2023 Bahrain Darts Masters preview

World Series of Darts

Jan 11 2023

The 2023 Bahrain Darts Masters begins on Thursday, as World Champion Michael Smith makes his first competitive appearance since lifting The Sid Waddell Trophy last week.

Van Barneveld relishing World Series of Darts return in Bahrain

World Series of Darts

Jan 11 2023

Raymond van Barneveld is determined to show that he can still compete with the sport’s elite when he makes his World Series of Darts return at the Bahrain Darts Masters.

World Champion Smith draws local star in Bahrain Darts Masters

World Series of Darts

Jan 10 2023

Michael Smith will make his first competitive outing as World Champion when he takes on local qualifier Abdulnasser Yusuf in the first round of the Bahrain Darts Masters.

Van den Bergh headlines 2023 Nordic Darts Masters field

World Series of Darts

Jan 04 2023

Reigning champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will headline the field at the 2023 Nordic Darts Masters on January 20-21, with the stars for the World Series of Darts event in Copenhagen now confirmed.

Bahrain Darts Masters spot for Clayton

World Series of Darts

Jan 04 2023

Jonny Clayton will complete the line-up of PDC representatives for the inaugural Bahrain Darts Masters on January 12-13.

Mahmood & Yusuf qualify for Bahrain Darts Masters

World Series of Darts

Dec 21 2022

Bassim Mahmood and Abdulnaser Yusuf have secured their qualification for the 2023 Bahrain Darts Masters

Humphries & Van Barneveld among Bahrain Darts Masters field

World Series of Darts

Dec 13 2022

Luke Humphries will make his World Series of Darts debut at the inaugural Bahrain Darts Masters in January, as Raymond van Barneveld returns to the global stage.

New York, Wollongong & Hamilton 2023 ticket info confirmed

World Series of Darts

Nov 30 2022

Tickets for the 2023 World Series of Darts events in New York, Wollongong and Hamilton will go on sale from early December.

World Series of Darts to debut in Bahrain in January 2023

World Series of Darts

Sep 26 2022

Bahrain International Circuit, together with sports promoter CBX, has teamed up with the PDC to bring the World Series of Darts to Bahrain for the first time.

World Series of Darts to break new ground as 2023 schedule announced

World Series of Darts

Sep 26 2022

The PDC World Series of Darts will break new ground in 2023 with the introduction of a tournament in Bahrain in January.

Michael van Gerwen secured his 17th World Series of Darts title in style by defeating world number one Gerwyn Price 8-5 in Townsville to win the 2022 PalmerBet Queensland Darts Masters.

The world number three fought back from 4-1 down in the final as Price looked to avenge his defeat to the Dutchman at the World Matchplay in Blackpool last month.

Price had looked in control of the final with Van Gerwen struggling with his finishing early on, missing ten consecutive shots at a double before finding his touch to clinch three legs in a row, including a 140 finish in leg seven, to level at 4-4.

Welshman Price again moved a leg in front at 5-4 before van Gerwen hit checkouts of 112 and 77 on the way to move 7-5 in front.

He finished the match in style, hitting 140, 180 and 123 before taking out a 58 finish for an 11-dart leg. 

This is Van Gerwen’s 60th TV title and third World Series of Darts win in Australia.

The 33-year-old’s win marks a remarkable return from surgery on his wrist which kept him out of the World Cup of Darts.

Asked if this meant he was on the way back, Van Gerwen said: “You said that wrong, I am not on the way back, I am back and they know I am the boss.

“I am a winner, not a loser. Of course, when I lose I am sick, but I am a winner and I love to win trophies.

“I am glad I am back to winning ways.”

Price had earlier shown his class to end the hopes of Queenslander Gordon Mathers in the semi-final.

The Welsh star hit two ton-plus finishes (131 and 125) as he stretched out to a comfortable 6-0 lead.

Mathers did manage to scrape a leg to make it 6-1 before Price hit six perfect darts and then finished on 94 to end the Aussie’s hopes with a 7-1 win.

Price also put paid to Simon Whitlock’s chances in the quarter-final.

Whitlock had taken a 3-2 lead, raising the hopes of the Townsville crowd of an all-Australian semi-final, but Price went through the gears to win four legs in a row, one with a 167 finish – the best of the tournament - and take the match 6-3.

Van Gerwen and Joe Cullen met in the other semi, with MVG edging the Englishman in a classy encounter 7-5.

Cullen fought back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 before the Dutchman raised his game to move into a 6-4 lead. Cullen clawed a leg back at 6-5 but Van Gerwen's superior finishing - landing 100% of his double attempts - was enough to see him over the line. 

Cullen had previously seen off top seed Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 in the quarter-finals, with the Belgian looking to join Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in becoming just the third player in World Series of Darts history to win three tournaments in a calendar year. 

Meanwhile, the hopes of New Zealander Haupai Puha were ended in the in the last eight with a 6-1 defeat to Van Gerwen.

Queenslander Mathers had never won a match in a televised tournament before this event, but continued his run with a sparkling quarter-final performance against US Masters champion Michael Smith.

The 40-year-old raced into a 3-0 lead against Smith and had the former World Championship finalist struggling to find a way back in. 

Despite some nervy doubles as he approached the finish line, Mathers kept his cool to make the last four with a 6-4 victory.

The World Series of Darts continues with the second event in Australia on August 19-20 with the 2022 PalmerBet New South Wales Darts Masters in Wollongong.