Rising Dutch star Mike Zuydwijk averaged a stunning 130.56 in whitewashing Christopher Bent 4-0 in the third round of a PDC Development tour event in Coventry today.
Zuydwijk used just 46 darts to secure victory; recording legs of 11, 11, 12 and 12 darts to complete the rout. The Dutchman’s effort is believed to be the fourth highest average in PDC history. This comes just weeks after Kyle Anderson averaged an astonishing 134.84 in a 6-1 demolition of Terry Jenkins in a Players Championship event.
Zuydwijk is mentored by five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and earned himself a tour-card at Q-School earlier in the year. He also made the headlines by defeating three-time World Champion John Part in the Coral UK Open in early March.
In an interview I conducted with van Barneveld a few weeks ago, he was glowing in his praise about the conveyor belt of Dutch talent coming through the ranks, highlighting Zuydwijk and Jeffrey De Zwaan as two Dutch starts to watch in the near future. The full article can be found here……https://joshsdartistry.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/5-time-world-champion-raymond-van-barneveld-speaks-exclusively-to-joshs-dartistry/
The Development Tour has been revamped for 2015, following the tremendous success of the PDC Youth Tour in recent years. The upper age limit has been increased to allow players aged 23 or under to compete. There will be four dedicated weekends for the Development Tour, with two events being played each day.
Rowby-John Rodriguez won the first event earlier in the afternoon, beating Jamie Lewis 4-1 in the final, whilst Matt Dickens hit a memorable 9-darter against Nathan Aspinall in the first round. Four female hopefuls were also in action today, including BDO World Finalist Fallon Sherrock. Sherrock won through to the third-round in both events, before being knocked out.
However, the headlines must go to Zuydwijk for a phenomenal feat. Although it was only over a four leg-period, it is still a remarkable achievement and a firm indication of the immense talent possessed by the young Dutchman, who made the switch from the BDO earlier this year.