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2017 European Championship (darts)

2017 Unibet European Championship
Tournament information
Dates26–29 October 2017
VenueEthias Arena
LocationHasselt
Country Belgium
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£400,000
Winners share£100,000
Nine-dart finishAustralia Kyle Anderson (Semi-finals)
High checkout170 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
(Quarter-finals)
Champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
«2016 2018»

The 2017 Unibet European Championship was the tenth edition of the Professional Darts Corporation tournament, the European Championship, which saw the top players from the twelve European tour events compete against each other. The tournament took place from 26–29 October 2017 at the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium.

Michael van Gerwen was the three-time defending champion, having beaten Mensur Suljović 11–1 in the final of the 2016 tournament[1], and he retained his title for a fourth time, by defeating Rob Cross 11–7 in the final.

Notably, Kyle Anderson hit a nine-dart finish in his semi-final defeat to van Gerwen, in which he also missed two match darts to win the match himself.

Former World champions Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis were notable absences at the tournament after taking part in none or too few European Tour events to qualify.[2]

Prize money

The 2017 European Championship will have a total prize fund of £400,000, equal the amount of the last staging of the tournament.[3] The following is the breakdown of the fund:

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £425,000)
Winner (1) £100,000
Runner-Up (1) £40,000
Semi-finalists (2) £20,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £15,000
Last 16  (Second round) (8) £10,000
Last 32  (First round) (16) £5,000
Nine dart finish (1) £25,000

Qualification

The 2017 tournament continues the new system in terms of qualification of the 2016 edition: The top 32 players from the European Tour Order of Merit, which is solely based on prize money won in the twelve European tour events during the season, qualifying for the tournament.[4]

New regulations affected the prize money counting for seeds at all European Tour Events: If a seeded player loses in the second round (seeds enter already at second stage of the events), they still receive the full prize money payment, but their prize money will not count towards any Orders of Merit.[5]

The following players will take part in the tournament, with the top 8 players being seeds:[6]

  1. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Winner)
  2. Scotland Peter Wright (Quarter-finals)
  3. England Michael Smith (Quarter-finals)
  4. Austria Mensur Suljović (Quarter-finals)
  5. Netherlands Jelle Klaasen (Second round)
  6. England Rob Cross (Runner-Up)
  7. England Joe Cullen (First round)
  8. Australia Simon Whitlock (Quarter-finals)
  9. England Dave Chisnall (Second round)
  10. Netherlands Benito van de Pas (Second round)
  11. Belgium Kim Huybrechts (First round)
  12. Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney (Semi-finals)
  13. England Mervyn King (First round)
  14. Wales Gerwyn Price (Second round)
  15. Spain Cristo Reyes (First round)
  16. England Ian White (Second round)
  17. England Stephen Bunting (Second round)
  18. Poland Krzysztof Ratajski (First round)
  19. England Alan Norris (Second round)
  20. Netherlands Vincent van der Voort (First round)
  21. Germany Martin Schindler (First round)
  22. Netherlands Christian Kist (First round)
  23. Scotland John Henderson (First round)
  24. Australia Kyle Anderson (Semi-finals)
  25. Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh (First round)
  26. England Steve Beaton (First round)
  27. England Nathan Aspinall (First round)
  28. Belgium Ronny Huybrechts (First round)
  29. Netherlands Jan Dekker (First round)
  30. England James Richardson (First round)
  31. England Darren Webster (First round)
  32. Wales Jonny Clayton (Second round)

Draw

First round (best of 11 legs)
26–27 October
[7] [8]
Second round (best of 19 legs)
27–28 October
[9] [10]
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
29 October
[11]
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
29 October
[12]
Final (best of 21 legs)
29 October
[13]
               
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 95.95 6
Netherlands Jan Dekker 88.74 2
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 105.41 10
England Ian White 99.25 1
  England Ian White 96.83 6
England Darren Webster 90.88 5
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 100.80 10
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 90.51 5
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 88.63 6
England James Richardson 85.11 3
8 Australia Simon Whitlock 95.73 10
England Alan Norris 85.67 0
  England Mervyn King 91.55 4
England Alan Norris 92.34 6
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 95.39 11
Australia Kyle Anderson 95.56 10
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 92.02 6
Netherlands Christian Kist 64.35 0
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 90.66 6
Australia Kyle Anderson 91.84 10
  Scotland John Henderson 94.41 1
Australia Kyle Anderson 96.64 6
Australia Kyle Anderson 97.57 10
4 Austria Mensur Suljović 96.31 7
4 Austria Mensur Suljović 92.86 6
Belgium Kim Huybrechts 91.02 5
4 Austria Mensur Suljović 96.81 10
Wales Gerwyn Price 93.57 4
  Wales Gerwyn Price 96.76 6
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 93.71 5
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 108.91 11
6 England Rob Cross 102.39 7
2 Scotland Peter Wright 98.06 6
Poland Krzysztof Ratajski 92.14 3
2 Scotland Peter Wright 98.94 10
Wales Jonny Clayton 89.01 8
  Wales Jonny Clayton 102.80 6
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 86.76 1
2 Scotland Peter Wright 101.83 5
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 95.56 10
7 England Joe Cullen 89.32 5
England Stephen Bunting 93.65 6
  England Stephen Bunting 93.82 6
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 94.12 10
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 98.60 6
England Steve Beaton 90.83 3
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 92.63 3
6 England Rob Cross 98.02 11
6 England Rob Cross 101.33 6
Germany Martin Schindler 90.28 0
6 England Rob Cross 94.56 10
England Dave Chisnall 88.29 7
  England Dave Chisnall 99.51 6
Spain Cristo Reyes 89.77 1
6 England Rob Cross 100.85 10
3 England Michael Smith 92.22 4
3 England Michael Smith 89.14 6
England Nathan Aspinall 93.30 4
3 England Michael Smith 93.06 10
Netherlands Benito van de Pas 89.57 9
  Netherlands Benito van de Pas 94.21 6
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 90.96 5

References

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