2020 PDC World Darts Championship
The 2020 PDC World Darts Championship took place from 13 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, after defeating Michael Smith 7–3 in the 2019 final. Fallon Sherrock became the first female player to win a match at a PDCWorld Championship, beating Ted Evetts 3–2 in first round.
About 2020 PDC World Darts Championship in brief
The 2020 PDC World Darts Championship was the 27th World Championship to be organised by the Professional Darts Corporation. It took place at Alexandra Palace in London from 13 December 2019 to 1 January 2020. Michael van Gerwen was the defending champion, after defeating Michael Smith 7–3 in the 2019 final. Raymond van Barneveld announced his intention to retire from professional darts with this tournament, playing his planned last match in the first round against Darin Young. He subsequently reversed this decision after a year out. Fallon Sherrock became the first female player to win a match at a PDCWorld Championship, beating Ted Evetts 3–2 in first round. She then went on to beat Mensur Suljović 3–1 in the second round, before losing 2–4 to Chris Dobey. Two qualifiers were held for The UK & Ireland & The Rest of the World Qualifier was won by Mikuru Suzuki, the reigning women’s champion from the 2019 BDO World Championship. The final group of 32 qualifiers was determined by a series of international qualifiers and secondary tours. 96 players competed in the championship, with the thirty-two highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit being seeded to second round. The tournament was the culmination of the 2019 PDC Pro Tour season, and the three winners of a tournament between unqualified holders, the holders Tour Card holders and the qualifiers made their debuts in the tournament.
It was the third time the tournament had been held at the Alexandra Palace, London, having previously been held in 2012 and 2013. It is the thirteenth tournament to be held in the UK and the fourth time it has taken place in the Republic of Ireland. It will be the first time that the tournament has been held outside of the UK, after it was held in Scotland in 2013 and 2014. The event will be held on the Gold Coast in Australia, and will be followed by two other tournaments in South Africa and the United States in 2015 and 2016. The first of the two tournaments will take place on the South African Gold Coast, before the second is held in Australia in 2015. The tournament will be hosted by the Australian Institute of Darts and Darts, which is based in Melbourne. The second tournament will be on the Australian Gold Coast on November 28 and 29, 2015, and is the first of two tournaments in the South American Gold Coast and the second on November 30 and December 1, 2015. There will be a total of six tournaments held across the world in 2020, including two in Australia and two in South America. The third tournament is the Australian Darts Masters, which takes place in September and October.