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 Unibet World Grand Prix 2018 (Sept 30-Oct 6) 
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Well why not. Burton is now doing it race tables.
Meulenkamp and Noppert on the rise.


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Steve Lennon—who said to me last year in Riesa that a chance to qualify for the Grand Prix in Dublin was a motivation to switching to the PDC—now in a tentative Grand Prix qualification spot.


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The 21st edition. The rest of the world combined closing in on Taylor's 11 titles.


1998 - Phil Taylor def Rod Harrington 13-8
1999 - Phil Taylor def Shayne Burgess 6-1
2000 - Phil Taylor def Shayne Burgess 6-1
2001 - Alan Warriner def Roland Scholten 8-2
2002 - Phil Taylor def John Part 7-3
2003 - Phil Taylor def John Part 7-2
2004 - Colin Lloyd def Alan Warriner 7-3
2005 - Phil Taylor def Colin Lloyd 7-1
2006 - Phil Taylor def Terry Jenkins 7-4
2007 - James Wade def Terry Jenkins 6-3
2008 - Phil Taylor def Raymond van Barneveld 6-2
2009 - Phil Taylor def Raymond van Barneveld 6-3
2010 - James Wade def Adrian Lewis 6-2
2011 - Phil Taylor def Brendan Dolan 6-3
2012 - Michael van Gerwen def Mervyn King 6-4
2013 - Phil Taylor def Dave Chisnall 6-0
2014 - Michael van Gerwen def James Wade 5-3
2015 - Robert Thornton def Michael van Gerwen 5-4
2016 - Michael van Gerwen def Gary Anderson 5-2
2017 - Daryl Gurney def Simon Whitlock 5-4

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The 02/03 finals against part were Taylor at his very best


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Love this event, the most brutal format in darts

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2013 - Phil Taylor def Dave Chisnall 6-5
Chizzy played so well that week, pity he couldn't close it it in the end with a few doubles missed.

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Great tournament to watch this one with added pressure and the many twists during matches. Not sure how much the pros like it as it makes for more likely upsets.

I would enjoy a season ticket for this tho in the next few years only around £160.

Favorite match iv seen probably Wade 3 - 2 Thornton Second Round in 2014 when both hit 9 darters, not just that tho the standard and how closely matched it was.

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The double in and best of three in the first round makes this unmissable regardless of who's playing.

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Not a great fan of DIDO myself but one event a year is perfect, makes it unique. Despite the tournaments' flaws, it's still one of the biggest majors and rightly so.

Should be interesting this year again, the format always makes for a few shock results, especially the first round is brutal.


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The double in and best of three in the first round makes this unmissable regardless of who's playing.

Aye, the first round is a bit of a lottery.

It really didn't feel like a TV major last year though. Taylor didn't enter, MVG went out in the first round, and the venue looked like it belonged in a past era. It was refreshing that different players than usual made it to the latter stages of a TV event. However, those players were Gurney, Whitlock and Big Hendo!

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Last year in Dublin?


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Apparently the record for the highest ever match average at the World Grand Prix is held by Alan Warriner of all people! In his opening round match of the 2001 tournament, Warriner averaged an absurd 106.45 against Andy Jenkins. He then went on to win the tournament to take home his only major title.


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Apparently the record for the highest ever match average at the World Grand Prix is held by Alan Warriner of all people! In his opening round match of the 2001 tournament, Warriner averaged an absurd 106.45 against Andy Jenkins. He then went on to win the tournament to take home his only major title.


Ten highest World Grand Prix one-match averages

106.45 England Alan Warriner 2001, 1st Round England Andy Jenkins 2–0
104.86 Scotland Gary Anderson 2013, 1st Round Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 2–0
104.47 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2013, 1st Round Canada John Part 2-0
103.09 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2016, Quarter-Final Australia Simon Whitlock 3–1
103.02 England Phil Taylor 2011, Semi-Final Wales Richie Burnett 5–2
102.48 England Phil Taylor 2010, 1st Round Northern Ireland Brendan Dolan 2–0
102.26 England Phil Taylor 2011, 1st Round Scotland Peter Wright 2–1
101.75 England Phil Taylor 2010, 2nd Round England Andy Smith 3–0
101.71 England Phil Taylor 1999, Quarter-Final England Peter Evison 3–0
101.10 England Dave Chisnall 2017, 1st Round Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 2–0

Top 10 thanks to Wiki. The 103.02 for Taylor against Richie Burnett is something special with it being played over 7 sets.

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Taylor did a burst of ten legs in one of the part finals that will likely never be bettered.


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Taylor did a burst of ten legs in one of the part finals that will likely never be bettered.

2003 final. I remember sitting about like a twat when it got to 2-2 in sets thinking woof this be a 13-set classic like their world final. Taylor then went 3-0 3-0 3-0 out of nowhere. He stopped missing. I think he didn't like Part being world champ.

Took 13 years for somebody to break that and set a new record average in a WGP final. MVG, in the 2016 edition, was sensational all the way. The final with Ando was mental and the semi-final with Chizzy was fantastic too. MVG on fire, Daaave sticking with him as he often does.

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a massive zebra wrote:
Apparently the record for the highest ever match average at the World Grand Prix is held by Alan Warriner of all people! In his opening round match of the 2001 tournament, Warriner averaged an absurd 106.45 against Andy Jenkins. He then went on to win the tournament to take home his only major title.

On the other hand, the lowest ever winning match average, 2004...

(62.76) Brendan Dolan 2-0 Mark Wilton (54.99)

That was the night before Callaby beat Taylor. No thank you.

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Rogg wrote:
Randall wrote:
Taylor did a burst of ten legs in one of the part finals that will likely never be bettered.

2003 final. I remember sitting about like a twat when it got to 2-2 in sets thinking woof this be a 13-set classic like their world final. Taylor then went 3-0 3-0 3-0 out of nowhere. He stopped missing. I think he didn't like Part being world champ.

Took 13 years for somebody to break that and set a new record average in a WGP final. MVG, in the 2016 edition, was sensational all the way. The final with Ando was mental and the semi-final with Chizzy was fantastic too. MVG on fire, Daaave sticking with him as he often does.


He kept going off 160,unplayable and on boards massively less friendly than mvg is playing on.


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Rogg wrote:
a massive zebra wrote:
Apparently the record for the highest ever match average at the World Grand Prix is held by Alan Warriner of all people! In his opening round match of the 2001 tournament, Warriner averaged an absurd 106.45 against Andy Jenkins. He then went on to win the tournament to take home his only major title.

On the other hand, the lowest ever winning match average, 2004...

(62.76) Brendan Dolan 2-0 Mark Wilton (54.99)

That was the night before Callaby beat Taylor. No thank you.


He's been known as The History Maker ever since.


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Rogg wrote:
Randall wrote:
Taylor did a burst of ten legs in one of the part finals that will likely never be bettered.

2003 final. I remember sitting about like a twat when it got to 2-2 in sets thinking woof this be a 13-set classic like their world final. Taylor then went 3-0 3-0 3-0 out of nowhere. He stopped missing. I think he didn't like Part being world champ.

Took 13 years for somebody to break that and set a new record average in a WGP final. MVG, in the 2016 edition, was sensational all the way. The final with Ando was mental and the semi-final with Chizzy was fantastic too. MVG on fire, Daaave sticking with him as he often does.


No idea when the burst of ten legs was, but according to wiki Taylor's record average in a WGP final was set in 2002 and stood for 14 years. Also worth noting that Taylor's record was set in a best of 13 match whereas MVG only just broke it in a best of 9 match.


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I like this Tournament.... The Double In Double Out thing is interesting....

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a massive zebra wrote:
Rogg wrote:
Randall wrote:
Taylor did a burst of ten legs in one of the part finals that will likely never be bettered.

2003 final. I remember sitting about like a twat when it got to 2-2 in sets thinking woof this be a 13-set classic like their world final. Taylor then went 3-0 3-0 3-0 out of nowhere. He stopped missing. I think he didn't like Part being world champ.

Took 13 years for somebody to break that and set a new record average in a WGP final. MVG, in the 2016 edition, was sensational all the way. The final with Ando was mental and the semi-final with Chizzy was fantastic too. MVG on fire, Daaave sticking with him as he often does.


No idea when the burst of ten legs was, but according to wiki Taylor's record average in a WGP final was set in 2002 and stood for 14 years. Also worth noting that Taylor's record was set in a best of 13 match whereas MVG only just broke it in a best of 9 match.

Right, so the record was set in 2002 and broken in 2016.

As for the burst, where's PT13 when you need him... I'm pretty sure it happened while Part was world champ, which would have been the 2003 final.

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