2009 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts
Winner
England James Wade
Runner-up
England Mervyn King
Score
13–8
Date
5 February–25 May 2009
Edition
5th
Number of players
8
Venues
15
Premier League Darts
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The 2009 Whyte & Mackay Premier League was a darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation.

The tournament kicked off at the Echo Arena Liverpool, which hosted the biggest ever crowd for a PDC event of almost 8,000 in 2008.

New venues in Edinburgh and Exeter joined some of the UK's biggest arenas, including Belfast's Odyssey Arena, Manchester's MEN Arena, Birmingham's National Indoor Arena, the Sheffield Arena and Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

The tournament came to a conclusion with the play-offs on Monday 25 May at the Wembley Arena – coinciding with the Football League play-offs at the neighbouring Wembley Stadium over the same weekend. Phil Taylor was defending his Whyte & Mackay Premier League title once again, however he failed to retain it after losing to Mervyn King 10–6 in the semi-finals. James Wade beat King 13–8 in the final, to claim the £125,000 first prize and the first Premier League not to be claimed by Taylor.

Qualification

The top six players from the PDC Order of Merit following the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship were confirmed on 5 January. Jelle Klaasen and Wayne Mardle were named as the two Sky Sports wild card selections on 9 January.[1]

Qualifiers are as follows:

  1. England Phil Taylor
  2. England James Wade
  3. Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
  4. Canada John Part
  5. England Terry Jenkins
  6. England Mervyn King
  7. England Wayne Mardle
  8. Netherlands Jelle Klaasen

Venues

England Liverpool Scotland Edinburgh England Coventry Northern Ireland Belfast England Newcastle
Echo Arena Liverpool
5 February
Royal Highland Showground
12 February
Ricoh Arena
19 February
Odyssey Arena
26 February
Metro Radio Arena
5 March
England Manchester England Brighton England Birmingham Scotland Glasgow England Exeter
MEN Arena
12 March
Brighton Centre
19 March
National Indoor Arena
26 March
SECC
2 April
Westpoint Arena
9 April
England Nottingham Scotland Aberdeen England Sheffield Wales Cardiff England London
Trent FM Arena
16 April
AECC
23 April
Sheffield Arena
30 April
Cardiff International Arena
7 May
Wembley Arena
25 May

Prize money

The prize fund increased again with the top prize now reaching £125,000, and the total prize fund rising to £400,000.

Stage Prize Money
Winner £125,000
Runner-up £65,000
Semi-finalists (x2) £40,000
5th place £32,500
6th place £30,000
7th place £27,500
8th place £25,000
High Checkout (per night) £1,000
Total £400,000

Results

League stage

Notes

† – Wayne Mardle didn't play in week ten because of a virus. John Part played two matches in week ten, with Mardle due to play two in week eleven.[16] However, Mardle was rushed into hospital with mumps on 15 April, which ruled him out of week eleven.[17] This means that Mervyn King and James Wade played twice during week eleven, with Mardle now due to make up five matches in the last three weeks. He had been due to play two matches in both weeks thirteen and fourteen, giving King the night off in Sheffield, and Wade in Cardiff.[18] However, he was re-admitted to hospital, and in accordance with tournament regulations, was removed from the tournament. His results from the tournament so far were also annulled. In order for each remaining night to have four matches, there was a series of challenge matches featuring Robert Thornton, Adrian Lewis, Dennis Priestley, Mark Webster and Gary Anderson.[19]

* – Phil Taylor's average of 116.01 was, at the time, the highest recorded three-dart average in televised darts history. He broke his own record of 114.53, set against Wes Newton during the 2008 UK Open.

Play-offs – 25 May

England Wembley Arena, London

Score
[20]
Semi-finals (best of 19 legs)
Phil Taylor England
95.78
6 – 10 England Mervyn King
89.86
James Wade England
97.93
10 – 8 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld
95.26
Final (best of 25 legs)
Mervyn King England
85.83
8 – 13 England James Wade
90.38
High Checkout: Mervyn King 156 (Final)

Table and Streaks

Table

Pos Name Pld W D L Pts LF LA +/- LWAT 100+ 140+ 180s A HC
1 England Phil Taylor 12 7 4 1 18 88 58 +30 29 194 128 56 104.43 170
2 England James Wade W 12 7 3 2 17 81 66 +15 28 181 114 43 97.44 170
3 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 12 5 3 4 13 76 71 +5 25 188 122 43 99.13 167
4 England Mervyn King RU 12 4 4 4 12 76 70 +6 28 203 114 37 96.67 130
5 England Terry Jenkins 12 2 5 5 9 74 83 −9 26 207 129 46 95.89 141
6 Canada John Part 12 2 5 5 9 63 86 −23 18 180 72 25 92.38 150
7 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 12 1 4 7 6 66 90 −24 26 173 93 33 91.24 170

Top four qualify for Play-offs after Week 14.
NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. Players separated by +/- leg difference if tied.

Streaks

Player Week Play-offs
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 SF F
England Phil Taylor W W D L D W W W W D D W W W L N/A
England James Wade D L W W W W W D L W W D W W N/A W W
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld L D L W D W W L W L D W W D L N/A
England Mervyn King W W W W D L L W W L D D D N/A L W L
England Terry Jenkins D D D L L L W L W D L D W D N/A
Canada John Part D D L W W D L D L W D N/A L L L
Netherlands Jelle Klaasen D L L L L D L W L D D L L W
England Wayne Mardle L D W L D L L L L N/A N/A Withdrawn
Challengers
Scotland Robert Thornton N/A L N/A
England Adrian Lewis N/A L N/A
England Dennis Priestley N/A L N/A
Wales Mark Webster N/A L
Scotland Gary Anderson N/A W

NB: W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; N/A = Did Not Play; indicates match did not count towards final standings

Player statistics

The following statistics are only for league stage games that contributed to the final standings. Annulled fixtures, challenge matches and play-offs are not included.

Phil Taylor

James Wade

Raymond van Barneveld

Mervyn King

Terry Jenkins

John Part

Jelle Klaasen

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