Tuesday 20 February 2018

Players Championship 1/2

Been busy continuing to import the UK Open qualifiers data into my database which is now two thirds done, fortunately the Players Championship events will take half the time, so it's not adding too much to a backlog.

Michael van Gerwen was the winner of both events, never really being troubled apart from needing a deciding leg against Ryan Searle and Luke Woodhouse on the Sunday (the latter missing match darts apparently), outside of him, it was a good weekend for Corey Cadby who's already looking good for all major events, James Wade had a return to form on the Saturday to reach the final, while relatively unknown Ryan Joyce had a storming weekend to reach a semi final and a quarter final, kicking off his tour card with a bang (although why he didn't play the second weekend of UK Open qualifiers is a bit of a mystery). Lower down the ranks, Simon Stevenson hit some of the form we've not seen for about fifteen months, while Danny Noppert continued a consistent start to the season with two board wins.

In terms of disappointing weekends, Peter Wright only grabbing £500 is a weird one, Joe Cullen whiffed twice in losing deciding legs to Chris Dobey and Jarred Cole, and perhaps surprisingly Justin Pipe did the same, after a good run in the UK Open qualis he lost out to James Richardson (fair enough) and Stephen Burton (a bit odd perhaps).

Not much else to add at present, I'm pouring all the time into getting the UK Open data ready before the preview for that one, so here's the updated FRH rankings:

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

Lower down, Cadby's climbed ten places this weekend to be on the brink of the top 60, Noppert is less than two grand away from the top 100, while Joyce debuts within the top 150.

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