The Story Of 2018

Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

WE take a look back at the best moments from an incredible 2018 campaign which saw 21 different winners from events across 11 countries.


Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The opening TV event of the year saw Michael van Gerwen fight back from 8-5 down to win his fourth successive Masters title with a thrilling 11-9 win over Dutch rival Raymond van Barneveld in Milton Keynes.


Corey Cadby (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

As the Premier League got underway, Van Gerwen continued his winning run by picking up the first two ProTour titles of the year at UK Open Qualifiers 1 and 2, before the third and fourth UK Open Qualifiers saw Michael Smith and Gary Anderson pick up their first victories of the year.

Corey Cadby and Krzysztof Ratajski claimed maiden PDC crowns at UK Open Qualifiers 5 and 6 respectively, before Van Gerwen returned to winning ways by taking the opening two Players Championship titles of 2018.


Coral UK Open (Chris Dean, PDC)

A snow-hit Butlin's Minehead Resort saw Gary Anderson land his first UK Open title with an 11-7 win over Australian sensation Cadby in the final.

The Scot's sensational form continued as he scooped the next two Players Championship events, while Ian White continued his impressive floor form with a Players Championship win.

The first European Tour title of the year went the way of Van Gerwen who produced a thrilling comeback win over Peter Wright.


Max Hopp (PDC)

The following weekend saw Van Gerwen double his European Tour tally, before Northern Ireland's Mickey Mansell went on an incredible run to win his first PDC title at Players Championship 8.

Max Hopp created history as he won his first European Tour title with a dramatic deciding-leg victory over Michael Smith to raise the roof in Saarbrucken, before Jonny Clayton continued his impressive progress by lifting the Austrian Darts Open trophy the following weekend.

The month ended with another ProTour triumph for Van Gerwen, before his fellow-Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan became the next player to win his first ranking crown in what would be a big year for the Dutch youngster.


Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

A further two European Tour titles were added to Van Gerwen's tally, before the Dutchman produced an incredible 112.37 average to retain his Premier League title for a third consecutive year with a stunning 11-4 win over Michael Smith. 

May also saw Josh Payne pick up his second ranking win, while Mensur Suljovic claimed glory at the German Darts Masters, the first World Series event of the year, in front of a record-breaking 20,000 fans at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.


Van Gerwen & Van Barneveld (Kelly Deckers, PDC)

Van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld teamed up once again to claim a record-equalling fourth World Cup of Darts title in Frankfurt, defeating Scottish pair Gary Anderson and Peter Wright.

Wright was joined by World Champion Rob Cross and Mervyn King in picking up their first event wins of the year at Players Championship events, while Suljovic won his fifth PDC crown at the Danish Darts Open.


Gary Anderson, Tai Anderson (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The World Series tour continued in Las Vegas and Shanghai, with Anderon lifting the US Darts Masters title and Smith lifting his maiden TV crown at the Shanghai Darts Masters.

Anderson took his Vegas winning form into the World Matchplay, hitting a nine-dart finish in his quarter-final win over Joe Cullen on his way to a first Winter Gardens title which he clinched with a dramatic 21-19 win over Suljovic in a classic final.


Rob Cross (PDC/DPA)

August saw the PDC stars return Down Under for events in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane which were won by Van Gerwen, Wright and Cross respectively.


Gary Anderson (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Nathan Aspinall won a career-changing first PDC title at Players Championship 18, before White and Gerwyn Price landed maiden victories on the European Tour in Maastricht and Riesa respectively.

Anderson made it four TV titles for the year by lifting the Champions League of Darts trophy for the first time with an 11-4 victory over Wright in the final in Brighton.

The month ended with ProTour triumphs for Hopp and Danny Noppert in Dublin, with Dutchman Noppert making a big impression in his first year on the circuit.


James Wade (PDC)

The World Grand Prix was won by Van Gerwen for a fourth time with a 5-2 win over Wright at Dublin's Citywest Convention Centre, and he followed it up with the final European Tour event of the year in Gottingen.

Despite not holding a Tour Card,Poland's Ratajski became the 12th ProTour weekend double-event winner at the final two Players Championship events of the year in Barnsley.

The culmination of the year's 13 European Tour events saw new dad James Wade battle his way to a first televised title in almost four years by defeating Simon Whitlock 11-8 in the European Championship final in Dortmund.


Gerwyn Price (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Wade lifted his second televised title in the space of seven days with a dramatic 11-10 win over Smith in the final of the World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna.

The first Eric Bristow Trophy was lifted by Price who claimed his maiden televised title with a remarkable Grand Slam of Darts success as he overcame Anderson 16-13 in a dramatic contest.

The top 64 players from the ProTour Order of Merit travelled to Butlin's Minehead Resort for the final tournament before the World Championship, the Players Championship Finals which was won by Daryl Gurney, while Belgium's rising star Dimitri Van den Bergh became the first player to win back-to-back World Youth Championships.


Michael van Gerwen (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The 2018/19 World Championship was darts' biggest-ever event, featuring 96 players competing for £2.5 million in prize money at London's iconic Alexandra Palace.

Development Tour winner Luke Humphries, Ryan Joyce and Brendan Dolan shocked the seeds to reach the quarter-finals, while surprise package Aspinall made it to the final four.

Van Gerwen was at his relentless best, seeing off Anderson in the semi-finals before a 7-3 victory over Smith saw him lift his third World Championship title.

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