UK Open 2018: Four Potential Outsiders!

‘The FA Cup of Darts’ returns this week, as the 2018 Coral UK Open Finals get underway at Butlins Minehead on Friday afternoon. 96 professional qualifiers are joined by 32 Rileys Amateur qualifiers in this unique open-draw event, and Josh’s Dartistry highlights four men who could be potential outsiders this weekend! Continue reading “UK Open 2018: Four Potential Outsiders!”

UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!

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Peter Wright will be the top seed heading into next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead, after winning three of the six qualification events at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan over the last fortnight.

Wright tops the Order of Merit after defeating Adrian Lewis, Michael Smith and James Wade in the respective finals, as he amassed a staggering £35,000 in prize money across the qualification campaign.

Simon Whitlock finished in second position after maintaining his excellent Pro Tour form. ‘The Wizard’ won two of the six UK Open qualifiers to record his fourth PDC title in as many months, as he finished with a total of £21,250 in prize money.

World champion Michael van Gerwen was the only other player to win one of the qualifying events and finished in third position as a consequence. MvG endured a disappointing triple-header last week, but performed magnificently in Friday’s fourth qualifier. Continue reading “UK Open Order of Merit: Final Standings!”

UK Open Qualifier Six: Report & Results!

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Peter Wright secured his third PDC ranking title inside ten days after defeating eight-time major winner James Wade to win the sixth and final UK Open qualifying event at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday afternoon; a day which saw former Lakeside world champion Christian Kist hit the fifth nine-darter of the weekend.

Wright won the opening qualifier last week and concluded his campaign in similar fashion, to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque and ensure that he will be top seed for next month’s Coral UK Open Finals in Minehead.

Wade clinched the opening leg of the final on tops, but Wright responded by finding D10 to level. Snakebite then landed a timely maximum and converted D4 to lead, before capitalising on missed doubles from ‘The Machine’ to record his third successive leg via D3.

The eight-time major winner hit tops for the second time in the contest to stop the rot, but Wright restored his two-leg cushion after sinking D10. Wade converted a pivotal 76 kill to reduce the arrears to 4-3, but the Scot was too strong in the scoring department and won the final two legs without reply to prevail convincingly.  Continue reading “UK Open Qualifier Six: Report & Results!”

UK Open Qualifiers 4-6: Entries Confirmed!

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The entries have been confirmed for the final three Coral UK Open qualifiers which will take place from February 10th-12th at Wigan’s Robin Park Tennis Centre. The qualification triple-header will see over 230 PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members competing for spots in March’s Coral UK Open TV Finals.

Friday’s fourth UK Open Qualifier will commence at 2pm to accomodate the Premier League stars travelling down from Nottingham after night two on Thursday, with the events on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12pm.

Following the culmination of this weekend’s triple-header, the top 96 players from the UK Open Order of Merit will qualify for the Coral UK Open TV Finals from March 3rd-5th, with the rest of the field made up of 32 Riley’s amateur qualifiers.

World number three Peter Wright will hope to cement his place at the top of the Order of Merit having won two of the opening qualifiers last week. Wright accrued £21, 500 over the course of the three days, and he’s followed by Saturday’s winner Simon Whitlock, and Sunday’s runner-up Michael Smith, who missed two darts to defeat Snakebite. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifiers 4-6: Entries Confirmed!”

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