Am Samstag startet die Gruppenphase des diesjährigen Grand Slam of Darts. Folgende Gruppen wurden ausgelost: bwin Grand Slam of Darts Gruppe A. Beim Grand Slam of Darts stehen die ersten Halbfinalisten fest. Für "The Special One" ist es das erste Halbfinale bei einem PDC-Turnier. Das Besondere an diesem 32 Spieler umfassenden Turnier ist, dass sowohl Dartspieler aus der Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) als auch aus der British.
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There have been two previous head-to-head matches between the champions of the two organisation and a few overseas tournaments have also featured BDO v PDC clashes, but this tournament is the first of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom.
Since the edition the tournament is classified as a ranking-tournament, being a non-ranking event at previous editions. Up until , the tournament was staged each November at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall since it began in Taylor did not reach the final in , losing to Steve Beaton in the quarter-finals.
Taylor reclaimed the title in , defeating Gary Anderson 16—4. Raymond van Barneveld defeated Michael van Gerwen 16—14 in the final , but Taylor regained the trophy in , retained it in , before losing to van Gerwen in Van Gerwen then retained it in and again in before Gerwyn Price won the trophy for the first time in In , with renovations being done to the Civic Hall, the Grand Slam was moved to a temporary new venue, the Aldersley Leisure Village, which is located around 3 miles north-west of Wolverhampton City Centre.
Aldersley Leisure Village also hosted the event in Four nine-darters have been thrown at the Grand Slam of Darts.
The first one was in Between and , several BDO players competed in the World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix — this was as a result of a Tomlin Order which allowed freedom of players to enter more events.
This was later restricted from the start of onwards, when eligibility rules allowed only Professional Dart Players Association members to compete in the tournaments.
The Masters of Darts was the first tournament to feature the top players from each organisation. As the Grand Slam is an invitational tournament for players who have reached major finals and semi-finals, or been the top of their countries' respective rankings, there is a certain degree of prestige attached to qualifying for the tournament, and even more for entrants who qualify multiple times.
Two players have qualified for all 14 tournaments so far. ITV screened the first four Grand Slam of Darts, which ended their year absence from regular darts coverage although they did show a one-off Clash of Champions match between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in The tournament proved popular on ITV4, with the event achieving nine out of the top ten places in the channel's output for that week.
Viewing figures ranged from , to , with the final itself watched by , Janie Omorogbe provided reporting duties and player interviews.
On 25 January , it was announced that Sky Sports would broadcast the event until Price had never previously defeated Van Gerwen in 18 previous career meetings, but emerged a winner in their last four clash to keep his title hopes alive at the Aldersley Leisure Village.
He then wrote his name into the record books with a relentless demolition of Wright to claim back-to-back Grand Slam wins, averaging I was hitting trebles for fun and putting Peter under pressure and he wasn't playing his best.
I'm happy to play the way I did - Peter's a world-class player and for me to win is outstanding. But this has been De Sousa's tournament and was De Sousa's day and he edged closer to the finish line when he pinned double two to leave Wade needing six legs from a remaining maximum of eight.
He claimed the first to stay within touching distance at but that was as close as he got as he missed a dart at double eight to close within one and De Sousa nipped in to stay two clear.
The Special One then won two of the next three legs to reach the required 16, fittingly for a man who showed no fear throughout a thrilling finish clinched the title in style.
Having beaten Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Van Gerwen's conqueror Simon Whitlock during the knockout stages, De Sousa rubberstamped his arrival at the very top of the game with a memorable win over a multiple major champion.
Jose De Sousa described winning the Grand Slam of Darts as 'a dream come true', while James Wade labelled his performance 'rubbish' after losing in the final.
Players receive two points per victory from their best of nine leg games and the two players with the most points per group will progress to the knockout round.
The remainder of the tournament is a straight knockout, with a total of four rounds needed to be won in order to be crowned Grand Slam champion.
The number of legs required to win in each round increases as the tournament progresses in the following increments:.
As we have come to expect from many PDC ranking tournaments, Phil Taylor has the most victories to his name at this moment in time.
Taylor won six Grand Slam of Darts titles during his illustrious career, reaching the final a total of seven times from his 11 appearances. Michael van Gerwen is next on the list with three Grand Slam victories to his name, all of which came in successive years from to However, Gerwyn Price has been the dominant player of the Grand Slam in recent years, winning each of the last two Grand Slams, defeating Scots Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in the finals of and respectively.
Waites defeated James Wade in the final having also reached the final just 12 months earlier, but was beaten by Taylor.
Peter Wright. Nathan Aspinall. Glen Durrant. Gary Anderson. Michael Smith. Krzysztof Ratajski. Devon Petersen. Dave Chisnall.
Damon Heta. James Wade. Rob Cross. Dimitri Van den Bergh. Gabriel Clemens. Joe Cullen. Jonny Clayton.
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