2019 PDC World Cup of Darts, Players, Seeds and Format.
The 2019 PDC World Cup of darts is nearly upon us. Thirty-two countries will compete in a straight knockout content to be crown World Cup team champions.
Defending Champions, the Netherlands will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of victories. However, they will be missing the five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld.
The countries two-player teams are selected by order of merit/ranking. Raymond in recent months has slipped down the order of merit table; hence this year his place will be taken by Jermaine Wattimena. The Netherlands hasn’t drifted far from the top being favourites. However, they are now seeded four in the group of thirty-two nations. Despite their lower seedings the Netherland’s will still be hard to beat will the world no.1 Michael van Gerwen taking their lead.
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World Cup of Darts Format
One thing to note, the 2019 PDC World Cup of Darts format has changed from previous years. Before this event, the 32 teams were placed into eight groups of four for a first round, ‘round robin’ phase with the top two teams progressing to the knockout stages. This year this format has been abandoned, and the contest is just a straight knockout hence fewer matches and probably less 180s! However, this shouldn’t detract from the drama and tension the World Cup of darts brings as there are always upsets and a double miss could just cost the county a match.
Teams, Players and Seeded Countries.
Although the round robin phase has gone, eight of the thirty-two teams are seeded. England top the seeds with former World Champion Rob Cross and the 2019 World Champion Runner-up Michael Smith. Their first round opponents will be the Philippines.
The oldest player in the contest s Paul Lim he will be playing for Singapore
Lim has always been a crowd pleaser and is still the only player ever to hit a perfect nine-dart leg in the BDO World Championship a feat he achieved in the second round of the 1990 World Professional Darts Championship. The support is likely to be for all Countries in particular for the underdogs. Singapore faces Wales in the first round, and although this might be a difficult match for them to win, with Lim’s experience, they could pull off a shock.
|(Seed 1) England - Rob Cross & Michael Smith|
|(Seed 2) Scotland - Gary Anderson & Peter Wright|
|(Seed 3) Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton|
|(Seed 4) Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena|
|(Seed 5) Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson|
|(Seed 6) Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan|
|(Seed 7) Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|(Seed 8) Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher|
|Brazil - Diogo Portela & Artur Valle|
|Canada - Dawson Murschell & Jim Long|
|China - Xiaochen Zong & Qingyu Zhan|
|Czech Republic - Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek|
|Denmark - Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe|
|Finland - Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen|
|Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler|
|Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez|
|Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis|
|Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung|
|Hungary - Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso|
|Italy - Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti|
|Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu|
|Lithuania - Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas|
|New Zealand - Cody Harris & Haupai Puha|
|Philippines - Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem|
|Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik|
|Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor|
|Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksey Kadochnikov|
|Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim|
|South Africa - Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers|
|Spain - Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas|
|Sweden - Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris|
|USA - Darin Young & Chuck Puleo|
2019 World Cup of Darts first Round Draw
Thursday 6th June (7pm local time)
|Northern Ireland (6)||v||South Africa|
|Belgium (7)||v||Hong Kong|
Friday 7th June (7pm local time)
|Republic of Ireland||v||Greece|
World Cup of Darts Winners
* England won the title on the sudden death doubles leg.
1 point allocated to a match win either singles or doubles