With a rare break in the WDF calendar this weekend, we can take time to reflect on what has been a hectic first two months on the circuit, as the brand new 2020 WDF ranking system begins to take shape.
The hard work continues in establishing two brand new major events for the end of the season as an incentive for players throughout the WDF circuit and we look forward to announcing full details in the coming weeks.
Winners of all ranking events qualify directly for the new WDF Masters tournament, with the runner up of ‘silver’ events and the semi-finalists of ‘gold/platinum’ events also winning places.
News from North America
Events in North America have already taken place, with regional rankings now set up for both Canada and USA. These tables can be seen here and will reward the top players at the end of the year. Congratulations to all of the players who are setting the pace early on.
LAS VEGAS OPEN, USA – Silver CHRIS LIM PAULA MURPHY (Danny Baggish) (Kelly Meares) KW TRI CITY OPEN, Canada – Silver MATT CAMPBELL DARLENE VAN SLEEUWEN (Keifer Durham) (Patricia Farrell) SNOFLAKE OPEN, Canada – Bronze JIM EDWARDS CRYSTAL CHIASSON QUEBEC OPEN, Canada – Bronze DAVID CAMERON SAMANTHA GIBBONS CAMELLIA CLASSIC, USA – Bronze LEONARD GATES TERESA QUAN News from Australia
Darts Australia has pledged its full support to the WDF system for 2020 and beyond and has also played it’s first of 16 ranking events of the year. Their regional tables can be found here.
VICTORIAN CLASSIC Australia – Bronze ARRON MORRISON TORI KEWISH
We now look forward to news of the 2020 Australian Darts Open, which will stage and broadcast an event at the end of July that combines WDF international invitations, the very best of Australia, plus qualifiers open to all. With the ‘gold’ ranked Pacific Masters being played the same week, it really will be a festival of darts to remember in Echuca Moama.
News from Europe
Events in Europe began in Iceland, with ‘silver’ double headers to follow in both Romania and Slovakia. We have also seen the first two premier tournaments played in 2020, with the Dutch Open (platinum) and Scottish Open (gold) seeing their winners rewarded with places in our forthcoming WDF Championship. Our congratulations go to Aileen de Graaf (Ned), Ross Montgomery (Sco), Beau Greaves (Eng) and Jim Williams (Wal).
These tournaments also feature on the various WDF regional rankings tables set up for Europe, all of which can be viewed here.
REYKJAVIK INT. GAMES Iceland – Bronze
PALL ARNI PETURSSON
ROMANIAN CLASSIC Romania – Silver
(Martin Marti Santamaria)
ROMANIAN INT. OPEN Romania – Silver
DUTCH OPEN DARTS Netherlands – Platinum
AILEEN DE GRAAF
SF – Paul Hogan
& Wayne Warren SF – Deta Hedman
& Maria O’Brien SCOTTISH OPEN Scotland – Gold JIM WILLIAMS BEAU GREAVES (Steve Hine) (Fallon Sherrock) SF – Martin Adams
& Darren Beveridge SF – Anastasia Dobromyslova
& Deta Hedman SLOVAK MASTERS Slovakia – Silver WAYNE WARREN MARIA O’BRIEN (David Evans) (Deta Hedman) SLOVAK OPEN Slovakia – Silver CHRIS LANDMAN LORRIANE WINSTANLEY (Sebastian Steyer) (Laura Turner) WDF 2020 – Journey continues
As we move into March, WDF ranking tournaments will continue in Australia and Canada, with Europe hosting events in the Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, Germany, Hungary and Gibraltar.
Following the disappointing news that the United International Open/Masters in the Netherlands has been cancelled, we have received good news that the Isle of Man Open will join the Isle of Man Masters in being WDF ranked, with two ‘silver’ events now being played (13-15 March). Full information on the 2020 Isle of Man Festival can be found from our calendar page – WDF Calendar.
WDF 2020 – Gold / Platinum events
As previously announced, there will be 12 ‘gold’ WDF events in 2020 (including the ‘platinum’ Dutch Open). But in a change to the original list of events published, there will now be a ‘gold’ tournament in the United States, rather than in Canada. The Witch City Open (18-20 September) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA.
WDF Youth Ranking Season
Youth events have also been taking place, with many of them running alongside our senior WDF ranked tournaments. We also have events such as the International Youth Challenge in Austria (March 21-22) and the Europe Cup Youth in Hungary (July 8-12) to look forward to.
Follow the Action
Keep up to date with all of the 2020 WDF ranking events on our calendar page – WDF Calendar.
Updated 02/03/2020 19:00 UTC Camellia Classic and Quebec Open winners