2008 Grand Slam of Darts

The 2008 PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts was the second staging of the darts tournament, the Grand Slam of Darts organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The event took place from 15–23 November 2008 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England. As with 2007, the tournament included players from both the PDC and BDO organisations.

2008 PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts
Tournament information
Dates15–23 November 2008
VenueWolverhampton Civic Hall
LocationWolverhampton
Country England
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£356,000
Winner's share£100,000
Nine-dart finishEngland James Wade
High checkout170 Scotland Gary Anderson
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
«2007 2009»

Phil Taylor successfully defended the title after defeating Terry Jenkins 18–9 in the final.

James Wade also hit the first nine-dart finish in the history of this tournament, during his second round defeat by Gary Anderson.

Prize FundEdit

The prize fund for the 2008 tournament was as follows:

Position (num. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £356,000)
Winner (1) £100,000
Runner-up (1) £40,000
Semi-finalists (2) £20,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £12,500
Last 16 (Second round) (8) £7,500
Last 32 (Group stage) (16) £4,000
Highest finish (1) £2,000

QualifyingEdit

There were 15 tournaments that provided qualifying opportunities to players. Most tournaments offered a qualifying position for the winner and runner-up of the tournament, however the World Championships and the 2007 Grand Slam also offered a place in the tournament to the losing semi-finalists. There were also various other ways of qualifying for overseas players, including those from Australia and the United States of America, as well as a wildcard qualifying event open to any darts player.

Qualifying tournamentsEdit

Note: Players in italics have already qualified for the tournament.

For the second year running, Martin Adams declined his invitation to take part in the competition.

Due to the 2008 World Masters being scheduled for December, Michael van Gerwen was offered an invitation to compete in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. The invitation was given as van Gerwen won the World Masters in 2006.[1]

Other Methods of QualificationEdit

An invitation to compete in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts was also awarded to:

  • The top player from the PDC North American Order of Merit
  • The player who accumulated the highest amount of prize money at the conclusion of the DPA William Cross Pro-Am
  • The BDO Women's World Champion
  • An ITV Wildcard

PDC North American Order of MeritEdit

The PDC North American Order of Merit ranks all of the North American dart players based on the amount of prize money that they have won from tournaments held in the United States and Canada.

Having won the inaugural North American Darts Championship and reaching the second round of the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic, as well as reaching the later stages of some North American events on the PDC Pro Tour, Darin Young picked up approximately £9,075 in PDC tournaments in North America, meaning he topped the North American Order of Merit and was selected for inclusion the Grand Slam.

William Cross Pro AMEdit

The William Cross Pro AM was a group of four darts tournaments held in Australia from 2 to 10 August 2008. At the culmination of the four tournaments, an invitation to the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts was awarded to the Australian/New Zealand player who had accumulated the highest amount of prize money.

UK born player Paul Nicholson performed well in all four events and was runner-up in the Australian Open Players Championship. He topped the prize money table and as such was awarded a place in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.[2]

Women's World ChampionshipEdit

The PDC also invited the winner of the BDO Women's World Championship this year. The winner of the 2008 event was the Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova, who defeated Trina Gulliver in the final. She was entered as a reserve player should the field remain unfulfilled, and with Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, and James Wade dominating most televised finals, she was invited to the event.

ITV WildcardEdit

On 1 August 2008, the PDC announced that the ITV Wildcard qualifier was to be held on Friday 17 October 2008 at the Magnum Centre in Irvine, Scotland. Any darts player was able to enter and the winner received an invitation to the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts. The losing semi-finalists also competed in a third-place play-off match to determine reserve qualifiers. Together with the runner-up, these qualifiers would be invited to the Grand Slam of Darts should the 32-man field remain unfilled.

Winner: Wes Newton
Runner Up: Colin McGarry
3rd Place: Alan Tabern
4th Place: Jamie Caven

[3]

Newton, McGarry, and Tabern all qualified though Caven was the unlucky player to miss out – he was provisionally in the tournament until Adrian Lewis reached the final of the 2008 European Championship, the last qualifying event before the Grand Slam.

Qualified PlayersEdit

The 32 qualified players were:

International representativesEdit

This table shows the number of players from each country in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.

  England : 18   Scotland : 2   Wales : 1   Netherlands : 4
  Canada : 1   Australia : 2   Russia : 1   United States : 2
  Northern Ireland : 1

* In darts, as in many other sports, some non-sovereign sub-national entities of the United Kingdom are treated as separate countries for sport governance purposes.

Pro Celebrity ChallengeEdit

As a curtain-raiser for the main Grand Slam of Darts, a competition involving eight celebrities and eight of the professionals taking part in the Grand Slam took place on the Friday before the tournament. The winners of the tournament collected a first prize of £8,000. In a closely fought final, James Wade and Steve Backley won a final-leg decider over Phil Taylor and Neil Ruddock, with Backley's double two checkout sealing the victory. Those involved were:

Draw and resultsEdit

all matches first-to-3/best of 5.

Semi Finals   Final   Final
                   
Part/McGuigan 0  
Mardle/Le Vell 3     Mardle/Le Vell 1  
Taylor/Ruddock 3   Taylor/Ruddock 3  
Dobromyslova/Davis 1       Taylor/Ruddock 2
Wade/Backley 3       Wade/Backley 3
Manley/Ulliott 1     Wade/Backley 3
van Barneveld/Tufnell 3   van Barneveld/Tufnell 0  
Webster/Tindall 2  

Draw and resultsEdit

Group StagesEdit

All matches first-to-5/best of 9.

NB in Brackets: Number = Seeds; BDO = BDO Darts player; Q = Qualifier
NB: P = Played; W = Won; L = Lost; LF = Legs For; LA = Legs Against; +/- = Plus/Minus Record, in relation to legs; Average – 3-dart average; Pts = Points.

Nine dart shootoutEdit

With Andy Hamilton and Alan Tabern finishing level on points and leg difference, a piece of history was made, with a nine-dart shootout between the two to see who would play Phil Taylor in the second round. The match took place after the conclusion of Tuesday's second round matches.

POS Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Status
2   Andy Hamilton 60 60 5 60 20 60 265 Advance to the last 16
3   Alan Tabern 60 20 5 20 1 20 3 20 20 169 Eliminated

Knockout StagesEdit

Second round (best of 19 legs)
19–20 November
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
21 November
Semi-finals (best of 31 legs)
22 November
Final (best of 35 legs)
23 November
            
A1   Phil Taylor (1) 97.37 10
B2   Andy Hamilton (8) 98.30 8
A1   Phil Taylor (1) 103.52 10
B1   Simon Whitlock (BDO) 97.73 7
B1   Simon Whitlock (BDO) 89.93 10
A2   Andy Jenkins 85.86 8
A1   Phil Taylor (1) 106.56 16
C1   Mervyn King 96.66 10
C1   Mervyn King 88.04 10
D2   Kevin McDine 90.80 9
C1   Mervyn King 100.98 10
C2   Mark Webster (BDO, 4) 94.28 8
D1   John Part (5) 83.68 2
C2   Mark Webster (BDO, 4) 91.73 10
A1   Phil Taylor (1) 106.25 18
F1   Terry Jenkins (7) 100.92 9
E1   Raymond van Barneveld (2) 95.14 10
F2   Darin Young (Q) 84.59 4
E1   Raymond van Barneveld (2) 97.18 9
F1   Terry Jenkins (7) 96.48 10
F1   Terry Jenkins (7) 93.43 10
E2   Robert Thornton 93.30 8
F1   Terry Jenkins (7) 102.30 16
H2   Gary Anderson (BDO, 6) 105.65 14
G1   James Wade (3) 89.98 8
H2   Gary Anderson (BDO, 6) 95.16 10
H2   Gary Anderson (BDO, 6) 98.45 10
H1   Darryl Fitton (BDO) 88.80 6
H1   Darryl Fitton (BDO) 94.71 10
G2   Denis Ovens 91.89 8

Nine dart finishEdit

In the seventh second round match, James Wade recorded his first televised nine dart finish against Gary Anderson, during the twelfth leg of Anderson's 10–8 win. Wade hit consecutive maximums, before checking out with treble 20, treble 19 and double 12. It was the first ever nine-darter at the Grand Slam and the first UK televised nine-dart finish in which the player achieving it eventually lost the match. In 2007 Michael van Gerwen recorded a nine dart finish during the semi-finals of the Masters of Darts (a tournament that was shown on Dutch TV) but ended up losing the match to Raymond van Barneveld.

StatisticsEdit

Player Played Legs Won Legs Lost 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout 3-dart Average
  Phil Taylor 7 68 40 126 99 32 151 104.10
  Andy Hamilton 4 19 19 53 33 9 136 100.22
  Gary Anderson 6 48 41 101 74 30 170 98.65
  Raymond van Barneveld 5 34 21 73 33 19 121 98.15
  Terry Jenkins 7 59 57 144 99 36 164 97.63
  James Wade 4 23 17 54 34 10 141 95.09
  Mervyn King 6 45 40 108 61 24 161 94.70
  Simon Whitlock 5 30 24 72 32 14 109 92.84
  Robert Thornton 4 21 22 56 30 12 126 92.71
  Denis Ovens 4 21 17 63 25 3 122 92.10
  Alan Tabern 3 11 9 26 19 4 71 92.04
  Vincent van der Voort 3 10 11 30 14 5 146 91.47
  Adrian Lewis 3 10 10 26 11 5 127 90.69
  Darryl Fitton 5 30 27 56 44 13 117 90.58
  Kevin Painter 3 9 14 25 19 5 91 90.08
  Mark Webster 5 30 22 70 26 9 158 89.98
  Paul Nicholson 3 11 14 29 23 5 140 88.93
  Phill Nixon 3 6 13 24 15 1 68 88.36
  Kevin McDine 4 20 17 40 15 10 107 88.14
  Andy Jenkins 4 21 23 56 24 7 104 87.87
  Darin Young 4 17 21 48 24 8 86 87.25
  John Part 4 15 17 33 12 4 135 86.93
  Gary Mawson 3 11 10 27 9 4 152 86.63
  Kirk Shepherd 3 5 15 22 11 1 70 83.89
  Colin Lloyd 3 9 15 33 13 2 90 83.38
  Wayne Mardle 3 10 12 27 8 2 158 83.23
  Michael van Gerwen 3 6 11 20 7 3 52 82.68
  Brian Woods 3 4 15 16 9 6 120 82.19
  Anastasia Dobromyslova 3 7 15 42 10 0 120 81.46
  Niels de Ruiter 3 1 15 25 5 2 73 81.37
  Wes Newton 3 10 12 27 10 1 100 80.85
  Colin McGarry 3 9 14 32 14 0 100 79.23

Television coverageEdit

ITV Sport again broadcast coverage throughout the championship, in the UK. Again, Matt Smith presented the coverage on ITV4, with analysis from Chris Mason and Alan Warriner-Little, commentary from Peter Drury, Stuart Pyke and John Rawling and reports from Ned Boulting and Janie Omorogbe.[citation needed]

Match fixing allegationsEdit

Five days after the tournament concluded, the PDC revealed that the organisation had received complaints concerning the Group H match between Darryl Fitton and Gary Anderson, and forwarded those complaints to the Darts Regulation Authority.[4] On 26 January 2009 it was announced that there was no evidence of player collusion in the arranging of match outcomes.[5]

External links and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Michael van Gerwen accepts Grand Slam place Archived 17 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Planet Darts
  2. ^ Nicholson wins place in 2008 Grand Slam of Darts Archived 30 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Planet Darts
  3. ^ PDC announce ITV Wildcard Qualifiers Archived 5 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine Planet Darts
  4. ^ "PDC Statement". PDC. 28 November 2008. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  5. ^ "DRA Statement". PDC. 26 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2009.