2017 PDC World Championship best moments: Rapid 180s, tungsten tears and dancing
Holly Thackeray | 6 January 2017
2017 PDC World Championship best moments
And so the PDC World Championship draws to a close for another year, having provided thrills, spills, slips, top clash clashes and excellent arrow action by the bucketload once again, keeping viewers glued to their screens across Christmas and New Year.
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson were two deserved finalists in the darts showpiece, and the former proved superior after lifting his second title on Monday evening. But what about the rest of the winter holidays tournament?
To help fans recall the riveting matches, quirky characters, magnificent maximums, comedy calamities and on-oche drama, Coral writers have come up with a list of the 2017 PDC World Championship best moments.
So, sit back and enjoy, while you can let us know in the comments section below if we missed any of your favourites out…
Chizzy the maximums man
Dave Chisnall’s unofficial nickname is of course maximums man, and the Englishman underlined just why in his unmissable match-up with Gary Anderson at the quarter-finals stage.
Chizzy chucked a tremendous 21 180s, throwing the kitchen sink at The Flying Scotsman as one pundit remarked, but still amazingly to no avail.
Chisnall’s maximums madness forced Anderson, who hit an impressive 12 himself, into an inspiring performance which meant even though the St Mary’s star broke Raymond van Barneveld’s record for most in a match, he still lost 5-3 with an average of over 104. Wow.
Relive all 33 180s in Anderson v Chisnall below:
Sun Qiang’s slip-up
While, as for more embarassing arrow moments, back in the preliminary rounds, Chinese chucker Sun Qiang’s darting day could not have got off to a worse start.
In a moment most people dread when standing in front of a packed-out crowd, be it at an awards ceremony or graduation, Sun somehow tripped and fell over the oche in a less than graceful swan dive. Thankfully for him, eventual conqueror Corey Cadby didn’t seem to notice…
Corey Cadby’s emergence
Speaking of Aussie arrowsmith Cadby, the Tasmanian tungsten youngster followed up a PDC Youth World Championship trophy with his maiden appearance at the PDC Worlds.
The 21-year-old made a promising impression, confirming his exciting potential as a star for the future, after recording a cool 102.48 average when sinking Sun 2-0, before going out in a first round thriller with Joe Cullen in which he often threatened. Cadby clocked up six ton-plus finishes over his two matches – not bad…
Relive the moment Cadby crushed Sun:
Ricky Evans’ Rapid 180
It was another up-and-comer who also stole the show in the early days of the tournament, as English star Evans dazzled the darting world with the fastest 180 ever thrown in a televised competition.
The Rapid lived up to his nickname against Michael Smith in the first round, as he landed a maximum on the board in under three seconds, or 2.16 to be exact. The record breaker could certainly argue he has the fastest hands in the PDC, but he still exited the competition to Bully Boy 3-2 in a jaw-dropping opener.
Jerry Hendriks’ dance
It takes a little something special to out-dance Peter Wright, but Dutch dartsman Hendriks did just that, first with his walk-on, as he boogied towards the oche and then got the crowd going to 90s classic ‘Freed From Desire,’ which you can see below.
Although that wasn’t it for his smooth moves, as Hendriks continued to look like he was having the time of his life when dancing again as he claimed a second leg versus Snakebite. The smiles was instantly wiped off his face however, as Wright fired off a 180 and went on to win 3-0.
To top it off the pair were each a graceful winner and loser and engaged in a post-match dance-off too, using Wright’s trademark sideways shimmy!
Barney bags an autographed board!
Even the elite players enjoy a souvenir or two, as Van Barneveld proved when taking down the darts board as a memento as he edged all-time great Phil Taylor in the quarters, asking The Power cheekily to sign it for him as only a true fan could do.
Sportingly, the 16-time champion of the world obliged. He’s done the same himself a fair few times. And it was a match worth remembering…
— PerfectDarts (@Perfect_Darts) December 30, 2016
Barney’s brilliant run
Just like last year, with his amazing comebacks to beat Van Gerwen and Smith, Van Barneveld once again showed he still has ‘it’.
Often saving his best for the Ally Pally, fan favourite Barney provided many of the highlights again, despite arguably having the toughest run in the tournament.
Eventually bowing out in the semis to Mighty Mike with the highest-ever losing average at the Worlds with 109.34, Barney can look back at amazing games in which he ousted Adrian Lewis, The Power, Alan Norris and Robbie Green.
See some of his best below:
Michael van Gerwen v Cristo Reyes
One of the most engaging matches of the competition was Van Gerwen’s rumble with Reyes, as the Spaniard continually threatened to shock the world number one and refused to go down without a fight.
Tenerife-born The Spartan actually racked-up a higher average than Mighty Mike with an amazing 106.07, fighting back from 3-1 down and eventually losing 4-2 in the second round despite looking like he would level. There’s certainly more to come from the 29-year-old.
Alan Norris and his courageous comeback
One fantastic comeback that did occur was Chuck’s against dancing Cypriot-Greek John Michael in the pair’s first round fray.
Deadly Rose steamed ahead but lost his composure on the oche, allowing brilliant former BDO man Norris the chance to claw his way back from two sets down to a 3-2 success. See it again below!
— RTL7Darts (@rtl7darts) December 18, 2016
The King’s tungsten tears
Arrowsmiths can also get rather emotional on the oche, as Mervyn King showed when he shed a tear or two after his own 3-2 comeback in the first round to dispatch unseeded Steve West.
It was all too much for the Englishman, who said afterwards: “I have not got words for it. I played one of [my] best mates and I was just trying to hit what I needed to hit. I feel so sorry for Steve.”
— FlashScores (@FlashScorescouk) December 20, 2016
MvG’s amazing average
And, last but not least, let’s take another look at Van Gerwen’s incredible achievement by recording the PDC World Championship’s highest-ever tournament average.
Mighty Mike (8/15 odds-on Premier League Darts favourite) pulled out all the stops to halt compatriot Barney in the semis to book a place in the final, averaging an eye-watering 114.05 along the way, which beat Taylor’s record of 111.21. Fearsome.