PDC World Championship 2020

The 27th edition of the PDC World Darts Championship was played from December 13, 2019 to January 1, 2020. Just like in 2019, 96 players (94 men and 2 women) took a shot at the title. The Scot Peter Wright managed to crown himself world champion for the first time in his career, after a final against title holder Michael van Gerwen.

It is a World Championship with many stories. First of all, there is the end of Raymond van Barneveld's career. The five-time world champion hopes to be able to play a great tournament one more time, but already loses in the first round to the American Darin Young. That concludes the career of "Barney" in a minor. Because Danny Baggish is too strong for Andy Boulton, for the first time two different Americans win a game during the World Championships.

Just like in 2019, two women are taking part in the World Championships. The Japanese world champion Mikuru Suzuki comes close to a victory against James Richardson, but still loses 3-2 in the deciding leg. Fallon Sherrock is doing a lot better. In an exciting match, she managed to win 3-2 against Ted Evetts and entered the books as the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship. In the second round, Sherrock's fairy tale continues: she beats the 11th-placed Mensur Suljovic and is crowned the "Queen of the Alexandra Palace". In the end it is Chris Dobey who turns out to be too strong for the English lady in the third round: Dobey is still 2-1 behind, but finally manages to win 4-2.

The top 32 of the world starts the tournament in the second round. Immediately a number of placed players fly out of the tournament: Rob Cross loses 3-0 to a revived Kim Huybrechts, while Michael Smith is surprised by Luke Woodhouse. The third top ten player who cannot reach the third round is Ian White: "The Diamond" is one of the few players to throw an average of over 100, but is beaten 3-1 against Darius Labanauskas. Peter Wright gets a bit of luck during his first match: he faces a match dart against Seigo Asada and throws a 140-finish at a crucial moment to stay in the match.

In the last 32 the curtain falls for a number of top sixteen players: Jonny Clayton loses to Stephen Bunting, James Wade is surprised by Steve Beaton and Dave Chisnall falls down after a beautiful and exciting game against Jeffrey de Zwaan. Daryl Gurney also did not get past the third round: "Superchin" lost 4-2 to debutant Glen Durrant. In addition to De Zwaan, Michael van Gerwen also qualified for the last sixteen: in a super-fast match, he beats Ricky Evans 4-0.

Van Gerwen also loses no set in the fourth round: Stephen Bunting is beaten 4-0 by the title holder. Gary Anderson loses to a strong playing Nathan Aspinall and can forget a third world title. Jeffrey de Zwaan is 3-0 behind Peter Wright, but manages to fight back to 3-3. Ultimately, it is the Scot who appears to be too strong in the extension. The biggest surprise is Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas: he beats Steve Beaton 4-2 and goes to the quarter finals of the World Championship for the first time. Dimitri van den Bergh, Luke Humphries, Glen Durrant and Gerwyn Price also book a place at the last eight of the tournament.

In the quarterfinals, the end is there for Glen Durrant. The triple BDO world champion loses 5-1 to Gerwyn Price and is therefore not the first player to have both the BDO World Championship and the PDC World Championship to his name at the same time. Nathan Aspinall reached the semi-finals for the second consecutive year, after being too strong for Dimitri van den Bergh (5-3). Michael van Gerwen eliminates tournament surprise Darius Labanauskas (5-2) while Peter Wright after a strong match (105.86 average) wins 5-3 against Luke Humphries.

The semi-finals are characterized by the fact that no 100+ average is thrown. All four players feel the pressure of reaching the final. Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price are fighting together, but it is "Snakebite" who managed to reach the World Championship final for the second time. In it he again takes on Michael van Gerwen. The Dutchman sees Nathan Aspinall staying up to 3-3, but eventually "Mighty Mike" can prepare himself for his fifth World Championship final.

The final between Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright in terms of level is a great match between the numbers 1 and 7 of the seeding list. Wright picks up the first two sets, but sees Van Gerwen quickly come back to 2-2. The Dutchman misses six chances on the doubles in the fifth set and then sees Wright taking a 4-2 lead in sets. "Mighty Mike" manages to break back to make it 4-3, but cannot find the doubles at the decisive moments. Wright makes a strong move and writes a 7-3 victory behind his name via the double ten. With this, the Scot knows for the first time in his career to win the world title and beats Van Gerwen for the first time in a big television final. For the Dutchman, the number of world titles remains at three.

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Venue: England Alexandra Palace, London From: Friday 13 December 2019 Till: Wednesday 01 January 2020

Champion

Peter Wright
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
2020 PDC World Darts Championship

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2020
(7) (102.79)
7
7 - 3
(1) (102.88)
3
2019
(1) (102.21)
7
7 - 3
(10) (95.29)
3
2018
(20) (107.67)
7
7 - 2
(6) (102.26)
2
2017
(1) (107.79)
7
7 - 3
(2) (104.93)
3
2016
(2) (99.26)
7
7 - 5
(5) (100.23)
5
2015
(4) (97.68)
7
7 - 6
(2) (100.69)
6
2014
(2) (100.10)
7
7 - 4
(16) (95.71)
4
2013
(1) (103.04)
7
7 - 4
(7) (100.66)
4
2012
(2) (93.06)
7
7 - 3
(17) (90.83)
3
2011
(5) (99.80)
7
7 - 5
(11) (99.41)
5
2010
(1) (104.38)
7
7 - 3
(100.51)
3
2009
(1) (110.94)
7
7 - 1
2008
(11) (92.86)
7
7 - 2
(q) (85.10)
2
2007
(32) (101.06)
7
7 - 6
(2) (100.99)
6
2006
(2) (106.74)
7
7 - 0
(5) (91.72)
0
2005
(2) (96.14)
7
7 - 4
(13) (90.66)
4
2004
(1) (96.03)
7
7 - 6
(10) (90.47)
6
2003
(2) (96.86)
7
7 - 6
(1) (99.98)
6
2002
(2) (98.47)
7
7 - 0
(4) (91.36)
0
2001
(4) (107.46)
7
7 - 0
(7) (92.60)
0
2000
(2) (94.42)
7
7 - 3
(5) (91.79)
3
1999
(3) (97.11)
6
6 - 2
(4) (93.64)
2
1998
(1) (103.98)
6
6 - 0
(2) (90.75)
0
1997
(2) (100.92)
6
6 - 3
(1) (96.78)
3
1996
(1) (98.52)
6
6 - 4
(3) (101.49)
4
1995
(4) (94.11)
6
6 - 2
(2) (87.15)
2
1994
(1) (94.38)
6
6 - 1
(6) (85.62)
1