The start of the PDC World Championship for 2017 saw Jamie Caven and Kevin Painter take to the stage. It was a poor start with both players missing darts at doubles in the opening leg. Jamie Caven eventually took the first leg but then Painter replied winning three consecutive legs, hitting two maximums and finishes of 72 and 76 to take the first set.
The second set started off with Painter having the momentum from winning the first set and the standard improved as both players settled in. However, Caven improved his game enough to take the second set 3-1 to make it a level game after Painter had missed his chances.
The third set kicked off with Caven winning the first two legs. Both players struggled to hit the big trebles in the set but it was Painter who hit back with three consecutive legs to win the third set 3-2.
Kevin Painter made it four consecutive legs in a row as he took the opening leg of the next set with ease. Jamie Caven’s game dropped significantly as Painter continued to dominate the fourth set, making it six consecutive legs in a row as he won the third set checking out 124 on the bullseye to win the match 3-1.