Alexandra Palace in London will host the 2017 Professional Darts Corporation’s version of the World Championships from 15th December 2016 – 2nd January 2017. The real home of darts will see over 50,000 fans, many in fancy dress, visit the venue to watch the best dart players in the world compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy.
72 players from across the globe will all have the dream of lifting aloft the famous PDC ‘Sid Waddell Trophy’ on finals night and to walk away with the biggest prize money in world darts history of £350,000.
Scotland’s Gary Anderson is the two time back to back defending world darts champion, but he faces a stiff opposition from current favourite Michael van Gerwen along with several others to retain his crown. In this article we will look at some of the main protagonists for the 2017 PDC World Darts Title.
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen recently stated that he is in the “form of his life” and he is the man to beat, and who could really argue? The 27 year-old has swept all before him in 2016 winning a record 25 major titles this year and he is a worthy favourite to repeat his World Championship win back in 2014. The green machine is in the form of his life winning more than £1m in prize money in 2016 alone. The darts betting at 888sport darts put the Dutchman as on odds on favourite for the 2017 World Darts title.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor now 56 years old is a darting legend. He has lifted the world title more than any other player; a total of 16 times. 2016 has been a lean year for Phil due to the dominance of Michael van Gerwen. Phil now ranked 4th in the PDC order of merit still believes he has it in him to win another world title. Pundits in the past have dismissed Taylor as a major contender only to be proved wrong again and again. One thing is for sure Phil is still a leading player and his experience at the major events will help as he steps to the oche to try and win his 17th title.
Anderson has recently been prescribed glasses and changed his darts but may be playing with his trusted old set of darts at the World Championships, we will all have to wait and see.
It is very difficult to offer real confidence in any opposition stopping Michael van Gerwen claiming his second world crown in early January. Michael has made 2016 his own winning most of the major titles during the year. However, this is the world championships and in the past, we have seen many seeds full at the first hurdle.
MVG faces a preliminary round winner either Snook or Viljananen which should cause no major threat to him due to his massive scoring power. However, it will be at the later stages when the real threat are likely to appear, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson. Whatever happens the 2017 PDC World Darts Championship looks as good as it is billed.