2020 Premier League to feature ‘challengers’
The 2020 Premier League Darts will return to a similar format to that of 2019 after the PDC announced that 9 main players will be joined by 9 ‘challengers’ for the first stage of the competition.
The four-month long roadshow across the UK, Rotterdam and Berlin heads into its 16th year in 2020 and sees a re-brand from the relatively successful format of ‘contenders’ into ‘challengers’.
Some of the highlights from the 9 guest players in 2019 included the sensational atmosphere during John Henderson’s draw with Michael van Gerwen in Aberdeen and Chris Dobey’s spine-tingling walk-on in Newcastle.
The ‘challengers’ will be confirmed in early January, with the possibility for some of the same players from last year or maybe some more established players like Ian White or Chris Dobey who have been on the verge of selection for the main Premier League.
Once again, points won by ‘challengers’ will not count towards the league table, only receiving a financial bonus, but their opponents will retain any points gained from the matches.
The format looks to be the same as 2019 with one player being eliminated after the first 9 match nights, leaving the other 8 to battle it out for the four play-off spots.
We only have two days to wait until the 9 stars of the 2020 Premier League are announced after the World Championship final, with the ‘challengers’ confirmed in early January and the tournament getting underway in Aberdeen on February 6.