Posted on May 19th, 2013
Michael van Gerwen continued his incredible run of success by claiming the European Darts Open title, defeating Simon Whitlock 6-2 in the final at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf and streamed live on LIVEPDC.tv.
Van Gerwen followed up Thursday’s McCoy’s Premier League Darts triumph by romping to the £20,000 first prize in the PDC European Tour event in Germany, winning six matches during the weekend before lifting the trophy – his eighth tournament win this year.
The Dutchman’s run to the final began with victory over Germany’s Andree Welge in the first round, he then saw off Wayne Jones before claiming four victories on Sunday.
After defeating Terry Jenkins, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, van Gerwen saved his best display until last as he gained revenge over Whitlock for a defeat in a Speedy Services UK Open Qualifier final recently.
Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a 13-darter which included the first of three 180s, and though Whitlock took out 70 to level, van Gerwen won the next four legs without reply to move 5-1 up – hitting a 124 finish, an 11-darter and a 12-dart leg.
Whitlock fired in a 180 and hit double ten to keep his hopes alive, but van Gerwen was not to be denied as he landed a maximum and finished 64 for a 14-darter to take the title with an average of 106.68.
Below is a post match video interview with Michael thanks to the PDC:
“It’s been a brilliant few days,” said van Gerwen, who takes home £20,000 following his first European Tour win.
“I’m a bit tired at the moment but winning is the most important thing, and I’m very glad I saved my best game for the final.
“Simon beat me the last time we played in a final and I knew I needed to play a proper game to beat him, and I think I showed my class with a very good performance tonight.”
He added: “The crowd was amazing and even though they were cheering for Simon in the final, they were very nice.
“Darts is growing in Germany and the crowds are very good here. Every ticket’s sold out and you want to see that.”
Van Gerwen will now travel to Dubai on Monday for next week’s inaugural Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, and he added: “I’m so happy with my game at the moment and I hope I can continue this form in Dubai as well because I want to do well there.
“I fly to Dubai on Monday and I’ll have a couple of days off when I get over there but I’ll be preparing for the Dubai Masters. I’m looking forward to it and it’s very exciting.”
Whitlock picks up £10,000 as runner-up, and had enjoyed a fine weekend as he won through to the final to delight the vociferous Dutch crowd, who cheered the Australian to the rafters.
Whitlock had overcome Tomas Seyler and Arron Monk to reach Sunday afternoon’s third round, where he saw off world number four James Wade 6-3.
He then fired in eight 180s and a 170 checkout in a thrilling 6-2 quarter-final victory over Justin Pipe before ending Jamie Caven’s hopes in the semis with a 6-4 win.
“I’m happy to make the final and I’ve done really well,” said Whitlock. “I’d have loved to have won it, but Michael’s the best player on the planet right now, and fair play to him, he played brilliant.
“He was absolutely awesome in the final. I beat Michael in the last two times I played him before this final and I expected to win, but the man is so good and he plays great darts.
“I had some tough games and I’m happy with my performance to make the final.”
He added: “I also want to thank the crowd because they were great – it’s the best crowd in the world for me. I don’t get support like this anywhere else and I’m so grateful to have such a great crowd.”
Whitlock will join van Gerwen, and the likes of Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in heading to the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, and he added: “I’m looking forward to every tournament I play right now and hopefully I can win in Dubai.”
Runs to the last four for Wright and Caven saw them claim £5,000 which could prove crucial in the qualifying race for World Matchplay and European Championship places this summer.
Caven defeated Mervyn King and Kim Huybrechts on Sunday as he progressed, while Wright saw off McCoy’s Premier League stars Robert Thornton and Andy Hamilton to reach the last four.
Kim Huybrechts maintained his unbeaten record against Dutch star Raymond van Barneveld with a narrow 6-5 win to book his quarter-final spot, while Gary Anderson’s impressive run was only halted by van Gerwen.
World number ten Pipe had edged out Adrian Lewis 6-5 in a thrilling third round game as he won through to the last eight, while Hamilton overcame Colin Osborne 6-1 in the last 16.
The next PDC European Tour event will be the Austrian Darts Open, to be held from May 31-June 2 at the Arena Nova in Wiener Neustadt. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.net.
European Darts Open Results
Sunday May 19
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Justin Pipe
Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Jamie Caven
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Peter Wright
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Jamie Caven
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen’s charge towards his first European Tour title continued as he defeated Gary Anderson 6-3 in the opening quarter-final. The Dutch star took the opening leg against the throw, with Anderson’s miss at double 11 allowing him back on double two before the Scot broke back on tops and then hit the same bed to lead 2-1. Van Gerwen, though, levelled in the fourth and broke with a superb 13-darter on double 12, before adding double four and double ten to lead 5-2. Anderson hit back with a 14-darter, but missed tops to win a fourth leg and van Gerwen wasted no time in sealing victory on double 18.
Peter Wright won through to his first European Tour semi-final with a 6-3 defeat of Andy Hamilton. Wright punished missed doubles from Hamilton as he won the game’s opening two legs, hitting a 177 in the second, before both players hit top gear in a run of four successive 11-darters, with the first two coming from the Stoke ace as he levelled before the colourful Lowestoft thrower took two of his own to move 4-2 up. Wright then won the seventh leg to move to the brink of victory, with Hamilton defying a 180 from his opponent to hit double ten to stay alive at 5-3 only to suffer further misses in the next as double five put Wright into the semis.
Simon Whitlock powered his way into the European Darts Open semi-finals with a thrilling 6-2 win over Justin Pipe – delighting the Dusseldorf crowd with eight 180s and a 170 checkout! The Australian landed a 180 and a 116 finish as he took the game’s opening leg, and despite a maximum from Pipe in the second, he doubled his lead with a brilliant maximum 170 finish. Pipe landed a 180 and double two as he got off the mark, but Whitlock regained his cushion by landing a 180 in an 11-darter before added another maximum and tops for a 4-1 lead. Whitlock then hit two 180s in the sixth leg, with Pipe adding one in reply but missing double 18 and nine to hit back as double five moved the European Champion to the brink of victory. He added a further 180 in the next, but missed the bull for the match as Pipe took out 100 to keep his hopes alive. Pipe then posted a 180 in the eighth leg, but Whitlock fired in two more maximums and double eight as he won through.
Jamie Caven completed the European Darts Open semi-final line-up with a 6-3 win over Kim Huybrechts. Caven made a fine start, landing a 180 and tops for a 13-darter in the opening leg before finishing 117 for a 12-darter to double his lead. He also punished four missed doubles from Huybrechts to win the third leg on tops, before the Belgian took out 83 and 82 to pull back to 3-2. Caven, though, landed a 180 and double four to move 4-2 up and posted a 171 and tops for a 13-darter as he moved to the brink of victory. The pair traded 180s in the next as Huybrechts kept his hopes alive, but Caven posted double five to secure his first European Tour semi-final spot.
Michael van Gerwen progressed to another final as he swept aside Peter Wright 6-3 in the European Darts Open. Wright kicked off the game with a 180 and added another maximum in taking the opening leg in 11 darts, before Whitlock took out 64 and 24 – for a 13-darter – to move 2-1 up. The pair exchanged further 13-darters before Wright finished 90 for a 12-darter to level at three-all, only for van Gerwen to find another gear. The Dutchman hit a 180 to leave 64 as he moved 4-3 up, finished 80 to break and sealed the win with another maximum in an 11-darter.
Simon Whitlock delighted the Maritim Hotel crowd with a 6-4 win over Jamie Caven as he reached the European Darts Open final. The Australian took the semi-final’s opening three legs before Caven took out 80 to get on the scoreboard at 3-1. Whitlock defied a 180 from his opponent by hitting a 14-darter to win his fourth leg, before Caven, aided by a brace of 68 finishes and double four, took three successive legs to level at four-all. Whitlock, though, landed a maximum in a 13-darter as he moved 5-4 up, before he hit a 162 score and landed double five for the triumph.
Michael van Gerwen picked up the European Darts Open title with a thrilling 6-2 defeat of Simon Whitlock in the final – averaging almost 107 in a superb display. Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a 13-darter which included the first of three 180s, and though Whitlock took out 70 to level, van Gerwen won the next four legs without reply to move 5-1 up – hitting a 124 finish, an 11-darter and a 12-dart leg. Whitlock fired in a 180 and hit double ten to keep his hopes alive, but van Gerwen was not to be denied as he landed a maximum and finished 64 for a 14-darter to take the title with an average of 106.68.
Posted on May 19th, 2013
Kim Huybrechts continued his challenge to win a maiden European Tour title with a thrilling 6-5 victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the European Darts Open on Sunday afternoon. The third European Tour event of 2013 is being held in Dusseldorf and streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV.
Belgian ace Huybrechts had only dropped two legs in his wins over Steve Maish and Stuart Kellett earlier in the event, and was averaging 110 as he moved 3-1 up against van Barneveld.
He retained that advantage as he took a 5-3 cushion before van Barneveld punished two missed match darts to hit back and force a deciding leg – only to miss one dart for the win himself as Huybrechts returned to land double ten and reach the quarter-finals.
“It was a very close game and I did get a bit nervous at the end when I had a couple of match darts,” admitted Huybrechts. “Raymond missed his chance and I took mine, so I’m very happy to be through.”
Huybrechts will now face Jamie Caven in Sunday evening’s quarter-finals as the £100,000 tournament reaches its conclusion at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf. The quarter-finals on Sunday night will be followed by the semi-finals and final, with a £20,000 first prize on offer for the champion. All matches are being screened exclusively live at www.livepdc.tv. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 18th, 2013
King Dumps Out The Power in Dusseldorf
Coverage of the European Darts Open is being streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV, play continues at 1pm local time (12pm BST) on Sunday.
Mervyn King knocked World Champion Phil Taylor out of the European Darts Open with a 6-2 victory in the second round of the £100,000 event on Saturday night, but big guns Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis, James Wade & Simon Whitlock all progressed to the last 16 in Dusseldorf.
Taylor, who lost to van Gerwen in Thursday’s McCoy’s Premier League Darts final, had been bidding to bounced back in the £100,000 European Tour event.
However, the world number one was punished for a string of missed doubles as King picked up a 6-2 victory in their last 32 clash.
After sharing the game’s opening two legs, Taylor saw King win the next four as he took out double six, 121 on the bull, 72 and 64 after the Stoke legend missed doubles in three of the legs. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 18th, 2013
Michael van Gerwen swept past Germany’s Andree Welge to reach the second round of the European Darts Open, and will be joined by Premier League Play-Off rivals Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld, who all returned to winning ways.
The Dutch ace claimed the biggest triumph of his career on thursday night by taking glory in the McCoy’s Premier League Darts, and began his bid to win the £20,000 PDC European Tour event in Dusseldorf just 24 hours later.
Welge took the lead in their first round clash at the Maritim Hotel, winning the opening leg with a 13-darter, but van Gerwen replied with legs of 14 and 13 darts to move 2-1 up.
The world number two then claimed the next four legs without reply to set up a second round clash on Saturday night with former European Championship finalist Wayne Jones.
“I’m pleased to win this because I’ve probably only had an hour or two of sleep!” joked van Gerwen.
“My confidence is so high at the moment and I love playing darts, so hopefully I can go on now and have a good weekend too.”
Taylor had seen his hopes of winning a seventh Premier League crown ended by a 10-8 defeat to van Gerwen 24 hours earlier, but showed no ill-effects at the Maritim Hotel by racing past Clark.
The Manchester-based thrower shared the opening two legs with Taylor, but the World Champion took out 104 as he moved 3-1 up before punishing three missed doubles from his opponent to hit double eight for a three-leg lead.
Taylor added another double eight finish before sealing the victory on double six, setting up a second round clash in the £100,000 European Tour event with Mervyn King on Saturday.
“My feet were tired after Thursday night but I’m pleased to get through that,” said Taylor. “I can get prepared now to play Mervyn in the second round and I’ll look forward to it.”
World number four James Wade dropped only two legs as he put his Premier League semi-final defeat behind him with a clinical win over Germany’s Jyhan Artut, and Raymond van Barneveld – the winner of last year’s European Darts Open – sneaked past young prospect Adam Hunt 6-5.
With teenager Max Hopp being edged out in a deciding leg by Justin Pipe earlier in the night, Simon Whitlock’s later 6-1 win over Tomas Seyler meant that German hopes in the event were ended on the opening day in Dusseldorf.
Adrian Lewis, the world number three, also dropped just one leg in his win over Scotland’s Keith Stephen, and he now plays Richie Burnett after the Welshman won the battle of former World Champions with Steve Beaton, edging to a 6-5 triumph.
Robert Thornton produced a stunning comeback from 5-0 down to win his first round clash with Kurt Van De Rijck 6-5, with the Belgian punishing a string of missed doubles from the UK Open champion as he took command only to miss six match darts as the Scot clawed his way back.
Andy Hamilton also came from behind to claim a 6-5 win from his clash with Austria’s Mensur Suljovic, although he trailed just 2-0 before pulling through to book his second round spot against Bristol’s Andy Parsons, a European Tour debutant who himself hit back from 5-2 down to defeat Colin Lloyd 6-5.
Wes Newton and Colin Osborne will meet in the second round following their victories over Mareno Michels and Terry Temple respectively, while former World Youth Champion Arron Monk sneaked past Kevin McDine in a deciding leg to set up a clash with Whitlock.
Paul Nicholson’s reward for a strong performance as he defeated Stephen Hardy is a game against Wade in round two, while Kevin Painter takes on van Barneveld after hitting seven 180s in a superb 6-3 win over David Pallett.
Kim Huybrechts landed four maximums and a 170 checkout as he overcame Steve Maish 6-1, and he now plays March’s UK Masters runner-up Stuart Kellett, who took a 6-4 win over Dennis Smith.
Huybrechts’ older brother Ronny, though, was knocked out in round one as he went down 6-2 to Peter Wright, who now plays Mark Webster after the left-hander saw off Darren Johnson 6-1.
UK Masters winner John Part saw off Jerry Hendriks 6-1 as he set up a second round game with Brendan Dolan, who edged past Jelle Klaasen 6-5 by finishing 125 with a bullseye, outer bull, bullseye combination in the deciding leg of their game after the Dutchman had hit a 180 to leave a double.
Dave Chisnall, last year’s European Darts Open runner-up, defeated youngster Chris Aubrey 6-1 and now faces Jamie Caven, who was a 6-3 winner against qualifier Paul Amos.
Terry Jenkins’ 6-2 win over Mark Jones sets him up for a second round meeting with Ronnie Baxter, who came from 2-0 down to defeat Austrian World Cup ace Maik Langendorf 6-2 in a game which took just 15 minutes.
Gary Anderson wasted little time in seeing off youngster Shaun Griffiths, with the Scot now lining up against Ian White in the second round, after the Stoke ace knocked out Kevin Dowling.
Experienced Alex Roy and Swindon’s Mark Cox both caused upsets by knocking out seeds Mark Walsh and Andy Smith, while Wayne Jones booked his last 32 place with a win over Dutch qualifier Bobby Biemans.
The European Darts Open’s second round will be split across two sessions (1pm & 7pm local time) on Saturday, with coverage streamed exclusively live through www.LIVEPDC.TV.
The third round will be held on Saturday afternoon, before the tournament concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Sunday night.
European Darts Open First Round Results
European Tour Event Three
Friday May 17
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Chris Aubrey
Wes Newton 6-3 Mareno Michels
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Steve Maish
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Stephen Hardy
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Mark Jones
Gary Anderson 6-1 Shaun Griffiths
Mervyn King 6-5 Prakash Jiwa
Kevin Painter 6-3 David Pallett
Wayne Jones 6-1 Bobby Biemans
Ian White 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Mark Webster 6-1 Darren Johnson
Colin Lloyd 5-6 Andy Parsons
Andy Smith 2-6 Mark Cox
John Part 6-1 Jerry Hendriks
Jamie Caven 6-3 Paul Amos
Robert Thornton 6-5 Kurt Van De Rijck
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Keith Stephen
Justin Pipe 6-5 Max Hopp
Richie Burnett 6-5 Steve Beaton
Phil Taylor 6-1 Matt Clark
James Wade 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Andree Welge
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Tomas Seyler
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Adam Hunt
Arron Monk 6-5 Kevin McDine
Mark Walsh 2-6 Alex Roy
Peter Wright 6-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Colin Osborne 6-4 Terry Temple
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Stuart Kellett 6-4 Dennis Smith
Saturday May 18
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Kim Huybrechts v Stuart Kellett
Peter Wright v Mark Webster
Ronnie Baxter v Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall v Jamie Caven
Justin Pipe v Mark Cox
Ian White v Gary Anderson
John Part v Brendan Dolan
Robert Thornton v Alex Roy
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Paul Nicholson v James Wade
Wes Newton v Colin Osborne
Andy Hamilton v Andy Parsons
Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor v Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen v Wayne Jones
Simon Whitlock v Arron Monk
Posted on May 8th, 2013
The PDC Announce European Tour Streaming
The PDC have today announced that the European Tour events in Dusseldorf and Gibraltar are to be streamed live through LIVEPDC.TV, as part of a new partnership between them and Dutch company DartsInMotion.
If you register your entry in our OLBG.com sponsored Beat The Tipster Competition, this means you can now follow the action online and track your predictions as the tournament unfolds.
Subscriptions to LIVEPDC.TV for UK & Ireland-based fans cost just £2.99 per month or £24.99 for an Annual Subscription, which also includes the opportunity to purchase tickets for major PDC events in the Priority Sales period. Bargain! Click here to register.
The European Darts Open will be held at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf from Friday May 17-Sunday May 19, featuring 64 players competing for the £100,000 prize fund. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on May 3rd, 2013
The third Beat The Tipster Competition of 2013 (The European Darts Open) is registering now!
The £100,000 PDC European Tour event takes place at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf from May 17-19, and as usual, all we ask is that you predict the outcome of each match.
As well as notching up points for the end of season leader board (details below) there are a number of tournament specific prizes on offer.
To enter the prize draw your points tally at the end of the tournament must beat our Tipster’s total.
European Darts Open Prizes
- One80 Dot Trainer Board,
- Target Adrian Lewis Darts,
- The Definitive Darts Coaching Manual, by David Kirby
For more information and to enter use the link below.
Posted on April 27th, 2013
Adam Hunt and Prakash Jiwa were among 20 players who won places in the European Darts Open following yesterday’s UK Qualifier event at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.
The pair both hit 9 darters as they won through to compete in the £100,000 PDC European Tour event at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf, which will be held from May 17-19.
Hunt, a product of the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour and recent winner on the Challenge Tour, hit his perfect leg in a superb 6-2 win over Tony West, before defeating Mark Lawrence 6-3 to win through to his second European Tour event of the year.
Jiwa, meanwhile, followed up his first round win over Andy Johnson by hitting his nine-darter in a 6-3 defeat of Brett Claydon before edging out Andy Jenkins in deciding leg to earn his spot in Dusseldorf.
Former World Champion Steve Beaton, who narrowly missed out qualifying automatically through the One-Year ProTour Order of Merit, sealed his spot in Germany with wins over Jamie Robinson, Peter Evison and Ken MacNeil. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on April 17th, 2013
Darts tickets and hotel packages for the PDC European Tour Gibraltar Darts Trophy event in June are now available.
The £100,000 European Tour event will be held at the Victoria Stadium from Friday June 28-Sunday June 30, with 64 players competing for the £20,000 first prize.
The event will see 32 players qualify by right through the One-Year ProTour Order of Merit, and they will be joined by 20 UK Qualifiers, eight European Qualifiers and four Home Nation Qualifiers.
The opening day’s play on Friday June 28 will see play split across two stages, with ten games per session being held on the Main Stage.
Saturday will see the Second Round played across two sessions, with the Third Round taking place on Sunday afternoon before the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final are all held on Sunday evening. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on April 2nd, 2013
Wes Newton Wins The 2013 European Darts Trophy
Wes Newton claimed the biggest title of his career with a dramatic 6-5 victory over Paul Nicholson in the final of the European Darts Trophy in Sindelfingen on Monday night.
The Warrior kicked off the most important week of his career by taking the £20,000 first prize in the European Tour event at the Glaspalast, just three days before he fights for his McCoy’s Premier League Darts survival in Brighton.
He followed wins over Tomas Seyler and Arron Monk in the early rounds by kicking off Monday’s final stages with a 6-4 defeat of Peter Wright.
He then repeated that scoreline in victories over Justin Pipe in the quarter-finals and Austria’s Mensur Suljovic in the semi-finals as he set up a tasty final with Nicholson. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 31st, 2013
Pauk Nicholson produced a miracle comeback to keep alive his hopes in the European Darts Trophy with a 6-5 win over Colin Lloyd, as big guns Michael van Gerwen, Wes Newton and John Part progressed to the last 16 in Sindelfingen.
The Asset, the runner-up in last year’s Dutch Darts Masters event in Nuland, found himself 5-1 down in his second round clash with Lloyd at the Glaspalast on Sunday evening.
But the former Players Championship Finals winner hit back to win five successive legs to move into Monday’s final stages, where he continues against Dean Winstanley in the third round.
“I keep winning 6-5, I did it against Ronny Huybrechts in the first round too, and I don’t want to keep doing that,” admitted Nicholson. “I don’t know how I won that but it’s great to be through.
“The experience of getting to a European Tour final in Nuland last year will stand me in good stead on Monday, and I hope that the hard work I’ve put in, and the mental belief I have now, might pull me through.” Read the rest of this entry »
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