2017 World Grand Prix (darts)

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2017 Unibet World Grand Prix
Tournament information
Dates 1–7 October 2017
Venue Citywest Hotel
Location Dublin
Country  Ireland
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Sets
"Double in, Double out"
Prize fund £400,000
Winners share £100,000
High checkout 170 England Justin Pipe
(First round)
Champion(s)
Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney
«2016 2018»

The 2017 Unibet World Grand Prix was the 20th staging of the World Grand Prix. It was held from 1–7 October 2017 at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion after defeating Gary Anderson 5–2 in the 2016 final, but lost to John Henderson 2–1 in the first round. This was the first time since December 2011 that van Gerwen lost in the first round of a major ranking tournament.

Daryl Gurney won his first major televised title after beating Simon Whitlock 5–4 in the final.[1][2]

For the first time in PDC history, no English player made the quarter-final stages of a televised tournament. Gurney's success also marked the first time that a televised darts tournament was won by an Northern Irish player.

Prize money

The total prize money remained at £400,000. The following is the breakdown of the fund:[3]

Position (num. of players) Prize money
Winner (1) £100,000
Runner-up (1) £45,000
Semi-finalist (2) £23,500
Quarter-finalist (4) £15,000
Second round losers (8) £8,500
First round losers (16) £5,000

Qualification

The field of 32 players was made up from the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit on September 11 and the top 16 non-qualified players from the ProTour Order of Merit. In a change to qualification from recent years, the top two non-qualified residents of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland now no longer get an automatic qualification spot. The top eight players were seeded in the tournament.[4]

Phil Taylor (who would have been the #4 seed) opted not to enter the tournament, moving the rest of the top 16 up a place, thus meaning 17th placed Robert Thornton (the 2015 champion who would not have qualified otherwise) took his place. Number two seed Gary Anderson withdrew shortly before the tournament began due to the impending birth of his child, with Mark Webster, the highest-ranked player from the PDC Order of Merit not to have qualified, replacing him in the draw, with the seedings not being adjusted.[5] Four players, Rob Cross, Ronny Huybrechts, Christian Kist and Richard North made their World Grand Prix debuts.[6]

The following players qualified for the tournament:[6]

Draw

[7]

All sets are best of 5 Legs.

First Round
(best of 3 sets)
1–2 October
[8] [9]
Second Round
(best of 5 sets)
3–4 October
[10] [11]
Quarter-finals
(best of 5 sets)
5 October
[12]
Semi-finals
(best of 7 sets)
6 October
[13]
Final
(best of 9 sets)
7 October
[14]
                             
1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 87.64 1
  Scotland John Henderson 76.08 2
  Scotland John Henderson 87.10 3
  England Alan Norris 82.78 1
  England Alan Norris 81.72 2
  England Justin Pipe 81.53 1
  Scotland John Henderson 81.83 3
8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 83.33 1
8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 90.21 2
  Australia Kyle Anderson 86.60 0
8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 84.95 3
  England Steve Beaton 78.79 0
  England Rob Cross 85.59 0
  England Steve Beaton 89.59 2
  Scotland John Henderson 83.88 1
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 83.42 4
4 England Adrian Lewis 87.49 1
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 90.09 2
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 89.13 3
England Joe Cullen 85.39 1
England Joe Cullen 91.62 2
  England Darren Webster 87.16 1
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 86.47 3
  Scotland Robert Thornton 82.10 2
5 England Dave Chisnall 101.10 2
  Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 84.05 0
5 England Dave Chisnall 90.98 2
  Scotland Robert Thornton 91.02 3
  Belgium Kim Huybrechts 85.82 1
  Scotland Robert Thornton 78.93 2
  Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 88.50 5
  Australia Simon Whitlock 83.53 4
Alt Wales Mark Webster 78.41 0
  England Richard North 75.21 2
  England Richard North 83.77 0
  Australia Simon Whitlock 86.10 3
  Australia Simon Whitlock 89.31 2
  Netherlands Christian Kist 81.65 1
  Australia Simon Whitlock 86.98 3
  Netherlands Benito van de Pas 76.88 0
7 England Michael Smith 80.70 1
  Wales Gerwyn Price 86.36 2
  Wales Gerwyn Price 91.14 0
  Netherlands Benito van de Pas 95.13 3
  Netherlands Benito van de Pas 83.59 2
  Spain Cristo Reyes 84.47 1
  Australia Simon Whitlock 86.03 4
6 Austria Mensur Suljović 92.92 3
3 Scotland Peter Wright 95.90 2
  England Stephen Bunting 83.58 1
3 Scotland Peter Wright 94.00 3
  England Mervyn King 85.66 1
  England Mervyn King 85.36 2
  Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 81.83 0
3 Scotland Peter Wright 91.74 1
6 Austria Mensur Suljović 90.89 3
6 Austria Mensur Suljović 85.89 2
  England Ian White 85.34 1
6 Austria Mensur Suljović 87.83 3
  England Steve West 84.66 0
  England James Wade 85.67 0
  England Steve West 85.08 2

References

  1. ^ "Daryl Gurney earns biggest career win with World Grand Prix triumph in Dublin". BBC Sport. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Daryl Gurney makes Irish darts history with Grand Prix win". RTE Sport. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ "PDC Prize Funds". PDC. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "PDC Order of Merit". PDC. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Anderson Misses Unibet World Grand Prix". PDC. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "2017 Unibet World Grand Prix Field". PDC. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Draw". PDC. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Day One". PDC. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Day Two". PDC. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Day Three". PDC. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Day Four". PDC. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals". PDC. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Semi-Finals". PDC. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Unibet World Grand Prix Final". PDC. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

External links

  • Tournament website
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