Can Taylor Rule In Australia Again?
The big names in the PDC are down in Australia over the next couple of weeks for the continuation of the PDC World Series of Darts, tournaments are taking place this week in Sydney and next week in Perth.
This is the fourth staging of the Sydney Darts Masters, Phil Taylor has dominated the event since it’s inception having won the tournament in each of the last 3 years, and it isn’t just Sydney where Taylor has dominated, he has also won both previous editions of the Perth Masters giving him an incredible five tournament wins from five tournaments played in Australia in the World Series of Darts.
In comparison Taylor’s record in the World Series tournaments not played in Australia is very ordinary, having only reached the final in 2 of the 11 tournaments played (he went on to win one of those finals).
Whilst Taylor has dominated in Australia the world number one Michael van Gerwen has had a lean time ‘down under’ with only 2 final appearances from the 5 tournaments played. When you compare this to the number of World Series of Darts tournaments MVG has won in other countries it is remarkable. All together van Gerwen has won 6 of the 11 World Series events not played in Australia and has reached a further 2 finals.
Here are two charts showing the full comparison of both Taylor and van Gerwen in World Series tournaments played in Australia and those played in other countries around the world.
Digging a little deeper and comparing their matches won/lost and win % across the World Series tournaments held in Australia compared to the other World Series tournaments played around the world makes interesting reading too as you will see in the tables below.
The match win % of Taylor drops by 40% in the World Series tournaments played outside Australia whilst van Gerwen’s win % in Australia is well below the impressive 85% win rate in World Series events played outside the country, MVG has lost 5 matches in both tables but has won 20 more matches in doing so in the World Series tournaments away from Australia.
The man dominating the World Series tournaments in 2016 is neither Taylor nor van Gerwen. World Champion Gary Anderson has won 3 of the 4 World Series events played during this year, having defeated van Gerwen in two of those finals. Anderson hadn’t won a World Series tournament prior to this year but he has certainly made his mark in the events this season.
The only man to win a World Series tournament apart from van Gerwen, Taylor and Anderson is Adrian Lewis having won the Auckland Masters last year.
So in total of the 16 World Series of Darts tournaments played since the start of 2013, all have been shared by the current top 4 in the PDC rankings.
So who will come out on top in Sydney?
Will Taylor extend his unblemished run in Australia?
Can MVG break his duck on Australian soil?
Will Anderson continue his domination on the 2016 World Series circuit?
Will a player from outside the top 4 come through and conquer the field?
Finally, here is the draw for the tournament itself.
Gary Anderson (1) v David Platt
Phil Taylor (5) v Corey Cadby
Adrian Lewis (4) v Rob Szabo
Dave Chisnall (6) v Harley Kemp
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Cody Harris
Raymond van Barneveld (7) v Kyle Anderson
James Wade (3) v Rhys Mathewson
Peter Wright (8) v Simon Whitlock
Coverage of the tournament can be seen on ITV4 on Thursday evening but note the coverage is delayed and not live.
*The World Series of Darts events in this blog are the events from the 2013 onwards and do not include the one off World Series tournament played in 2006.
**The World Series of Darts finals are included.