WIN % OF THE PDC TOP 16 PLAYERS vs PDC TOP 16 PLAYERS IN MATCHES DURING THE 2014 SEASON
The PDC darts season commences this weekend with the 2015 Unibet Masters – an invitation tournament for the top ranked 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit.
I decided to do some research into each of the top 16 players and how they fared in the 2014 season in the matches they played against the rest of the players ranked in the top 16.
As you can see from the chart ‘PDC Top 16 Players – Win % vs Top 16 in 2014 Season’ it is no real surprise to see van Gerwen, Taylor and Anderson with the best records against their fellow top 16 players, Anderson only fractionally ahead of Wade who enjoyed a consistent season. It is interesting to see Ian White faring very well with a win % of 52.17% against the other 15 players making up the top 16. Only MVG, Taylor, Anderson and Wade bettered the win % of White.
At the bottom end of the chart Newton only recorded 4 wins in 27 matches against to 16 players which gives him the lowest win %. Thornton and Chisnall are also notably below what maybe you would expect with both averaging just over 28%. Another surprising appearance in the lower end of the win % is Adrian Lewis having won 37% of his 54 matches vs top 16 players in 2014 (a big reason for this can be found in his record against the top 4).
More interesting data can be seen in my second chart ‘PDC Top 16 Players – Win % vs Top 4 in 2014 Season’ (The top 4 being – van Gerwen, Taylor, Anderson and Lewis).
Anderson showed what a good season he had by topping this chart ahead of van Gerwen and Taylor. Again James Wade features high in this list which still suggests he can’t be discounted easily from any tournament he enters.
Moving again to the low win % in this chart we see Adrian Lewis as the second lowest, having only won 2 from his 16 games against MVG, Taylor and Anderson (both of these were in the Premier League, one vs Taylor and one vs Anderson).
Obviously some games involving the top 16 players against each other were in different tournaments or varying importance but these are just fun comparison charts that I think make interesting reading and I hope you do too.