Updated on 21/09/2017 11:14
Professional Darts Corporation

World Grand Prix 2016

CityWest Hotel, Dublin
From: Sunday 2 October 2016
Till: Saturday 8 October 2016
Prize money:
  1. £100,000
  2. £45,000
  3. £23,500
  4. Q/F £15,000
  5. Last 16 £8,500
  6. Last 32 £5,000
  1. Total: £400,000

The World Grand Prix 2016 was played from 2 to 8 October at the City West Hotel in Dublin. For the third time in five years it was Michael van Gerwen who walked away with the title. He defeated the Scottish world champion Gary Anderson 5-2 in the final.

In the first round 12 of the 16 games were decided in a decisive third set, which meant some of the pre-tournament favourites got knocked out. James Wade lost against Terry Jenkins, Peter Wright lost to Brendan Dolan and defending champion Robert Thornton had to acknowledge his superior in Stephen Bunting. The biggest surprise was the elimination of eleven times World Grand Prix champion Phil Taylor who had to swallow a defeat against debutant Steve West.

In round two the match between Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld was the most anticipated match in advance, but the Dutchman won it fairly easy 3-0 in sets. In the quarterfinals the 'big names' also won all their matches, which meant the end of the tournament for some men who had never come this far before. Benito van de Pas lost to compatriot Barney, Kim Huybrechts went out against Gary Anderson and the Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney against Dave Chisnall.

The big favourite before the tournament lived up to his role completely in 2016. Michael van Gerwen came from a set down against Steve Beaton in the first round to win 2-1. Then James Wilson, Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall were pushed aside in impressive style. Gary Anderson in the semi-finals beat long-time rival Raymond van Barneveld and qualified for the final for the first time in his career.

In the final, Van Gerwen started, like a rocket coming off the ground. In no time it was 3-0 in sets and the match was basically decided. The last four sets were shared, but victory was never in danger. With an average of 100.29 Mighty Mike also claimed the highest average ever in a final and he picked up his third World Grand Prix title in five years.

Played finals