The Darts season is drawing to a end for 2012, with only the Players Championship and the big one, the World Championship remaining.
However, this year has been one of the best for darts, and has seen some new names rise and some big names suffer at the oche.
In the six big tournaments since late May, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is the only player to have won twice, with Robert Thornton, Raymond Van Barneveld, Michael Van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock taking the others.
There have also been a total of seven different finalists, showing how close and unpredictable darts has become, with current double world champion Adrian Lewis not making it to one of those finals.
Gone are the days when Taylor would always make it to the final. Now there are new boys on the block who play without fear and hit doubles with ease and aplomb. Their averages are high and they have the mental strength to rid of a bad leg and take the next. Having your throw is also now no certainty of winning a leg.
In the recent Grand Slam of Darts, the average three darts score was way over 100 for most of the quarter finalists, and even Phil Taylor who went out in the round of 16 was over that mark.
The number of 180’s are up, the number of big checkouts are ever-increasing, and it is unexpected and a shock if a player fails to take out a high checkout. A thirteen dart leg is now no longer a guarantee of victory, it just puts you in the frame.
This all combines to make darts one of the best sports on the television right now, and the Championships at the end of the season one of the closest to call in years.
It would take a brave man to place any money on a favourite, as ruling out 15 time world champion Taylor would be foolish, Wade would be ridiculous and one of the new boys bizarre.
All in all, Darts has continued to make a name for itself in 2012 and still makes quality TV.