A Look at the Darts PDC World Grand Prix
The 2019 Darts PDC World Grand Prix took place between 6 and 12 October in Dublin with the city’s CityWest Hotel providing a fitting venue. The PDC organised event kick starts what is a busy time for the sport of darts as we move towards the year-ending World Championships.
This year’s renewal was the 22nd running of the popular event which is played over sets with a double in and double out format. It’s exciting for both players and fans and there’s also plenty to bet on. That helps followers add a little more interest to the experience.
Best in the Business on Show
There’s plenty to hold the attention of the world’s best players also and a stunning prize pool means the biggest names in the industry come out to shine. The past winner’s honours roll reads like a who’s who of the sport and those taking part this year were desperate to add their name to the trophy. Going into the competition and it was obvious we were gearing up for one of the most competitive renewals in living memory. Darts fans couldn’t wait for the oche action to get underway.
A cool £450,000 was set aside as a prize pot with a hefty £110,000 of that promised to the winner. Who landed the cheque and trophy? Many backers had their hard-earned cash down on pre-tournament favourite but did the Darts PDC World Grand Prix follow the script?
MVG Wins His 12th Title
The obvious answer was, of course, he did. Michael van Gerwen is the best player in the sport of darts at the minute with a host of major titles to his name and the general opinion is that the Dutchman is here to stay and will dominate the game for years to come. He won his 12th major title of the year and did so in impressive fashion, beating Dave Chisnall 5-2 in the final to retain the prize he also claimed 12 months ago.
The final score would suggest Mighty Michael van Gerwen was an easy winner but that wasn’t the case. He was made to work every step of the way by his opponent as the match swung back and forth during the early exchanges. Chisnall targeted an upset going into the match and having blazed a trail of glory to the final, he had every right to be confident. Chisnall was a big priced underdog with the bookies but that had never stopped him causing an upset in the past and he approached the main stage looking like a man in Dublin determined to finish the job.
Both players finished the match with their averages in the 90s and the majority of the seven sets went the distance, much to the delight of those in attendance who lapped up a special atmosphere. MVG was the most popular man in the house, of that there can be no doubt, but no one paid their cash to see a one-sided contest, ensuring Dave Chisnall received his fair share of backing and applause. The beaten man played his part in what was an engrossing final and he received a full thanks from those camped at the stage tables and in the stands.
Mighty Wants to Keep his Good Form Going
Despite being no stranger to the winner’s enclosure, Michael van Gerwen told fans in his post-match media chat it had been a phenomenal week where he was made to play really well by each of his opponents, especially Dave Chisnall in the final.
The champion gave special praise to the runner up, complimenting his never say die attitude that put him under pressure on each visit to the oche. MVG admitted he did do the right things at the right moments of the match and that was the difference between the two on the night. Michael van Gerwen had fans excited when adding he wants to keep his good form going.