The PDC World Grand Prix has been running since 1998 where it began life at The Casino Rooms in Rochester as a replacement for the World Pairs tournament. It moved onto the Crosbie Cedars Hotel in Rosslare, County Wexford for one year in 2000 before finding its current home at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin where it has been since 2001.
The format is 'double in, double out', meaning players must start and end the leg with a double or centre bull. The format is also very short - best of 3 legs in the first round. This makes it ripe for shocks early on and is well illustrated by Phil Taylor's performances over the years. The Power has either gone out in the first round or won the title! Proof that getting through that first round is so important.
The current format has only been in place since 2003 - prior to this some experimentation went on to find the right blend. Originally a legs 'matchplay' race, the format switched to sets with a group stage and eventually to the current knock out format.
The other three players to lift the trophy other than Phil Taylor are Alan Warriner in 2001, Colin Lloyd in 2004, and James Wade in 2007.
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