Three-time European Tour event winner Ian White will play defending champion Joe Cullen for a place at Finals Day Continue reading White, Williams, Wattimena and Wesley All Win
In 2018 AIM suggested that the removal of entry fees, for the Pro Tour level of professional darts, together with the increases in early stage prize money, would revolutionise the game. It appears we were right! A quick glance at the results from this week’s first Pro Tour events might suggest to you that all is normal and nothing much changes. MVG wins one event … Continue reading The Pro Tour Revolution Continues.
Following much debate over who should be selected, in the first place, and then again over who should replace the injured Gary Anderson, the PDC Premier League will get underway tonight in Newcastle (UK). The first of “The Contenders” will also take a bow. Chris Dobey has been on the verge of a breakthrough for some time. Hollywood, as Dobey is known, first came to … Continue reading Premier League 2019: Opening Night. Welcome to Hollywood!
The PDC season opener suffers from formulaic predictability and a certain empty feeling, could it be raised up to something more? The Masters, in its seven holdings, has become the traditional curtain-raiser to the PDC darts season. The event, for an elite top 16 players, gives free to air tv coverage to the game’s major stars and sets the table for the upcoming twelve months. … Continue reading The Masters, Elite Event or Terrestrial Runner’s Up Prize?
James Wade’s superb victory, in this weekends German Matchplay, included a 6-2 win over the apparently imperious Michael van Gerwen. Could this be the chink of light that players and fans have been looking for? Despite his remarkable performances, in the early part of the Premier League, there have been a few signs recently that “The Green Machine” is in fact human after all. Could … Continue reading 501 or More: Defeating the Green Machine!
The UK Open lived up to it reputation as the FA Cup of Darts again on the first two days of the 2016 edition. Riley’s qualifiers gave it their all and many Pro’s were given a tough time. Even MVG was subdued, and The Power struggled, in the early the early rounds. The Giant Killing Starts Robert Thornton, the 2012 champion, became the biggest casualty of … Continue reading Coral UK Open 2016 – Days 1 & 2
The PDC’s annual darts festival is only a few days away, yet I cannot find the clarity of mind to select those who will win, go close or cause a shock or two on the way. The reason for this is the anyone but MVG factor. It must be recognised that this is completely unfair on Micheal, he is a good guy who has conquered … Continue reading Anyone but MVG.
The early stages, of The Grand Slam of Darts 2015, have shown what those with open eyes have known for a long time. Namely that the BDO is a mix between some very big fish, who can play darts at any level, and a selection of good amateur players who have not yet made the jump to a professional/elite standard. After the early exchanges and … Continue reading Grand Slam of Darts 2015 – A Diamond Damaged and Wolfie for The Premier League?
We left the “Class of 2010” at the end of the 2011/12 season after two full seasons in the PDC. Six newcomers had taken to the professional game like lads to lager, but would they be able to withstand the pressures sure to come? Living up to expectations, earning their livings, coping with being known to all the other players and then defending their rankings … Continue reading Pro Darts – Class of 2010 Return to Earth with a Bang!
I wrote the article below as a reflection of what had happened since I had become involved with professional darts in 2010. The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) were about to introduce a tour card system and Qualifying School in a similar style to golf. The 2010 intake would be the last that could simply pay entrance fees and compete, alongside the elite, in an effort … Continue reading Darts – Rise of The Class of 2010.