|2009 Whyte & Mackay Premier League Darts|
|5 February–25 May 2009|
|Number of players|
|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.
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.
Qualifiers are as follows:
|Echo Arena Liverpool
|Royal Highland Showground
|Metro Radio Arena|
|National Indoor Arena
|Trent FM Arena
|Cardiff International Arena
The prize fund increased again with the top prize now reaching £125,000, and the total prize fund rising to £400,000.
|High Checkout (per night)||£1,000|
5 February – Week 1
12 February – Week 2
19 February – Week 3
26 February – Week 4
5 March – Week 5
12 March – Week 6
19 March – Week 7
26 March – Week 8
2 April – Week 9
9 April – Week 10
16 April – Week 11
23 April – Week 12
30 April – Week 13
7 May – Week 14
† – 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. However, Mardle was rushed into hospital with mumps on 15 April, which ruled him out of week eleven. 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. 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.
* – 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.
Wembley Arena, London
|Semi-finals (best of 19 legs)|
|6 – 10|| Mervyn King |
|10 – 8|| Raymond van Barneveld |
|Final (best of 25 legs)|
|8 – 13|| James Wade |
|High Checkout: Mervyn King 156 (Final)|
|2||James Wade W||12||7||3||2||17||81||66||+15||28||181||114||43||97.44||170|
|3||Raymond van Barneveld||12||5||3||4||13||76||71||+5||25||188||122||43||99.13||167|
|4||Mervyn King RU||12||4||4||4||12||76||70||+6||28||203||114||37||96.67||130|
Top four qualify for Play-offs after Week 14.
NB: LWAT = Legs Won Against Throw. Players separated by +/- leg difference if tied.
|Raymond van Barneveld||L||D||L||W||W||W||L||W||L||D||W||D||L||N/A|
NB: W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; N/A = Did Not Play; – indicates match did not count towards final standings
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.