2018 PDC World Darts Championship

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2018 William Hill World Darts Championship
Tournament information
Dates14 December 2017–1 January 2018
VenueAlexandra Palace
CountryEngland, United Kingdom
Final – best of 13
Prize fund£1,800,000
Winners share£400,000
High checkout170 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
170 England Stephen Bunting

170 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney
170 Canada Jeff Smith
170 Wales Jamie Lewis
170 England Steve West
England Rob Cross

The 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship was a darts event, held between 14 December 2017–1 January 2018 at the Alexandra Palace in London, United Kingdom. It was the 25th World Championship organised by the Professional Darts Corporation since it separated from the British Darts Organisation.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, but lost to Rob Cross 6–5 in the semi final. Cross went on to win the World Championship on his debut by defeating Phil Taylor 7–2 in the final. This was Taylor's 29th and final World Championship, surpassing the record of 28 appearances he jointly held with John Lowe.

Jamie Lewis became the first player to reach the semi-finals after entering the championship through a preliminary round event, first introduced at the 2004 Championship. Lewis eventually fell to Taylor in the semi-final, by a score of 6–1.

Background and qualification[edit]

Michael van Gerwen, the number one seed, was the reigning and defending champion, prior to the tournament.

The 2018 PDC World Darts Championship is the 25th World Darts Championship to be organised by the Professional Darts Corporation; and the tenth to be held at Alexandra Palace, London. It was held between 14 December 2017 and 1 January 2018, the culmination of the 2017 Professional Darts Corporation season.[1] 72 players competed in the championship; with the 32 highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit being seeded, and the next sixteen highest ranked players from the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit and the top eight ranked players from a number of international and invitational qualifiers also going straight into the first round. The remaining sixteen international and invitational qualifiers competed in a preliminary round.

Michael van Gerwen, the winner of the 2014 and 2017 championships, was top of the two-year PDC Order of Merit and number one seed going into the tournament.[2] The tournament was to be the last for Phil Taylor, who had won the PDC World Championship fourteen times previously, most recently in 2013.[3] As well as van Gerwen and Taylor, three other previous PDC world champions qualified as seeds, two-time champions Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis, and 2007 champion Raymond van Barneveld.

The top seeds below van Gerwen were 2017 UK Open winner Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, 2017 World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney and 2017 Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljović.[2] Rob Cross, the runner-up at the 2017 European Championship, made his World Championship debut as the 20th seed.[2]

Richard North, in his debut year, was the highest ranked non-seed on the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit. As well as North, three other qualifiers through the Pro Tour made their debut, Peter Jacques, Steve Lennon and Martin Schindler.[2] The list of qualifiers also included the 2017 Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and the 2004 runner-up Kevin Painter.

Amongst the international and invitational qualification tournaments there was, for the first time, a South and Central American Qualifier.[4] The majority of tournaments were the same as had been for the previous championship, but there was no longer a Philippines Championship.[5] Gordon Mathers was the first player to qualify for the Championships, having finished top of the Dartplayers Australia rankings.[6] The top two players on the Nordic & Baltic rankings also qualified,[5] as did the winners of the fifteen international qualifiers, including the 2017 PDC World Youth Championship.

The final four qualification places were announced on 19 October,[5] with places being given to the highest ranked Eastern European, Krzysztof Ratajski, the National Darts Federation of Canada number one Jeff Smith, the highest ranked African, Devon Petersen, and the then-undetermined 2017 Development Tour winner, Luke Humphries.[7] The sudden announcement of these places, and the granting of them to Ratajski, who had declined an invitation to the rival 2018 BDO World Darts Championship before failing to qualify through the 2017 PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit; and Jeff Smith, who had failed to qualify for the BDO World Darts Championship and not played a single PDC event in the previous year, were criticized by some, with ITV4 pundit and tour card holder Paul Nicholson saying he had written to the Professional Darts Players Association to seek clarification over the placings.[8]

The final three placings were determined by the PDPA qualifier held at Arena MK on 27 November, with Ted Evetts securing a first round place by winning the tournament, and runner-up Brendan Dolan and third-place playoff winner Jamie Lewis both qualifying to the preliminary round. The third place had become available as the 2017 PDC World Youth Championship, which carries a qualification place, was won by Dimitri Van den Bergh, who qualified through the Pro Tour Order of Merit.[9]

15 of the international and invitational qualifiers were making their PDC World Championship debuts, Seigo Asada,[5] Willard Bruguier,[5] Ted Evetts,[9] Cody Harris,[5] Luke Humphries,[7] Kai Fan Leung,[10] Alan Ljubić,[11] Gordon Mathers,[5] Kenny Neyens,[12] William O'Connor,[5] Diogo Portela,[13] Krzysztof Ratajski,[5] Bernie Smith,[14] Jeff Smith,[5] and Zong Xiao Chen.[15] Portela was the first ever Brazilian to qualify for the World Championships.[16]



  1. ^ Per the PDC Order of Merit Rules, invited players shall be placed in to either the Preliminary or First Round draws for the event based on their position in the Order of Merit (if applicable). If insufficient players hold a position of the Order of Merit, the PDC will select which players are placed in to which round at the discretion of its board of Directors.[17]

Prize money[edit]

The prize money for the tournament will be a record high of £1,800,000 in total. The winner's prize money has increased from £350,000 to £400,000.[18]

Position (num. of players)Prize money
Third round losers(8)£27,000
Second round losers(16)£18,500
First round losers(32)£11,000
Preliminary round losers(8)£4,500
Nine-dart finish(0)£20,000

Tournament summary[edit]

Rob Cross won the championship in his debut year.
Phil Taylor (pictured in 2009), sixteen-time world darts champion (14 time PDC champion) in his final year before retirement, lost in the final.

The top quarter of the draw saw reigning champion Michael van Gerwen dominate, knocking fellow Dutchman Christian Kist out in the first round,[19] before defeating James Wilson, without losing any of the twelve legs played,[20][21] and Gerwyn Price,[22] to set up a quarter-final with fellow Dutch former world champion Raymond van Barneveld. In the quarter-final, van Gerwen took an early lead, but missed a dart in the fifth set to take a 4–1 lead and ended up being pulled back to 3–3. The two took one more set each before van Gerwen won the deciding set 3–1 to qualify for the semi-final.[23]

In the second quarter, the fourth seed, Daryl Gurney, was eliminated in the second round by John Henderson.[24] Debutant Rob Cross defeated Michael Smith in the second round after Smith missed two match darts,[25] and Cross went on to defeat Henderson[26] to set up a quarter-final against the World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, who had defeated fifth seed Mensur Suljović in the third round.[27] In the quarter-final, Cross led his Belgian opponent early on, leading 4–1 in the best-of-nine match after five sets. Van den Bergh took the next three sets in succession, setting up a decider which Cross won 3–1, hitting double one in the final leg to qualify for the semi-final.[23]

The two highest-ranked seeds in the third quarter fell early on. Two-time champion and seventh seed Adrian Lewis was knocked out in the first round by German qualifier Kevin Münch,[28] while the second seed Peter Wright was knocked out in the second round by Jamie Lewis, who had qualified for the event by coming third in the final PDPA Qualifier.[29] Welshman Jamie Lewis went past the unseeded James Richardson in the third round, becoming the first player to go from the preliminary round to the quarter-final in the history of the championship;[30] before whitewashing Darren Webster to reach the semi-final.[23]

Two former world champions, two-time champion Gary Anderson and retiring sixteen-time champion Phil Taylor, met in the last quarter-final. Anderson's run to the quarter-final included a second round win over 63-year-old Singaporean, Paul Lim, a match noted for a leg in which Lim, who in 1990 had become the first player to throw a perfect nine-dart leg in the World Darts Championship,[31] missed a dart at double twelve to repeat the feat.[32] Taylor had faced English opposition in his three previous rounds, beating Chris Dobey[33] in the first round before whitewashing Justin Pipe[34] and Keegan Brown[35] in the next two rounds to set up the quarter-final. Taylor took a 4–1 lead after winning six consecutive legs, and despite Anderson winning the next two sets, Taylor took advantage of missed darts in the eighth set to triumph, 5–3.[23]

The semi-final between Taylor and Lewis was the first to be played, and, despite Lewis winning the first set, Taylor took the next three, with Lewis having missed darts in all three sets to have potentially been 4–0 up. Taylor won the next two sets as well, before Lewis took the first two legs in the seventh set, with Taylor taking advantage of three missed set darts from Lewis to steal the set and qualify for the twenty-first World Darts Championship final in his career.[36]

In the second semi-final, debutant Cross took on reigning world champion van Gerwen. The first eight sets in the match all went with throw, with Cross taking a lead before being pegged back by van Gerwen. Michael van Gerwen got the first break in the ninth set, taking a 5–4 lead to throw for the match, but Cross fought back to win the tenth set 3–1 to force a deciding set. In the deciding set – which had to be won by two clear legs until the eleventh leg was reached – Cross missed a match-winning dart at the bull with the score at 3–2, before van Gerwen won two legs in succession to take a 5–4 lead. With both players under pressure, van Gerwen missed five darts to win the tenth leg, before Cross hit a double 18 to force a sudden death leg. Both Cross and van Gerwen missed match darts at double 16 before Cross hit double 8 to qualify for the final in his debut entry,[37] becoming the first player to make the final on his debut since Kirk Shepherd in 2008.[38]

In the final, held on New Year's Day 2018, Phil Taylor won the bull-off, but opted to allow Cross to throw first. Rob Cross held the first set 3–1, and broke in the second set by the same scoreline, before winning the third set 3–0. Taylor scored his first set with a 3–0 win in the fourth, before missing a dart at double twelve for a potential perfect nine-dart leg in the first leg of the fifth set.[39]Cross won that leg and the next two to restore his three set lead, before breaking Taylor in the first leg of the sixth set, and the fourth leg of the seventh, taking a 6–1 lead in the best-of-thirteen match.[40]Taylor held the eighth set 3–0, but Cross held the first leg in the ninth set, before hitting double-eight to break and go one leg away from the championship, and in the final leg, hit a 140 finish, treble-18, treble-18, double-16 to win the world championship.[41]

Preliminary round[edit]

The draw was made on 26 November 2017.[42]

Best of three sets.

86.65Seigo Asada Japan2 – 1Australia Gordon Mathers82.65
92.19Brendan Dolan Northern Ireland2 – 0Croatia Alan Ljubić85.36
95.39Jeff Smith Canada2 – 0England Luke Humphries88.56
87.21Kenny Neyens Belgium1 – 2Wales Jamie Lewis93.17
83.96Willard Bruguier United States1 – 2New Zealand Cody Harris84.30
81.74Kai Fan Leung Hong Kong0 – 2Singapore Paul Lim86.25
76.70Aleksandr Oreshkin Russia0 – 2Germany Kevin Münch84.66
86.97Zong Xiao Chen China0 – 2New Zealand Bernie Smith87.47

Main draw[edit]

The draw for the main round was made live on Sky Sports News on 27 November 2017.[43][44]

First round (best of 5 sets)
14–21 December
Second round (best of 7)
22–27 December
Third round (best of 7)
27–28 December
Quarter-finals (best of 9)
29 December
Semi-finals (best of 11)
30 December
Final (best of 13)
1 January
1Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 106.173
Netherlands Christian Kist 100.231
1Netherlands van Gerwen 108.654
32England Wilson 96.020
32England James Wilson 97.943
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski 92.591
1Netherlands van Gerwen 100.064
16Wales Price 97.062
16Wales Gerwyn Price 101.553
England Ted Evetts 85.600
16Wales Price 96.934
17England White 93.621
17England Ian White 96.893
New Zealand Cody Harris 85.471
1Netherlands van Gerwen 102.915
9Netherlands van Barneveld 98.764
8England Dave Chisnall 96.750
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 98.903
Netherlands van der Voort 101.174
25England Beaton 94.260
25England Steve Beaton 93.283
Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 91.271
Netherlands van der Voort 93.091
9Netherlands van Barneveld 101.044
9Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 102.003
England Richard North 91.980
9Netherlands van Barneveld 102.784
24Australia K Anderson 95.951
24Australia Kyle Anderson 93.083
England Peter Jacques 85.791
1Netherlands van Gerwen 102.445
20England Cross 100.976
5Austria Mensur Suljović 93.033
England Kevin Painter 88.580
5Austria Suljović 90.664
28Scotland Thornton 93.512
28Scotland Robert Thornton 98.673
Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan 94.831
5Austria Suljović 94.350
Belgium Van den Bergh 96.604
12Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 96.731
Netherlands Jan Dekker 95.743
 Netherlands Dekker 97.272
Belgium Van den Bergh 94.914
21England Stephen Bunting 98.141
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 104.173
Belgium Van den Bergh 98.604
20England Cross 97.135
4Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 100.513
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 96.741
4Northern Ireland Gurney 95.582
29Scotland Henderson 95.894
29Scotland John Henderson 90.093
Finland Marko Kantele 87.210
29Scotland Henderson 92.811
20England Cross 99.774
13England Michael Smith 92.633
Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon 94.952
13England M Smith 103.293
20England Cross 102.654
20England Rob Cross 104.123
Japan Seigo Asada 92.910
20England Cross 107.677
6England Taylor 102.262
2Scotland Peter Wright 97.903
Brazil Diogo Portela 91.661
2Scotland Wright 103.441
Wales J Lewis 107.274
31Wales Jonny Clayton 81.830
Wales Jamie Lewis 99.023
 Wales J Lewis 96.254
England Richardson 89.021
15England Alan Norris 95.413
Finland Kim Viljanen 90.380
15England Norris 86.761
England Richardson 86.784
18Belgium Kim Huybrechts 86.400
England James Richardson 96.913
Wales J Lewis 101.265
23England D Webster 91.880
7England Adrian Lewis 94.041
Germany Kevin Münch 93.483
 Germany Münch 81.941
Spain Alcinas 91.114
26Spain Cristo Reyes 85.261
Spain Toni Alcinas 85.853
Spain Alcinas 88.250
23England D Webster 94.544
10Australia Simon Whitlock 87.423
Germany Martin Schindler 84.011
10Australia Whitlock 92.161
23England D Webster 90.204
23England Darren Webster 90.813
South Africa Devon Petersen 87.162
Wales J Lewis 97.351
6England Taylor 99.876
6England Phil Taylor 96.333
England Chris Dobey 91.721
6England Taylor 99.374
27England Pipe 90.300
27England Justin Pipe 89.243
New Zealand Bernie Smith 87.112
6England Taylor 101.344
England Brown 96.560
11England James Wade 93.012
England Keegan Brown 95.453
 England Brown 87.654
Austria Lerchbacher 87.102
22England Mervyn King 82.892
Austria Zoran Lerchbacher 92.093
6England Taylor 102.025
3Scotland G Anderson 98.683
3Scotland Gary Anderson 100.933
Canada Jeff Smith 78.380
3Scotland G Anderson 97.464
Singapore Lim 90.601
30Wales Mark Webster 91.672
Singapore Paul Lim 95.983
3Scotland G Anderson 95.264
England West 92.602
14Netherlands Benito van de Pas 90.581
England Steve West 95.973
 England West 87.924
Netherlands Wattimena 87.541
19England Joe Cullen 96.112
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 96.833


Final: Best of 13 sets.
Referees: England George Noble (first half) and England Kirk Bevins (second half).
Alexandra Palace, London, England, 1 January 2018.
(20) Rob Cross England7 – 2England Phil Taylor (6)
3 – 1, 3 – 1, 3 – 0, 0 – 3, 3 – 0, 3 – 1, 3 – 1, 0 – 3, 3 – 0
107.67Average (3 darts)102.26
27100+ scores33
27140+ scores20
11180 scores12
167Highest checkout151
3100+ Checkouts2
60% (21/35)Checkout summary45.45% (10/22)

Tournament statistics[edit]

PlayerEliminatedPlayedSets WonSets LostLegs WonLegs LostLeg Breaks100+140+180sHigh CheckoutCheckout Av.%Average[a]
England Rob CrossWinner6291510182382011226616744.49102.05
England Phil TaylorRunner-up62412856434202923815151.20100.20
Netherlands Michael van GerwenSemi Finals521138463361601074817041.38104.05
Wales Jamie LewisSemi Finals6199745232138955017043.5399.05
Netherlands Raymond van BarneveldQuarter Finals4157543526129872116143.90101.15
Belgium Dimitri Van den BerghQuarter Finals4158534021111653013440.4698.57
Scotland Gary AndersonQuarter Finals4148514018114632611538.0698.08
England Darren WebsterQuarter Finals4118403516101521516037.3891.85
Wales Gerwyn PriceThird Round39535251567452111439.7798.51
Netherlands Vincent van der VoortThird Round38426231263261515657.7897.72
England Keegan BrownThird Round3783134977341012437.3593.22
Scotland John HendersonThird Round38630281279451116046.1592.93
Austria Mensur SuljovićThird Round3762826127842512137.8492.68
England Steve WestThird Round39636261077461517042.3592.16
England James RichardsonThird Round38531261167381710632.6390.90
Spain Toni AlcinasThird Round3762926126639812136.2588.40
Scotland Peter WrightSecond Round2452119954391112142.00100.67
Northern Ireland Daryl GurneySecond Round2552220944331417042.3198.05
England Michael SmithSecond Round26627211058242315036.9997.96
England James WilsonSecond Round23510203381999540.0096.98
Netherlands Jan DekkerSecond Round255172164131312848.5796.51
Scotland Robert ThorntonSecond Round2552123758281114450.0096.09
England Ian WhiteSecond Round245191894530815152.7895.26
Australia Kyle AndersonSecond Round24517188358911444.7494.52
England Steve BeatonSecond Round235141774226613135.0093.77
Netherlands Jermaine WattimenaSecond Round246162265125214135.5692.19
England Alan NorrisSecond Round244191783922913132.2091.09
Singapore Paul LimSecond Round36624261156301611833.3390.94
Australia Simon WhitlockSecond Round2451918540161112733.9389.79
England Justin PipeSecond Round23615218421949634.0989.77
Austria Zoran LerchbacherSecond Round256262177728612242.6289.60
Germany Kevin MünchSecond Round3652322950231215836.5186.69
Netherlands Christian KistFirst Round1134110171328644.44100.23
England Stephen BuntingFirst Round11381022014417053.3398.14
England Dave ChisnallFirst Round103491216213266.6796.75
Belgium Ronny HuybrechtsFirst Round11361022212211237.5096.74
Netherlands Jelle KlaasenFirst Round1137921911410131.8296.73
England Joe CullenFirst Round12310104317513552.6396.11
Republic of Ireland Steve LennonFirst Round1239113221669137.5094.95
England Adrian LewisFirst Round1137102269312143.7594.04
Northern Ireland Brendan DolanFirst Round233151063717412662.5093.51
England James WadeFirst Round12391222112111064.2993.01
Poland Krzysztof RatajskiFirst Round1138103208110657.1492.59
England Richard NorthFirst Round10339012744023.0891.98
England Chris DobeyFirst Round1138111178610453.3391.72
Wales Mark WebsterFirst Round12310135281147740.0091.67
Brazil Diogo PortelaFirst Round113511116739962.5091.66
Republic of Ireland William O'ConnorFirst Round113593147611521.7491.27
Netherlands Benito van de PasFirst Round11351111711112438.4690.58
Finland Kim ViljanenFirst Round10339212837627.2790.38
Japan Seigo AsadaFirst Round224121453713312041.3889.78
England Kevin PainterFirst Round1032928938816.6788.58
New Zealand Bernie SmithFirst Round243151483916414639.4787.29
Finland Marko KanteleFirst Round1033919826260.0087.21
South Africa Devon PetersenFirst Round1238114211546032.0087.16
Canada Jeff SmithFirst Round22381212114117044.4486.89
Belgium Kim HuybrechtsFirst Round10329010521618.1886.40
England Peter JacquesFirst Round113611218557528.5785.79
England Ted EvettsFirst Round10339111617675.0085.60
Spain Cristo ReyesFirst Round1137112208311835.0085.26
New Zealand Cody HarrisFirst Round234131574813412129.5584.89
Germany Martin SchindlerFirst Round1136111181036017.6584.01
England Mervyn KingFirst Round12371311812111236.8482.89
Wales Jonny ClaytonFirst Round103491129210428.5781.83
England Luke HumphriesPrelim. Round10236012509475.0088.56
Belgium Kenny NeyensPrelim. Round11258214457429.4187.21
China Zong Xiao ChenPrelim. Round10216011224016.6786.97
Croatia Alan LjubićPrelim. Round10216110205625.0085.36
United States Willard BruguierPrelim. Round112582255011229.4183.96
Australia Gordon MathersPrelim. Round112572131014645.4582.65
Hong Kong Kai Fan LeungPrelim. Round10236215205230.0081.74
Russia Aleksandr OreshkinPrelim. Round1021615501010.0076.70
  1. ^ Please note this is not calculated properly for players playing more than one match and is not indicative of actual tournament averages.

Top averages[edit]

This table shows the highest averages achieved by players throughout the tournament.

1Netherlands Michael van Gerwen2108.65Won
2England Rob CrossF107.67Won
3Wales Jamie Lewis2107.27Won
4Netherlands Michael van Gerwen1106.17Won
5Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh1104.17Won
6England Rob Cross1104.12Won
7Scotland Peter Wright2103.44Lost
8England Michael Smith2103.29Lost
9Netherlands Michael van GerwenQF102.91Won
10Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld2102.78Won

Representation from different countries[edit]

This table shows the number of players by country in the World Championship, the total number including the preliminary round. Twenty-four countries were represented in the World Championship, two more than in the previous championship.

Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
New Zealand
South Africa
Hong Kong
United States
Round 363221010010000000000000016
Round 2125421221110001000000000032
Round 1238443222222221111110000064

Media coverage[edit]

The tournament was available in the following countries on these channels:

 United Kingdom
Sky Sports Darts[56]
Fox Sports[58]
 BelgiumEleven Sport Network[59]
Baltic States
 CroatiaRTL Televizija[60]
Fox Sports[60]
 Czech Republic
Nova Sport[58]
Sport 1[58]
 MongoliaMNBA Sports TV
 New ZealandSky Sport[58]
 PolandTVP Sport[58][61]
 United StatesBBC America[62]
MENAOSN Sports[58]
Sub-Saharan AfricaKwesé Sports[58]

Additionally, there was coverage in Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, France, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Monaco, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan on Eurosport Player, and coverage in all countries except the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands on the Professional Darts Corporation's streaming service, PDCTV-HD.[60]

† Sky Sports Arena was renamed as Sky Sports Darts for the duration of the tournament.


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