price 92.02 12
England Stephen Bunting 95.11 13
  England Stephen Bunting
10 England Ian White
10 England Ian White 98.24 10
England Joe Cullen 88.63 0
 
6 Scotland Peter Wright
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort
 
11 Australia Simon Whitlock
Scotland John Henderson
 
3 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney
England Ricky Evans
 
14 Wales Jonny Clayton
England Keegan Brown

Statistics[edit]

Player Eliminated Played Legs Won Legs Lost 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout 3-dart Average Checkout Success
England Mervyn King - 1 10 5 12 11 7 160 100.55 62.50%
England Stephen Bunting - 1 13 12 30 21 6 96 95.11 31.71%
Scotland Gary Anderson - 1 10 6 18 12 4 160 93.75 34.48%
England Rob Cross - 1 10 3 12 11 5 130 100.60 58.82%
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski - 1 10 5 19 5 2 62 89.23 43.48%
Germany Max Hopp - 1 11 9 30 13 6 128 94.71 42.31%
England Ian White - 1 10 0 12 9 4 121 98.24 40.00%
England Michael Smith - 1 10 7 18 16 4 130 98.78 52.63%
England James Wade - 1 13 12 39 17 7 160 96.16 50.00%
Australia Mensur Suljović - 1 10 1 14 8 3 80 96.76 55.56%
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen - 1 10 6 18 10 4 56 93.00 27.03%
England Glen Durrant - 1 10 4 15 16 1 101 101.05 52.63%
England Jonny Clayton -
England Keegan Brown -
Australia Simon Whitlock -
Scotland John Henderson -
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney -
England Ricky Evans -
Scotland Peter Wright -
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort -
England Nathan Aspinall First round 1 5 10 17 3 4 127 102.96 26.32%
England Dave Chisnall First round 1 9 11 26 9 10 81 97.69 29.03%
England Jamie Hughes First round 1 7 10 25 13 2 128 97.54 36.84%
Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan First round 1 12 13 28 21 6 119 95.26 37.50%
England Adrian Lewis First round 1 4 10 15 8 6 80 94.69 40.00%
Wales Gerwyn Price First round 1 12 13 23 11 6 106 92.02 51.17%
England Chris Dobey First round 1 3 10 17 5 2 145 91.34 33.33%
England Steve Beaton First round 1 6 10 22 6 4 46 89.86 35.29%
England Joe Cullen First round 1 0 10 8 6 2 N/A 88.63 00.00%
England Darren Webster First round 1 5 10 18 12 1 105 88.61 33.33%
Netherlands Danny Noppert First round 1 6 10 16 10 2 86 87.77 31.58%
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena First round 1 1 10 9 3 3 32 82.02 14.29%

Source: Match reports from the draw.

Schedule of play[edit]

The schedule of play for the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay was set on 10 July, with reigning champion Gary Anderson beginning the defence of his title on the opening night of Saturday 20 July.[6]