Vintage Van Gerwen retains European Darts Open title

Michael van Gerwen produced a series of imperious displays to clinch a third PDC European Tour title of 2022, sealed with a superb 8-5 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday’s European Darts Open final in Leverkusen.

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European Tour Order of Merit- FINAL STANDINGS!


Michael van Gerwen heads the European Tour Order of Merit by exactly £100,000 after the European Tour concluded for 2016 in Hildesheim last weekend. Van Gerwen has accumulated £160,500 in prize money on the European Tour, having won six of the ten events held throughout the year.

The world number one faces Simon Whitlock in the first-round of the European Championship and ‘The Wizard’ sits in 16th position following some consistent performances throughout the events.

Mensur Suljovic is placed second on the European Tour Order of Merit following a series of magnificent displays during the latter stages of the year. Suljovic clinched his maiden PDC title at the International Darts Open in September, before losing out to Michael van Gerwen in the final of the European Darts Trophy just a week later.

The Austrian has also appeared in two semi-finals and three quarter-finals, accruing £60,500 on the European Tour Order of Merit which has seen him to rise to a career high of twelfth in the world.

Peter Wright is ranked third after reaching three finals this year; all of which resulted in defeat to Michael van Gerwen, whilst European Darts Matchplay winner James Wade is the fourth seed on the European Tour Order of Merit. Continue reading “European Tour Order of Merit- FINAL STANDINGS!”

German Darts Championship Draw!


Steve West will face his brother Tony West when the German Darts Championship gets underway on Friday in Hildesheim, in the final European Tour event of the year. Steve has enjoyed a fine few weeks, which culminated with him dumping out Phil Taylor in the first-round of the World Grand Prix.

Steve’s brother Tony, who is based in Holland, came through the European qualifier to seal his spot in Hildesheim, and the former World Masters winner will be hoping to build upon his showing at the last European Tour event, where he reached the second-round of the European Darts Grand Prix.

However, it’s a match of critical importance for Steve, who may have to defeat his brother to keep alive his hopes of qualifiying for the European Championships in Hasselt at the end of this month.

Another tasty tie sees former European Tour winner Mervyn King take on former world champion Mark Webster, with the winner to face sixth seed Michael Smith in round-two. Elsewhere, Kyle Anderson takes on diminutive Austrian Rowby-John Rodriguez, and the reward for the victor is a second-round showdown with Jelle Klaasen.

Former Lakeside champion Christian Kist takes on Robbie Green in the pick of Friday afternoon’s matches, but the winner will face the unenviable task of playing world number one Michael van Gerwen in round-two. Continue reading “German Darts Championship Draw!”

Lewis & Van Barneveld to miss out on European Championship!

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Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld will both be high-profile absentees from next month’s European Championship in Hasselt, Belgium, having missed out on qualification via the European Tour Order of Merit.

The unique qualification criteria for the European Championship is determined purely by the prize money accrued by players across the ten European Tour events throughout the year; therefore world rankings have absolutely no relevance on a player’s ability to qualify.

Adrian Lewis competed in three of the opening four European Tour events of the year; The Dutch Darts Masters, the German Darts Masters and the European Darts Matchplay. Jackpot reached the quarter-finals in Holland, before suffering successive last 16 exits in the following two events.

The two-time world champion earned £7,500 from his three European Tour appearances, but since the European Matchplay in May, Lewis hasn’t competed in any of the remaining events. As a result, Lewis is no longer an automatic seed and must now qualify for any future European Tour events.

The two-time world champion currently sits in 36th position on the European Tour Order of Merit, but as he won’t be competing in the final event in Hildesheim, the former European Championship winner won’t be able to improve upon his ranking, and he’ll subsequently be absent in Hasselt. Continue reading “Lewis & Van Barneveld to miss out on European Championship!”

MvG edges past Suljovic in a thriller, to win the European Darts Trophy!

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Michael van Gerwen marked his return to European Tour action with a bang, firing in a remarkable 11-darter in a deciding leg to edge out Mensur Suljovic in a thrilling HappyBet European Darts Trophy final at the RWE Arena in Muelheim, on Sunday evening.

The world number one trailed 4-2 and 5-4 at one stage, as Suljovic appeared poised to win his second successive European Tour event.

Yet, Van Gerwen illustrated why he is the best player in world darts, by wrapping up the final two legs in just 23 darts, to finish with a 106.77 average and clinch the 13th European Tour title of his illustrious career. Suljovic acquitted himself superbly, averaging 101.26, but he had to settle for the runner’s up cheque on this occasion.

MvG fired in a brilliant 170 score in the opening leg, but Suljovic was unphased, and converted a two-dart 81 kill for a 14-dart hold. Van Gerwen delivered an immediate response though, hitting his first maximum and pinning tops to level up proceedings.

‘The Green Machine’ secured the first break of throw in the final, kicking off the leg with five perfect darts, before hitting D16 to round off a brilliant 11-darter. Yet, Suljovic secured an instant break back, wirh a fine 84 finish for a 12-dart leg.

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European Darts Trophy: Day Two Report!


Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts stole the show in round-two of the HappyBet European Darts Trophy, whilst Michael van Gerwen returned to European Tour action with a bang, on Saturday evening at the RWE Arena in Muelheim.

Klaasen produced a breath-taking display as he dismantled his compatriot Vincent van der Voort 6-1. Klaasen was in sensational form, averaging 111.23 to secure victory in just over 10 minutes. Van der Voort’s solitary leg came via an excellent 101 checkout, but he was unable to live with the rampant ‘Cobra’.

Kim Huybrechts bounced back from his heartbreak in Riesa with a magnificent whitewash win against stablemate Kyle Anderson. Huybrechts was in unforgiving mood, averaging 106.09 to set up a third-round meeting with Terry Jenkins.

Michael van Gerwen marked his return to European Tour action with a convincing 6-2 victory over former World-Youth champion Keegan Brown. MvG stormed into a 3-0 lead, but Brown took out a fabulous 139 finish before breaking on D8 in 15-darts to reduce the arrears to 3-2.

However, the Isle of Wight star spurned three darts to restore parity at three apiece and Van Gerwen took full advantage of his opponent’s profligacy, reeling off three straight legs to seal a fine victory, with an average of 99.9.

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European Darts Trophy: Day One Report!

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Kyle Anderson, Vincent van der Voort, Jamie Caven and Joe Cullen all made it through to the second-round of the European Darts Trophy, whilst Mervyn King, Robbie Green, Max Hopp and Jamie Lewis all suffered early exits at the RWE Arena in Muelheim on Friday.

Kyle Anderson produced one of the performances of the first-round, as he whitewashed Darren Webster to set up a second-round clash with International Darts Open finalist, Kim Huybrechts. ‘The Original’ was in fine form, averaging 95, landing three maximums and hitting 6 of his 11 attempts at a double.

Former European Tour winner Vincent van der Voort breezed into round-two with a convincing 6-1 win over home-favourite Max Hopp. The World-Youth champion was considerably below par; Vincent took full advantage, averaging 95.5 and hitting three 180’s, to set up an enthralling second-round clash with his compatriot Jelle Klaasen.

Jamie Caven and Devon Petersen overcame major scares, as they survived match darts to defeat Kevin Munch and Matthew Dennant respectively. Munch took out a fine 100 finish to force a last-leg decider, but he squandered darts for victory. Caven snatched the win with a brilliant 95 checkout, to set up a meeting with Dave Chisnall on Saturday.

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Huybrechts spurns seven match darts, as Suljovic seals maiden title in Riesa!

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Mensur Suljovic claimed his first PDC ranking title at the International Darts Open after capitalising on seven missed match darts from Kim Huybrechts in a thrilling final in Riesa on Sunday evening. Suljovic has subsequently become the first ever Austrian to win a PDC ranking event after a dramatic sudden-death triumph against ‘The Hurricane’.

Huybrechts claimed the opening leg of the final with an assertive 15-dart hold, but Suljovic levelled proceedings by eventually nailing D5, with the Belgian a distance behind. The Austrian then secured a precious break of throw in the third leg, clinically converting a two-dart 96 finish to break in 14-darts.

The ninth seed appeared poised to win his third successive leg after posting a sublime 167, but Huybrechts broke back instantly with a wonderful 132 checkout, culminating on the bullseye.

Despite this, Suljovic remained unperturbed. He left himself on 91 after just 9 darts, before clinching a third consecutive break of throw with a 13-darter via D16. However, the succession of breaks were ended in the sixth leg, as the Austrian pinned his favourite D14, for a 14-dart hold.

Huybrechts responded impressively however. For the second time in the contest, he converted a fantastic 132 finish (T20, T16, D12) to reduce the arrears to 4-3, before punishing an abject leg from Suljovic to restore parity at four apiece.

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European Tour 5/6 Qualifiers: 9-dart Richardson steals the show!

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James Richardson, Kyle Anderson, Jamie Caven, Wes Newton, Jonny Clayton, Steve West and Mark Frost all secured qualification for both the Austrian Darts Open and European Darts Open at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Friday evening. However, it was Richardson who stole the show, hitting a 9-darter in qualification for European Tour event six.

Richardson qualified for the Austrian Darts Open after thrashing Mickey Mansell 6-1, before edging past Jay Foreman and Joe Murnan.’Ruthless’ then recorded a magnificent 9-darter against Justin Pipe in the first-round of qualifying for European Tour six, beating ‘The Force’ 6-3, before easing past Arron Monk to secure a qualification double.

Kyle Anderson also enjoyed a fine qualification double in Coventry. Kyle qualified for the fifth European Tour event of 2016 with successive 6-4 victories against Ryan Palmer and Darren Johnson respectively.

‘The Original’ then confirmed his spot in July’s European Darts Open in Dusseldorf with comprehensive wins over Steve McNally and Mark Barilli, dropping just three legs over both encounters.

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Van Gerwen defeats Chizzy to retain his Gibraltar crown!

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Michael van Gerwen secured his third successive European Tour event of 2016 after retaining his Gibraltar Darts Trophy with victory over Dave Chisnall at the Victoria Stadium on Sunday evening.

Van Gerwen averaged 103.69, recorded six maximums and produced three ton-plus checkouts, to defeat Chisnall 6-2 and record the eleventh European Tour title of his career in the process. Chizzy averaged 103.19 himself, although he was unable to secure his second European Tour title.

Chisnall kicked off the final with a majestic maximum, but Van Gerwen clinched the opening leg against the throw with a clinical 82 checkout. ‘The Green Machine’ then doubled his lead moments later with an effortless 107 checkout, but Chisnall reduced the arrears to 2-1 with a commanding 13-dart hold.

The St Helen’s star then levelled up proceedings with a fabulous 124 checkout culminating on the bullseye, although his joy was short-lived. MvG posted six perfect darts with back-to-back maximums, before pinning D18 for an 11-darter and an immediate break back.

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European Tours 3-4: UK Qualifiers Report & Results

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Daryl Gurney, Kevin Painter, Alan Norris, John Henderson, Joe Cullen and Joe Murnan enjoyed double-qualification success by sealing their spots in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy and European Darts Matchplay on Friday evening, whilst Phil Taylor only managed to seal his spot in Hamburg, after failing to secure a place in Gibraltar.

This qualification double-header took place at the Barnsley Metrodome ahead of this weekend’s opening Players Championship events. There were a host of big names vying to seal their spots in Gibraltar and Hamburg, and Taylor will be competing in his first European Tour event for 18 months having qualified for the European Darts Matchplay.

However, Taylor, a former Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner back in 2013, will not be able to repeat the feat this year, after he was defeated 6-4 in the final game of the opening night’s qualifier by Ross Smith.

Nevertheless, the 16-time world champion exacted revenge in the night’s second European Tour qualifier, edging out Smith 6-5 before whitewashing Lee Palfreyman 6-0 to seal his place in Germany.

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MvG continues European Tour Dominance in Venray!

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MvG’s remarkable run continued in his native Holland. (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen continued his dominance on the European Tour in 2015, whitewashing Justin Pipe 6-0 to win the Dutch Darts Masters in Venray. Roared on by a boisterous home crowd, van Gerwen survived scares against both Mervyn King and Terry Jenkins to secure his fourth European Tour title of the year.

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