2020 PDC European Tour Tournament Centre: Explanation of format, calendar and prize money breakdown
The PDC European Tour is back. What better time to enjoy some good old fashioned European unity?
Established in 2012, the European Tour has become a staple of the PDC Pro Tour. It is also one of the most accessible in terms of big stage experience and serious ranking money. PDC players have come to see European Tour spots as a golden ticket.
Last year, we saw nine different winners in the 13 events. Michael van Gerwen dominated as usual, winning four, while Ian White claimed two titles. Daryl Gurney, Dave Chisnall, Jamie Hughes, Mensur Suljovic, Joe Cullen, Gerwyn Price and Krzysztof Ratajski all won one of them.
Starting on February 28, the 2020 tour visits seven different countries, and 13 locations. Sindelfingen, Leverkusen, Munich, Riesa, Trier, Hildesheim and Jena will all host events in Germany. There is one event in the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium and Gibraltar.
Big names taking part
The European Tour events are frequently populated by the world's top players. Only Gary Anderson has a proclivity for skipping European trips. It means that the Scot is a long-term European Championship absentee. The likes of Van Gerwen, Wright, Price and Suljovic can be spotted at almost every event.
How it works
The top 16 in the Pro Tour Order of Merit and two highest ranked players of the host country at the cut-off point gain instant entry to a European Tour event. They are joined by 30 qualifiers. The Tour Card Holders Qualifier tournament provides 24 qualifiers for each tournament.
The remaining six spots are taken by two Home Nation Qualifiers, two players without a Tour Card, a Nordic & Baltic qualifier and an Eastern European qualifier.
The 32 best players on the PDC European Tour Order of Merit after 13 European Tour events take part in the European Championship in Dortmund.
|ET1 Belgian Darts Championship||February 28 – March 1||Hasselt|
|ET2 European Darts Grand Prix||March 20-22||Sindelfingen|
|ET3 European Darts Open||March 27-29||Leverkusen|
|ET4 German Darts Grand Prix||April 11-13||Munich|
|ET5 Austrian Darts Open||May 1-3||Premstätten|
|ET6 Hungarian Darts Open||May 8-10||Budapest|
|ET7 International Darts Open||May 22-24||Riesa|
|ET8 European Darts Matchplay||June 26-28||Trier|
|ET9 German Darts Championship||July 3-5||Hildesheim|
|ET10 German Darts Open||July 10-12||Jena|
|ET11 Dutch Darts Masters||September 11-13||Leeuwarden|
|ET12 Gibraltar Darts Trophy||September 25-27||Gibraltar|
|ET13 Czech Darts Open||October 16-18||Prague|
First round – Best of 11 legs
Second round – Best of 11 legs
Third round – Best of 11 legs
Quarter-finals – Beste of 11 legs
Semi-finals – Best of 13 legs
Final – Best of 15 legs
Prize Money breakdown European Tour 2020