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Masters (darts)

The Masters
Tournament information
VenueArena MK
LocationMilton Keynes
CountryEngland
Established2013
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£200,000 (2015–present)[1]
Month(s) PlayedNovember (2013–14)
February (2015)
January (2016–18)
Current champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen

The Masters (also known as the Unibet Masters for sponsorship purposes)[2] is a non-ranking PDC darts tournament which features the top 16 darts players according to the PDC Order of Merit.

The inaugural tournament, held in 2013, was won by Phil Taylor, who defeated Adrian Lewis 10–1 in the final.[3] James Wade won the following year by defeating Mervyn King 11–10 in the 2014 final.[4] Michael van Gerwen became the third different champion in 3 years when he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 11–6.[5] The reigning champion is Michael van Gerwen, who won his fourth Masters title in a row by defeating Raymond van Barneveld 11–9.

In 2013 and 2014, the tournament took place in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland and was played in early November. However, the tournament was moved to early February in 2015 and had a new venue at the Arena MK in Milton Keynes, England. The tournament has been held in late January since 2016.

Format

The tournament features the top 16 of the Order of Merit, in a fixed draw (1 plays 16, 2 plays 15 and so on). The first round and the quarter finals are played over best of 19 legs, the semi-finals and the final are played over best of 21 legs.[6]

Masters finals

Year Champion (average in final) Score Runner-up (average in final) Prize money Sponsor Venue
Total Champion Runner-up
2013 England Phil Taylor (108.50) 10–1 England Adrian Lewis (100.03) £160,000 £50,000 £20,000 Coral Scotland Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
2014 England James Wade (91.39) 11–10 England Mervyn King (92.15) Unibet
2015 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (112.49) 11–6 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (96.13) £200,000 £60,000 £25,000 England Arena MK, Milton Keynes
2016 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (98.94) 11–6 England Dave Chisnall (96.71)
2017 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (109.42) 11–7 Scotland Gary Anderson (103.58)
2018 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (105.85) 11–9 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld (100.55)

Total finalist appearances

As of 28 January 2018.
Rank Player Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 4 0 4 6
2 England Phil Taylor 1 0 1 5
England James Wade 1 0 1 6
4 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 0 2 2 6
5 Scotland Gary Anderson 0 1 1 5
England Dave Chisnall 0 1 1 6
England Mervyn King 0 1 1 3
England Adrian Lewis 0 1 1 5

Media coverage

The Masters is broadcast by ITV4 in the United Kingdom and RTL7 in the Netherlands.[6]

References

  1. ^ "The Masters Roll of Honour".
  2. ^ "Unibet To Sponsor The Unibet Masters". PDC.tv.
  3. ^ "2013 PDC The Masters". Mastercaller.nl.
  4. ^ "2014 PDC The Masters". Mastercaller.nl.
  5. ^ "2015 PDC The Masters". Mastercaller.nl.
  6. ^ a b "Toernooicenter The Unibet Masters 2016". RTL 7 Darts.

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