Updated on 15/08/2017 21:53
Professional Darts Corporation

Premier League 2008

Various cities Various cities
From: Thursday 31 January 2008
Till: Monday 26 May 2008
Prize money:
  1. £100,000
  2. £50,000
  3. £40,000
  4. 5d place £27,500
  5. 6d place £25,000
  6. 7d place £22,500
  7. 8d place £20,000
Other prize money:
  1. High finish of Night 1 £1,000
  2. High finish of Night 2 £1,000
  3. High finish of Night 3 £1,000
  4. High finish of Night 4 £1,000
  5. High finish of Night 5 £1,000
  6. High finish of Night 6 £1,000
  7. High finish of Night 7 £1,000
  8. High finish of Night 8 £1,000
  9. High finish of Night 9 £1,000
  10. High finish of Night 10 £1,000
  11. High finish of Night 11 £1,000
  12. High finish of Night 12 £1,000
  13. High finish of Night 13 £1,000
  14. High finish of Night 14 £1,000
  15. High finish of Night Play-Offs £1,000
  16. Total: £340,000

After 44 matches without defeat the inevitable happens on January 31, 2008; Phil Taylor loses his first match in the Premier League. Debutant James Wade wins in the opening game of the season with 8-6. When Taylor also loses in week three and four to Terry Jenkins and Peter Manley, the great champion is almost written off. This proved very premature because Taylor comes back better than ever. After week four, he concedes a draw once, but wins the remaining matches convincingly with averages well above 100 per throw.

In the semi-final and final Taylor is unbeatable. Lewis loses the semi-final with 1-11 and Wade loses the final without a chance 8-16 against an inspired Taylor. Taylors average that day is over 110. Van Barneveld again loses in the semi-finals, this time to Wade. In the Premier League in 2008 there are only familiar faces, because the other four participants are Wayne Mardle, John Part, Adrian Lewis and Peter Manley.