Sunday 9 April 2017

Players Championship 7/8

No van Gerwen, Anderson or Taylor opened up a few possibilities for people this weekend, who took them? Let's see.

Performance of the weekend - can go to none other than Daryl Gurney. Winning your first PDC title and then following it up with a final the day after is incredible stuff. Only downside was a failure to qualify for Saarbr├╝cken, but I don't think he'll be that bothered given what happened afterwards. Looking elsewhere for contenders, Wade did alright, Price also was solid, a lot further down Steve Lennon and Jimmy Hendriks had good weekends, Lennon also qualifying for the aforementioned European Tour event. Paul Nicholson also managed qualification and two round of 32 performances, so an upturn for the Asset, the same result as Maik Langendorf, at least in the Players Championship events.

Best tournament performance - Joe Cullen for getting his first title. It wasn't the trickiest run in the world, but you've still got to beat whoever is in front of you. King, Richardson and Kellett had solid runs today, while Lennon gets credit for his run yesterday. Wattimena on Saturday also had some great scores.

Best single match performance - A few contenders here. Wayne Jones turning over Peter Wright first round has to be up there, Craig Gilchrist coming from nowhere to overturn Whitlock at the same stage, Kellett turning over van Barneveld towards the business end is also huge. Chris Quantock 6-0 over Gilding in the Euro qualifier is a good result. Huybrechts steamrolling Wade 6-0 in the last 16 on Saturday gets my nod though, it's towards the end of a tournament against a player in form, and he made it look easy.

Worst weekend long performance - Jelle, you're either injured or you're not. If you are, just get the surgery or rest up and just concentrate on the Euro events. Don't lost first round to Richie Corner and Scott Taylor. Bunting, Darren Webster and White didn't have the best weekends, but it's got to go to Klaasen.

Worst single tournament performance - Wright not even making it into the money today, with the draw he had I'd have expected a quarter final as a minimum. Barney losing round one to Meikle is close.

I have a few thoughts on checkouts that I want to post up later this week but need to do some analysis first - I think there's enough openly available information to try to debunk some theories, it's just a case of pulling it together.

Current adjusted top 20:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Peter Wright
4 Dave Chisnall
5 James Wade
6 Raymond van Barneveld
7 Adrian Lewis
8 Mensur Suljovic
9 Phil Taylor
10 Jelle Klaasen
11 Kim Huybrechts
12 Simon Whitlock
13 Benito van de Pas
14 Ian White
15 Alan Norris
16 Gerwyn Price
17 Daryl Gurney (UP 1)
18 Michael Smith (DOWN 1)
19 Robert Thornton
20 Joe Cullen (NEW)

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