2007 World Grand Prix (darts)

The 2007 Sky Bet World Grand Prix was the tenth staging of the PDC World Grand Prix which took place between 8–14 October 2007. It was the seventh year that the event was being staged at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. Phil Taylor went into the event as defending champion having won it for the previous two years - and seven times in all, but suffered a surprise first round defeat to Adrian Gray.

2007 Sky Bet World Grand Prix
Tournament information
Dates8–14 October 2007
VenueCitywest Hotel
LocationDublin
Country Ireland
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatSets
"double in, double out"
Prize fund£200,000
Winner's share£50,000
High checkout156 England Andy Hamilton
Champion(s)
England James Wade
«2006 2008»

James Wade followed up his success at the 2007 World Matchplay by adding this title to his collection. He beat World Champion Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-final and Terry Jenkins in the final. Jenkins suffered his fifth televised final defeat in twelve months as his search for his first major title continued.

The top 24 players in the PDC Order of Merit qualified automatically. There were four further qualifiers from the PDPA Players Championship Order of Merit (the best performers from up to 20 non-televised events during the year) and there were four PDPA Irish qualifiers. The All-Ireland qualifiers were held on September 16.

As in previous years, the format of the tournament features much shorter first round matches (best of three sets) and players must start each leg on a double, as well as finish on a double.

Prize moneyEdit

The 2007 event has an increased prize fund of £200,000.

Position (num. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £200,000)
Winner (1) £50,000
Runner-Up (1) £20,000
Semi-finalists (2) £10,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £7,500
Second round losers (8) £5,000
First round losers (16) £2,500

QualificationEdit

PDC Top 16
  1.   Phil Taylor (First round)
  2.   Raymond van Barneveld (Semi-finals)
  3.   James Wade (Winner)
  4.   Terry Jenkins (Runner-Up)
  5.   Peter Manley (First round)
  6.   Colin Lloyd (Quarter-finals)
  7.   Adrian Lewis (Quarter-finals)
  8.   Andy Hamilton (First round)
  9.   Dennis Priestley (First round)
  10.   Roland Scholten (Second round)
  11.   Wayne Mardle (Second round)
  12.   John Part (Semi-finals)
  13.   Barrie Bates (First round)
  14.   Kevin Painter (First round)
  15.   Ronnie Baxter (First round)
  16.   Andy Jenkins (Second round)
PDPA Players Championship qualifiers
  1.   Mark Dudbridge (Quarter-finals)
  2.   Denis Ovens (First round)
  3.   Colin Osborne (First round)
  4.   Chris Mason (Second round)
  5.   Alan Tabern (Second round)
  6.   Wayne Jones (First round)
  7.   Andy Smith (Second round)
  8.   Wes Newton (First round)
  9.   Mervyn King (Second round)
  10.   Alex Roy (Second round)
  11.   Vincent van der Voort (First round)
  12.   Adrian Gray (Quarter-finals)
Irish qualifiers
  1.   Jason Barry (First round)
  2.   James Keogh (First round)
  3.   John Elder (First round)
  4.   Billy Matthews (First round)

Race for the Premier LeagueEdit

The World Grand Prix is the cut-off point for qualification for the 2008 Premier League. The top six players in the world rankings after this tournament will seal automatic qualification for the lucrative event. Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Terry Jenkins and Peter Manley all looked assured of a place - but a good run at this tournament for any number of players could have stolen the last guaranteed place in the league. Adrian Lewis secured the spot when John Part lost in the semi-finals. Part needed to win the event to climb to sixth in the rankings. Two further players will receive a wildcard at a later date.

DrawEdit

First round (best of 3 sets)
8–9 October
Second round (best of 5 sets)
10–11 October
Quarter-finals (best of 7 sets)
12 October
Semi-finals (best of 9 sets)
13 October
Final (best of 11 sets)
14 October
               
1   Phil Taylor 87.69 0
  Adrian Gray 89.14 2
    Adrian Gray 78.98 3
  Andy Smith 78.69 1
    Ronnie Baxter 68.94 1
  Andy Smith 78.00 2
    Adrian Gray 86.62 2
  John Part 80.48 4
8   Andy Hamilton 74.45 1
  Wayne Mardle 82.88 2
    Wayne Mardle 81.09 0
  John Part 87.83 3
    John Part 80.51 2
  Billy Matthews 73.06 0
  John Part 83.71 3
4   Terry Jenkins 90.36 5
5   Peter Manley 80.07 1
  Mark Dudbridge 76.22 2
    Mark Dudbridge 81.86 3
  Andy Jenkins 75.96 2
    Jacko Barry 74.21 1
  Andy Jenkins 81.66 2
  Mark Dudbridge 82.78 1
4   Terry Jenkins 85.57 4
4   Terry Jenkins 83.45 2
  Wayne Jones 83.05 1
4   Terry Jenkins 81.62 3
  Chris Mason 84.31 2
    Chris Mason 85.57 2
  Colin Osborne 87.00 0
4   Terry Jenkins 84.58 3
3   James Wade 86.03 6
2   Raymond van Barneveld 89.07 2
  Vincent van der Voort 74.96 1
2   Raymond van Barneveld 84.91 3
  Mervyn King 79.65 0
    John Elder 83.91 0
  Mervyn King 82.30 2
2   Raymond van Barneveld 92.48 4
7   Adrian Lewis 83.39 3
7   Adrian Lewis 83.35 2
  James Keogh 70.31 0
7   Adrian Lewis 82.44 3
  Roland Scholten 76.49 1
    Kevin Painter 71.51 1
  Roland Scholten 76.36 2
2   Raymond van Barneveld 84.00 1
3   James Wade 90.43 5
6   Colin Lloyd 87.04 2
  Dennis Priestley 90.14 0
6   Colin Lloyd 89.52 3
  Alan Tabern 84.14 0
    Alan Tabern 81.60 2
  Barrie Bates 70.07 1
6   Colin Lloyd 79.17 0
3   James Wade 82.81 4
3   James Wade 94.80 2
  Denis Ovens 81.00 0
3   James Wade 76.60 3
  Alex Roy 72.62 1
    Alex Roy 79.23 2
  Wes Newton 77.53 1

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