2008 in darts

2008 in darts

:"See also: 2008 in sports, 2007 in darts, 2009 in darts."

News

January

*1 - John Part wins his third world title beating 21 year-old qualifier Kirk Shepherd 7-2 in the final of the 2008 PDC World Championship.
*5 - The 2008 BDO World Darts Championship gets underway at the Lakeside Country Club.
*9 - James Wade is the second winner of the PDC Player of the Year Award. He also took the PDPA Player of the Year award. Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning are inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame. Other awards: Best Newcomer Mervyn King. Fans' Player of the Year Phil Taylor. Best Floor Player Raymond van Barneveld. Young Player of the Year Kirk Shepherd. [ [http://www.planetdarts.tv/page/LatestDetail/0,,10180~1210406,00.html PDC awards 2008] ]
*10 - The PDC announce the introduction of a new European Open to be held in October and a Players Championship Finals to start in January 2009.
*13 - Mark Webster wins the 2008 Lakeside World Championship beating Simon Whitlock in the final to become the 20th name on the trophy in its history.
*13 - Colin Osborne wins the PDC's first Pro Tour event of 2008, the North-East Regional Final of the UK Open beating Dennis Ovens 8-6 in the final.
*14 - Wayne Mardle is announced as the eighth and final name in the 2008 Premier League line-up. He received a wildcard from broadcasters Sky Sports.
*19 - John Part adds the first of the weekend's Players Championship titles to his World title beating Chris Mason in the Gibraltar final.
*20 - James Wade wins his first ever Players Championship title, his fourth Pro Tour event in all. He won the second Stan James Players Championship of the weekend in Gibraltar by beating Denis Ovens in the final.
*31 - The 2008 Premier League gets underway and Phil Taylor tastes defeat for the first time in the history of the competition. James Wade ended Taylor's three-year unbeaten run in the competition with an 8-6 win in Glasgow.

February

*10 - Colin Lloyd takes his first PDC Pro Tour title since November 2006 by claiming the UK Open South-West Regional Final in Taunton. He beat Andy Hamilton in the final.
*10 - Scotland's Winmau World Master Robert Thornton added the Dutch Open (WDF) title to his collection beating Dutchman Alain van Bouwel 3-0 in the Men's Final. Reigning Women's World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova added more silverware to her collection when she won the Women's title beating Netherlands Carla Molema by 5 legs to 2.
*17 - Yorkshire's Garry Thompson became the 14th different winner in the 14 year history of the Scottish Open. He beat Winmau World Master Robert Thornton and England captain Martin Adams on his way the final where he beat Shaun Greatbatch by 5 legs to 1. Anastasia Dobromyslova added the Scottish Open Singles title when she defeated Francis Hoenselaar by 4 legs to 2 in the women's final.
*19 - Anastasia Dobromyslova becomes world number 1 in the WDF rankings overtaking Karin Krappen. Trina Gulliver remains third.
*21 - A court case in the Netherlands ends with the judge unable to find enough evidence regarding an existing contract between the PDC and the organisers of the two Dutch tournaments, the International Darts League and World Darts Trophy. Without PDC players and a television agreement, the IDL is postponed indefinitely and the WDT's future remains doubtful.
*24 - Wales win the WDF Nations Cup at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil. The five man team of Robert Hughes, Gareth Holt, Wayne Warren, Martin Phillips and Mark Webster beat England 13-8 in the final.

March

*1 - Phil Taylor picks up the Southern Players Championship title at the Brentwood Centre in Essex. He beat Chris Mason, Wayne Mardle, Adrian Lewis and James Wade to take his first PDC Pro Tour title of the year. Despite his "lack of form",it was his fifth title in his last six tournaments - with only the World Championship missing from the collection.
*1 - Steve West wins the Finnish Open with a 5-4 final victory over Robert Wagner. Sari Nikula beat Tarja Salminen in an all-Finland final for the women's title.
*2 - Colin Lloyd takes his second PDC Pro Tour title of the year by beating Phil Taylor in the Southern Regional Final of the UK Open in Brentwood, Essex. Four Dutch players reach the last eight of the event.
*15 - St Helens player Alan Tabern won the North West Players Championship in Wigan beating Chris Mason in the final.
*16 - Phil Taylor wins the North West Regional Final of the UK Open in Wigan in a deciding leg shootout against Adrian Lewis.
*22 - The PDC Pro Tour moves to Germany for the weekend where Phil Taylor claims another Players Championship title. He beats rival Raymond van Barneveld in the final. Colin Lloyd takes the PDC tour's rollover prize of £12,400 for hitting a nine dart finish against Colin Monk.
*23 - Phil Taylor completes a perfect weekend in Germany by winning a third successive Pro Tour title. He hit a nine dart finish in the last 16 against Ronnie Baxter and beats Wayne Jones in the final. Dave Askew also hit a nine-darter in his third round defeat to James Wade.
*25 - Bob Anderson is confirmed as the eighth and final player in the Legends Tour due to start in May.
*27 - Adrian Lewis misses his Premier League match against Phil Taylor in Birmingham due to illness. Terry Jenkins is asked to play twice in the night, with Lewis's match rescheduled the following week.
*29 - Phil Taylor's successful month continues in Telford with his fourth successive Pro Tour Title - the Midland Players Championship defeating Colin Lloyd in the final.
*30 - Phil Taylor wins his fifth successive title, all in the month of March winning the Midland Regional Final of the UK Open - the last of the eight regionals. He beat Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-final and Brendan Dolan in the Telford final.

April

*2 - The dates are set in December for the 2008 Winmau World Masters, this year avoiding a clash with the Grand Slam of Darts.
*5 - The British Darts Organisation announce a new BDO Grand Prix series of five events to be televised by Setanta Sports from May to September, the Welsh Open, International Open, Gold Cup, British Classic and British Open.
*11 - The PDC announce that the qualification criteria for the 2008 Grand Slam will include the Winmau World Masters event from 2006 allowing Michael van Gerwen a place in the event. [ [http://www.planetdarts.tv/page/GrandSlamDetail/0,,10180~1287554,00.html Van Gerwen accepts Grand Slam invite] ]
*12 - Phil Taylor wins a sixth successive PDC Pro Tour title by winning the Antwerp Darts Trophy. It takes his unbeaten run in floor events to 42 matches.
*12 - Ross Montgomery wins the England Open, his first WDF ranked title, beating Gary Anderson in the final. Trina Gulliver claimed the women's title.
*14 - Nuts TV are confirmed as the UK broadcaster for the US Open in May. Challenge broadcast the inaugural 2007 event.
*19 - Mervyn King wins his first PDC Pro Tour title at the Scottish Players Championship in Glasgow. He ends Phil Taylor's winning streak at 44 matches in floor events and later beat Mark Dudbridge in the final. Colin Osborne achieved a nine dart finish in his first round match against Lionel Sams.
*26 - Raymond van Barneveld wins his first PDC Pro Tour title of 2008 beating Colin Osborne in the Open Holland Masters. Controversy came in the quarter-finals when Adrian Lewis and Kevin Painter were both disqualified following a fracas during their match. [ [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/other_sports/darts/article1110631.ece Lewis up for Premier scrap] thesun.co.uk]
*28 - The International Darts League and World Darts Trophy are effectively killed off by the failure of an appeal by their organisers over PDC players participation agreements. [ [http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2eintdartsleague%2enl%2f IDL & WDT defunct] google translation]

May

*1 - The Premier League group stages end with Adrian Lewis taking the final semi-final place by holding Wayne Mardle to a draw. He joins the top 3 players in the world Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld who had already qualified.
*11 - Anastasia Dobromyslova, the women's world champion, is amongst the Holsten Pils pub qualifiers for the PDC 2008 UK Open. Fellow BDO players, Robert Thornton and Scott Waites also qualify.
*12 - Barry Hearn confirms that Alexandra Palace will be the venue for the PDC World Darts Championship until 2012 after signing a four-year contract with the venue.
*18 - Phil Taylor retains his US Open title beating Colin Lloyd in the final. Lloyd's run to final guarantees him a place in the Grand Slam of Darts for the next two years.
*18 - The Welsh Open, Setanta Sports first televised darts event from the new BDO Grand Prix, is won by Gary Anderson who beats the previous year's winner Mark Webster in the final.
*21 - Robert Thornton joins the PDC. [ [http://www.starsofdarts.com/forums/index.php?s=378dc857ee8a557a7cc0d1f94455c17d&showtopic=11302 Thornton joins PDC] planetdarts.tv] Thornton becomes the first high profile switch of 2008 and following Michael van Gerwen in 2007, its the second consecutive year that the incumbent Winmau World Masters champion has left the BDO before defending the title. Thornton was also the BDO's number one ranked player at the time of the switch.
*24 - Dutchman Willy van der Wiel wins the Norway Open beating Scotland's Paul Hanvidge in the final. Carina Ekberg beat Scotland's Louise Hepburn in the Women's final.
*26 - Phil Taylor wins the Premier League for the fourth successive year. He beat Adrian Lewis 11-1 in the semi-final with a 112.68 average then James Wade 16-8 with a 108.36 average. Wade had earlier defeated world number one, Raymond van Barneveld in the other semi-final.
*30 - The League of Legends kicks off at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet. Opening night wins for Keith Deller, Dave Whitcombe and Eric Bristow, who beat Bobby George in a repeat of the 1980 World final.

June

*5 - Women's' World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova loses narrowly in the deciding leg of her first round match at the UK Open to World Masters Champion Robert Thornton.
*7 - Phil Taylor hits his fourth UK Open nine dart finish in Bolton during a 9-1 win over Jamie Harvey.
*7 - The Swiss Open title is taken by Dutchman Joey ten Berge who beat England's Dave Prins 3-2 in the final. The women's event is won by Carla Molema who beat Irina Armstrong in the Women's Final by 2 sets to 1.
*8 - James Wade adds his third PDC major title by winning the UK Open in Bolton. He beat Gary Mawson in the final. Raymond van Barneveld beat Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals for the third successive year. The Dutchman then lost to Mawson in the semi.
*11 - Co Stompé becomes the latest BDO player to switch to the PDC. [ [http://www.planetdarts.tv/page/LatestDetail/0,,10180~1326568,00.html Co Stompe joins PDC circuit] planetdarts.tv ]
*14 - Phil Taylor claims his eighth PDC Pro Tour title at the Players Championship in Bristol beating Alan Tabern in the final.
*14 - Its confirmed that Shaun Greatbatch is diagnosed with cancer and is in hospital undergoing tests. No further details were confirmed.
*15 - Dennis Priestley wins his first Pro Tour title since February 2007 at the second Players Championship in Bristol. He beat Kevin Painter 3-2 in the final.
*15 - Davy Richardson won the Setanta Sports televised BDO British International defeating Scotland's Ross Montgomery by 4 sets to 1. Francis Hoenselaar took the women's title 3-2 over Patsy Fletcher.
*20 - Week two of the League of Legends in Blackburn saw Dave Whitcombe make it two wins from two with a 7 legs to 4 victory over Bobby George who has now lost both his matches. Cliff Lazarenko got his first win of the league, beating Eric Bristow 7-3. Following his draw with Bob Anderson, Peter Evison earned his first league win with a 7-5 win over Keith Deller. On the final match of the evening, Anderson brushed aside John Lowe 7-2. Lowe has also lost both his matches.
*23 - John Raby passes away after a long battle against motor neurone disease and cancer. His promotions company, JR Darts helped with organisation of tournaments in the PDC from its infancy. Barry Hearn said without Raby, "we might not have had a PDC." He had been inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2007. [ [http://www.planetdarts.tv/page/LatestDetail/0,,10180~1332810,00.html PDC Statement - John Raby] planetdarts.tv]
*27 - The League of Legends entertain the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham for week 3 of competition. Dave Whitcombe continued his winning ways, claiming a third straight win with 7-3 win over Eric Bristow. Bobby George won his first game of the league, beating Peter Evison 7-3. There were also wins for Bob Anderson and Keith Deller who respectivley beat Cliff Lazarenko and John Lowe, who is the only one of the eight still without a win having lost his first three games.
*29 - Phil Taylor wins his ninth PDC Pro Tour title of the year by winning the Players Championship in Las Vegas beating Ronnie Baxter in the final. Raymond van Barneveld suffered a shock first round exit to Germany's Michael Rosenauer, who went on the reach the semi finals along with Mark Walsh. Mark Frost reached the quarter finals and in doing so he secures his place in the World Matchplay.

July

*4 - Raymond van Barneveld's defence of the Las Vegas Desert Classic ends as Alan Tabern defeats him 8-4 in the last 16.
*6 - Phil Taylor wins the Las Vegas Desert Classic for the first time since 2005 beating James Wade 13-7 in the final.
*9 - Andy Fordham is given medical advice that he requires a liver transplant having been diagnosed with cirrhosis.
*12 - Scott Waites takes the BDO Gold Cup title with a 4-2 sets win over Gary Anderson at the Lakeside Country Club.
*19 - Phil Taylor wins the Bobby Bourn Memorial Trophy for the sixth successive year in Blackpool. He beat Ronnie Baxter in the final of the Players Championship event which is a warm-up for the World Matchplay.
*26 - Phil Taylor regains the World Matchplay title in Blackpool - his ninth title overall.

August

*10 - Robert Thornton clinches his first PDC Pro Tour title in Shoalhaven, Australia
*17 - Dennis Priestley claims his second PDC Pro Tour title of 2008 with a Players Championship victory over Lionel Sams in Kitchener, Canada
*24 - Alan Tabern wins his second PDC Pro Tour title of the year at the Peachtree Open in Atlanta, Georgia.
*30 - Phil Taylor extends his winning run to 31 matches by taking the first of the weekend's Players Championships in the Netherlands. He beats James Wade in the final.
*31 - Phil Taylor completes the weekend title double in the Netherlands beating Terry Jenkins in the final. Its his sixth tournament win in a row and extends his winning run to 38 matches. His record in knockout matches in 2008 stands at 128 wins, 5 defeats with 17 titles in 18 finals.

eptember

*6 - In a staggering upset Felix McBrearty, ranked 352 in the PDC, wins the PDC Pro Tour Players Championship at the Ireland Open Classic. He beat Kevin McDine, Colin Osborne, Michael van Gerwen, Andy Hamilton, Colin Lloyd and Chris Mason to clinch the title.
*14 - Colin Lloyd claims his third PDC Pro Tour title of 2008 by winning the Windy City Open in Chicago. He beat Wayne Mardle in the final.

PDC

Ladbrokes World Darts Championship

Blue Square UK Open

"Main article: 2008 UK Open Darts"

PDC Pro Tour events

*Blue Square UK Open North-East Regional Final at Gateshead International Stadium on January 13:Quarter-Finals (Losers £800, Best of 11 legs) Wes Newton 6-5 Alan Tabern; Colin Osborne 6-3 John Ferrell; James Wade 6-1 Chris Mason; Denis Ovens 6-4 Ronnie Baxter. :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,600, Best of 13 legs) Colin Osborne 7-3 Wes Newton; Denis Ovens 7-4 James Wade.:Final (Winner £6,000 Runner-up £3,000) Colin Osborne 8-6 Denis Ovens

*Stan James Players Championship 1 in Gibraltar on January 19 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Chris Mason 3-2 Steve Beaton, Alan Tabern 3-2 Andy Smith, John Part 3-1 Alex Roy, Andy Jenkins 3-2 Kevin Painter. :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Chris Mason 3-0 Alan Tabern, John Part 3-0 Andy Jenkins:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) John Part 3-1 Chris Mason (2-1, 1-2, 2-0, 2-1)

*Stan James Players Championship 2 in Gibraltar on January 20 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Kevin McDine 3-0 Steve Beaton, Denis Ovens 3-2 John Ferrell, James Wade 3-0 Alex Roy, Mervyn King 3-2 Kevin Painter. :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Denis Ovens 3-2 Kevin McDine, James Wade 3-2 Mervyn King:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) James Wade 3-1 Denis Ovens (2-1, 2-0, 0-2, 2-1)

*Blue Square UK Open South-West Regional Final at Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton, February 10:Quarter-Finals (Losers £800, Best of 11 legs) Wayne Atwood 6-3 Roland Scholten, Colin Lloyd 6-3 Kevin McDine, Adrian Lewis 6-2 John Part, Andy Hamilton 6-5 Mark Walsh. :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,600, Best of 13 legs) Colin Lloyd 7-6 Wayne Atwood, Andy Hamilton 7-1 Adrian Lewis.:Final (Winner £6,000 Runner-up £3,000) Colin Lloyd 8-6 Andy Hamilton.

*Players Championship at the Brentwood Centre, Essex on March 1 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Phil Taylor 3-0 Wayne Mardle, Adrian Lewis 3-1 Mervyn King, James Wade 3-1 Roland Scholten, Andy Hamilton 3-0 Kevin McDine :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Phil Taylor 3-0 Adrian Lewis, James Wade 3-2 Andy Hamilton:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 James Wade (2-1, 2-0, 2-0)

*Blue Square UK Open South-West Regional Final at the Brentwood Centre, Essex on March 2.:Quarter-Finals (Losers £800, Best of 11 legs) Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor 6-1 Vincent van der Voort, Colin Lloyd 6-3 Barrie Bates, Wayne Jones 6-3 Jan Van Der Rassel. :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,600, Best of 13 legs) Phil Taylor 7-3 Jelle Klaasen, Colin Lloyd 7-2 Wayne Jones .:Final (Winner £6,000 Runner-up £3,000) Colin Lloyd 8-6 Phil Taylor.

*Players Championship at the JJB Stadium, Robin Park, Wigan on March 15 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Wayne Mardle 3-0 Ronnie Baxter, Alan Tabern 3-1 Mervyn King, Chris Mason 3-1 Roland Scholten, Michael van Gerwen 3-0 Kevin Dowling:Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Alan Tabern 3-1 Wayne Mardle, Chris Mason 3-1 Michael van Gerwen:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Alan Tabern 3-0 Chris Mason (2-1, 2-1, 2-0)

*Blue Square UK Open North-West Regional Final at the JJB Stadium, Robin Park, Wigan on March 16.:Quarter-Finals (Losers £800, Best of 11 legs) Colin Osborne 6-3 Alex Roy, Phil Taylor 6-3 Kevin McDine, Chris Thompson 6-3 Mark Frost, Adrian Lewis 6-5 Colin Lloyd :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,600, Best of 13 legs) Phil Taylor 7-0 Colin Osborne, Adrian Lewis 7-2 Chris Thompson:Final (Winner £6,000 Runner-up £3,000) Phil Taylor 8-7 Adrian Lewis

*Players Championship at the Ramada Hotel, Bad Soden, Germany on March 22 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Wayne Mardle, Alan Tabern 3-1 Wayne Jones, Phil Taylor 3-0 Roland Scholten, Andy Hamilton 3-2 James Wade :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Raymond van Barneveld 3-2 Alan Tabern, Phil Taylor 3-1 Andy Hamilton:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-1 Raymond van Barneveld (2-0, 1-2, 2-1, 2-1)

*Players Championship at the Ramada Hotel, Bad Soden, Germany on March 23 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Vincent van der Voort 3-0 James Wade, Phil Taylor 3-0 Roland Scholten, Wayne Jones 3-0 Adrian Lewis, Tony Eccles 3-1 Steve Maish :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Phil Taylor 3-0 Vincent van der Voort, Wayne Jones 3-0 Tony Eccles:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-1 Wayne Jones (2-0, 2-0, 1-2, 2-1)

*Players Championship at the Telford International Centre on March 29 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Colin Lloyd 3-2 Raymond van Barneveld, Alan Tabern 3-2 Wayne Jones, Phil Taylor 3-2 Kevin McDine, Mark Frost 3-1 Vincent van der Voort :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Colin Lloyd 3-0 Alan Tabern, Phil Taylor 3-0 Mark Frost :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 Colin Lloyd (2-1, 2-1, 2-1)

*Blue Square UK Open Midlands Regional Final at the Telford International Centre on March 30.:Quarter-Finals (Losers £800, Best of 11 legs) Phil Taylor 6-1 Chris Mason, Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Colin Monk, Brendan Dolan 6-3 Colin Lloyd, Colin Osborne 6-1 Simon Whatley :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,600, Best of 13 legs) Phil Taylor 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld, Brendan Dolan 7-5 Colin Osborne :Final (Winner £6,000 Runner-up £3,000) Phil Taylor 8-0 Brendan Dolan

*Antwerp Darts Trophy (Players Championship) on April 12 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Colin Lloyd 3-0 Mark Dudbridge, Andy Smith 3-0 Dave Askew, Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Mensur Suljovic, Phil Taylor 3-2 Andy Hamilton :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Andy Smith 3-2 Colin Lloyd, Phil Taylor 3-0 Ronnie Baxter :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 Andy Smith (2-0, 2-1, 2-1)

*Scottish Sun Players Championship at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow on April 19 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Mervyn King 3-0 Kevin McDine, Mick McGowan 3-2 Colin Osborne, Vincent van der Voort 3-2 Mark Walsh, Mark Dudbridge 3-0 Ronnie Baxter :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Mervyn King 3-0 Mick McGowan, Mark Dudbridge 3-2 Vincent van der Voort :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Mervyn King 3-0 Mark Dudbridge (2-0, 2-0, 2-0)

*Amsterdam Casino Open Holland Masters (Players Championship) on April 26 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Mark Walsh, Colin Osborne 3-2 Jan van der Rassel, Kevin Painter v Adrian Lewis (both players disqualified), Wayne Atwood 3-0 Mervyn King :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Colin Osborne bye, Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Wayne Atwood :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Colin Osborne (2-0, 2-0, 2-1)

*Players Championship (1) at Ashton Gate, Bristol on June 14 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Phil Taylor 3-1 Peter Manley, Denis Ovens 3-2 Vincent van der Voort, Alan Tabern 3-2 Brendan Dolan, Matt Clark 3-2 Dennis Priestley :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Alan Tabern 3-1 Denis Ovens, Phil Taylor 3-0 Matt Clark :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 Alan Tabern (2-1, 2-1, 2-0)

*Players Championship (2) at Ashton Gate, Bristol on June 15 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Kevin Painter 3-1 Jelle Klaasen, Adrian Lewis 3-1 Gary Welding, Dennis Priestley 3-2 Colin Osborne, James Wade 3-0 Colin Lloyd :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Kevin Painter 3-1 Adrian Lewis, Dennis Priestley 3-2 James Wade:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Dennis Priestley 3-2 Kevin Painter (2-0, 2-0, 1-2, 0-2, 2-0)

*Players Championship at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on June 29 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Michael Rosenauer 3-2 Mark Frost, Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Terry Jenkins, Phil Taylor 3-1 Michael van Gerwen, Mark Walsh 3-1 James Wade :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Ronnie Baxter 3-0 Michael Rosenauer, Phil Taylor 3-1 Mark Walsh:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-1 Ronnie Baxter (2-1, 0-2, 2-0, 2-0)

*Bobby Bourn Memorial Trophy (Players Championship) at Winter Gardens, Blackpool on July 19 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Phil Taylor 3-1 Colin Lloyd, John Part 3-1 Dennis Priestley, Raymond van Barneveld 3-1 Wayne Mardle, Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Nick Fulwell:Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Phil Taylor 3-1 John Part, Ronnie Baxter 3-2 Raymond van Barneveld:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 Ronnie Baxter

*Australian Open Players Championship in Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia on August 10 (Best of 5 sets, Best of 3 legs per set):Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Robert Thornton 3-2 Russell Stewart, Paul Nicholson 3-0 Dave Honey, Pat Orreal 3-0 Warren French, Gary Mawson 3-1 Brian Roach :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Robert Thornton 3-0 Gary Mawson, Paul Nicholson 3-0 Pat Orreal :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Robert Thornton 3-1 Paul Nicholson

*Kitchener Open Players Championship in Kitchener, Canada on August 17:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Lionel Sams 3-0 Adrian Gray, Denis Ovens 3-1 Ronnie Baxter, Robert Thornton 3-1 Steve Cusick, Dennis Priestley 3-1 Andy Jenkins :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Lionel Sams 3-2 Denis Ovens, Dennis Priestley 3-0 Robert Thornton :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Dennis Priestley 3-1 Lionel Sams

*Peachtree Open Players Championship in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Steve Beaton 3-1 Ronnie Baxter, Andy Hamilton 3-2 Darin Young, Alan Tabern 3-2 Roger Carter, Chris White 3-2 Gary Mawson :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Andy Hamilton 3-2 Steve Beaton, Alan Tabern 3-2 Chris White :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Alan Tabern 3-1 Andy Hamilton

*Players Championship (1) in Koningshof, Netherlands on August 30:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Phil Taylor 3-0 John Magowan, Andy Hamilton 3-0 Colin Lloyd, James Wade 3-1 Colin Osborne, Tony Eccles 3-0 Kevin Painter :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Phil Taylor 3-1 Andy Hamilton, James Wade 3-1 Tony Eccles:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-1 James Wade

*Players Championship (2) in Koningshof, Netherlands on August 31:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Phil Taylor 3-0 Ronnie Baxter, Robert Thornton 3-0 Mervyn King, Wayne Jones 3-1 James Wade, Terry Jenkins 3-1 Kevin Painter :Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Terry Jenkins 3-1 Wayne Jones, Phil Taylor 3-1 Robert Thornton:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Phil Taylor 3-0 Terry Jenkins

*Ireland Open Players Championship at Dromore Leisure Complex, Dromore, County Tyrone on September 6:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Mark Walsh 3-0 Mervyn King, Chris Mason 3-1 Alex Roy, Felix McBrearty 3-2 Andy Hamilton, Colin Lloyd 3-2 Robert Thornton:Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Chris Mason 3-2 Mark Walsh, Felix McBrearty 3-0 Colin Lloyd:Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Felix McBrearty 3-1 Chris Mason (0-2, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0)

*Windy City Open (Players Championship) in Chicago, Illinois on September 14:Quarter-Finals (Losers £600) Steve Maish 3-0 Wes Newton, Colin Lloyd 3-0 Tony Eccles, Mark Walsh 3-1 Ray Carver, Wayne Mardle 3-2 Denis Ovens:Semi-Finals (Losers £1,250) Colin Lloyd 3-2 Steve Maish, Wayne Mardle 3-2 Mark Walsh :Final (Winner £5,000 Runner-up £2,500) Colin Lloyd 3-2 Wayne Mardle (0-2, 2-1, 0-2, 2-1, 2-0)

BDO

Lakeside World Darts Championship

WDF Category 1 Events

WDF ranking points awarded: Winner 150, Runner-up 100, Semi-Finalists 80, Quarter-Finalists 48, 9th to 16th place 24, 17th to 32nd place 12.

*Dutch Open at NH Hotel/Congress centre, Veldhoven, February 7-10:Quarter-Finals (Losers €500, Best of 9 legs) Robert Thornton (84.99) 4-1 Joey Ten Berge (88.14), Robert Wagner (100.20) 4-0 Patrick Bulen (78.63), Alain Van Bouwel (79.53) 4-1 Edwin Max (74.82), Willem Kralt (71.19) 4-3 Phill Nixon (75.84) :Semi-Finals (Losers €1,250, Best of 5 sets, 5 legs per set) Robert Thornton (102.51) 2-0 Robert Wagner (97.59), Alain Van Bouwel (80.79) 2-0 Willem Kralt (76.80).:Final (Winner €4,500 Runner-up €2,250, Best of 7 sets, 5 legs per set) Robert Thornton (92.52) 3-0 Alain Van Bouwel (84.24)

*Scottish Open at Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Renfrew, February 16-17:Quarter-Finals (Losers £100, Best of 5 legs) Garry Thompson 3-1 Robert Thornton, Martin Adams 3-1 Willy Van De Wiel, Shaun Greatbatch 3-2 Daryl Gurney, Scott Waites 3-2 Steve O Donnell. :Semi-Finals (Losers £300, Best of 7 legs) Garry Thompson 4-2 Martin Adams, Shaun Greatbatch 4-3 Scott Waites.:Final (Winner £2,000 Runner-up £800) Garry Thompson 5-1 Shaun Greatbatch

*German Open in Bochum, April 20:Quarter-Finals (Losers €240) Mike Veitch 2-1 Mark Salmon, Gary Anderson 2-0 Robert Wagner, Robert Thornton 2-1 Brian Derbyshire, Mark Webster 2-1 Scott Waites. :Semi-Finals (Losers €480) Gary Anderson 2-0 Mike Veitch, Robert Thornton 2-0 Mark Webster :Final (Winner €2,400 Runner-up €1,200) Gary Anderson 3-0 Robert Thornton

*Welsh Open at Pontins in Prestatyn, May 18. Matches played in sets, five legs per set.:Quarter-Finals (Losers £150) Alan Norris 2-1 Ian Jones, Gary Anderson 2-1 Robert Thornton, Robert Hughes 2-0 Alan Walker, Mark Webster 2-0 Tony Clark. :Semi-Finals (Losers £500) Gary Anderson 3-1 Alan Norris, Mark Webster 3-2 Robert Hughes :Final (Winner £2,000 Runner-up £1,000) Gary Anderson 4-0 Mark Webster

WDF Category 2 Events

*German Gold Cup, 27 January (Winner €840, Runner-up €420) Steve West flagicon|ENG 3-2 flagicon|GER Andree Welge
*Las Vegas Open, 27 January (Winner $800, Runner-up $400) Darin Young flagicon|USA beat flagicon|USA Jerry Hilbourn
*Dortmund Open, 17 February (Winner €1,000, Runner-up €450) Ronny Huybrechts flagicon|BEL 3-1 flagicon|NED Jerry Hendricks
*Isle of Man Open, 9 March (Winner £5,000, Runner-up £1,000) Dave Chisnall flagicon|ENG 3-1 flagicon|WAL Robert Hughes
*England Open, 12 April (Winner £2,000, Runner-up £1,000) Ross Montgomery flagicon|SCO 3-2 flagicon|SCO Gary Anderson
*BDO International Open, 15 June (Winner £2,000, Runner-up £600) Davy Richardson flagicon|ENG 4-1 flagicon|SCO Ross Montgomery
*Canadian Open, 15 June (Winner CAN$1,000, Runner-up CAN$500) Jerry Hull flagicon|CAN beat flagicon|CAN Danny MacInnis
*Australian Grand Masters, 6 July (Winner AUS$2,900, Runner-up AUS$1,400) Tony David flagicon|AUS 5-3 Rob Modra flagicon|AUS
*Pacific Masters, 26 July (Winner AUS$1,100, Runner-up AUS$600) Simon Whitlock flagicon|AUS 6-2 flagicon|AUS Anthony Fleet
*New Zealand Open, 6 August (Winner NZ$1,500, Runner-up NZ$700) Derrick Samson flagicon|NZL 5-2 flagicon|NZL Wayne Carey
*Belgian Open, 10 August (Winner €2,000, Runner-up €1,000) Scott Waites flagicon|ENG 4-2 flagicon|BEL Johnny Petermans
*Malaysian Open, (Winner RM2,000, Runner-up RM1,000) 24 August Tengku Hadzali Shah flagicon|MYS beat Lourence Ilagan flagicon|PHI
*WDF Europe Cup, 27-30 August, Mark Webster flagicon|WAL 4-0 flagicon|NIR Daryl Gurney

BDO International Grand Prix

New event consisting of five events televised by Setanta Sports in the United Kingdom. Tournament winners receive 15 Grand Prix points, runners-up 9, semi-finalists 6 and quarter-finalists 3.
*18 May Welsh Open - winner Gary Anderson
*15 June BDO International Open - winner Davy Richardson
*12 July BDO Gold Cup - winner Scott Waites
*26 July BDO British Classic - winner Ross Montgomery
*21 September British Open

At the conclusion of the BDO International Grand Prix series, the accumulated points won by players in each of the five tournaments from the highest to eighth position will earn the following prizes::1st £12,000:2nd £6,000:3rd £4,000:4th £3,000:5th £2,500:6th £2,000:7th £1,500:8th £1,000

Standings after 4 events:1 flagicon|SCO Gary Anderson 33 :2 flagicon|SCO Ross Montgomery 24 :3 flagicon|ENG Davy Richardson 18 :4 flagicon|ENG Scott Waites 15 :5 flagicon|WAL Mark Webster 9 :flagicon|ENGGary Robson 9 :7 flagicon|SCO Mark Barilli 6 :flagicon|WAL Robert Hughes 6 :flagicon|WAL Chris Jones 6 :flagicon|NED Edwin Max 6 :flagicon|ENGRobbie Green 6 :flagicon|ENGStuart Bousfield 6 :flagicon|SWE Alan Norris 6

Other Events

Darts calendar

* The International Darts League (May 3-11) & World Darts Trophy (Sep 6-13) were both originally scheduled but both subsequently cancelled.

References

External links

* [http://www.bdodarts.com/bdo_diary2007-8.htm 2008 BDO Events Calendar]
* [http://www.planetdarts.tv/page/Calendar/0,,10180,00.html 2008 PDC Events Calendar]
* [http://www.teessidesoftware.no-ip.com/DartsDatabase/EventList.aspx Event list, winners & prize funds] darts database


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