The 16th World Grand Prix is underway in Dublin, featuring 32 of the world's top darts players battling it out over a prize fund of £350,000, with this year's winner set to take home a cool £100,000. Not bad work if you can get it.
World No. 1 and 10-time winner Phil Taylor leads the names and seeds going into the tournament, with defending champion Michael van Gerwen close behind him and looking to cause another Grand Prix upset.
As befitting of the modern darts scene, the contest has a distinctly international flavour with competitors drawn from across Great Britain and Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Canada.
Of the more local challengers, Wes Newton is looking to cap off the greatest year of his career so far with a tilt at the title. Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock and James Wade are also high up on the roll of merit and fancying their chances.
Raymond van Barneveld is always a character who sticks out for spectators and opponents alike at these meets, and although he may not be the serial winner he once was, the big Dutchman still has plenty to test his fellow entrants.
Taylor is the odds-on favourite however, with Van Gerwen his main challenger.
With both men separated in the draw as the top two seeds, the World Grand Prix is all set for a climatic and memorable finish between the world's greatest darts players.
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No. 1 Phil Taylor, England
No. 2 Michael Van Gerwen, The Netherlands
No. 3 Adrian Lewis, England
No. 4 Simon Whitlock, Australia
No. 5 James Wade, England
No. 6 Andy Hamilton, England
No. 7 Dave Chisnall, England
No. 8 Wes Newton, England
No. 9 Justin Pipe, England
No. 10 Raymond Van Barneveld, The Netherlands
No. 11 Robert Thornton, Scotland
No. 12 Kevin Painter, England
No. 13 Mervyn King, England
No. 14 Brendan Dolan, Northern Ireland
No. 15 Kim Huybrechts, Belgium
No. 16 Terry Jenkins, England
No. 17 Peter Wright, Scotland
No. 18 Jamie Caven, England
No. 19 Steve Beaton, England
No. 20 John Part, Canada
No. 21 Paul Nicholson, Australia
No. 22 Stuart Kellett, England
No. 23 Ian White, England
No. 24 Gary Anderson, Scotland
No. 25 Ronnie Baxter, England
No. 26 Colin Lloyd, England
No. 27 Andy Smith, England
No. 28 Jelle Klaasen, The Netherlands
No. 29 Wayne Jones, England
No. 30 Richie Burnett, Wales
No. 31 Connie Finnan, Republic of Ireland
No. 32 Michael Mansell, Northern Ireland
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Day 1 Results
Phil Taylor 2-1 Jamie Caven
Paul Nicholson 2-1 Robert Thornton
Wes Newton 2-0 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 2-0 Jelle Klaasen
James Wade 2-1 Steve Beaton
Connie Finnan 2-0 Terry Jenkins
Simon Whitlock 2-1 Michael Mansell
Ronnie Baxter 2-0 Colin Lloyd
As expected, the majority of the first round favourites were able to progress into the second round, yet Taylor, Whitlock and Wade all had to fight hard to make it past their opponents, with each player trading sets in respective matches to run out 2-1 winners.
Taylor opened up with a 160 followed by a 180 to sound an ominous early warning against Caven, nailing a 12-darter and 11-darter en route to an impressive, albeit uncomfortable, victory.
By contrast, Anderson wiped the floor with Klaasen by clinching two straight 3-0 sets to secure a handsome 2-0 win.
The shock of the round came as Jenkins lost out to second-to-last seed Finnan, who stunned the Englishman with an unheralded 2-0 victory. Meanwhile, Nicholson had to come from behind to eventually beat Thornton 2-1.
Day 2 Results
Michael van Gerwen 2-0 John Part
Stuart Kellett 0-2 Raymond Van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 2-1 Ian White
Wayne Jones 2-0 Mervyn King
Andy Hamilton 2-0 Kim Huybrechts
Kevin Painter 2-0 Richie Burnett
Adrian Lewis 2-1 Brendan Dolan
Justin Pipe 2-0 Andy Smith
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld were the stars of the second day, which produced very few surprises as the big names safely advanced to the next round.
Van Gerwen posted the biggest average of the night (104.47) per the official PDC website, making swift work of John Part for a comfortable 2-0 triumph.
Van Barneveld, meanwhile, peppered the 180s—nailing three maximums—to delight the crowd in his stroll past Stuart Kellett.
However, Andy Hamilton may well prove to be the man to watch after he hit six out of six doubles in a clinical display against Kim Huybrechts.
Day 3 Results
Phil Taylor 3-1 Paul Nicholson
Wes Newton 2-3 Gary Anderson
James Wade 3-2 Connie Finnan
Simon Whitlock 3-0 Ronnie Baxter
Phil Taylor looked distinctly out of form as he limped past Paul Nicholson, eventually winning 3-1. Having swept through the first set, Taylor missed 10 darts at the double in the decisive leg of the second set, allowing Nicholson to level.
The world champion missed 30 efforts at a finishing double in total, posting a dire 27 percent checkout success rate, yet still managed to sneak through.
There were no such troubles for Simon Whitlock, who cruised past Ronnie Baxter thanks to three simple breaks of the throw.
Elsewhere, James Wade failed to impress in a 3-2 win over Connie Finnan, while Gary Anderson posted the night's highest average (89.94 per the official PDC website) against Wes Newton.
Day 4 Results
Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 3-1 Wayne Jones
Andy Hamilton 3-1 Kevin Painter
Adrian Lewis 0-3 Justin Pipe
Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen demolished Raymond van Barneveld in just 21 minutes to secure passage into the quarter-finals. Phil Taylor, who did not play on Thursday, must raise his game if he is to beat van Gerwen on this showing. In an utterly ruthless performance the Dutchman was able to post the highest average (97.72 per the official PDC website) of the night.
The biggest shock came with Justin Pipe's dominant victory over third seed Adrian Lewis, who was knocked out through an exceptionally polished performance in which his conquerer only dropped three legs throughout the entire match.
After losing the first set to Wayne Jones due to a sluggish start, Dave Chisnall rallied to claim the next three, turning the game at 1-1 with a 112 bullseye finish to take the lead.
Finishing up the results for Day 4, Andy Hamilton was able to come out on top in a fairly comfortable victory over Kevin Painter, who was able to grab a consolation set in the third.
Day 5 Results
Andy Hamilton 1-3 Justin Pipe
James Wade 3-2 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 3-0 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 2-3 Dave Chisnall
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen bowed out of the World Grand Prix in Dublin after a shock defeat to Englishman Dave Chisnall in the quarter-final.
The Dutchman looked off the pace as he dropped the opening two sets to Chisnall before recovering impressively in the third to cut the deficit in half. The comeback then appeared to be on when Van Gerwen levelled things at two sets apiece after Chisnall failed to convert when presented with a dart to win the match.
But Chisnall dug deep, however, to break Van Gerwen early in the fifth and he never looked back, taking the match with a double ten to complete the stunning upset.
That result now opens the door for world No.1 Phil Taylor, who kept his bid for an 11th World Grand Prix title alive with a comfortable straight sets victory over Gary Anderson.
In the opening match of the night, Justin Pipe backed up his impressive win against third seed Adrian Lewis with a 3-1 victory over Andy Hamilton, and James Wade booked his place in the semi-final with a decisive fifth set win over Simon Whitlock.
Day 6 Results
Dave Chisnall 5-2 Justin Pipe
Phil Taylor 5-1 James Wade
Dave Chisnall and Phil Taylor both won their respective semi-finals in comfortable fashion on the 6th day of the World Grand Prix.
Chisnall, who pulled off a major shock to knock out defending champion Michael Van Gerwen in the quarter-final shake up, had to come from behind twice against Justin Pipe to make it to the final. He found himself 2-1 down early on, but rallied to show his class with four unanswered legs.
After shocking Van Gerwen earlier in the tournament, Chisnall will be confident of claiming his maiden major title on Sunday evening.
But he might have to pull an even bigger rabbit out of the hat if he is to triumph here. For he faces the 10-time grand prix winner Phil Taylor in Sunday's showpiece.
Taylor looked in imperious form in his semi-final, cruising past James Wade to win 5-1. The 15-time world champion never looked in danger of losing this one, with his opponent looking out of sorts from the off. The 'Machine' seemend to have given up in the latter stages of the contest, something which riled Taylor (from Sky Sports):
He was gone. It's the first time I've ever seen him gone to be honest with you. He just gave up.
I don't think that's fair on people who've probably had a bet on him.
Whilst Taylor will be the overwhelming favourite for the final, Chisnall has sampled some success against the power pretty recently, shocking 'The Power' in the 2011 World Championships.
Phil Taylor just keeps on winning, and he's not even letting it get interesting at this point.
Day 7 Results—The Final
Phil Taylor 6-0 Dave Chisnall
The darts legend took home his 11th World Grand Prix title on Sunday with a shutout of Dave Chisnall.
Taylor won the first five sets without a reply. Finally, in the sixth set, Chisnall won the opening leg. Here is Taylor, as quoted by SportingLife, on his frame of mind at that point:
After I went 5-0 up my concentration started to go, and I felt a bit sorry for Dave—which is not me.
He started coming back and the crowd were singing that he was going to win 6-5 - and that started going through my mind a little bit, so the 164 was important, it was the best shot I hit all night.
Taylor quickly put an end to the comeback talk, and he further proved that in the double-start format he is nearly unbeatable.