2020 Unibet European Championship
Tournament information
Dates29 October–1 November 2020
VenueKönig Pilsener Arena
LocationOberhausen
Country Germany
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£500,000
Winner's share£120,000
Nine-dart finishPortugal José de Sousa (First round)
High checkout170 Germany Max Hopp
(First round)
Champion(s)
Scotland Peter Wright
«2019 2021»

The 2020 Unibet European Championship was the thirteenth edition of the Professional Darts Corporation's European Championship tournament, which saw the top players from the four European tour events compete against each other. The tournament took place from 29 October–1 November 2020 at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, having been moved from its original venue of the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund.[1]

Rob Cross was the defending champion after defeating Gerwyn Price 11–6 in the 2019 final. However, he was beaten 6–3 by Martijn Kleermaker in the first round, as was top seed Joe Cullen in another upset, who lost to William O'Connor by the same scoreline.

Peter Wright won the tournament for the first time with an 11–4 win over James Wade in the final.

José de Sousa hit a nine-darter in his first-round match with Jeffrey de Zwaan, which he won 6–3.

Prize money

The 2020 European Championship has a total prize fund of £500,000, the same as its previous edition.[2]

The following is the breakdown of the fund:

Position (no. of players) Prize Money
(Total: £500,000)
Winner (1) £120,000
Runner-Up (1) £60,000
Semi-finalists (2) £32,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £20,000
Last 16  (Second round) (8) £10,000
Last 32  (First round) (16) £6,000

Qualification

The 2020 tournament continued the new qualification system used in the two previous editions: the top 32 players from the European Tour Order of Merit qualified for the tournament.[3] The Order of Merit is solely based on prize money won in the four European tour events during the season, reduced from the planned 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with the previous tournaments, players were drawn in a fixed bracket by their seeded order with the top qualifier playing the 32nd, the second playing the 31st and so on.

Glen Durrant (who would've been 23rd seed) had to withdraw from the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19 the week before,[4] allowing William O'Connor to enter the tournament as the 32nd seed.[3]

The following players qualified for the tournament:

  1. England Joe Cullen (First round)
  2. Wales Gerwyn Price (Second round)
  3. Portugal José de Sousa (Second round)
  4. South Africa Devon Petersen (Semi-finals)
  5. Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (Second round)
  6. England Michael Smith (Second round)
  7. Austria Mensur Suljović (Second round)
  8. England Nathan Aspinall (Second round)
  9. England James Wade (Runner-up)
  10. Poland Krzysztof Ratajski (First round)
  11. Netherlands Danny Noppert (First round)
  12. England Mervyn King (First round)
  13. England Rob Cross (First round)
  14. Wales Jonny Clayton (Semi-finals)
  15. Scotland Peter Wright (Champion)
  16. England Jamie Hughes (Second round)
  17. England Dave Chisnall (First round)
  18. Germany Gabriel Clemens (First round)
  19. Germany Max Hopp (First round)
  20. Netherlands Martijn Kleermaker (Second round)
  21. England Ian White (Quarter-finals)
  22. Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode (Quarter-finals)
  23. England Steve West (Quarter-finals)
  24. Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon (First round)
  25. Netherlands Maik Kuivenhoven (First round)
  26. Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney (First round)
  27. England Ross Smith (First round)
  28. Lithuania Darius Labanauskas (First round)
  29. England Andy Hamilton (First round)
  30. Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan (First round)
  31. Belgium Kim Huybrechts (First round)
  32. Republic of Ireland William O'Connor (Quarter-finals)

Draw

First round (best of 11 legs)
29 October
Second round (best of 19 legs)
30 October
Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
31 October
Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
1 November
Final (best of 21 legs)
1 November
               
1 England Joe Cullen 86.05 3
32 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 88.17 6
32 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 95.26 10
16 England Jamie Hughes 83.63 3
16 England Jamie Hughes 94.22 6
17 England Dave Chisnall 92.66 5
32 Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 91.65 4
9 England James Wade 98.69 10
8 England Nathan Aspinall 86.68 6
25 Netherlands Maik Kuivenhoven 82.21 3
8 England Nathan Aspinall 95.72 8
9 England James Wade 96.75 10
9 England James Wade 92.42 6
24 Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon 93.02 5
9 England James Wade 94.51 11
4 South Africa Devon Petersen 97.38 10
4 South Africa Devon Petersen 95.29 6
29 England Andy Hamilton 87.69 1
4 South Africa Devon Petersen 101.09 10
20 Netherlands Martijn Kleermaker 91.40 8
13 England Rob Cross 95.18 3
20 Netherlands Martijn Kleermaker 91.15 6
4 South Africa Devon Petersen 106.30 10
21 England Ian White 94.13 6
5 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 103.13 6
28 Lithuania Darius Labanauskas 100.06 1
5 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 101.95 4
21 England Ian White 103.64 10
12 England Mervyn King 86.66 2
21 England Ian White 91.83 6
9 England James Wade 95.28 4
15 Scotland Peter Wright 104.33 11
2 Wales Gerwyn Price 103.68 6
31 Belgium Kim Huybrechts 87.00 1
2 Wales Gerwyn Price 100.76 6
15 Scotland Peter Wright 102.70 10
15 Scotland Peter Wright 104.73 6
18 Germany Gabriel Clemens 100.36 3
15 Scotland Peter Wright 104.19 10
23 England Steve West 98.21 6
7 Austria Mensur Suljović 90.96 6
26 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 84.52 2
7 Austria Mensur Suljović 95.01 9
23 England Steve West 97.19 10
10 Poland Krzysztof Ratajski 99.76 5
23 England Steve West 95.19 6
15 Scotland Peter Wright 102.06 11
14 Wales Jonny Clayton 100.95 8
3 Portugal José de Sousa 95.32 6
30 Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan 87.65 3
3 Portugal José de Sousa 98.75 6
14 Wales Jonny Clayton 98.49 10
14 Wales Jonny Clayton 98.88 6
19 Germany Max Hopp 97.59 5
14 Wales Jonny Clayton 88.19 10
22 Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode 84.21 4
6 England Michael Smith 89.29 6
27 England Ross Smith 91.34 5
6 England Michael Smith 92.63 8
22 Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode 92.44 10
11 Netherlands Danny Noppert 92.93 0
22 Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode 98.02 6

References

  1. ^ Allen, Dave. "2020 European Championship moves to Oberhausen". Professional Darts Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  2. ^ Allen, Dave. "Prize Money Soars Above £14m In 2019". PDC. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "2020 European Tour Order of Merit". PDC. Archived from the original on 18 November 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Premier League Darts champion Glen Durrant tests positive for coronavirus". Sky Sports. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 18 November 2020.