UK Open Qualifier Six Report!

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Krzysztof Ratajski defeated World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney to win UK Open qualifier six at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday evening, to become the first ever Polish winner of a PDC event. Continue reading “UK Open Qualifier Six Report!”

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!”

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!”

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!”

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!”

NEWS: First Seven UK Open Qualifiers confirmed!

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The first seven Riley Amateur Qualifiers for the 2017 Coral UK Open have been confirmed, following the opening weekend of knockout competitions hosted at various Rileys Sports Bars across the United Kingdom.

In total, 32 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers will compete in this year’s Coral UK Open at the Butlins Minehead Resort in March, where they may get the opportunity to lock horns with the best players in world darts. The UK Open is commonly referred to as ‘The FA Cup of Darts,’ due to the open draw format and multi-board aspect of the tournament.

The highest-profile qualifier from this weekend’s Rileys qualifiers was Steve Maish. The 53-year-old nicknamed ‘Mr Magic’, came through the qualifiers in Chester to secure a place in his 13th UK Open. The seven-time World Championship qualifier will be hoping to replicate the performance which saw him reach the last 32 back in 2006.

Lee Evans will make his third UK Open appearance in a couple of months after securing his place via the London Victoria-based qualifiers. The Gloucester has defeated Ronny Huybrechts and Rowby-John Rodriguez in Minehead over recent years, but he’s yet to go beyond the last 64, which he’ll be hoping to rectify in 2017. Continue reading “NEWS: First Seven UK Open Qualifiers 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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UK Open Order of Merit

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As at: February 8th 2016

Following the opening three UK Open qualifiers that took place in Wigan last weekend, here are the current UK Open Order of Merit standings. Gary Anderson is yet to register any prize money after missing out on all three qualifiers through illness, whilst a number of other established players are facing a serious fight to secure their spots in Minehead.

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