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|Players Championship Finals|
The Players Championship Finals is a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament originally featured the top 32 players from the Players Championship Order of Merit, a separate ranking system that only takes into account the non-televised Players Championship events on the PDC Pro Tour. In 2016, the field increased to 64 players.
The tournament was first announced at the PDC Awards Dinner in January 2008 by PDC chairman Barry Hearn. It was initially held from late January to February, and originally took place at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, the venue for the first 14 PDC World Championships. For the third edition, the event moved to the Doncaster Dome. The 2012 Edition took place in December at Butlins in Minehead and has remained at that venue for all subsequent tournaments.
|Year||Champion (average in final)||Score||Runner-up (average in final)||Prize money||Sponsor||Venue|
|2009||Phil Taylor (98.04)||16 – 9||Robert Thornton (88.52)||£200,000||£50,000||£25,000||coral.co.uk||Circus Tavern, Purfleet|
|2010||Paul Nicholson (92.75)||13 – 11||Mervyn King (89.74)||£250,000||£60,000||£24,000||totesport.com|
|2011/Feb||Phil Taylor (97.01)||13 – 12||Gary Anderson (96.31)||Perform||Doncaster Dome, Doncaster|
|2011/Dec||Kevin Painter (96.28)||13 – 9||Mark Webster (93.31)||Cash Converters|
|2012||Phil Taylor (103.57)||13 – 6||Kim Huybrechts (91.70)||Butlins Resort, Minehead|
|2013||Michael van Gerwen (102.45)||11 – 7||Phil Taylor (102.64)|
|2014||Gary Anderson (101.01)||11 – 6||Adrian Lewis (95.37)||£300,000||£65,000||£35,000|
|2015||Michael van Gerwen (100.32)||11 – 6||Adrian Lewis (89.17)|
|2016||Michael van Gerwen (108.34)||11 – 3||Dave Chisnall (99.24)||£400,000||£75,000|
|2017||Michael van Gerwen (105.50)||11 – 2||Jonny Clayton (94.64)||£460,000||£100,000||£40,000||Mr Green Sport|
|2018||Daryl Gurney (95.61)||11 – 9||Michael van Gerwen (100.20)||Ladbrokes|
|Michael van Gerwen||Netherlands||4||1||5||10|
|Daryl Gurney||Northern Ireland||1||0||1||4|
In 2016 the first nine-darter was thrown at the Players Championship Finals.
|Player||Year (+ Round)||Method||Opponent||Result|
|Alan Norris||2016, 1st Round||3 x T20; 3 x T20; T20, T19, D12||Michael Smith||Won|
|Players Championship Finals highest one-match winning averages|
|Average||Player||Year (+ Round)||Opponent||Result|
|111.58||Phil Taylor||2013, Quarter-Final||Raymond van Barneveld||9–2|
|111.12||Ian White||2018, 1st Round||Scott Taylor||6–2|
|110.62||Gary Anderson||2014, 1st Round||Christian Kist||6–5|
|110.02||Gary Anderson||2018, Quarter-Final||Jonny Clayton||10–4|
|109.54||Simon Whitlock||2012, 2nd Round||Ronnie Baxter||10–1|
In the UK and Ireland, the first two tournaments were broadcast on ITV4 with the third edition being screened by PDC TV. The fourth edition returned to ITV4 where it has stayed ever since and ITV4 signed a long-term deal to cover the European Championships, Players Championships, UK Open and new tournament the Masters from 2014 to 2016.
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