Now in its 4th year, the Perth World Series event has produced some exceptional darts and big memories in its short history.
Phil Taylor has, since the world series began, been the man to beat down under as he dominated for the first 2 years. His only loss in the event coming at the hands of now World Youth Champion Corey Cadby. The youngster made his television debut in Sydney last year and lost 6-3 to Taylor, only for Cadby to exact his revenge on the greatest player of all time one week later.
Taylor averaged a cool 111.65 in that loss. The second highest in the events history. Such has his dominance been, Taylor hold 5 of the top 10 tournament averages ever recorded in the competition.
Michael van Gerwen holds 3 of the top 10, including a staggering 118.21 against Paul Nicholson in the 2014 quarter final stage. MvG is also the only man other than Taylor to have tasted victory in Perth. The world number 1 took full advantage of Taylors early exist last year and beat Dave Chisnall 11-4 in the final.
Peter Wright and Corey Cadby are the other 2 names on the list for top averages. Whilst they are a guide, a good average isn’t always an indicator of a good game. However, the paid both averaged 109+ against each other at the quarter final stage last year in an epic contest.
The action gets underway on Friday, and we’re hoping Perth can once again deliver some world class darting action.
General stats
Most titles (2): Phil Taylor
Most finals (2): Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen
Most semi-finals (3): Michael van Gerwen
Most quarter-finals (3): Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade, Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright
Highest average (118.21): Michael van Gerwen (2014)
Previous finals
2016: Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Dave Chisnall
2015: Phil Taylor 11-7 James Wade
2014: Phil Taylor 11-9 Michael van Gerwen
Highest averages (top 10)
1. Michael van Gerwen (118.21) in 2014 QF v Paul Nicholson
2. Phil Taylor (111.65) in 2016 R1 v Corey Cadby – Lost
3. Phil Taylor (109.86) in 2014 QF v Raymond van Barneveld
4. Peter Wright (109.83) in 2016 QF v Corey Cadby
5. Corey Cadby (109.57) in 2016 QF v Peter Wright – Lost
6. Phil Taylor (108.50) in 2015 SF v Gary Anderson
7. Phil Taylor (106.55) in 2014 SF v Dave Chisnall
8. Michael van Gerwen (105.94) in 2015 QF v Raymond van Barneveld
9. Michael van Gerwen (105.69) in 2015 R1 v David Platt
10. Phil Taylor (105.08) in 2014 Final v Michael van Gerwen

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Author: Jack Garwood