Van Gerwen edges Wright for PDC Summer Series Day One win

PDC Summer Series

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Michael van Gerwen celebrated darts' return to action in brilliant fashion on Day One of the PDC Summer Series.

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PDC Summer Series

Jul 06 2020

Learn more about Players Championship events ahead of this week's PDC Summer Series.

Grand Slam spot for PDC Summer Series + rankings update

News

Jun 26 2020

The winner of a 2020 PDC Summer Series Order of Merit will receive a place in this year's Grand Slam of Darts.

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News

Jun 12 2020

Live darts will return on Wednesday July 8 with the launch of the PDC Summer Series.

Events Update: May & June 2020

News

Apr 22 2020

PDC events during May & June, along with the BetVictor World Cup of Darts, will not now take place as planned.

May's Austrian Darts Open postponed

European Tour

Apr 09 2020

The Austrian Darts Open will not now take place as planned from May 1-3 in Graz.

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.

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

All Players Championship events will be streamed live for PDCTV-HD Subscribers worldwide with coverage from two boards throughout each event.

JAMES WADE won his first PDC title of 2019 with an 8-2 defeat of Michael Smith in the final of Players Championship 9 in Barnsley on Saturday.

The opening day of the ProTour double-header weekend saw Wade pick up his first crown since his World Series of Darts Finals triumph of November 2018, and a first floor title since July 2015.

Wade's day began with comfortable wins over Mark Webster and Christian Kist, before a 6-0 whitewash of Peter Hudson and a 103.5 average in a 6-3 triumph over Arron Monk saw him reach the quarter-finals.

There, Wade survived five match darts in a dramatic 6-5 success against Adrian Lewis, which he followed up with another sudden-death shoot-out victory over Scott Baker 7-6, before seeing off Smith in a repeat of their World Series of Darts Finals showdown to claim the £10,000 top prize.

"This win means a lot to me, perhaps it would've meant even more a year ago but it still means a lot because I haven't been winning things," said Wade.

"I'm so, so happy to win this, people don't know how happy I am and now I'm excited and looking forward to the future.

"I've been playing well for a long time now but haven't quite been getting the rub of the green, but today I've had a bit of a touch by scraping past Adrian.

"I still think I'm underachieving for my ability but it's about turning up every morning and being hungry, which I am."

Wade got off to a perfect start in the final with a 12-dart break of throw, which he followed up with a 124 checkout on the bullseye to double his advantage.

The world number nine found tops for another break of throw to go into a commanding 4-1 lead, only for Smith to find a double at the ninth attempt in the following leg to hit straight back.

However, Wade once again made no mistake on tops to make makes it three consecutive breaks of throw at 5-2, before reeling off the final three legs to seal a comprehensive victory.

World Championship runner-up Smith averaged a disappointing 84.1 in the final, his lowest of the day by ten points, though the St Helens man did post four ton-plus averages across the day and claimed impressive victories over Dave Chisnall, Ian White and Steve West.

Saturday also saw Mark McGeeney land a nine-dart finish in his opening round win over Adam Hunt, his first perfect leg since winning a PDC Tour Card in January.

Corey Cadby's return to action ended in a 6-2 loss to Vincent van der Voort in round two, while another difficult day for Raymond van Barneveld saw the five-time World Champion go down 6-4 to Gary Eastwood in his first match since reversing his immediate retirement decision.

Premier League stars Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic all exited before the last 32 stage.

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