2017 Schedule

The Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Draw will be made on Tuesday May 23

The Order of Play will be:

WEDNESDAY MAY 24 | Quarter Finals | Best of 19 legs  


THURSDAY MAY 25 |  Semi-Finals Final | Best of 21 legs    





GARY ANDERSON ended Michael van Gerwen's three-year reign as the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters champion with a stunning comeback from 8-4 down to win Friday's World Series of Darts final 11-9.


Reigning champion van Gerwen had looked on course to claim an amazing fourth successive title in the unique open-air tournament at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium when he pulled clear of the World Champion. The Dutchman opened the final with a 12-darter and defied finishes of 11 and 12 darts and a 115 checkout from the Scot to move 7-4 up before punishing eight missed doubles from the World Champion to take a four-leg lead. Anderson, though, fired back to level the game with the aid of back-to-back 12-darters and finishes of 68 and 76 in a run of four straight legs to level at eight-all. The next two were shared to leave the scores tied at nine legs apiece before Anderson punished one miss from van Gerwen to land double 12 and lead for the first time, and a further six misses from the reigning champion proved costly in the next as double five sealed glory for the Scot.



"This is a brilliant win," said Anderson, who changed his darts from 23 grams to 25 grams ahead of the event to combat any air movement. "It was hard but I could see Michael tiring at the end - he took his foot off the gas a little and missed a couple of doubles.


"I like playing Michael - he plays my kind of game and players like Michael always make the game look good. I came back and it was a bit nip-and-tuck.


"This is my second time here and it's a fantastic place, and it sets me up for the rest of the World Series. Last year I came here and I didn't know what to expect, and I learned a lot - I came here with a heavier set of darts this time and they went a lot better."


Anderson had defeated Taylor 11-7 in their semi-final as he won through to his first decider on the World Series of Darts circuit.


The pair shared the opening 12 legs before the World Champion broke for the first time in the match to move 7-6 up in a run of five successive legs which helped to establish a 10-6 advantage on his way to victory with six 180s and a 55 percent checkout ratio. Van Gerwen had been in brilliant form during his semi-final win over Dave Chisnall, hitting five ton-plus checkouts - including a crowd-pleasing 132 finish of two bullseyes and double 16 - a ten-dart finish and seven 180s as he averaged over 105. Chisnall had played his part in a fine contest, taking out a brilliant 140 finish and hitting four 180s, only to see van Gerwen's combination finishing prove too strong - but it would be missed doubles which cost the Dutchman in the decider.



"I'm a bit disappointed in myself," said van Gerwen. "It was close but I've only got myself to blame and Gary was the better player tonight.


"I missed too many doubles and I'm gutted - I feel like I gave the game away. I missed four darts to go 9-6 in front and that was a bit of a killer for me.


"If you miss that many doubles you can't win, and Gary put me under pressure at the right times. Fair play to him - you can't miss against people like Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor."


Taylor had won through to the final a year ago, but lost out in the semis this time around as Anderson's late surge saw him avenge his loss at the same stage in the Betway Premier League a week ago.


"Gary played really well, he finished well and that's what won him the game," said Taylor. "I had my chances and I didn't take them, but I've enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to getting back here next year because I love it over here.


"It's the hardest stage we play on, it's outside and it's red hot, but if you can play here you can play anywhere."


Chisnall also won through to the semi-finals on his return to the World Series of Darts circuit, having reached the same stage in his previous visit to Dubai in 2014.


2016 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters | Friday May 27




Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Dave Chisnall

Gary Anderson 11-7 Phil Taylor

Best of 21 legs



Gary Anderson 11-9 Michael van Gerwen

Best of 21 legs




Semi-Finals | Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall



1-0 - The world number one takes out 86 on the bull for the opening leg.

1-1 - van Gerwen misses double seven to finish 122, and Chisnall - who lands a 180 - takes out 84 on double 12 to level.

2-1 - Chisnall kicks off with a second maximum, but van Gerwen finishes 60 on tops to move back ahead as a third successive leg goes against the throw.

3-1 - Chisnall leaves 32 as he looks to level, but van Gerwen takes out 108 on tops to move two legs clear.

3-2 - Double 18 sees Chisnall hit back to reduce the gap.

4-2 - van Gerwen takes out 102 on double 18 to regain his cushion.

4-3 - van Gerwen opens with 180 and 140, but three missed doubles allow Chisnall in to hit back on double two.

5-3 - van Gerwen kicks off with 180 and 139 before taking out 117 for a third ton-plus checkout of the contest and a 12-darter.

5-4 - Chisnall finishes a brilliant 140 with two treble 18s and double 16.

6-4 - van Gerwen misses the bull to finish 170, but returns to pin double 16 as he edges two legs clear again.

6-5 - Chisnall finishes 50 on tops to cut the gap to one leg.

7-5 - van Gerwen takes out another 12-darter, with a 171 score setting up 132 before he finishes the combination with two bullseyes and double 16.

8-5 - The reigning champion breaks throw with double ten to finish 85 as he moves three legs clear for the first time.

8-6 - Chisnall lands a 180 before punishing van Gerwen's miss at the bull to finish 87, by landing double eight to break back.

9-6 - van Gerwen regains his cushion, landing a 180 before finishing 88 in two darts.

10-6 - van Gerwen sets up a possible nine-darter by opening with two 180s - but he misses out on the perfect leg, and the prize of a Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 SUV when he is unable to take out the 141, but he returns to pin double 18 for a ten-darter to move a leg away from victory.

10-7 - Both players land  180s before Chisnall hits double 16 to keep his hopes alive.

11-7 - van Gerwen seals the win in style with his fifth ton-plus checkout as he finishes 106 on tops to secure a spot in the final.


Semi-Finals | Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor


0-1 - Taylor finishes 90 on double 15 to win the opener.

1-1 - Anderson lands a 180 and double ten to level, after Taylor misses two darts at double 18.

1-2 - Anderson posts his second maximum, but Taylor finishes 78 on double 12 to move back ahead.

2-2 - Double 17 ses the World Champion level once more.

2-3 - Taylor lands double nine to edge back ahead.

3-3 - Anderson levels courtesy of double top.

3-4 - Taylor regains the edge with double 16.

4-4 - Taylor hits a 180, but misses double 16 for a 102 finish to break as Anderson steps in on tops to square the game.

4-5 - Anderson lands a 174 score, but Taylor finishes 68 on double four in two darts to sneak leg nine.

5-5 - Anderson takes out 64 as he levels the match.

5-6 - Taylor opens with a 180 before finishing 85 on tops.

6-6 - The cat-and-mouse game continues as Anderson finishes tops for a 14-darter as he hits back again - neither player has yet been able to break.

7-6 - Anderson hits tops to claim the first break of throw, punishing Taylor for two misses a double six to move ahead for the first time.

8-6 - Anderson hits his third 180 of the game before double 17 moves him two legs clear.

9-6 - Anderson wins his fourth successive leg with a second break of throw, hitting a fourth maximum before taking out 60 on double ten.

10-6 - A fifth 180 from Anderson is followed with double four as he moves a leg away from victory.

10-7 - The pair trade maximums before Taylor finishes 48 for an 11-dart finish which keeps his hopes alive as he wins his first leg in six.

11-7 - Taylor misses tops for a 117 finish, and Anderson seals his spot in a first World Series of Darts final with tops to complete a fine display.


Final | Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson



1-0 - van Gerwen lands a 180 with his second visit before finishing 81 for a 12-darter to win the opening leg.

2-0 - The reigning champion lands another maximum before taking out 62 to break throw.

2-1 - Anderson breaks back by finishing 86 on double 16.

3-1 - Double 18 gives van Gerwen his third leg of the final.

3-2 - Anderson lands a 180 and tops to respond with a superb 11-dart leg.

4-2 - van Gerwen fires in a 177 score before taking out double 16 to move two legs clear once more.

5-2 - Double top sees van Gerwen open up a three-leg cushion.

5-3 - Anderson hits a 174 score before taking out a fine 115 checkout on double 19.

6-3 - Anderson misses the bull to finish 121, and van Gerwen averts a possible break of throw on double 18.

6-4 - Anderson's second maximum of the game is followed by two from van Gerwen, who can only watch on as the Scot takes out 79 on tops for a 12-darter to hit back again.

7-4 - van Gerwen fires in his fifth airport before finishing tops to regain a three-leg lead.

8-4 - Anderson misses eight darts at doubles, and van Gerwen returns to land double ten as he breaks throw to move three legs away from claiming the title.

8-5 - Anderson opens with a 171 score before taking out 130 on the bull to make a fine response to his misses of the previous leg.

8-6 - The Scot fires in another 180 before taking out 97 on double 12 for back-to-back 12-dart legs as he halves his deficit.

8-7 - van Gerwen misses four darts at double 18 and nine, and Anderson steps in to finish 68 to win his third successive leg as he cuts the gap to one.

8-8 - van Gerwen fires in a 177 but Anderson takes out 76 on double eight to level with a fourth straight leg.

9-8 - van Gerwen hits a sixth 180 before landing double four to win his first leg in five and regain the lead.

9-9 - Anderson defies a 174 score from van Gerwen by landing double ten to level the game once more.

9-10 - Anderson hits his fourth 180 before punishing van Gerwen for a missed double 16 by returning to hit double 12 to lead for the first time - putting himself a leg away from his first World Series of Darts title.

9-11 - van Gerwen misses six darts at doubles across three visits to force a deciding leg, and Anderson eventually claims victory with double five - ending his rival's unbeaten reign in Dubai.



MIGHTY MIKE completes Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Treble


MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won a third successive Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title with a thrilling 11-8 comeback win against Phil Taylor in Friday's final of the PDC World Series of Darts event.



The Dutchman had claimed victory in the first two years of the tournament at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, and battled his way to glory with a gutsy display to continue his amazing winning run.


Having had to hit back from three legs down in Thursday's quarter-final against Raymond van Barneveld, van Gerwen repeated the feat before overcoming Adrian Lewis 11-9 in the semi-finals.

He also trailed 8-6 against Taylor in the final, but responded superbly to surge to victory with five unanswered legs.

"It's a brilliant win for me and I'm really proud," said van Gerwen. "I'm delighted because this is the hardest tournament I've had to win here, beating Raymond, Adrian and then Phil. "It's been an amazing tournament, really difficult and the games were so tough so I couldn't wish for any more - every player played well in this event. "I missed a couple of chances at the beginning of the final and Phil punished me, but I stayed close and was waiting for him to make a mistake and I took advantage. "To beat Phil in the final is always special and I'm really glad to win here again."

Taylor had finished 125 in leg two as the opening four legs were shared, before van Gerwen edged 3-2 up on double eight and then broke for the first time by taking out 96 for an 11-dart leg.

Taylor, though, replied with an 11-darter before taking out a 14-dart finish to level and checkouts of 64 and 75 to move 6-4 up with a four-leg burst before sharing the next four to retain that advantage at 8-6.

However, the final turned in the next two legs as three missed doubles from Taylor allowed van Gerwen to level, before the Dutchman produced scores of 180 and 171 in a 13-darter to regain the lead at 9-8.

Taylor landed a 171 in reply in the 18th leg only to miss tops as van Gerwen followed a 180 with double ten to move to the brink of a victory which he sealed by taking out 68.

Taylor had booked his place in the final with a ruthless 11-3 demolition of World Champion Gary Anderson in their semi-final, before being overhauled by van Gerwen's late surge in the final.

"It was in my own hands and missing darts at doubles broke my heart, but I've got to take the positives because I've not played this well before in Dubai," said Taylor.

"Michael's a special player, he hits the right shots at the right time and he bullies people during the game. "He's a phenomenal player and I love playing him, and I think me and him are going to have a lot of battles over the next 12 months or two years because I'm playing well again and everything's coming together."

World Champion Anderson had been competing in the PDC's World Series of Darts for the first time, and admitted that he had enjoyed his experience in Dubai despite his defeat to Taylor.

"It's been a great event but it wasn't to be for me tonight," said Anderson. "I missed a lot of doubles but Phil banged in the 180s and 140s and hit everything. "He scored well and did a good job there. I really enjoyed it and it's been amazing to be in Dubai."

Lewis, meanwhile, was left to rue a third semi-final defeat in the World Series of Darts since 2013, and admitted that his missed chance to take a 9-7 lead proved the turning point.

"I've really enjoyed the week and it's been a fantastic tournament," said Lewis. "Michael hit a couple of 174s at the right time which put me under the cosh and he came back well. "That's probably the windiest I've ever played in on stage but I thought I did well. I'm throwing a 20 gram dart and that's going to be affected more than a 25 gram dart that Michael throws but it's one of those things."

The PDC's World Series of Darts will continue next month with the Zipang Casino Japan Darts Masters in Yokohama on June 27 & 28, before heading Down Under in August for events in Perth, Sydney and Auckland.




Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Friday May 29
Phil Taylor 11-3 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Adrian Lewis
Best of 21 legs

Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Phil Taylor
Best of 21 legs









Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson


1-0 - Taylor kicks off the match with a 180 and adds a 125 before taking the opening leg on double two.
1-1 - Anderson levels the game by landing double top.
2-1 - Taylor finishes 24 to hold throw and regain the edge.
3-1 - Anderson is unable to land two darts at double 18, allowing Taylor back in on double two for the game's first break of throw.
4-1 - Taylor is first to a finish, initially missing double 16 to take out 134 before returning to hit the bed at the fourth time of asking.
5-1 - Anderson lands a maximum, but is left waiting on a double when Taylor finishes 121 on the bull for another break of throw.
6-1 - Taylor wins his fifth successive leg, opening with a 177 before finishing double 16.
7-1 - Taylor hits a 180 to leave four before again landing double two.
8-1 - Taylor takes out 117 to claim his seventh straight leg.
8-2 - Anderson hits back in style by landing two 180s in the leg, which he claims on double 12.
9-2 - Taylor restores his advantage, capitalising on five missed doubles by Anderson to break by landing double ten.
9-3 - Anderson this time checks out 117 as he claims his third leg of the contest.
10-3 - Anderson lands a 180, but double four moves Taylor a leg away from victory.
11-3 - Taylor seals his place in the final by taking out 67.


Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis


1-0 - Lewis misses three darts at doubles across two leg to win the opening leg, and van Gerwen breaks throw on double five.
1-1 - Lewis levels by taking out 120 to hit back.
1-2 - The world number four lands tops to move in front.
1-3 - Lewis takes out 80 on tops as he breaks throw for a two-leg lead.
1-4 - The Stoke ace wins a fourth successive leg, taking out 47 on double 16.
2-4 - van Gerwen hits back by winning his first leg in five.
2-5 - Lewis fires in a 180 before taking out 61 on double 18.
3-5 - van Gerwen lands a maximum in reply before punishing a missed bullseye from Lewis, for a 121 checkout, by landing double eight.
3-6 - Double four sees Lewis regain his three-leg cushion.
4-6 - Lewis fires in a maximum, but van Gerwen finishes 106 on double 16 to hit back.
5-6 - van Gerwen breaks throw by finishing 94 on tops.
6-6 - van Gerwen levels the game in quick-time, adding a 180 and double ten.
6-7 - Lewis this time lands double ten as he edges ahead.
7-7 - Lewis fires in a 180, but van Gerwen hits back to level.
7-8 - Lewis holds throw to regain the lead
8-8 - The pair trade 180s before Lewis is punished for missing two darts at double 16 and eight - to claim a two-leg lead, as van Gerwen returns on double two to level.
9-8 - The world number one produces a killer blow to lead for the first time, hitting a 174 score to leave 36 before hitting double 18 - after Lewis misses double 12 for a 141 checkout.
10-8 - The pair trade 180s before van Gerwen fires in double 16 to move a leg away from the win.
10-9 - Lewis keeps his hopes alive by finishing 62 on tops, despite a maximum from van Gerwen.
11-9 - van Gerwen lands a 174 score before sealing victory on tops to remain on course for a third successive title.







Michael van Gerwen v Phil



1-0 - van Gerwen finishes double 18 to open with a 13-dart leg.
1-1 - Taylor responds in 12 darts by taking out 125 to level.
2-1 - Taylor misses tops to finish 117, and van Gerwen lands double ten.
2-2 - The roles are reversed as van Gerwen is punished for his misses as Taylor steps in on tops.
3-2 - Taylor lands a 177 but van Gerwen posts double eight to move back ahead.
4-2 - The Dutchman breaks throw for the first time by finishing 96 for an 11-darter, after Taylor missed the bull to take out 122.
4-3 - Taylor responds with an 11-darter of his own to break back.
4-4 - Taylor lands double eight for a 14-darter to square the contest again.
4-5 - Taylor moves ahead for the first time with a key break of throw, taking out 64 on double eight.
4-6 - Taylor's charge continues as he fires in a 180 to leave 75 before taking out the combination on double 12 to open up a two-leg cushion.
5-6 - van Gerwen halts his rival's charge by finishing 53.
5-7 - Taylor lands double two to regain his advantage.
6-7 - The pair trade 180s before Taylor misses double seven to punish two misses from van Gerwen, who returns to land double 16.
6-8 - Double eight moves Taylor three legs away from the title.
7-8 - van Gerwen is given a let-off for bursting his score when Taylor misses double five to finish 90 to take a three-leg lead, with the Dutchman finishing double 16 to reduce the gap to one leg once more.
8-8 - van Gerwen breaks throw to level in a dramatic leg, with both players hitting 180s before Taylor misses two darts at double 16, allowing the Dutch ace in to finish 85 on double 14.
9-8 - van Gerwen moves back into the lead with a superb 13-darter, which features scores of 180 and 171 before a maximum from Taylor comes in vain.
10-8 - Taylor's 171 score leaves 72 before van Gerwen fires in a 180 to leave 40 - and when the 16-time World Champion misses tops the Dutchman takes out double ten to move a leg away from victory.
11-8 - van Gerwen completes a hat-trick of victories in the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters by taking out 68 in clinical fashion.



MICHAEL VAN GERWEN retained the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title, after defeating Peter Wright 11-7.


The Dutch ace had been victorious in the inaugural World Series of Darts event in Dubai 12 months ago, and retained the $50,000 title in impressive fashion.

World Champion van Gerwen, who had edged past James Wade in Thursday's quarter-finals, enjoyed an 11-7 win over world number three Adrian Lewis in his semi-final before repeating the scoreline against Wright in the decider.

In both games, van Gerwen enjoyed a surge where he pulled clear, with his semi-final turning in a key 12th leg as Lewis missed one dart at double top to move 7-5 up, allowing his rival to level.

Van Gerwen then won another four straight legs as he moved 10-6 up before sealing the victory with an 11-dart finish.

Wright held a 3-2 lead early in the final - a repeat of their World Championship decider on New Year's Day - only to see van Gerwen moved ahead as he won four successive legs from four-all to lead 8-4.

Van Gerwen's 116 finish as he moved 9-5 up was bettered by a 158 checkout from Wright, but the Dutchman took his tally of 180s for the final to 11 with two in the next three legs as he completed back-to-back wins in Dubai.

"This is a very special win for me," said van Gerwen. "This is the first time I've won a major title twice in a row and it's absolutely fantastic.

"To win this great trophy again is huge and it means a lot to win again in this country means a lot because it's one of the nicest places in the world.

"I've worked so hard for this for the past two days. I thought I was the better player throughout the final but I made it difficult for myself at times - but I got the win and that's all that mattered.

"It was a tough game against James Wade on Thursday and it was the same again when I played Adrian and Peter, and I think I was the best player in the tournament.

"Peter hit a couple of good finishes in the final to keep himself in the final, but it doesn't matter how you win and I've got the trophy in my hands. I think I showed my class in this tournament and I'm very proud of myself.

"This is a great tournament, the crowd is fantastic and the venue is great. To win this is a great feeling for me."

Wright had followed up his brilliant victory over Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals by overcoming Dave Chisnall 11-7 in their semi-final, as he marked his first World Series of Darts event by reaching the decider.

"It's been a brilliant experience," said Wright. "The venue was amazing and the crowds were fantastic and Dubai is a beautiful place, and hopefully I'll be back next year to try and take the trophy away from Michael.

"I took a couple of big finishes out but I was too inconsistent with my scores. I should have made it five-each but I was struggling with my consistency.

"It's all about stepping stones and learning, and each time I'm getting closer and closer, and this will give me lots of confidence for the tournaments which are coming up."

Chisnall had performed superbly on his World Series of Darts debut in a thrilling quarter-final win over Simon Whitlock, but paid for missing 35 darts at a double against Wright.

"It was a brilliant experience," he said. "The crowds were great and I just had one of those nights where I didn't perform and didn't deserve to win.

"My finishing early on in the game let me down Normally when I miss doubles they're close but they weren't even close tonight. It's a beautiful place and hopefully I'll be back next year."

Reigning UK Open champion Lewis had been hoping to win his first title on the World Series of Darts stage, but was denied by his great rival van Gerwen in a thrilling semi-final contest.

Lewis admitted: "At five-all I felt I should have been ahead, and I missed the dart to go 7-5 and Michael took full advantage.

"I'm disappointed because I thought I was the better player, scoring-wise, for three-quarters of the game but then my darts started slipping out of my hand.

"Normally my hands don't sweat but I was tonight and my darts were dipping in, and I couldn't feel my darts like I normally do. I'll take it on the chin and move on but it's a fantastic event and I've loved being a part of it."

The World Series of Darts will continue in August, with further tournaments to be held in Perth from August 22-24 and in Sydney from August 28-30.

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Friday May 30
Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Adrian Lewis

Peter Wright 11-8 Dave Chisnall

Best of 21 legs

Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Peter Wright

Best of 21 legs




Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
0-0 - Michael van Gerwen wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 - van Gerwen makes a confident start by taking out 86 for a 14-dart opening leg.
1-1 - Lewis lands double ten as he levels the game.
1-2 - van Gerwen posts the game's first 180, but he is unable to prevent Lewis breaking throw with a superb 86 finish.
1-3 - Lewis hits a 174 score, and finishes 60 on tops to move two legs clear in a superb opening.
2-3 - van Gerwen opens the leg with a 180 before taking out 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination to complete an 11-darter as he hits back.
3-3 - van Gerwen misses double 19 for a 158 finish, but Lewis is unable to hit tops to allow the Dutchman back in on double eight.
4-3 - Lewis posts his first 180 of the game, but van Gerwen lands tops to regain the lead.
4-4 - van Gerwen opens with a 180, but Lewis replies with a maximum before finishing 91 in two darts for an 11-dart leg to level.
5-4 - van Gerwen moves back in front in a dramatic leg, with Lewis missing nine darts at doubles to break throw to allow the Dutchman to recover from four misses of his own to land double five.
5-5 - Lewis hits double top at the first time of asking to level the game.
5-6 - Lewis claims a potentially key break of throw as he regains the lead.
6-6 - Lewis misses one dart at tops to finish 76 to move two legs clear, allowing van Gerwen back in to finish double ten to break back.
7-6 - van Gerwen hits his fourth 180 of the game to leave 46, and lands double 16 to move back ahead.
8-6 - van Gerwen this time lands a 170 score to leave 51, with another double 16 finish helping him break to move two legs clear.
9-6 - van Gerwen's charge continues as he lands two 180s in a 12-dart finish to win a fourth successive leg.
10-6 - Lewis is punished for more missed doubles as van Gerwen edges to the brink of a place in the final by capitalising on double 16.
10-7 - Lewis opens with a 180 and posts tops to break throw and keep alive his hopes in the tournament.
11-7 - van Gerwen kills the game off in style with a brilliant 11-dart leg as an 87 finish puts him into the final for a second successive year.

Match Stats

Michael van Gerwen


Adrian Lewis














Breaks of Throw


11/21 - 52%

Checkout %

7/29 - 24%

Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
0-0 - Peter Wright wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 - Wright claims first blood by posting double 16.
1-1 - Chisnall scores 180 and 145 as he leaves 36, before levelling the game on double nine.
2-1 - Chisnall hits another maximum, but this time misses double 18 and two darts at double nine to allow Wright in on tops to hold throw.
3-1 - Chisnall kicks off the leg with his third 180 of the game, but pays for six missed doubles across three visits as Wright steps in the break throw.
3-2 - Double eight sees Chisnall reply with a break of his own.
3-3 - Wright hits a 180 but misses six darts at a double, and Chisnall capitalises on double nine.
4-3 - Chisnall fires in a 180, his fourth of the game, but is again punished for missed doubles as five off-target darts allow Wright back in from his own misses to post double four.
5-3 - A fifth 180 of the game pushes Chisnall clear, but he misses double 19 for a 105 finish - agonisingly seeing his dart land just in the adjoining double three bed - to allow Wright in to finish double 16 with his third dart to break.
5-4 - The roles are reversed as Wright opens with a 180 but misses double eight and four to win another leg, and Chisnall takes out 69 on tops to break back.
5-5 - Chisnall initially misses tops for a 120 checkout, but returns to post double five to level the contest.
6-5 - Wright hits a 180, but misses five darts at double 12 to win the leg - only for Chisnall to miss a dart at tops to lead for the first time, allowing the Scot back in to finally land double 12.
7-5 - Wright breaks throw to move two legs clear once again.
8-5 - Double top sees Wright win a third successive leg as he moves clear for the first time.
8-6 - Chisnall hits back with a 12-darter, hitting a 180 and double 16.
9-6 - Chisnall misses three darts at tops to steal the leg, allowing Wright in to land double six to move two legs away from the final.
10-6 - Wright moves a leg away from the final with a killer break - taking out 96 on double eight with Chisnall waiting on 40.
10-7 - Chisnall keeps his hopes alive by landing double 18 to break back.
10-8 - Chisnall's fightback continues as he finishes 76 on double eight.
11-8 - Wright misses double 14 for a 148 finish to complete the win, but returns to hit the bed with his fourth match dart as he secures a place in the final against Michael van Gerwen.

Match Stats

Peter Wright


Dave Chisnall














Breaks of Throw


11/42 - 26%

Checkout %

8/43 - 19%


Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
0-0 - Peter Wright wins the bull and will throw first.
0-1 - van Gerwen opens the game with a 180, but Wright scores 140 and 180 of his own before taking out 138 to complete a 12-darter to win the first leg.
1-1 - The reigning champion lands a 180 and tops to level the game.
2-1 - van Gerwen adds a third maximum in as many legs, before finish double two to break throw and move ahead.
2-2 - van Gerwen misses three darts at double 18, and Wright punishes him by taking out 82 on tops to break back.
2-3 - Double two sees Wright regain the edge.
3-3 - van Gerwen hits two 180s in the leg as he levels the contest.
4-3 - The Dutch ace adds another maximum before hitting double eight to break.
4-4 - Wright breaks back with a brilliant 121 finish on the bull, as van Gerwen sat waiting on 40.
5-4 - van Gerwen finishes double ten to break throw again.
6-4 - van Gerwen posts his fifth 180 of the game, and is given a let-off for missed doubles in three visits as Wright fails to capitalise, allowing the reigning champion back in on double two.
7-4 - Double two again comes to van Gerwen's rescue, after Wright had missed double two for a 136 finish.
8-4 - van Gerwen lands tops for a 14-darter to win a fourth successive leg.
8-5 - van Gerwen posts his sixth 180 of the game, but is unable to take advantage of five misses from Wright at double 12, as the World Championship finalist returns to land double three and hit back.
9-5 - van Gerwen takes out 116 to regain his composure and move two legs away from retaining his title.
9-6 - The Dutchman hits a 180 to leave 70, but can only watch on as Wright takes out a superb 158 checkout on double 19 to reply.
10-6 - van Gerwen hits an eight 180 of the final, and lands double five to move a leg away from victory.
10-7 - Wright finishes 92 on double eight to keep alive his hopes.
11-7 - van Gerwen hits a 180 to leave 42, and when Wright misses a dart at double 16 the Dutch ace pins the same bed to claim the title.

Match Stats

Michael van Gerwen


Peter Wright














Breaks of Throw


11/37 - 30%

Checkout %

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN took victory in the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters with a thrilling 11-7 win over Raymond van Barneveld.


The world number two completed an incredible week of success by following up his McCoy's Premier League Darts and European Darts Open triumphs by becoming the first winner of the $250,000 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.


Van Gerwen was in sensational form once more, firstly following up Thursday's quarter-final victory over Wes Newton with a high-quality 11-9 defeat of Andy Hamilton in the semi-finals.


The lead changed hands four times throughout a fine contest, with Hamilton being 4-2 and 9-8 up before van Gerwen took the game's final three legs to book his place in the decider.


The 24-year-old then produced a sublime performance in the final, taking out finishes of 170 and 164 to better three ton-plus efforts from van Barneveld as he claimed the trophy.


Van Barneveld gave as good as he got in the final's early legs, opening with a 120 finish and replying to van Gerwen's 170 - as the youngster moved 3-1 up - with a 124 checkout on double 11.


Van Barneveld hit back to 5-4 before van Gerwen took out 114, only for the five-time World Champion to finish 96 and 121, on the bull, to level the contest at six-all.


Van Gerwen, though, finished a killer 164 in the 13th leg and took out tops in the next two to move 9-6 up, before a sensational 11-darter took him to the brink of victory, and though double eight kept van Barneveld's hopes briefly alive, his rival landed double 12 to complete a sensational triumph.


"It's a very special win for me and I'm so happy to win this," said van Gerwen. "It's been an amazing week for me and it's great that this trophy is mine from the first time we've played in Dubai.


"I think I played my best game in the final and I was very pleased with that. Raymond was hanging in the game with a couple of good finishes, but I was very confident and after I went 9-6 up I knew I was going to win.


"It was my first time coming to Dubai so I didn't know what to expect, but it was an amazing tournament and the crowd were great.


"I'd like to thank the sponsors, Dubai Duty Free, and the PDC for making this happen, and I hope I can defend this title next year!"


The victory saw van Gerwen avenge his loss to van Barneveld in last November's Grand Slam of Darts final, and he added: "There was a little payback there because Raymond beat me in the Grand Slam, but I always enjoy playing him and it was a great final.


"I think, with all the conditions, I played very well and put in some great averages and hit the 170 finish and 164 finish at good moments in the final so that was important to make me the champion."


Van Barneveld had produced some fine performances throughout the event, particularly in his wins over Adrian Lewis and James Wade as he reached the final, seeing off the latter 11-5 in Friday's last four.


He took out 126 in the semi-final's opening leg, and although Wade shared the opening six legs, van Barneveld took command with key checkouts of 96 and 86 as he moved 7-3 up.


Wade threatened a comeback by winning the next two, but van Barneveld punished misses from the world number three as he took four in a row to move into the decider.


"I'm absolutely privileged to be here in Dubai," said van Barneveld. "When the draw was made on Wednesday, I was thinking that it could be an all-Dutch final and it happened, but it was a crazy match.


"Michael had some fantastic shots - the 170 and the 164 - and there's not a lot you can do about that. He started almost every leg with a 140 or a 180 and he never seemed to miss.


"He's just a fantastic player, the future World Champion. He's the guy everyone wants to beat but it didn't happen, and he's by far the best player in the world at the moment.


"I played some really good darts here, but to beat the best players, like Phil Taylor or Michael, then you have to play phenomenal darts. I was enjoying the final from behind Michael, and I think the crowd enjoyed a great tournament too."


Following the success of the inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn confirmed ahead of the final that the tournament would return to Dubai in 2014 as part of the PDC's planned expansion of the World Series of Darts.


"I'm delighted with the success of this tournament and we'd be crazy not to come back!" said Hearn. "We're looking forward to building on this because the crowd have created a fantastic atmosphere.


"We've had over 5,000 fans visit the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium for the tournament and millions watching around the world, and I'm sure we can sell out next year's event!"

Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters

Friday May 24


James Wade 5-11 Raymond van Barneveld

Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Andy Hamilton



Michael van Gerwen 11-7 Raymond van Barneveld


Prize Fund

WInner $65,000

Runner-Up $40,000

Semi-Final Losers $30,000

Quarter-Final Losers $20,000


Match Information

James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld

0-0 - Raymond van Barneveld won the bull and will throw first.

0-1 - van Barneveld opens with two 140s and finishes 126 on the bull to take the opener in 12 darts.

1-1 - Wade hits back to level, initially missing tops for a 142 finish before van Barneveld is unable to capitalise, missing the bull for a 170 finish and two further darts at double 16 to allow the left-hander back on double ten.

2-1 - Wade takes the game's first break of throw on double ten.

2-2 - van Barneveld hits a 180, and punishes three missed doubles from Wade by posting tops.

2-3 - The Dutchman regains the lead by landing double ten.

3-3 - Wade, for the third time in the match, pins double ten to level the contest.

3-4 - van Barneveld hits a 180 to leave 139, and though he is unable to take out that combination, he returns to land double eight.

3-5 - The Dutch star takes out 96 on double eight to move two legs clear for the first time.

3-6 - van Barneveld finishes 86 on double 16 to win another leg.

3-7 - Wade misses a dart at tops to hit back, and van Barneveld lands tops for a 14-darter.

4-7 - van Barneveld misses double 18 to take out 96 and Wade lands tops to hit back.

5-7 - Double ten for Wade sees him continue his fightback.

5-8 - Wade lands his first 180, but misses five darts to win the leg as van Barneveld steps in on double six.

5-9 - Wade misses double 11 to finish 84, and a determined van Barneveld hits double ten.

5-10 - van Barneveld moves a leg away from victory with a fine 13-darter, hitting a 180 and tops.

5-11 - van Barneveld finishes 86 on double seven to seal a fine win and his place in the final.

Raymond van Barneveld: "It's fantastic to be in the final and this is a great opportunity for me now. In the first couple of legs it was tough and it was hard to be confident, but I wanted to enjoy myself and my darts came good. I was really happy with this win."


Michael van Gerwen v Andy Hamilton

0-0 - Michael van Gerwen wins the bull and will throw first

1-0 - Hamilton misses double 14 and double seven to break throw in the first leg, and van Gerwen lands tops to win the opening leg.

1-1 - Hamilton levels by finishing double four.

2-1 - van Gerwen hits a 180 as he edges back ahead.

2-2 - Hamilton takes the fourth leg to level once more.

2-3 - The Stoke ace breaks throw with a superb 112 checkout, ending on double 16.

2-4 - Hamilton posts double 16 to move two legs clear of the Dutchman.

3-4 - van Gerwen posts a 180 and finishes double 12 for a 13-darter to hit back.

4-4 - van Gerwen finishes double 12 for an 84 finish to break throw and level.

5-4 - van Gerwen adds another 180 as he moves ahead once again.

5-5 - Hamilton hits a 180 and takes out 66 to level the game.

6-5 - Double 12 for van Gerwen sees him edge back in front.

6-6 - Hamilton hits back with a 13-darter, landing tops.

7-6 - Double ten for van Gerwen sees him complete a 14-darter.

7-7 - The pair continue their battle, with van Gerwen landing a 180 only for Hamilton to finish 78 on double six.

8-7 - This time Hamilton lands the maximum and van Gerwen posts the double, returning from an earlier miss to post double five.

8-8 - Hamilton finishes 84 on the bull to level.

8-9 - Hamilton initially misses one dart at double top to break, but when van Gerwen misses two darts at tops he returns to post double five to break throw and move ahead.

9-9 - Hamilton is unable to finish 82, and van Gerwen breaks back immediately on double ten.

10-9 - van Gerwen posts tops to move a leg away from the final.

11-9 - Hamilton is unable to finish 103, and van Gerwen hits double 16 to secure his place in the decider in an all-Dutch final against Raymond van Barneveld.

Michael van Gerwen: "It was a brilliant game. We both played very well and I'm so happy that I won. The crowd is fantastic and it would be great to go on and win this now. I've got Raymond in the final and we know each other very well. It will be difficult because he's a five-time World Champion and he's playing well, but it's a new game in the final."



Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen

0-0 - Raymond van Barneveld won the bull and will throw first.

1-0 - van Barneveld settles any early nerves by taking the opening leg in 15 darts with a confident 120 checkout.

1-1 - van Gerwen finishes tops to level the final.

1-2 - van Barneveld misses double five for an 87 finish, and van Gerwen makes him pay with a sensational 170 checkout!

1-3 - van Gerwen holds throw to move two legs clear.

2-3 - Both players hit 180s, and van Barneveld takes out 124 on double 11 to hit back.

2-4 - van Gerwen hits a 180 and tops to win a fourth leg of the game.

3-4 - Double 12 for van Barneveld sees him respond.

3-5 - Double ten for van Gerwen restores his two-leg lead.

4-5 - van Gerwen misses the bullseye to finish another 170 checkout - allowing van Barneveld in on double top.

4-6 - van Gerwen hits a 180 and finishes 114 on tops to regain his two-leg cushion.

5-6 - van Barneveld finishes 96 on double eight to return from the break in winning fashion.

6-6 - van Barneveld takes out 121 on the bullseye to level the game with a break of throw.

6-7 - van Gerwen breaks back with a sensational 164 checkout!

6-8 - van Barneveld opens with a 180, but van Gerwen posts tops to move two legs clear.

6-9 - van Gerwen kicks off the leg with a 177 score, and finishes tops for a 13-darter to extend his cushion.

6-10 - van Gerwen opens with a fourth 180 of the game and adds two more 130-plus scores before pinning tops for an 11-darter.

7-10 - Double eight from van Barneveld sees him keep the game alive.

7-11 - van Gerwen's scoring takes him to a finish first, and he lands double 12 to win the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters.