As the PDC board select the competitors for this year’s Premier League, the fallout from the sensational 2012 World Championships is complete and whilst some will still be celebrating, others will be looking back at the tournament with nothing but regret.

The Winners

Andy Hamilton

Coming into the competition as a 200/1 outsider may have been a little harsh on a player as consistent as the Hammer, but considering he was in the same quarter as Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld next to no one gave him a chance of improving on his previous best performance of the semi-finals.  However, Hamilton proved all the doubters wrong and battled his way to the final of the competition.  This is reward alone, but throw a cheque for £100,000 and a subsequent place in the Premier League into the equation and you are left with a very happy Hammer.

Dave Chisnall

Chizzy Rascal may not have reached the latter stages of the tournament, but he did something that has truly put him on the darting map – beat Phil Taylor.  Chisnall’s debut in the PDC World Championships couldn’t have dealt him a tougher second round draw but he prevailed with a resounding 4-1 victory and became the first man to turn off the Power at such an early stage since Kevin Spiolek in 1993.  Crucially, the £15,000 he picked up also took him into the coveted top 32 for the first time.

Kim Huybrechts

The surprise package of the tournament was arguably the Belgian who was the only unseeded player to reach the quarter-final stage and thoroughly deserved his place in the last eight.  The Hurricane showed he meant business from round one when he demolished Brendan Dolan 3-0, but his zenith came when he hammered Paul Nicholson 4-1 in the third round, showing he really can mix it with the big boys. His much welcome cheque for £25,000 provided some nice symmetry as it meant he rose 25 places in the rankings to 44th.

Devon Petersen

It isn’t necessarily about reaching finals for the younger players on the circuit, it is more about making progress and making an impact, and Devon Petersen certainly did that.  The South African only scraped through his preliminary match, but he impressed in beating Steve Brown in round one and then took two sets off Gary Anderson in his next match.  It was only two wins, but it will give him belief and has very helpfully lifted him 44 places in the Order of Merit to 72.

Simon Whitlock

Although the Wizard will have walked/limped away from his semi-final with Andy Hamilton very disappointed, he will look back on the 2012 World Championship as a successful one.  Coming into the competition with a broken ankle many expected him to fall at the first hurdle, but he overcame adversity and really should have overcome the Hammer to reach the final.  Although he didn’t manage this, his impressive run saw him reselected for the Premier League, and that was high on his list of priorities at the start of the tournament.

Adrian Lewis

A list of World Championship winners can’t be complete without mentioning the World Champion.  Jackpot looked extremely unlikely to retain his title when he was 2-0 down in round one to Nigel Heydon and looked equally down and out when he was 5-1 down to James Wade in the semis, but he prevailed and has put his name amongst the greats in the game.

The Losers

Raymond van Barneveld

There weren’t many who were backing Barney to pick up a sixth World Championship this year, but there were equally few who thought he would be defeated in round one by James Richardson.  The Dutchman has hit his lowest ebb for some years and is extremely lucky to still be in the top 10.  He has scraped into the Premier League by the skin of his teeth, but if this isn’t his last appearance in the competition I’ll be very surprised.

Wes Newton

The Warrior looked a shoe-in for the Premier League coming into the World Championships, and really just needed a half-decent run to confirm his debut appearance in the showpiece event.  However, having tossed away a two set lead against Justin Pipe in round two, he also tossed away his Premier League chances.  Even though Newton has risen a place to sixth in the world, he will be anything but pleased about his performance at Ally Pally.

Mark Webster

Ditto Wes Newton.  Webster had a fantastic 2011, excluding the Premier League and was a strong contender to be recalled.  However, an early exit at the hands of Richie Burnett has really cost the Welshman and he falls to eighth in the World.

Paul Nicholson

Another man who will have been in the discussions regarding Premier League places but will look back at his World Championship performance as what cost him.  The Asset looked very strong in his first two rounds but imploded under the pressure of the crowd in the third round against Huybrechts.  For a man who incites the crowd so much, he really doesn’t handle their response well and may have to rethink his attitude if he is to achieve what he says he can.

Ronnie Baxter

Things aren’t looking good for the Rocket as his failure to perform on the big stage is becoming the norm rather than a dip in form.  A very disappointing first round exit to Steve Farmer has seen him drop five places to 18th in the rankings and it would not be a surprise if he falls further in the near future.

Mark Dudbridge

Without being over-dramatic, this could prove to be the end of Mark Dudbridge’s darts career.  Flash has fallen out of the top 32 now and will find it very difficult indeed to reclaim his place in it.  He did have the toughest of draws for the seeded players in Dave Chisnall, but the Order of Merit doesn’t take that into account, and that might be the last we see of Dudbridge on our television screens for some time.

By Phil Haigh – Twitter follow @philhaigh_

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