PDC World Youth Championship

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PDC World Youth Championship
Tournament information
Country England
Established 2010
Organisation(s) Professional Darts Corporation
Format Legs
Prize fund £50,000
Month(s) Played October (Last 64 to Semi-Finals)
November (Final)
Current champion(s)
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh

The PDC World Youth Championship is a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation, for darts players aged between 16 and 23.[1] The tournament was introduced in 2010 as the PDC Under-21 World Championship, and is sponsored by darts manufacturer Unicorn.

The whole tournament will not be broadcast live on TV but the final will take place before the final of the Premier League Darts, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.[2] The two finalists will become PDC Pro Tour card holders for two years and receive sponsorship from Rileys Dart Zones. They will also receive invitations to the Grand Slam of Darts.[3]

The inaugural final was won by Arron Monk, who defeated Michael van Gerwen on January 3, 2011.[4]

Age limits[edit]

The first editions were open to players aged 14 to 21 on 1 January of the competition's year. In 2014 the minimum age was increased to 16 and in 2015 the maximum age was increased to 23. Thus instead of a Under-21 or Under-23 championship the general term 'youth' is usually used.

Final results[edit]

Year Champion Score (legs) Runner-up Prize Fund Champion Runner-up Final Venue
2011 England Arron Monk (84.25) 6–4 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (87.06) £30,000 £10,000 £5,000 Alexandra Palace
2012[5] England James Hubbard (95.18) 6–3 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (92.29) The O2 Arena
2013[6][7] England Michael Smith (89.13) 6–1 England Ricky Evans (79.26) £40,000
2014 England Keegan Brown (85.67) 6–4 Austria Rowby-John Rodriguez (79.80) £50,000
2015 Germany Max Hopp (86.97) 6–5 England Nathan Aspinall (88.48) Butlin's Resort Minehead
2016 Australia Corey Cadby (98.35) 6–2 Netherlands Berry van Peer (86.92)
2017 Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh (101.23) 6–3 England Josh Payne (92.11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pdc.tv/order-of-merit-rules
  2. ^ PDC Unicorn World Youth Champs Update PDC.tv
  3. ^ PDC launches new tournaments Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 16 July 2010, tournamentguidemag.com
  4. ^ Monk Claims PDC Unicorn U21 Title Archived 2011-01-06 at the Wayback Machine. PDC.tv
  5. ^ "Taylor's McCoy's Premier League Joy". pdc.tv. Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "PDC Unicorn Youth Tour 2013". pdpa.co.uk. Professional Dart Players Association. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Van Gerwen's McCoy's Premier League Glory". pdc.tv. Professional Darts Corporation. Retrieved 19 August 2013.