Hearn: No nine-dart prize fund at UK Open
PDC chairman Barry Hearn has revealed there will be no prize fund for a perfect nine-dart finish at the UK Open in March.
Hearn took to his official Twitter account to indicate the news, in which he stated the reason behind the decision was that professionals on the PDC Tour were "just too good."
There have been six perfect legs hit in UK Open history, with Phil Taylor hitting four of his nine career nine-dart finishes at the event. The Power has been rewarded with 501 bottles of beer on two occasions, as well as scooping prizes of £20,000 and £25,000 for perfect legs at the 2007 and 2008 events respectively.
Gary Anderson received £10,000 for his effort against Davey Dodds during the 2012 tournament, while Mervyn King's finish against Anderson earned him £5,000 in the 2010 UK Open.
Let me correct that. NO prize in uk opens for a 9 darter ! Players in the PDC just too good !— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) February 9, 2014
There has often been a prize fund for achieving a nine-dart finish on televised darts; John Lowe received £102,000 for hitting the first-ever televised nine-dart leg against Keith Deller in the 1984 World Matchplay, although it was not broadcast live. It is still the highest reward given to date.
Paul Lim was the first player to achieve the holy grail of darts on the world championship stage - he earned £52,000 for his effort at the BDO World Championship in 1990.
At the recent PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace, Terry Jenkins and Kyle Anderson shared a prize fund of £30,000 after they each hit a nine-dart finish on stage. Both achieved the feat in the space of one hour.
The UK Open takes place in Minehead on March 7-9. Dave Chisnall, David Ladley and Jenkins all hit nine-dart finishes during the first UK Open Qualifier on Friday.