A new breed of darts players has slowly made their way up the PDC order of merit. Single player domination now seems a thing of the past. Phil Taylor became virtually unbeatable in the 1990s-2000s, winning virtually every event he took part in. In his professional career Taylor won the World Championship 16 times, 2 titles while performing on the BDO darts circuit and a further 14 while playing in the PDC. Towards the end of Taylor’s carer emerged a new talent, Michael van Gerwen. Is the young Dutchman going to be the new Taylor, many thought and still think he will! However, he now faces competition from a bigger field of hungry players that can all throw a plus 100 average on a regular basis.
Daryl Gurney is one of the new breeds. He quietly goes about his business and is steadily rising up the PDC order of merit and claimed his first European title in March 2019. Daryl beat another of the new breeds, Ricky Evans in the final of the German Darts Championship. Along the way, Daryl beat former World Champions Rob Cross, Stephen Bunting and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.
The event win for Daryl has moved him into third in the world and he is looking strong for more titles before the year is out. Fans now no longer bet randomly and on one player, they study the form and matches players are likely to face before placing their bets on one of the best ny sports betting apps found on the internet. Michael van Gerwen isn’t the certainty as he was 12 months ago and players like Daryl Gurney, James Wade, Michael Smith, Rob Cross and new to the scene Nathan Aspinall are all taking their share of the spoils.
Daryl is currently halfway through his 2019 Premier League campaign and currently is in the top four after destroying Raymond van Barneveld in Rotterdam. His new German Darts Championship win will surely spur him on to greater success and he is very much in the line of achieving the Premier League Play-off finals come the end of May. This week Daryl will be in his home town of Belfast, Ireland where he will face Rob Cross.
Despite Daryl’s recent achievements, Michael van Gerwen will still remain favourite to retain the Premier League title. Michael has won the Premier League for the past three years and a fourth win will equal Phil Taylor's continuous run of Premier League titles. Taylor won a total six Premier League titles so Michael still as a long way to go to better the ‘Legend’ of the sport.
Raymond van Barneveld was the first casualty of the 2019 Premier League. Losing 7-1 to Daryl put an end to Barney's campaign. Barney with obvious upset then lost 7-1 to Michael van Gerwen the following night prompting the Dutchman to announce his immediate retirement that was then withdrawn less than 24 hours later. The five-time World Darts Champion said he felt he was no longer good enough to compete at the top level of the sport.
Now that Barney is outside the top 32 in the PDC order of merit, he will not automatically qualify for the remaining majors. However, there is a possibility that he might gain a place in some of the World Series Events that are due to take place later this year.
In January new PDC tour cards were won and awarded to some of the biggest names that until recently played on the BDO circuit. The three-time back-to-back World Champion Glen Durrant earnt his place in the more lucrative PDC and has won a Players Championship event earlier this year. His good friend, Mark McGeeney and former BDO No.1 has also joined Glen in the PDC. Mark, known as ‘Gladiator’, won his PDC tour card on day two at the PDC ‘Q’ School after narrowly missing out on day one.
Mark has also made it to a Players Champions semi-final, however, admitted the PDC circuit was hard and one missed dart can cost you the match. Mark along with Glen will both be good bets to do well during 2019-2020.