Although the PDC Premier League of Darts dominates the Darting media around this time of year, there are of course other events in the PDC that have been taking place in which players have been picking up valuable prize money.

Five PDC tour ranking events have taken place so far this current darting year and I will try and pick out my four form players from across these events.  (The four are in no particular order).

Michael van Gerwen  (Tournament record W, W, L16, W, SF)

Matches Played                33

Matches Won                    31

It will come as no surprise that van Gerwen features in this list having won the first three UK Open events this season and looking well on course to make it a clean sweep until he was knocked out in the S/F last Sunday by Rob Thornton.

To win 31 out of 33 matches is a tremendous feat, all of these over a short format of first to 6. The man is playing with a huge confidence and will surely be adding many more tournament wins to his record this year.


John Part (Tournament record L32, L16, W, QF, L16)

Matches Played                31

Matches Won                    27

John has plenty of calibre but hasn’t really been producing his consistent form for quite a while. He has really knuckled down this year though, and is showing what a danger he can be in every tournament he enters.

The highlight has to be his win in the UK Masters event at Minehead when he walked away with the £20k first prize. Part already had to play qualifying matches to actually get into the event so an even greater achievement in winning the competition. John followed this up by strong showings in the two UK Open events last weekend as well as winning three matches to qualify for the next European tour event.


Robert Thornton (Tournament record QF, L32, QF, SF, W)

Matches Played                28

Matches Won                    24

Rob has been showing his class in the Premier League with some very impressive performances in his debut season, but away from the TV he has been doing some serious damage in the other tour events having reached the Quarters or better in four out of the five events so far.

Last weekend was extremely profitable for ‘The Thorn’ having won on the Sunday in Wigan he defeated three of the form players John Part, Peter Wright and MVG in consecutive games.

Thornton will be looking to add to his major trophy haul this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if he retains his UK Open title.


Peter Wright (Tournament record L16, SF, L64, SF, QF)

Matches Played                 26

Matches Won                    21

This has been a consistent start to the season by Wright, reaching two Semis and one Quarter in his five events. In all of the events the player who has beaten Wright has gone on to reach the final (MVGx3, Kellett & Thornton)and in the case of MVG and Thornton they went on to win the events.

I believe Wright is a player to watch this season, he impressed me in the latter part of last year and I think has the game to get a place in the top 20 and maybe top 16.        


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