UK Open 2018: Finals Day Report!

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Two-time world champion Gary Anderson clinched his maiden UK Open title with a brilliant 11-7 victory over Australian sensation Corey Cadby on a dramatic day of action at Butlin’s Minehead on Sunday evening. Continue reading “UK Open 2018: Finals Day Report!”

History-making Van Gerwen hits TWO nine-darters in same game en route to winning UK Open Qualifier Four!

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Michael van Gerwen created history at Coral UK Open qualifier four on Friday afternoon; becoming only the second player in darting history to register two nine-dart finishes in the same game.

The world champion achieved the remarkable feat during his third-round win over Ryan Murray, before going on to defeat Gary Anderson in the final to clinch his first Pro Tour title of the season at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan this evening.

Van Gerwen hit his first nine-darter in the fourth leg of the contest against Murray, hitting scores of 180 and 177 before converting a 144 kill. He then repeated the feat in the eighth leg to seal a 6-2 triumph; registering visits of 177 and 180 before taking out 144 once more to record his second nine-darter within the space of four legs.

‘The Green Machine’ becomes only the second player in the history of professional darts to achieve this stunning feat, following in the footsteps of Phil Taylor. The 16-time world champion recorded two nine-dart finishes in the 2010 Premier League final, where he edged out James Wade in a titanic tussle. Continue reading “History-making Van Gerwen hits TWO nine-darters in same game en route to winning UK Open Qualifier Four!”

Whitlock defeats Anderson to win UK Open Qualifier Two!

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Simon Whitlock defeated world number two Gary Anderson to clinch the second UK Open qualifier of the season, as Michael van Gerwen suffered another shock early exit at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Saturday afternoon.

Whitlock claimed two Players Championship victories in the latter stages of 2016, and continued his fine Pro Tour form after capitalising on Anderson’s miserly 20% checkout success rate to prevail 6-4 in the final.

The Australian was clinical throughout the day and completed his triumph with successive victories over two Premier League stars to scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque and confirm his spot at the UK Open Finals at Minehead next month.

Anderson overcame double-trouble to register the opening leg of the final via D2, before Whitlock levelled proceedings with a 13-darter. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ continued to struggle in the finishing department, but regained the lead after pinning D7 with his seventh dart at double. Continue reading “Whitlock defeats Anderson to win UK Open Qualifier Two!”

UK Open Qualifiers 1-3: Entries Confirmed!

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Nearly 250 players will begin their challenge to secure a place in March’s Coral UK Open Finals when the first three UK Open Qualifiers take place between February 3rd-5th at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

This weekend’s triple-header is open to both PDC Tour Card Holders and PDPA Associate Members, with £60,000 worth of prize money on offer each day. After the six qualification events have taken place, the top 96 players on the UK Open Order of Merit will progress to compete at the UK Open Finals, alongside 32 Riley’s amateur qualifiers.

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

Phil Taylor and Terry Jenkins are the two big-name absentees from this weekend’s field. Both men have claimed they will not compete on the PDC Pro Tour in 2017; they will just participate in major TV events that they’ve already qualified for. However, it remains to be seen whether they’ll enter the second set of qualifiers in a bid to reach Minehead. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifiers 1-3: Entries Confirmed!”

2016 UK Open field Confirmed!

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The completed field for the 2016 Coral UK Open has been confirmed following the culmination of the sixth and final qualifying event, which was won by world number one Michael van Gerwen at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan.

The top 96 on the overall Order of Merit qualify for next month’s event in Minehead, and they’ll be joined by an additional 32 Riley’s amateur qualifiers. The top 32 on the Order of Merit will enter the tournament in the third-round stage; players ranked 33rd-64th enter in round-two, whilst players positioned from 65-96th will compete in the opening round.

There will be a number of big-name absentees in Minehead. Three-time world champion John Part failed to make the cut, whilst the veteran Ronnie Baxter also failed in his qualification bid.

Max Hopp, the current World-Youth champion narrowly missed out, along with former world-youth champion Keegan Brown. Christian Kist, Paul Nicholson, Devon Petersen and Dimitri van den Bergh were among the other high-profile stars to miss out.

The full list of qualifiers can be found below.

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