Major Domination From The Top Four
This Friday sees the start of the UK Open finals, the first PDC major ranking tournament of the season.
Going into the tournament the bookies have the top four ranked players in the world – van Gerwen, Taylor, Anderson and Lewis – also rated as the top four in the outright betting, and on recent form in major ranking events it could be difficult to look outside of those four to find the winner of the UK Open.
The facts are that the last 15 PDC major ranking tournaments have all been won by one of van Gerwen, Taylor, Anderson or Lewis, starting from the World Grand Prix in 2012 when van Gerwen lifted his first PDC major ranking title.
As you will see from the list below, only 6 of the 15 finals have been played between any combination of those four players mentioned, with a total of 8 different players finishing as runners-up.
There is without doubt, plenty of quality talent on the PDC circuit all capable of beating the quartet, the likes of James Wade a multiple major winner who came through the top 16 players in the world to win the Masters last year, Raymond van Barneveld also still capable of winning big tournaments as he proved in the 2014 Premier League, not to mention the likes of Dave Chisnall, Peter Wright, Robert Thornton, Simon Whitlock , Terry Jenkins, Mervyn King, Stephen Bunting, Kim Huybrechts , Michael Smith etc. the list could go on.
Will anyone from outside of the top four lift the UK Open? The chances may be better in the UK Open where the draw is an unseeded open draw following each round. This is not a blog stating the top 4 are unbeatable but just highlighting how high they are setting the bar right now.