2008 UK Open
The 2008 Blue Square UK Open was the sixth year of the PDC's UK Open darts tournament where, following numerous regional qualifying heats throughout Britain, players competed in a single elimination tournament to be crowned champion. The tournament was held at Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England, between 5–8 June 2008.
|2008 Blue Square UK Open|
|Dates||5–8 June 2008|
Final – best of 21
|Nine-dart finish||Phil Taylor|
As in previous years, eight regional UK Open events were staged across the UK where players winning were collated into the UK Order Of Merit. The top 128 players in the list, who played a minimum of three events (plus ties) won a place at the final stages.
The final UK Open Order of Merit qualifiers (146) were also joined by 32 Holsten qualifiers from pub tournaments throughout the UK. The Holsten qualifiers and the players outside the top 32 of the UK Open Order of Merit began the tournament on the Thursday night. They played down to 32 players, and they were joined by the top 32 of the UK Open Order of Merit the following night, to provide the competition's last 64. A random draw was made after each subsequent round
|Stage (no. of players)||Prize Money|
|Last 16 (Fifth round)||(8)||£4,000|
|Last 32 (Fourth round)||(16)||£3,000|
|Last 64 (Third round)||(32)||£1,000|
|Last 96 (Second round)||(32)||n/a|
|Last 128 (First round)||(32)||n/a|
|Last 136 (Preliminary round)||(8)||n/a|
- Preliminary & First Round (Thursday, best of 11 legs): Holsten pub qualifiers and those lowest in the UK Open Order of Merit start the tournament here.
- Second Round (Thursday, best of 11 legs): The players just outside the top 32 in UK Open Order of Merit join Preliminary and First Round winners.
- Third Round (Last 64) (Friday, best of 17 legs): Top 32 in UK Open Order of Merit join the 32 survivors from the first night's play.
- Fourth Round (Last 32) (Saturday afternoon, best of 17 legs)
- Fifth Round (Last 16) (Saturday evening, best of 17 legs)
- Quarter Finals (Sunday afternoon, best of 19 legs)
- Semi Finals (Sunday evening, best of 19 legs)
- Final (Sunday evening, best of 21 legs)
2007-2008 UK Open Regional FinalsEdit
There were eight regional final events staged between September 2007 and March 2008 to determine the UK Open Order of Merit Table. The tournament winners were:
- 23 September 2007 (Wales): James Wade 8-7 Raymond van Barneveld
- 7 October (Ireland): Raymond van Barneveld 8-2 Kevin McDine
- 21 October (Scotland): James Wade 8-2 Ronnie Baxter
- 13 January 2008 (North East): Colin Osborne 8-6 Denis Ovens
- 10 February 10 (South West): Colin Lloyd 8-6 Andy Hamilton
- 2 March (South): Colin Lloyd 8-6 Phil Taylor
- 16 March (North West): Phil Taylor 8-7 Adrian Lewis
- 30 March (Midlands): Phil Taylor 8-0 Brendan Dolan
The tournament has the nickname, the "FA Cup of darts" as a random draw is staged after each round. This provides no protection for the top players, who are usually seeded to avoid each other in early rounds. Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor, the top two in the PDC rankings respectively, met at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year, with the Dutchman coming out on top each occasion, this time 10-9. In addition, Adrian Lewis and Wayne Mardle - two players who played in the 2008 Premier League - played as early as the third Round, the last 64 stage.
Van Barneveld, who had won the tournament for the previous two years went out in the semi-finals to Gary Mawson, which was the Dutchman's first loss at the Reebok Stadium in the event. It also meant that Phil Taylor now overtook him to regain the top spot in the PDC Order of Merit/world rankings, as van Barneveld had failed to defend the £30,000 from the UK Open two years ago.
Earlier in the tournament, Phil Taylor threw his fourth nine dart leg in six years in the UK Open, during a 9-1 victory over Jamie Harvey in the fourth Round. In his Fifth Round match against Wesley Newton, Taylor achieved the highest televised 3 dart average (to date) of 114.53 surpassing Darryl Fitton's record (114.15) in the International Darts League 2004 against Davy Richardson.
The semi-final line-up contained only one player from the United Kingdom for the first time it the tournament's six-year history. That one player - James Wade, however went on to claim to the title.
Best of 11 legs
Best of 11 legs
Best of 11 legs
Best of 17 legs
Best of 17 legs,
|5th Round||Quarter Finals||Semi Finals||Final|
|James Wade 96.72||9|
|Ronnie Baxter 83.72||2|
|v d Voort 93.20||4|
|Vincent van der Voort 95.34||9|
|Jelle Klaasen 93.50||6|
|v d Voort 93.59||10|
|James Wade 94.65||11|
|Gary Mawson 87.33||7|
|Wes Newton 97.32||3|
|Phil Taylor 114.53||9|
|v Barneveld 97.72||10|
|Andy Hamilton 98.43||4|
|Raymond van Barneveld 100.41||9|
Random draws were made after each round up to the semi final stage. Draw bracket has been compiled retrospectively.
- UK Open netzone (results & reports) planetdarts.tv