Taylor famously defeated Peter Wright in last year's final to claim the crown for a 16th time and this year the players will battle it out for the right to lift the 'Phil Taylor Trophy' - named in recognition of 'The Power's' achievements on this stage.
Top seed Michael van Gerwen is bidding for a third Matchplay title in the space of four stagings, while James Wade is the only other player in the field to have tasted success in this competition, having gone all the way back in World Champion Rob Cross and recent World Series winners Gary Anderson and Michael Smith are among the other front-runners for glory, while six players will make their debut in this year's Matchplay.
First Round matches are to be contested over the best of 19 legs, Second Round best of 25, Quarter-Finals best of 31, Semi-Finals best of 33 and the final best of 35 legs.
Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a best of 19 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12—12 then the 25th leg will be the decider.
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Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Wager the Casino Bonus 40x to withdraw winnings. Credit or Debit card only. For example, the first round was usually played over the first to 10 legs, but if the score reached , play continued until either player gained a two-leg lead.
Starting with the World Matchplay , if a two leg-lead hadn't been established after six extra legs, then a sudden death leg is played, so sudden death would come into play in a first round match at Over the course of the tournament's year existence, there have only been eight different winners: Dennis Priestley was also runner-up for three consecutive years.
From onwards, the World Matchplay champion will receive the Phil Taylor Trophy, as was announced by the PDC following the retirement of the sixteen-time winner of the tournament.
The list of finals: In , Phil Taylor became the first player to average over in all five rounds of the tournament.
He repeated this feat in and An average of over in a match in the World Matchplay has been achieved 34 times, of which Phil Taylor is responsible for The highest match average ever in the World Matchplay is The highest match average ever in the World Matchplay Final is From the beginning of the tournament in , the World Matchplay has always been a legs only event.
The length of matches for each round has changed several times over the years, as shown below. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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