By News Team
Last Updated: 27th January 2021
The world of darts saw in the year with a bang as Gerwyn Price lifted the PDC Darts World Championship and became world number one in the PDC darts rankings.
The Iceman had an incredible 2020, winning the Belgian Darts Championship, World Series of Darts Finals, World Grand Prix, World Cup of Darts and four Player Championships, while he will be looking to do what Peter Wright achieved last season and make PDC news by winning the Masters after being crowned world champion in the same month.
As we prepare for the upcoming PDC tournaments over the next 12 months, we have taken a look at what to keep your eye on through the 2021 PDC calendar.
The Masters – 29-31 January 2021, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Over the eight years that the tournament has been held, Michael van Gerwen has won five of them. However, Peter Wright is the reigning champion going into this year’s event and will be looking for back-to-back success.
European and UK Qualifying Schools – 8-17 February 2021, H+ Hotel Niedernhausen Conference Centre & Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
The PDC qualifying schools gives players the chance to compete and win a PDC tour card. This year, over 650 players have entered hoping to win one of 29 PDC tour cards on offer.
UK Open – 5-7 March 2021, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
The UK Open is a ranking major that is held annually in Minehead. Phil Taylor holds the record for winning the tournament the most with five titles, while Van Gerwen is the current holder.
US Darts Masters – 4-5 June 2021, Madison Square Garden, New York
The tournament is relatively new having only been staged three times previously, while being suspended for 2020. Nathan Aspinall is the current holder while Van Gerwen and Gary Anderson have also won the event in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Nordic Darts Masters – 11-13 June 2021, Forum Copenhagen
The inaugural Nordic Darts Mastes will see the top players in the PDC take on leading talent from across the Nordic and Baltic region. It was postponed last season but is scheduled to kick off in mid-June.
World Matchplay – 17-25 July 2021, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Highly regarded as one of the biggest tournaments, the World Matchplay has been played annually since 1994. The current holder is Dimitri van den Bergh, who beat Anderson in last year’s final. The winner of the World Matchplay is given the Phil Taylor trophy, after ‘The Power’ won an incredible 16 Matchplay titles.
New South Wales Darts Masters – 6-7 August 2021, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
The world’s top darts players will travel to Wollongong in Australia in August for the New South Wales Darts Masters. This will be the first time that the competition will have been staged.
Queensland Darts Masters – 13-14 August 2021, Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre
The world’s top darts players will then travel on to Queensland in Australia for the separate Queensland Darts Masters. Again, this will be the first time that the competition will have been staged.
New Zealand Darts Masters – 20-21 August 2021, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
The best in the PDC will visit New Zealand for the second time. In the inaugural event, Van Gerwen won his 14th World Series title after beating Raymond van Barneveld in the final.