Dublin hosts the final traditional major before the World Championships and the usual suspects are all in action.
The World Grand Prix is unique in the darting calendar in that it's the only major which requires players to double in as well as double out and as such, it has thrown up some unbelievable drama and shocks in the past.
From Kevin Painter knocking out Phil Taylor in 2001 to Michael van Gerwen’s first PDC major in 2012, this tournament is rife in history. Moreover, the aforementioned Dutchman is looking to retain his title going into the World Championships in December.
This tournament can unstick fast players, as it is all about rhythm. Getting the first or second dart into the double is crucial, otherwise players can be 100 points+ down in the blink of an eye and the matchplay format gives no room for slow starts. Gary Anderson has never won here and neither has fellow quick player Adrian Lewis.
The draw has been kind to van Gerwen and he should be expected to go all the way, as evidenced in his odds-on price to win. However, he was uncharacteristically out of form in the Champions League of darts and may well have more than one eye on the Worlds. So I’m going to steer clear of MVG and instead focus on the most-improved player of the year, Mensur Suljovic.
The Austrian provided the feel-good story of the summer when he won the Champions League in Cardiff and his game provides all sorts of problems when he is on-song. He loves going for double 14, which is unique in itself, but when he’s locked in he’s reminiscent of James Wade on double 10 or Phil Taylor on double 16. He is not in the same half of the draw as MVG and is in the form of his life. He may have to get past Peter Wright and Gary Anderson but he did it three weeks ago and looks a big price to reach the final.
It's almost unanimous that the heaviest scorer in Darts is Dave Chisnall and the St Helens ace has Jelle Klassen in the first round, which promises to be a belter. Both players are quick and will suit each other’s’ games perfectly. The evenness of the match-up could lead to a long game and give massive value to the price of Chisnall hitting the most 180’s in the first round. Either way, it’ll give you an excuse to watch the tie (not that you need one!).