Anderson is the reigning PDC World Champion and has picked up numerous trophies on both the BDO and PDC circuits since going pro back in 2001. Despite never getting past the quarter finals stage of the BDO World Championship it was big news when he moved to the PDC in 2009, and since then he has continued his winning ways. Currently Anderson is one of the biggest names in world darts and this nine-time major winner is one of the favourites for every tournament he enters these days.
|Nickname||The Flying Scotsman|
|Date of Birth||22 Dec 1970|
|Premier League||Winner 2011, 2015|
|PDC World Championships||Winner 2015,2016; Runner Up 2011|
Known for his cockatoo-like hairstyle, Peter Wright has proved to be more than just a flashy haircut. After appearing in the 1995 BDO World Championships, Wright spent the next 10 years playing in local leagues in England before resuming his professional career in 2005 under the PDC umbrella. Slow and steady progress has seen the Scotsman rise up the rankings and between 2014 and 2016 he finished runner-up in three PDC premier event finals, losing out to Michael van Gerwen in two UK Open finals as well as the 2014 World Championship.
|Date of Birth||10 Mar 1970|
|Premier League||played 2014 to present|
|PDC World Championships||Runner Up 2014|
The undoubted king of the game of darts, Taylor is a legend in his own life-time. Even though he may not instill fear in others as he did during his pomp, he is still a formidable foe on the oche. He has won more than 200 pro tournaments over the course of his career including an astonishing 16 World Championship finals. Taylor was one of the group of 16 ‘rebels’ who founded the organization which became the PDC in 1994 and he has dominated the sport ever since, creating a string of records which may never be broken.
|Date of Birth||13 Aug 1960|
|Premier League||Winner 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2012; RU 2013|
|PDC World Championships||Winner 1995; 1996; 1997; 1998; 1999;2000;2001;2002;2003;2004; 2005; 2006; 2009; 2010; 2013|
Michael Van Gerwen
A highly ranked BDO player even in his teens, van Gerwen switched to PDC in 2007 but it was not until 2012 that he finally made a real impact on the world of darts. At age 24 the Dutchman became the youngest ever winner of the PDC World Championships in 2014 and his average of 123.40 during a Premier League match in 2016 was the highest ever recorded during a televised match.
|Date of Birth||25 Apr 1989|
|Premier League||Winner 2013; RU 2014; 2015|
|PDC World Championships||Winner 2014; RU 2013|
A protégé of the legendary Phil Taylor, this Stoke native has risen through the ranks and despite some patchy periods of form has twice won the PDC World Championships. Lewis’ career has been punctuated by some controversial incidents on the oche when on occasion he has been involved in disputes with other players, but in 2016 he returned to his best form to reach the final of the PDC World Championships again.
|Date of Birth||21 Jan 1985|
|Premier League||Runner Up 2011|
|PDC World Championships||Winner 2011 & 2012; RU 2016|
One of the most successful players in the history of the PDC, Wade became a full-time pro in 2007 and has enjoyed considerable success on the circuit since then which includes winning 8 premier PDC events. While the PDC World Championship has eluded him to date Wade did write his name in the record books by becoming the first player to hit a nine-darter in a televised event back in 2008 in the Grand Slam of Darts.
|Date of Birth||6 Apr 1983|
|Premier League||Winner 2009; RU 2008 & 2010|
|PDC World Championships||Semi-Finals 2009; 2012; 2013|
Smith is still waiting for his first premier event win on the PDC tour, although he already has a number of other tournament wins to his name and in 2016 gained entry to the prestigious Premier League of Darts when he was awarded a wild-card spot.
|Date of Birth||18 Sep 1990|
|Premier League||debut in 2016|
|PDC World Championships||QF 2016|
Robert Thornton’s unusual road to the top tier of world darts featured a 20 year lay-off between 1982 and 2002 when he gave up the game to focus on bringing up his children. Since returning to pro darts the Scotsman has won three major titles: the World Masters in 2007, the UK Open in 2012, and the 2015 World Grand Prix.
|Date of Birth||17 Jul 1967|
|Premier League||played 2009; 2013; 2014; 2016|
|World Championships||QF 2015|
Wolfie has been a fixture on the darting circuit for many years now and is a rare case of a multiple BDO World Championship winner who did not make the switch over to the PDC. Adams was the longest ever serving England team captain, as he held the position from 1993 to 2011.
|Date of Birth||04 Jun 1956|
|World Masters||Winner 2008; 2009; 2010|
|BDO World Championships||Winner 2007; 2010; 2011|
Durrant has enjoyed an upsurge in fortunes on the tour in recent years, picking up a number of regional trophies. However despite entering the 2016 BDO World Championship as favourite he was knocked out at the quarter final stage.
|Date of Birth||24 Nov 1970|
|World Masters||Winner 2015|
|BDO World Championships||Semi-Final 2015|
2014 was a breakthrough year for Mitchell during which he won a number of tournaments, and his position as one of the most highly ranked BDO players was cemented when he won the World Championship in 2015.
|Date of Birth||5 Jun 1970|
|World Masters||Quarter-Final 2014|
|World Championships||Winner 2015|