PDC World Cup of Darts

PDC World Cup of Darts
Tournament information
VenueBarclaycard Arena
LocationHamburg
CountryGermany
Established2010
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatTeam event
Prize fund£350,000
Month(s) PlayedJune
Current champion(s)
 Scotland

The PDC World Cup of Darts is a team darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation, and was one of the three new tournaments being introduced into the PDC calendar in 2010. It is broadcast live by Sky Sports.[1] Due to the rescheduling of the Players Championship Finals in the PDC calendar, the second edition was played in Hamburg, Germany in February 2012.[2] In 2015, the event took place the Eissporthalle Frankfurt.[3]

The competition succeeded the Jocky Wilson Cup; a one-off international match between England and Scotland held in Glasgow on 5 December 2009. England defeated Scotland by 6 points to 0.

Background[edit]

In October 2009, PDC chairman Barry Hearn announced his intention to buy the British Darts Organisation and inject £2 million into amateur darts, but the BDO decided not to accept the offer. In a statement, Hearn stated "The aim of our offer to the BDO was to unify the sport of darts and this remains our long-term objective despite the decision by the BDO County Associations"[4] The Jocky Wilson Cup was held in December.

But following the BDO's rejection, the PDC went on to arrange three brand new tournaments for 2010 to help the development of youth and women's darts: the PDC Under-21 World Championship, the PDC Women's World Championship, and the PDC World Cup of Darts.[1]

Format[edit]

In the first 3 competitions (held in 2010, 2012 and 2013), the participating teams were the top 24 countries in the PDC Order of Merit at the end of October after the 2010 World Grand Prix. Each nation's top ranked player was then joined by the second highest player of that country. For seeding, the average rank of both was used.

The top 8 nations automatically started in the second round (last 16). The other 16 nations played in the first round. Matches were best of 11 legs in doubles, and the losing team threw first in the next leg. The winners of the first round played the top eight ranked teams in the second round, also in best of 11 doubles.

In 2010, the winners of the second round were drawn into two groups of four (A & B). Each team played each other once (three matches per team). Each match consisted of two singles and one doubles - all over best of five legs. 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win, with all points counting towards the overall league table. The top two teams in each group advanced to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals consisted of four singles games and one doubles game (if required) per match - all over best of 11 legs. Again, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the match score is 3-3 at the end of the games, then a sudden-death doubles leg would decide who goes through to the final.

The final was the same format as the semi-final, but each game was best of 15 legs.[5]

In 2012, the first round format remained the same, with the exception being that the matches were best of 9 doubles. The second round had games where each match consisted of two singles and one doubles - over best of seven legs in singles, and best of 9 legs in doubles. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 2-2, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner. The format was the same for the quarter-finals, with the exception that the doubles matches were best of 7 legs, like the singles.

In the semi-finals, games had each match consisting of four singles and one doubles match - over best of seven legs. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 3-3, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner. In the final, the match consisted of four singles and one doubles match - over best of 13 legs. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 3-3, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner.

In 2013, a new format was created. The 24 teams were put into groups of 3, which each contained one of the top 8 seeds, plus two other teams. The teams played each other in best of 9 doubles matches, with the top 2 in each group progressing to the last 16. The last 16 also used the same best of 9 doubles format.

In the quarter-finals onwards, the matches began with two best of 7 leg singles matches. If one team won both singles matches, they were declared the winner, if each team won one match each, a best of 7 doubles match would decide the winner. In the final, there would be four best of 7 leg singles matches (if needed), with a point for each win, with a 7 leg doubles decider, if the singles matches ended making the score 2-2.

In 2014 and 2015, the field extended to 32 teams, with the top 16 teams being seeded, and each playing a best of 9 doubles match to begin. After that, the format was the same as the later stages of the previous tournament with two best of 7 leg singles matches. If one team won both singles matches, they were declared the winner, if each team won one match each, a best of 7 doubles match would decide the winner. In the final, there would be four best of 7 leg singles matches (if needed), with a point for each win, with a 7 leg doubles decider, if the singles matches ended making the score 2-2. In 2015, the final was tweaked, so that the doubles match would be the third match.

The format has stayed the same ever since, with the only major change being in 2016, when only the top 8 teams were seeded, rather than the top 16.

World Cup finals (Team event)[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Prize money (team) Sponsors
Players Team Team Players Total Winners Runners-up
2010 Raymond van Barneveld
Co Stompé
 Netherlands 4–2 (p)  Wales Mark Webster
Barrie Bates
 England
Rainton Meadows Arena
Houghton-le-Spring
£150,000 £40,000 £20,000 Cash Converters
2012 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
 England 4–3 (p) dagger  Australia Simon Whitlock
Paul Nicholson
 Germany
Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
Hamburg
2013[6] Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
 England 3–1 (m)  Belgium Kim Huybrechts
Ronny Huybrechts
Betfair
2014[7] Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
 Netherlands 3–0 (m)  England Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
£200,000 Bwin
2015 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
 England 3–2 (m)  Scotland Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
 Germany
Eissporthalle
Frankfurt
£250,000 £50,000 £26,000
2016 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
 England 3–2 (m)  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
Betway
2017 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
 Netherlands 3–1 (m)  Wales Mark Webster
Gerwyn Price
£300,000 £60,000 £32,000
2018 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
 Netherlands 3–1 (m)  Scotland Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
2019 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
 Scotland 3–1 (m)  Ireland Steve Lennon
William O'Connor
 Germany
Barclaycard Arena
Hamburg
£350,000 £70,000 £40,000 BetVictor
2020
  • (p) Decided by Points
  • (m) Decided by Matches
  • dagger Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis won the 2012 title on the sudden death doubles leg.

Records and statistics[edit]

As of 9 June 2019.

Total finalist appearances[edit]

Country[edit]

Country Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
England England 4 1 5 9
Netherlands Netherlands 4 1 5 9
Scotland Scotland 1 2 3 9
Wales Wales 0 2 2 9
Australia Australia 0 1 1 9
Belgium Belgium 0 1 1 9
Republic of Ireland Ireland 0 1 1 9

Team[edit]

Team Nationality Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis England England 4 1 5 6
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld Netherlands Netherlands 3 1 4 6
Gary Anderson and Peter Wright Scotland Scotland 1 2 3 4
Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé Netherlands Netherlands 1 0 1 1
Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson Australia Australia 0 1 1 5
Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts Belgium Belgium 0 1 1 5
Mark Webster and Gerwyn Price Wales Wales 0 1 1 2
Steve Lennon and William O'Connor Republic of Ireland Ireland 0 1 1 2
Mark Webster and Barrie Bates Wales Wales 0 1 1 1

Player[edit]

Player Nationality Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
Raymond van Barneveld  Netherlands 4 1 5 8
Adrian Lewis  England 4 1 5 6
Phil Taylor  England 4 1 5 6
Michael van Gerwen  Netherlands 3 1 4 7
Gary Anderson  Scotland 1 2 3 7
Peter Wright  Scotland 1 2 3 5
Co Stompé  Netherlands 1 0 1 1
Mark Webster  Wales 0 2 2 7
William O'Connor  Ireland 0 1 1 9
Simon Whitlock  Australia 0 1 1 9
Kim Huybrechts  Belgium 0 1 1 8
Ronny Huybrechts  Belgium 0 1 1 5
Paul Nicholson  Australia 0 1 1 5
Steve Lennon  Ireland 0 1 1 2
Gerwyn Price  Wales 0 1 1 4
Barrie Bates  Wales 0 1 1 1

High averages[edit]

Team[edit]

Ten highest World Cup of Darts one-match team averages
Average Team Year (+ Round) Opponents Result
117.88 (WR) Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2014, Semi-finals (sub match) Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell 4–0 (L)
111.33 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Second round (sub match) United States Darin Young and Larry Butler 4–0 (L)
109.33 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, First round Czech Republic Karel Sedláček and František Humpula 5–1 (L)
107.77 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2016, Quarter-finals (sub match) Australia Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson 4–3 (L)
105.48 Belgium Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts 2013, Semi-finals (sub match) Finland Jani Haavisto and Jarkko Komula 4–0 (L)
105.17 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Quarter-finals (sub match) Germany Max Hopp and Martin Schindler 4–1 (L)
102.95 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2018, First round Gibraltar Dyson Parody and Justin Broton 5–0 (L)
102.18 Australia Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson 2012, Quarter-finals (sub match) Belgium Kim Huybrechts and Kurt van de Rijck 4–2 (L)
101.55 Scotland Gary Anderson and Peter Wright 2019, First round Denmark Per Laursen and Niels Heinsøe 5–0 (L)
101.08 Belgium Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts 2013, Second round Australia Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson 5–1 (L)
Different teams with a 100+ match average
Team Total Highest Av. Year (+ Round)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 6 117.88 2014, Semi-finals (sub match)
Belgium Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts 2 105.48 2013, Semi-finals (sub match)
Australia Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson 1 102.18 2012, Quarter-finals (sub match)
Scotland Gary Anderson and Peter Wright 1 101.55 2019, First round
Belgium Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh 1 100.20 2018, Quarter-finals (sub match)
Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon and William O'Connor 1 100.20 2019, Semi-finals (sub match)
Wales Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster 1 100.14 2017, First round

Player[edit]

Ten highest World Cup of Darts one-match individual averages
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
121.97 Belgium Kim Huybrechts 2017, Quarter-finals (sub match) Singapore Paul Lim 4–1 (L)
115.62 Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 2017, Second round (sub match) Greece John Michael 4–0 (L)
115.10 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 2019, Second round (sub match) England Rob Cross 4–1 (L)
113.43 England Phil Taylor 2015, Final (sub match) Scotland Peter Wright 4–0 (L)
113.43 Austria Mensur Suljović 2019, Second round (sub match) United States Chuck Puleo 4–0 (L)
113.38 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 2018, Semi-finals (sub match) Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 4–2 (L)
111.33 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2018, Final (sub match) Scotland Gary Anderson 4–0 (L)
110.29 Scotland Peter Wright 2019, Quarter-finals (sub match) Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 4–2 (L)
110.00 Germany Martin Schindler 2018, Quarter-finals (sub match) Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 1–4 (L)
109.61 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2018, Quarter-finals (sub match) Germany Martin Schindler 4–1 (L)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b PDC announces 3 new tournaments Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 15 July 2010, PDC.tv
  2. ^ "Players Championship Finals Date Set". PDC. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  3. ^ "bwin World Cup of Darts NetZone". PDC. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ PDC launch World Cup Retrieved 15 July 2010 Skysports.com
  5. ^ Cash Converters World Cup Format Retrieved 19 November 2010, PDC.tv
  6. ^ "Betfair World Cup of Darts Tickets". pdc.tv. Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Bwin World Cup of Darts Schedule". Professional Darts Corporation. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.

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