2016 PDC European Tour – A Few Qualifying Stats
The 2016 PDC European Tour starts on Friday with the Dutch Darts Masters the first event on the calendar.
European Tour events are always enjoyable to watch due to the quality on display, added to the fact there are many of the World’s best players mixed with qualifiers all keen to earn valuable ranking prize money.
There are 48 players in each tournament. 16 seeded players from the PDC Pro Tour Order of Merit ranking system. The remaining 32 players have come through qualifying events held in the UK, Europe and the host nation.
The tournament is seeded so the top 16 are kept apart in the Last 32 and each meet the winner of a First Round match between two qualifiers.
Here are some stats on how qualifiers have fared in the Euro Tour events since they started in 2012 (there have been a total of 30 Euro Tour tournaments).
Overall 60 of the 240 quarter-finalists in Euro Tour history have been qualifiers.
- 4 tournament winners won the tournament having had to come through the qualifiers (Part, van der Voort, Wade and Michael Smith).
- 5 tournament runners-up reached the final having had to come through the qualifiers (White, Kellett, Jamie Lewis, Pipe and Henderson).
- 15 losing semi-finalists reached the last 4 having had to come through the qualifiers.
- 36 losing quarter-finalists reached the last 8 having had to come through the qualifiers.
Interestingly enough all of the 9 European Tour events in 2015 were won by players who had to participate in qualifying for the first ever Euro Tour event in 2012. These players were Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Kim Huybrechts and Robert Thornton.
Lastly here is the draw for this weekend’s Dutch Darts Masters
Michael van Gerwen (1) v Dimitri Van den Bergh/John Henderson
Justin Pipe (16) v Andree Welge/Jamie Lewis
Dave Chisnall (8) v Kevin Thomas/Jan Dekker
Robert Thornton (9) v Ritchie Edhouse/Martin Schindler
Kim Huybrechts (5) v Ricky Evans/Devon Petersen
Gary Anderson (12) v Mervyn King/Ronnie Baxter
James Wade (4) v Ryan Harrington/David Pallett
Benito van de Pas (13) v Mark Webster/Jermaine Wattimena
Michael Smith (2) v Dirk van Duijvenbode/Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic (15) v Robbie Green/Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ian White (7) v Mike De Decker/Simon Whitlock
Jelle Klaasen (10) v Kevin Painter/Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis (6) v Paul Milford/Remco van Eijden
Terry Jenkins (11) v Zoran Lerchbacher/James Richardson
Peter Wright (3) v John Michael/Stephen Bunting
Brendan Dolan (14) v Jyhan Artut/Daryl Gurney
*Thornton withdrew due to illness.