Kurz Books Ally Pally Return.

Nico Kurz secured his return to Alexandra Palace by winning the 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany on Sunday, defeating Dragutin Horvat 10-9 in the final.

Kurz claimed the Super League title for the second successive year, as the exciting young talent survived a match dart in a thrilling decider to book his place in the 2020/21 World Championship.

The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Sunday’s Finals Day.

The day began with the quarter-finals in the afternoon, as world number 38 Gabriel Clemens and 2018 Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner joined Kurz and Horvat in reaching the final four.

PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020 ALEXANDRA PALACE LONDON (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NICO KURZ WINS

Kurz overcame Clemens 9-7, while Horvat ran out a 9-3 victor over Unterbuchner to book their places in the final.

From 8-4 down, Kurz staged a dramatic comeback to force a last-leg decider, which saw Horvat narrowly miss double 12 for a 141 checkout, before Kurz held his nerve on double two to get over the line.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens 8-1 Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz 8-5 Kevin Munch
Dragutin Horvat 8-6 Steffen Siepmann
Michael Unterbuchner 8-4 Daniel Klose

Semi-Finals
Nico Kurz 9-7 Gabriel Clemens
Dragutin Horvat 9-3 Michael Unterbuchner

Final
Nico Kurz 10-9 Dragutin Horvat

PDC Summer Series: Live Darts Returns!

The Professional Darts Corporation is pleased to announce that live darts will return on Wednesday, July 8 with the launch of the PDC Summer Series.

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The Summer Series will see all 128 Tour Card Holders given the chance to compete in five one-day Players Championship events from July 8-12, played behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes subject to the UK Government quarantine policy on overseas visitors.
   
As with all 2020 Players Championship events, prize money will stand at £75,000 per event, with all winnings counting towards the relevant PDC Orders of Merit.
   
In the event that quarantine restrictions make it impractical for non-UK players to travel to the events, the PDC will announce a revised schedule of non-ranked events for the same dates.
 
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Throughout the challenging times of recent weeks we have continuously explored different ways of getting players back on the oche and live darts back on fans’ screens.
  
“I was proud of our players and staff who broadcast 43 nights of live remote darts through the innovative PDC Home Tour, which thrust darts into the limelight in a unique way at a time when almost all other sports were unable to provide any form of competitive action.
 
“Prior to the Home Tour, I outlined the three-stage plan for the return of darts, starting with events played remotely, followed by events played behind closed doors, before events can be played in front of crowds.
 
“I am delighted that we are now able to move on to the second stage of that plan, and hopefully we will be able to safely welcome crowds back to our events in the not-too-distant future.

  
“The PDC Summer Series will provide a welcome return of live darts for both players and fans alike,

and I’m sure the event will whet the appetite for the prestigious Betfred World Matchplay.”


 “We appreciate the patience of our players in recent weeks as we worked to secure these events, and further details will be confirmed to them in due course.”
 
The PDC understands that players will have further questions regarding these events and we can assure them that as soon as details are able to be confirmed we will release the information appropriately. The PDC’s intention at this time is to confirm the dates and proposed format of the events so that players can begin to prepare for a return to competitive events and plan accordingly. Please be aware that hotel bookings for the Summer Series will be handled centrally by the PDC and players should not contact the Marshall Arena directly to make reservations.


German Super League Finals Day – Line Up Confirmed.

The 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany will reach its climax on Sunday, with the line-up for Finals Day now confirmed.

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The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Finals Day.

Sunday will see the remaining eight players in action from 1500 CET as they battle for the title and a place at Alexandra Palace to compete in the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Finals Day will begin with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final.

Top ranked played and Group A winner Gabriel Clemens will take on Manfred Bilderl, before last year’s champion and rising star Nico Kurz faces Kevin Munch.

Daniel Klose was the surprise package as in winning Group B and he will now face Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, while Tour Card Holder Steffen Siepmann will meet Dragutin Horvat.

PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN, with coverage also to be available on PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany
Finals Day
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET)
Quarter-Finals

Gabriel Clemens v Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz v Kevin Munch
Daniel Klose v Michael Unterbuchner
Steffen Siepmann v Dragutin Horvat

Semi-Finals
Clemens/Bilderl v Kurz/Munch
Klose/Unterbuchner v Siepmann/Horvat

Final
Clemens/Bilderl/Kurz/Munch v Klose/Unterbuchner/Siepmann/Horvat

Format
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs


Featured Pic: PDC (Gabriel Clemens)

Aspinall Claims Home Tour In Style.

Nathan Aspinall was crowned champion of the PDC’s first-ever home-staged event by winning the Low6 Home Tour Championship Group on Friday night.

As the innovative tournament reached its climax with the final night of action, Aspinall recorded a hat-trick of wins over Gary Anderson, Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen to seal top spot.

The Premier League star, who would have been defending his US Darts Masters title in New York this weekend, kicked off the night in strong fashion with a 6-3 defeat of Dutchman Klaasen.

Gary Anderson also began with a win over Jonny Clayton, before the Scot was edged out 6-5 by Aspinall in one of the highest-quality games of the tournament, which proved crucial in the final standings.

Anderson bounced back with a win over Clayton, to ensure the fate of the title would remain unresolved heading into the last game of a series which began on April 17.

However, Aspinall was not to be denied, as the former UK Open champion held his nerve to defeat Clayton 6-4 and clinch the title.

“I hope all the fans have enjoyed it in these tough times for everyone,” said Aspinall.

“Thank you to the PDC and Low6 for putting on a brilliant tournament.

“I think a lot of us were sceptical at the start but we’ve all loved it. I’ve fully enjoyed taking part and I’ve also won it, so happy days!

“With the announcement today that the World Matchplay will go ahead on its originally scheduled dates I can’t wait to be back on the stage and on TV.”

Spanning across 43 nights, the Home Tour began with a 32-group first phase, with live darts broadcast from the homes of 101 PDC Tour Card Holders, with Luke Woodhouse’s nine-darter the memorable highlight.

Ten nights of Play-Offs action followed, before Friday’s Championship Group ended with glory for Aspinall.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Championship Group
Friday June 5
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gary Anderson 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Jonny Clayton


Low6 Home Tour: Asp & Ferret Fight To Final Group.

Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton claimed the final two places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group with superb displays in Thursday’s Semi-Final Group Two.

A high-quality penultimate night of the innovative home-broadcast event saw four members of the world’s top 16 in action, with Clayton and Aspinall winning two games apiece as they progressed to Friday’s Championship Group.

2019 UK Open champion Aspinall opened the night with a ten-dart finish and produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his opening tie with Clayton.

Rob Cross averaged 107 as he edged his 11-leg clash with a 13-dart finish against Aspinall, who bounced back to take victory in his winner-progresses contest with Joe Cullen courtesy of a 14-darter.

(PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG) NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION

“It means a lot,” said Aspinall. “I wanted to get through to the finals night and I’m very happy.

“Every game I’ve played tonight, the other players were brilliant. Tonight I wanted to play well and I produced good stuff.”

Clayton, meanwhile, raced to a 6-1 win over Cross in their decisive match to top the Semi-Finals Group Two table on Leg Difference from Aspinall.

Clayton responded to his narrow opening loss to Aspinall by coming from 5-4 down to defeat Cullen in a deciding leg, and reeled off five successive legs against Cross to seal his spot in the Championship Group.

“I’m chuffed to bits,” said Clayton, who has also been working delivering food parcels in his local area in recent weeks during the lockdown period.

“Let’s see what happens tomorrow night now. It’s going to be a tough night on Friday, they are great players in there and it’s going to be a hard job for me – but hopefully I can top the group again.”

Aspinall and Clayton join two-time World Champion Gary Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen in another strong line-up as the quartet compete in a round-robin format on Friday to claim the Low6 Home Tour title.

The tournament, which began in April, has featured 101 PDC Tour Card Holders competing from their homes on four continents, and also saw a nine-dart finish from Luke Woodhouse on Night Two.

The Low6 Home Tour Championship Group can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.


Feature Pic: Taylor Lanning

Home Tour Semis: Anderson And The Cobra Through!

Gary Anderson and Jelle Klaasen secured places in the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs Championship Group on Wednesday.

Jelle Klaasen joins Gary Anderson in the final group!

Two-time World Champion Anderson and former Lakeside Champion Klaasen booked their spot in Friday’s Home Tour decider by claiming wins over Dave Chisnall and Mike De Decker in their opening two matches of Semi-Finals Group One.

Chisnall gained consolation with a 6-5 win over De Decker in their final match of the night, before Anderson saw off Klaasen 6-2 to top the Group One table.

It now makes it nine victories in a row on the Home Tour for Anderson, having won all three of his groups undefeated. 

The final two places in Friday’s Championship Group are on offer in Thursday’s Semi-Finals Group Two, as top 16 stars Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Joe Cullen face off.

The Low6 Home Tour can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Semi-Finals Group One – Wednesday June 3 (1930 BST)
Gary Anderson 6-5 Mike De Decker
Dave Chisnall 2-6 Jelle Klaasen
Mike De Decker 3-6 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Mike De Decker
Jelle Klaasen 2-6 Gary Anderson

Home Tour Semis Underway!

Jonny Clayton completed the semi-finals line-up of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Eight last night.

World number 15 Clayton maintained his unbeaten record on the Home Tour, claiming a hat-trick of victories to book his place in Thursday’s second night of semi-finals action.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue with the first night of semi-finals tonight, featuring Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker.

You can catch all of the Low6 Play-Off action live for free on PDCTV from 1930 BST
WATCH FREE FROM 1930 BST

World Champions Lead Tributes to Dave Kelly.

Tributes have been paid to experienced American player Dave Kelly, who passed away on Monday June 1 following a battle with illness. 

Tributes paid to US ace Dave Kelly | PDC

A World Masters semi-finalist in 1991, Kelly competed in the first PDC World Championship in 1994 and three times in the World Matchplay from 1994-1996.

He also continued to compete on the North American circuit, and also played in the PDC’s 2007 US Open and 2008 North American Championship, as well as at the Las Vegas Desert Classic Qualifiers.

Three-time World Champion John Part has led the tributes, saying: “Dave was a man whose talent and charisma made you believe anything was possible.

“His very presence at darts events gave the game that little bit extra that told you here is a sport, the sort of activity the best of the best can pursue with dignity.

“A fierce competitor whose passion doing so was only equalled by his magnanimity and leadership off the board, Dave was a beacon who easily drew people to himself and the game, and became the iconic American leader who rallied his compatriots to accept nothing less than equality in the world of darts, both by example and spirit. The ultimate teammate is gone.”

Writing on Twitter, fellow three-time World Champion John Lowe said: “Sorry to hear Dave Kelly passed away this morning, I have known Dave for many years, he always kept in touch, a great dart player and representative of America.”

1994 World Matchplay champion Larry Butler described Kelly as “one of my favorite people”, and former Sky Sports commentator John Gwynne hailed him as “a most likeable man”.

The PDC sends its condolences to the family and friends of Dave Kelly at this difficult time.


Features Pic – Bulls Eye News

Lowe6 Home Tour: Clayton Complete Semi-Final Line Up.

Jonny Clayton completed the semi-finals line-up of the Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs by winning Group Eight on Tuesday night.

Clayton has made calm progress into the the semi final groups. ( Pic: Taylor Lanning)

World number 15 Clayton maintained his unbeaten record on the Home Tour, claiming a hat-trick of victories to book his place in Thursday’s second night of semi-finals action.

The Welshman kicked off with a 6-3 win over two-time Lakeside champion Scott Waites, before seeing off Germany’s number one Max Hopp by the same scoreline.

Back-to-back emphatic wins for Waites put him back in the hunt to top the group, but a 6-2 success for Clayton against Carl Wilkinson in the final game of the night ensured his place at the top of the standings.

The Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs continue with the first night of semi-finals action on Wednesday night, featuring Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall, Jelle Klaasen and Mike De Decker

Low6 Home Tour Play-Offs
Group Eight – Tuesday June 2
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Scott Waites
Max Hopp 6-3 Carl Wilkinson
Scott Waites 6-0 Carl Wilkinson
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Max Hopp
Scott Waites 6-1 Max Hopp
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Carl Wilkinson


Featured Pic: L Lustig / PDC

Edmunds Claimed CDC Win. Second Remote Season Planned.

Kiley Edmunds has won the CDC Championship League’s opening season, with a second event now set to be held after the cancellation of the planned CDC Tour weekend in Denver.

The global restrictions have already meant that weekends in Toronto and Chicago had been cancelled earlier this year, and the year’s third planned weekend – in Denver from July 10-12, will also now not take place.

The CDC are now planning to run a second season of their home-broadcast Championship League, presented by Magic Darts, featuring separate seven-player leagues in the USA and Canada.

The initial Championship League has been won by Kiley Edmunds, who defeated Gary Mawson 9-8 in the final.

Edmunds saw off Jim Long in the final of the Canadian Division, with Mawson edging out Nick Linberg 9-8 in the USA Division final.

The event also featured the CDC’s first nine-dart finish, achieved by Shawn Brenneman during his tie with Edmunds in the league stage last month.

The experienced Canadian landed two 180s and then finished 141 – whilst giving a running commentary of the achievement!

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