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The UK Open is a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) major darts tournament held annually in Minehead, England at the Butlins Minehead Resort. Today’s edition of the tournament consists of a record one-hundred and sixty players, all competing for the victors prize of £100,000, 22.2% of the £450,000 tournament prize fund. The UK Open is a ranking tournament, meaning all money won by any player is added in addition to their individual PDC Order of Merit ranking points. This in turn effects each players overall PDC ranking.
|Prize fund||£450,000 (2019)|
|Month(s) Played||June (2003–2013)|
Contrasting other darts tournaments, seedings have been abolished; top darts players, usually seeded, can be drawn against one another. This draw is randomly taken from a ballot containing all other competitors immediately concluding the full completion of each round of play. For this reason the tournament is commonly referred to as the FA Cup of Darts, in reference to the English-football tournament: The FA (Football Association) Cup, which also uses the same system as the UK Open in terms of elimination, seedings, and fixtures determined via open draw. This system is hailed for the diverse range of runners-up produced over the tournament's seventeen year history: in total, fifteen new runners-up.
From 2003 to 2013, the UK Open took place in June each year at the Reebok Stadium, in Bolton. In 2014, it moved to Butlin's Minehead taking place in early March. Phil Taylor beat Shayne Burgess in the inaugural final. Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld won the tournament in 2006, the first ever ranking tournament with the PDC in which he has played. He knocked out 13-times World Champion Phil Taylor 11–10 en route to the final where he beat Barrie Bates 13–7. He also successfully defended the title in 2007, again beating Taylor en route.
Taylor has achieved the perfect nine-dart finish four times (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2008). Mervyn King (2010) and Gary Anderson (2012), Wes Newton (2013) and Michael van Gerwen (2016) have also achieved a nine-dart leg (although Newton's was the only one of the eight to not be televised). The tournament had a different runner-up for the first 13 years.
Because of extreme weather conditions and fears for the safety of visiting fans the unprecedented decision was taken by the host venue Butlins to play the entire 2018 UK Open behind closed doors leaving the public only being able to watch the event though ITV4’s live coverage and the PDC live web feed.
As of 2019 qualifying events for amateur players are organised by Rileys and held in various locations across the UK. 16 players qualify through these events.
The format is as follows (as of 2019):
- First round: The 16 Rileys qualifiers and 16 Challenge Tour qualifiers and players ranked 97-128 in the PDC Order of Merit.
- Second round: Players ranked 65-96 in the PDC Order of Merit join the 32 winners of the first round.
- Third round: Players ranked 33-64 join the 32 winners of the second round.
- Fourth round to final: Players ranked 1-32 in the PDC Order of Merit join the 32 winners of the third round.
The draws for the first three rounds are made in full after all qualifying players are known, while the draws for the fourth round onward are made separately on stage as soon as each preceding round has concluded.
UK Open FinalsEdit
|Year[a]||Champion (average in final)||Score||Runner-up (average in final)||Prize money||Sponsor||Venue|
|2003||Phil Taylor (98.03)||18–8||Shayne Burgess (91.36)||£124,000||£30,000||£15,000||Sky Bet||Reebok Stadium, Bolton|
|2004||Roland Scholten (89.49)||11–6||John Part (85.98)||Budweiser|
|2005||Phil Taylor (96.80)||13–7||Mark Walsh (84.52)|
|2006||Raymond van Barneveld (91.51)||13–7||Barrie Bates (82.98)|
|2007||Raymond van Barneveld (94.99)||16–8||Vincent van der Voort (88.76)||£150,000||Blue Square|
|2008||James Wade (94.65)||11–7||Gary Mawson (87.33)||£178,000||£35,000|
|2009||Phil Taylor (100.81)||11–6||Colin Osborne (93.24)||£200,000||£40,000||£20,000|
|2010||Phil Taylor (97.71)||11–5||Gary Anderson (92.41)||Rileys Darts Zones|
|2011||James Wade (96.25)||11–8||Wes Newton (88.51)||Speedy Hire|
|2012||Robert Thornton (95.44)||11–5||Phil Taylor (98.58)|
|2013||Phil Taylor (107.04)||11–4||Andy Hamilton (97.95)|
|2014||Adrian Lewis (109.13)||11–1||Terry Jenkins (93.15)||£250,000||£50,000||£25,000||Coral||Butlin's Resort, Minehead|
|2015||Michael van Gerwen (98.43)||11–5||Peter Wright (99.33)||£300,000||£60,000||£30,000|
|2016||Michael van Gerwen (106.68)||11–4||Peter Wright (98.33)|
|2017||Peter Wright (100.55)||11–6||Gerwyn Price (97.78)||£350,000||£70,000||£35,000|
|2018||Gary Anderson (95.71)||11–7||Corey Cadby (99.78)|
|2019||Nathan Aspinall (88.72)||11–5||Rob Cross (84.79)||£450,000||£100,000||£40,000||Ladbrokes|
Records and statisticsEdit
- As of 3 March 2019.
Total finalist appearancesEdit
|Raymond van Barneveld||2||0||2|
|Michael van Gerwen||2||0||2|
|Vincent van der Voort||0||1||1|
|Player||Year (+ Round)||Method (double-in double-out)||Opponent||Result|
|Phil Taylor||2004, 4th Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Matt Chapman||8-2 (L)|
|Phil Taylor||2005, Semi-Final||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Roland Scholten||11-6 (L)|
|Phil Taylor||2007, 5th Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Wes Newton||11-5 (L)|
|Phil Taylor||2008, 4th Round||3 x T20; 2 x T20, T19; 2 x T20, D12||Jamie Harvey||9-1 (L)|
|Mervyn King||2010, 5th Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Gary Anderson||8-9 (L)|
|Gary Anderson||2012, 3rd Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Davey Dodds||9-3 (L)|
|Michael van Gerwen||2016, 4th Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Rob Cross||9-5 (L)|
|Ten highest UK Open one-match averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|118.66||Phil Taylor||2010, Last 32||Kevin Painter||9–0|
|115.62||Phil Taylor||2009, Quarter-Final||Mark Lawrence||10–0|
|115.51||Phil Taylor||2009, Last 32||Ken Mather||9–3|
|114.91||Michael van Gerwen||2015, Last 16||Kim Huybrechts||9–2|
|114.54||Phil Taylor||2008, Last 16||Wes Newton||9–3|
|113.05||Phil Taylor||2010, Semi-Final||Denis Ovens||10–5|
|111.67||Phil Taylor||2015, Last 16||Vincent van der Voort||9–3|
|110.88||Peter Wright||2017, Quarter-Final||Raymond van Barneveld||10–8|
|110.72||Phil Taylor||2012, Last 16||Ronnie Baxter||9–4|
|110.29||Kim Huybrechts||2017, Last 32||Ted Evetts||10–1|
|Five highest tournament averages|
|105.57||Michael van Gerwen||2015|
The inaugural event in 2003 was sponsored by Sky Bet. In 2004 Budweiser became the main sponsor. After Budweiser's three-year sponsorship ended in 2006, bookmakers Blue Square took over as title sponsor in 2007 until 2009. The 2010 event was sponsored by Rileys Darts Zones. From 2011 to 2013 it has been sponsored by Speedy Hire. In 2014 Coral took over sponsorship, it lasted until 2018, when its sister company, Ladbrokes took over for the 2019 tournament.
|Blue Square||2007–2009 |
|Rileys Darts Zones||2010|
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