European Championship (darts)

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European Championship
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Tournament information
VenueWestfalenhallen
LocationDortmund
CountryGermany
Established2008
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£400,000 (2017)
Month(s) PlayedVarious
Current champion(s)
England James Wade

The European Championship is a PDC darts tournament which allows the top European players to compete with the highest ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit. The tournament takes place in a variety of months and features a field of 32 players.

The inaugural tournament – the 2008 European Championship – was held at the Südbahnhof in Frankfurt, Germany and featured a prize fund of £200,000.[1]

The tournament moved to the Claus Hotel & Event Center in Hoofddorp, Netherlands for 2009 featuring a similar prize fund.[2] The tournament returned to Germany in 2010, where it was held at Dinslaken. The 2011 tournament remained in Germany, only this time, it took place in Düsseldorf – the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2012 to 2014, the tournament took place in Mülheim, Germany, then between 2015 and 2017, the tournament took place in Hasselt, Belgium, but in 2018, the tournament will return to Germany, moving to the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund. It will then move to Göttingen in 2019.

Phil Taylor won the tournament on each of the first four stagings of the event, before Simon Whitlock took the title in 2012. Adrian Lewis gained -at that time- his third major win after beating Whitlock in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Michael van Gerwen won the tournament for the first time in 2014 beating Terry Jenkins in the final. In 2015, van Gerwen came back from 7–10 behind to defeat Gary Anderson 11–10 in the final, then he beat Mensur Suljović 11–1 in the 2016 final, and he won it for a fourth year in a row in 2017, when he defeated Rob Cross 11–7 in the 2017 final.

European Championship finals[edit]

Year Champion (average in final) Score Runner-up (average in final) Prize money Sponsor Venue
Total Champion Runner-up
2008 England Phil Taylor (104.35) 11–5 England Adrian Lewis (96.56) £200,000 £50,000 £25,000 PartyPoker.net Germany Südbahnhof, Frankfurt
2009 England Phil Taylor (109.35) 11–3 England Steve Beaton (97.16) £20,000 Netherlands Claus Event Center, Hoofddorp
2010 England Phil Taylor (105.74) 11–1 England Wayne Jones (94.64) Germany Stadthalle Dinslaken, Dinslaken
2011 England Phil Taylor (109.29) 11–8 England Adrian Lewis (98.72) Germany Maritim Hotel, Düsseldorf
2012 Australia Simon Whitlock (94.91) 11–5 England Wes Newton (89.47) Germany RWE-Sporthalle, Mülheim
2013 England Adrian Lewis (103.34) 11–6 Australia Simon Whitlock (99.59)
2014 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (98.16) 11–4 England Terry Jenkins (92.90) £250,000 £55,000 £25,000 888.com
2015 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (107.28) 11–10 Scotland Gary Anderson (102.42) £300,000 £65,000 £35,000 Unibet Belgium Ethias Arena, Hasselt
2016 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (111.62) 11–1 Austria Mensur Suljović (85.91) £400,000 £100,000 £40,000
2017 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (108.91) 11–7 England Rob Cross (102.39)
2018 England James Wade (91.44) 11–8 Australia Simon Whitlock (88.81) Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund
2019 £500,000 £120,000 £60,000 Germany Lokhalle, Göttingen

Records and statistics[edit]

As of 28 October 2018.

Total finalist appearances[edit]

Player Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 4 0 4 10
England Phil Taylor 4 0 4 9
England Adrian Lewis 1 2 3 9
Australia Simon Whitlock 1 2 3 9
England James Wade 1 0 1 10
England Steve Beaton 0 1 1 3
England Terry Jenkins 0 1 1 9
England Wayne Jones 0 1 1 4
England Wes Newton 0 1 1 6
Scotland Gary Anderson 0 1 1 6
Austria Mensur Suljović 0 1 1 10
England Rob Cross 0 1 1 2

Nine-dart finishes[edit]

Three nine-darters have been thrown at the European Championship. The first one was in 2011.

Player Year (+ Round) Method Opponent Result
England Adrian Lewis 2011, Semi-Final 3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 11–10
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2014, Semi-Final 2 x T20, T19; 3 x T20; 2 x T20, D12 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 11–6
Australia Kyle Anderson 2017, Semi-Final 3 x T20; 3 x T20, T20, T19, D12 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 10–11

High averages[edit]

Ten highest European Championship one-match averages
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
118.14 England Phil Taylor 2009, Quarter-Final Scotland Gary Anderson 10–3
113.92 England Phil Taylor 2008, Last 16 England Mervyn King 9–3
113.33 England Phil Taylor 2008, Semi-Final Scotland Robert Thornton 11–7
113.04 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2012, Last 32 England Terry Jenkins 6–1
111.62 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2016, Final Austria Mensur Suljović 11–1
111.03 England Phil Taylor 2009, Last 32 Netherlands Toon Greebe 6–2
111.00 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2014, Quarter-Final England Dave Chisnall 10–5
110.88 England Phil Taylor 2009, Last 16 Scotland Robert Thornton 9–0
110.32 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2018, Last 32 Australia Paul Nicholson 6–2
109.36 England Phil Taylor 2009, Semi-Final Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 11–3
Five highest losing averages
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
106.12 Scotland Gary Anderson 2009, Quarter-Final England Phil Taylor 3–10
106.12 England Phil Taylor 2015, Quarter-Final England Adrian Lewis 9–10
104.74 Scotland Peter Wright 2015, Semi-Final Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 7–11
104.36 England Phil Taylor 2016, Quarter-Final Austria Mensur Suljović 3–10
103.86 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2012, Last 16 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 9–10
Different players with a 100+ match average - updated 28/10/18
Player Total Highest Av. Year (+ Round)
England Phil Taylor 26 118.14 2009, Quarter-Final
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 22 111.62 2016, Final
England Adrian Lewis 8 108.62 2008, Quarter-Final
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 7 113.04 2012, Last 32
Scotland Peter Wright 7 104.74 2015, Semi-Final
Scotland Gary Anderson 4 106.26 2015, Semi-Final
England Colin Lloyd 4 104.00 2009, Last 16
England Mervyn King 4 104.00 2009, Last 16
England Dave Chisnall 4 103.86 2015, Last 16
Austria Mensur Suljović 3 105.50 2016, Quarter-Final
England Stephen Bunting 3 102.68 2014, Last 32
England Rob Cross 3 102.39 2017, Final
England Mark Walsh 2 104.10 2008, Last 32
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 2 103.76 2013, Last 16
Australia Simon Whitlock 3 102.52 2011, Last 32
Scotland Robert Thornton 2 102.12 2008, Semi-Final
England James Wade 2 101.81 2011, Last 16
England Wes Newton 1 106.09 2012, Last 32
England Jamie Caven 1 106.09 2013, Last 32
Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan 1 104.68 2014, Last 32
England James Wilson 1 103.64 2018, Last 32
Wales Jonny Clayton 1 102.80 2017, Last 32
England Dennis Priestley 1 102.35 2008, Last 16
England Colin Osborne 1 101.80 2009, Last 16
England Steve West 1 101.67 2018, Quarter-Final
Australia Paul Nicholson 1 101.61 2011, Last 32
England Ronnie Baxter 1 101.45 2011, Last 32
Australia Kyle Anderson 1 101.09 2018, Last 32
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 1 101.09 2014, Last 32
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 1 100.97 2013, Last 32
Belgium Kim Huybrechts 1 100.86 2015, Last 32
England Michael Smith 1 100.76 2018, Last 32
Spain Cristo Reyes 1 100.69 2015, Last 32
Norway Robert Wagner 1 100.59 2014, Last 32
England Terry Jenkins 1 100.06 2014, Last 32
Five highest tournament averages
Average Player Year
111.54 England Phil Taylor 2009
108.20 England Phil Taylor 2008
105.87 England Phil Taylor 2016
105.53 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2016
105.15 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2015

Television coverage[edit]

The PDC announced on August 12, 2008 that ITV4 would broadcast the entire event.[1] This was the second PDC darts tournament that ITV4 have broadcast, after the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts – after its rating success ITV had chosen to broadcast this event as well as the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.

The 2009 event was not televised in the UK, but the 2010 event was broadcast on Bravo, which screened live darts for the first time in its history.[3] However, Bravo ceased broadcasting at the start of 2011. On June 26, 2011, it was announced that ITV4 would broadcast the 2011 event.[4] In the Netherlands it is broadcast on RTL7 and in Germany it is broadcast on Sport1. On August 8, 2012 it was announced that ESPN would televise the event, becoming the first broadcaster to show both BDO and PDC dart tournaments. From 2013, the tournament returned to ITV4 as part of a deal between ITV and the PDC to show 4 tournaments from the PDC calendar.

List of United Kingdom broadcasters[edit]

  • 2008; 2011; 2013–present: ITV4
  • 2010: Bravo
  • 2012: ESPN
  • 2009: not televised in the UK

Sponsorship[edit]

PartyPoker.net sponsored first six editions of the tournament – they also sponsored the US Open and the Las Vegas Desert Classic, two other non-defunct televised PDC events.

In 2014, 888.com took over sponsoring of the tournament.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b PDC website report – European Championship Details Confirmed Archived 2008-08-15 at the Wayback Machine from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 12-08-2008
  2. ^ "European Championship Venue". pdc.tv. 2009-04-22. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  3. ^ "PDC Link Up With Bravo". pdc.tv. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  4. ^ "European Championship On ITV4". pdc.tv. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  5. ^ http://sportsnewsireland.com/other_sports/888-com-european-championship-darts-preview-schedule-of-play-results/

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