Matt Porter interview: Disruption likely to continue

News

Mar 25 2020

The PDC calendar could suffer further postponements in the coming weeks, admits Chief Executive Matt Porter.

April events on PDC tour postponed

Pro Tour

Mar 19 2020

The PDC's non-televised tour events planned for April have now been postponed.

New dates confirmed for German Darts Grand Prix

European Tour

Mar 18 2020

The 2020 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich has been rearranged for July 31-August 2.

Double postponement for PDC tour

ProTour

Mar 17 2020

The Development Tour events on March 21-22 and Players Championships on March 28-29 are to be postponed.

European Darts Open moves to August

European Tour

Mar 16 2020

The European Darts Open has been rescheduled for August 7-9 following the postponement of the original dates.

Rankings update after Players Championships 7-8

News

Mar 16 2020

Ian White moves back into the world's top ten following his Players Championship 8 win.

White wins first title of 2020

ProTour

Mar 15 2020

Ian White claimed his first title of the year at Players Championship 8.

New May dates for European Darts Grand Prix

European Tour

Mar 14 2020

The 2020 European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen has been rescheduled for May 29-31.

Aspinall wins Players Championship 7

ProTour

Mar 13 2020

Nathan Aspinall claimed the £10,000 top prize at Players Championship 7 in Barnsley.

ET3-4 Tour Card Holder Qualifiers

European Tour

Mar 13 2020

Five players enjoyed a European Tour qualifying double on Friday in Barnsley.

Players Championship events are held throughout the year, with prize money won counting towards the ProTour Order of Merit

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JAMES WADE picked up his fourth PDC ranking title of 2019 at Players Championship 18 in Wigan on Sunday, defeating Jose de Sousa 8-5 in the final.

The second day of the ProTour double-header weekend saw Wade follow-up his hat-trick of Players Championship titles in April to equal his best ever tally of ranking titles in a calendar year, having also won four in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The former Premier League champion grew into the tournament, steadily increasing his average in every round, before posting ton-plus averages in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Wade's day began with victories over Dutch pair Benito van de Pas and Yordi Meeuwisse, followed by a narrow 6-5 win over Keegan Brown to reach the Last 16 where he overcame Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4.

In the quarter-finals Wade averaged 101.5 to defeat rising star Callan Rydz 6-3, before edging past Players Championship 17 winner Krzysztof Ratajski 7-5 and then getting the better of De Sousa to secure the £10,000 top prize.

"Yesterday after I lost I looked at a picture of my son on my phone and that inspired me to win today," said Wade.

"The final wasn't a great game, in fact I wouldn't say I played very well today which is ironic really.

"But maybe today will boost me into a bit of form and I can do some damage at the World Matchplay."

De Sousa got off to a flying start in his first PDC final, taking out 160 to hold throw in the opening leg, as the first four legs all went with throw.

Wade hit his favourite double ten with his last dart in hand to land the first break of the match, then doubling his lead witha calm 68 checkout after De Sousa piled on the pressure with his 21st 180 of the day.

De Sousa came roaring back with back-to-back legs of his own, including a 12-dart break which ended with an 88 checkout.

Despite averaging over 11 points more than Wade after eight legs, De Sousa was left to rue his missed chance to go ahead, as Wade clinically found double seven with his last darts in hand for an 86 checkout to break throw and make it 5-4.

From there, Wade produced a dominant end to the contest, dropping only one more leg to run out a convincing 8-5 winner.

De Sousa, who won his PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, backed up his run to the quarter-finals of the Danish Darts Open on his European Tour debut in Copenhagen last weekend.

The Portuguese number one defeated Nathan Aspinall, Jeffrey de Zwaan on his way to the semi-finals, where he ran out a 7-5 victor over Dimitri Van den Bergh to reach his first PDC ranking final, ending Van den Bergh's hopes of qualifying for the Betfred World Matchplay in the process.

A number of players were vying for the 16 ProTour Order of Merit places in the Blackpool event ahead of the cut-off on June 30, with 14 players in contention for three places at the conclusion of Sunday's event.

Vincent van der Voort, James Wilson and Kyle Anderson currently occupy the final three spots, but Anderson's hopes were dealt a blow as he suffered an opening round loss to Ryan Searle.

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