2008 Premier League Darts

The 2008 Whyte & Mackay Premier League was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The prize money was increased by £75,000 compared to 2007. The overall fund was £340,000 with the eventual winner taking home £100,000.

2008 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts
Winner
England Phil Taylor
Runner-up
England James Wade
Score
16–8
Date
31 January–26 May 2008
Edition
4th
Number of players
8
Venues
15
Premier League Darts
< 2007 | 2008 | 2009 >

Phil Taylor continued his dominance of this tournament by taking the title for the fourth year in a row despite losing for the first time in 44 matches, losing the opening game 8–6 to newcomer James Wade and going on to lose twice more in his first four matches. Taylor beat Wade 16–8 in the final.

Sky Sports secured television coverage of the event until 2010, and Whyte & Mackay sponsored the tournament for the same duration – taking over from Holsten who sponsored the event in 2006 and 2007.[1]

QualifiersEdit

The World Grand Prix in October 2007 was the cut-off point for automatic qualification for the event. The top six players in the World Rankings after the tournament received an automatic place in the Premier League. The qualifiers were thus:

VenuesEdit

  Glasgow   Plymouth   Manchester   Coventry   Bournemouth
SECC
31 January
Plymouth Pavilions
7 February
MEN Arena
14 February
Ricoh Arena
21 February
Bournemouth International Centre
28 February
         
  Nottingham   Sheffield   Brighton   Birmingham   Aberdeen
Trent FM Arena
6 March
Sheffield Arena
13 March
Brighton Centre
20 March
National Indoor Arena
27 March
AECC
3 April
         
  Liverpool   London   Belfast   Newcastle   Cardiff
Echo Arena Liverpool
10 April
Wembley Arena
17 April
Odyssey Arena
24 April
Metro Radio Arena
1 May
Cardiff International Arena
26 May
         

Prize moneyEdit

The prize fund increases for 2008 – with the top prize of £100,000 matching the amount that the 2008 PDC World Champion received. The guaranteed prize for reaching the Premier League is now £20,000.

Stage Prize Money
Winner £100,000
Runner-up £50,000
Semi-finalists (x2) £40,000
5th place £27,500
6th place £25,000
7th place £22,500
8th place £20,000
High Checkout (per night) £1,000
Total £340,000

ResultsEdit

League StageEdit

Play-offs – 26 MayEdit

  Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff

Score
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
Phil Taylor  
112.68
11 – 1   Adrian Lewis
97.33
James Wade  
89.62
11 – 8   Raymond van Barneveld
90.65
Final (best of 31 legs)
Phil Taylor  
108.36
16 – 8   James Wade
100.14
High Checkout: n/a

Table and StreaksEdit

TableEdit

Pos Name Pld W D L LF LA +/- LWAT 100+ 140+ 180s A HC Pts
1   Phil Taylor W 14 10 1 3 101 55 +46 31 208 133 46 102.58 167 21
2   James Wade RU 14 9 2 3 102 76 +26 40 255 145 42 95.84 161 20
3   Raymond van Barneveld 14 9 0 5 93 77 +16 37 213 111 35 93.77 157 18
4   Adrian Lewis 14 4 4 6 80 92 −12 30 197 102 38 90.94 170 12
5   Wayne Mardle 14 4 4 6 82 96 −14 31 218 139 32 90.76 123 12
6   Peter Manley 14 3 5 6 85 97 −12 30 288 147 21 92.84 160 11
7   Terry Jenkins 14 3 3 8 79 97 −18 23 269 109 28 91.72 161 9
8   John Part 14 4 1 9 73 101 −28 28 190 116 31 94.38 157 9

NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. Players separated by +/- leg difference if tied.

StreaksEdit

Player Week Play-Offs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 3 14 SF F
  Phil Taylor L W L L W W W W D W W W W W W W
  James Wade W W D W L D W L W W W W L W W L
  Raymond van Barneveld W W W L W L W L W L L W W W L N/A
  Adrian Lewis W L D W D L L W N/A L L W L D D L
  Wayne Mardle L D L L L D W W W W L D L D N/A
  Peter Manley D D L W D D L L L W W L D L
  Terry Jenkins L L W W W D L L L D N/A L D L L
  John Part D L W L L W L W L L L L W L

NB: W = Won D = Drawn L = Lost N/A = Did Not Play

Player statisticsEdit

The following statistics are for the league stage only. Playoffs are not included.

Phil TaylorEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 10
  • Most consecutive wins: 5
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-0 (v. Wayne Mardle)
  • Biggest defeat: 3-8 (v. Peter Manley)

James WadeEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 4
  • Most consecutive wins: 4
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 1
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-1 (v. Adrian Lewis)
  • Biggest defeat: 4-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Raymond van BarneveldEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 3
  • Most consecutive draws: 0
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 2
  • Biggest victory: 8-1 (v. Terry Jenkins)
  • Biggest defeat: 2-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Adrian LewisEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 1
  • Most consecutive draws: 2
  • Most consecutive losses: 2
  • Longest without a win: 3
  • Biggest victory: 8-2 (v. John Part)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. James Wade)

Wayne MardleEdit

Peter ManleyEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 3
  • Most consecutive wins: 2
  • Most consecutive draws: 2
  • Most consecutive losses: 3
  • Longest without a win: 5
  • Biggest victory: 8-3 (v. Phil Taylor)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. Phil Taylor)

Terry JenkinsEdit

  • Longest unbeaten run: 4
  • Most consecutive wins: 3
  • Most consecutive draws: 1
  • Most consecutive losses: 3
  • Longest without a win: 9
  • Biggest victory: 8-2 (v. John Part)
  • Biggest defeat: 1-8 (v. Raymond van Barneveld)

John PartEdit

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