2007 Grand Slam of Darts

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Grand Slam of Darts
Tournament information
Dates November 17–25
Venue Civic Hall
Location Wolverhampton
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £300,000
Winners share £80,000
High checkout 170 England James Wade
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor
2008»

The 2007 Grand Slam of Darts was the inaugural staging of the darts tournament, the Grand Slam of Darts, held by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament invited the best performing players from the PDC and its rival the British Darts Organisation. There had been two previous head-to-head matches between the champions of the two organisations and a few tournaments have also featured BDO v PDC clashes. This tournament was the first of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom.

The 2007 tournament was staged at the Wolverhampton Civic from 17–25 November 2007. Phil Taylor won the title, beating Andy Hamilton 18–11 in the final. In one of the early group matches which may not have stood out at the time, John Part narrowly beat Mark Webster 5–4 and less than two months later the two players became the World Champions of their respective organisations.

Format[edit]

The 32 players were split into eight groups of four players with the top two from each group qualifying for the last 16 knockout stages. Each player was therefore guaranteed three matches in the competition. Two points were awarded for a win. All group games were best of 9 legs, the second round games were extended to best of 19 legs, the semi-finals best of 25 legs, and the final best of 35 legs.

Prize money[edit]

PartyPoker.net increased the prize fund for the event from the original announcement of £250,000 to £300,000 making it the second richest tournament in 2007 – ahead of both the Premier League and the BDO World Championship.[1]

  • Total £300,000
Winner £80,000
Runner-Up £35,000
Semi-Finalists £15,000
Quarter-Finalists £10,000
Second Round Losers £6,000
First Round Losers £4,000

Controversy[edit]

Controversy hit the tournament in May when it was confirmed by the BDO that the Winmau World Masters had been moved from its original dates of 26–28 October to a new date of 16–18 November[2] clashing directly with the Grand Slam. This meant that players from the BDO were forced into a direct choice between competing at the Masters for valuable ranking points or taking their place at the Grand Slam for better prize money. BDO World Champion Martin Adams almost immediately confirmed that he would participate in the Masters, though he was the only BDO player to do so.[3] Adams went out in the quarter finals of the World Masters meaning his pay cheque of £1,250 was significantly less than the £4,000 he would have received simply for turning up at the Grand Slam. Adams also declined the chance to compete in 2008, even though the two tournaments did not clash as the Masters was moved to December.

Qualifiers[edit]

The PDC Chairman Barry Hearn announced on 21 February 2007 that all major tournament finalists for the past two years from both the BDO and PDC will be invited to the event. Also World Championship semi-finalists from the same period would receive an invite. The tournaments used for the qualifying criteria were the two World Championships, the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and World Masters (2006 only), UK Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic, Premier League, World Series of Darts, International Darts League and the World Darts Trophy with the field set at 32 players.

BDO players Gary Anderson, Mark Webster Shaun Greatbatch, Niels de Ruiter, Phill Nixon and Scott Waites all accepted invites to the event leaving Martin Adams (the BDO World Champion) as the only player to have rejected the opportunity to play.[4] He participated in the 2007 Winmau World Masters instead, losing at the quarter final stage.

Note: Players in italics had already qualified for the tournament.

During the qualification period, players who had already sealed their places at the Grand Slam continued to reach major finals which left the PDC with several vacant positions. The qualifying criteria was therefore extended to include the highest ranked non-qualifiers from the PDC and WDF (Dennis Priestley and Scott Waites[5]). A wildcard tournament qualifier was expanded to two qualifiers (Chris Mason & Kevin McDine). Other events to be awarded places were the DPA Australian Open (Glenn Power, who was replaced by Pat Orreal due to visa restrictions[6]), the South African Open (Charles Losper), the North American Order of Merit (Gary Mawson). Finally, the next two highest ranked players from the PDC rankings were added (Ronnie Baxter and Kevin Painter[7]) to complete the 32 man field.

Draw and results[edit]

Group Stages[edit]

All matches race-to-5/best of 9.

NB: P = Played; W = Won; L = Lost; LF = Legs For; LA = Legs Against; +/- = Plus/Minus Record, in relation to legs; Average = 3-dart average; Pts = Points

Group A[edit]

Group C[edit]

Group D[edit]

Group E[edit]

Group F[edit]

Group G[edit]

Group H[edit]

POS Player P W L LF LA +/- Pts Status
1 Netherlands Roland Scholten 3 3 0 15 4 +11 6 Advance to the last 16
2 England Mervyn King 3 2 1 13 10 +3 4
3 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 3 1 2 8 14 −6 2 Eliminated
4 England Scott Waites 3 0 3 7 15 −8 0
  • 17 November 2007:

Michael van Gerwen 88.07 5–4 Scott Waites 84.92
Highest Checkout: 94 (Waites)

Roland Scholten 98.35 5–3 Mervyn King 102.05
Highest Checkout: 144 (Scholten)

  • 18 November 2007:

Scott Waites 87.83 3–5 Mervyn King 95.31
Highest Checkout: 96 (Waites)

Michael van Gerwen 97.62 1–5 Roland Scholten 110.21
Highest Checkout: 136 (Scholten)

  • 20 November 2007:

Roland Scholten 104.38 5–0 Scott Waites 90.55
Highest Checkout: 101 (Scholten)

Mervyn King 94.61 5–2 Michael van Gerwen 90.42
Highest Checkout: 64 (van Gerwen)

Knockout Stages[edit]

Second Round (best of 19)
Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November
Quarter Finals (best of 19)
Friday 23 November
Semi Finals (best of 25)
Saturday 24 November
Final (best of 35)
Sunday 25 November
                       
1 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 101.01 7
8 England Terry Jenkins 102.14 10
8 England Terry Jenkins 93.59 8
England Andy Hamilton 98.24 10
  England Andy Hamilton 96.60 10
England Adrian Lewis 96.08 8
  England Andy Hamilton 94.30 13
England Kevin McDine 94.73 12
4 England James Wade 102.55 7
England Kevin McDine 105.79 10
England Kevin McDine 98.97 10
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 91.90 3
5 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 89.14 10
Australia Pat Orreal 85.47 9
England Andy Hamilton 100.97 11
2 England Phil Taylor 101.75 18
2 England Phil Taylor 103.17 10
United States Gary Mawson 91.12 4
2 England Phil Taylor 99.28 10
7 Canada John Part 92.61 7
7 Canada John Part 96.18 10
England Colin Lloyd 93.67 7
2 England Phil Taylor 96.86 13
3 Scotland Gary Anderson 99.11 11
  England Kevin Painter 97.27 10
England Mervyn King 92.57 7
England Kevin Painter 91.74 7
3 Scotland Gary Anderson 94.06 10
Netherlands Roland Scholten 95.70 7
3 Scotland Gary Anderson 98.35 10

Statistics[edit]

Player Played Legs Won Legs Lost 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout 3-dart Average [8]
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 4 22 18 47 32 14 120 102.82
England Adrian Lewis 4 21 19 60 25 6 150 96.44
England Dennis Priestley 3 11 14 42 11 7 88 95.76
England Chris Mason 3 7 15 33 6 4 157 86.62
England Andy Hamilton 7 59 54 127 76 33 145 95.61
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 3 10 11 22 20 3 96 92.16
England Terry Jenkins 5 30 26 70 52 10 140 93.28
South Africa Charles Losper 3 6 15 25 14 1 68 85.83
England James Wade 4 22 16 49 31 10 170 98.65
England Phill Nixon 3 13 10 31 13 4 116 83.49
Australia Pat Orreal 4 20 20 40 28 7 115 85.98
Netherlands Niels de Ruiter 3 2 15 20 6 1 98 79.15
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 5 27 28 84 33 9 125 90.61
England Kevin McDine 6 45 31 114 45 23 161 97.68
England Shaun Greatbatch 3 7 11 25 14 3 164 90.74
England Peter Manley 3 8 14 34 15 2 76 87.40
England Phil Taylor 7 66 39 128 89 29 153 99.25
England Wayne Mardle 3 8 12 26 7 3 65 86.57
England Colin Lloyd 4 18 19 39 33 7 150 94.60
England Ronnie Baxter 3 7 15 25 13 4 134 86.48
United States Gary Mawson 4 16 20 46 25 5 136 87.87
England Andy Jenkins 3 8 11 25 15 2 141 90.84
Canada John Part 5 29 26 66 28 9 126 92.06
Wales Mark Webster 3 10 11 25 17 2 117 95.81
England Kevin Painter 5 31 23 66 33 19 120 92.82
Scotland Gary Anderson 6 42 33 99 67 22 158 97.50
Wales Barrie Bates 3 5 11 26 10 0 123 85.47
England Wayne Jones 3 7 14 27 21 2 81 89.57
Netherlands Roland Scholten 4 22 14 56 28 10 144 102.16
England Mervyn King 4 20 20 57 30 8 78 96.14
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 3 8 14 25 19 6 76 92.04
England Scott Waites 3 7 15 25 11 3 96 87.77

Television coverage[edit]

The tournament was televised by ITV. The first afternoon session on 17 November, the Sunday afternoon session on 18 November, the semi-finals, and the final were all be broadcast live on ITV1. The rest of the tournament was shown live on ITV4. It was ITV's first televised darts tournament since they ceased coverage of the Winmau World Masters in 1988 – although they did show the first Clash of Champions match between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld in 1999.[9]

The ITV Sport team consisted of lead presenter Matt Smith, analysts Steve Beaton and Alan Warriner-Little, and commentators John Rawling from ITV Boxing, Stuart Pyke from Sky Sports and Nigel Pearson of talkSPORT.

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