Mensur Gains Home Triumph – Last leg Drama in Austrian Open

Home hero Mensur Suljovic took glory in the Austrian Darts Championship in Vienna with a rousing comeback from 6-3 down to win Sunday’s final against Michael van Gerwen 8-7.

Mensur and MVG during trophy presentation.
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Having never previously won a stage match in his home city, the Austrian number one rose to the challenge as he claimed his third PDC European Tour title, scooping a £25,000 top prize at the Multiversum Schwechat.

Van Gerwen played his part in a hugely entertaining final, taking a 2-0 lead and then landing a brilliant ten-darter as he moved 3-2 up.

Suljovic capitalised on three missed doubles to level in leg six, only for Van Gerwen to take the next three as he moved 6-3 up.

Four missed doubles in leg ten from the World Champion allowed Suljovic to hit back, and he then took out 121 and 86 to delight the Vienna crowd by pulling level.

A miss at double 15 for a 150 checkout in the next from the Austrian allowed Van Gerwen to move a leg away from the title at 7-6, with Suljovic then taking the game to a decider by holding throw in leg 14.

A timely 180 from Van Gerwen saw him be the first to a finish in the final leg, but he missed the bull to take out 84 before Suljovic checked out 70 on his favoured double 14 to claim a momentous victory.

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Suljovic had earlier enjoyed wins over James Wilson, Ian White and Vincent van der Voort to move into the final, before becoming only the sixth player to win three or more European Tour titles.

“This is the best win of my career,” said Suljovic. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won a game on stage in Vienna and I won the event – it’s absolutely brilliant.

“Michael is the number one, but in the four-week holiday I’ve practiced every day and I was hungry. To win a European Tour event in my city is amazing, my biggest win.”

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, followed up Saturday’s victory over Kyle Anderson with defeats of Jeffrey de Zwaan, Ricky Evans and Peter Wright to reach the final.

Van Gerwen’s 6-3 third round defeat of De Zwaan was followed by a nine-minute whitewash of Evans in the quarter-finals, before he edged out Peter Wright 7-6 in the semi-finals, taking the deciding leg with a 13-darter.

However, he would lose out to a 14-darter in the deciding leg against Suljovic in the final, with Van Gerwen left frustrated after failing to close out the win.

“Full credit to Mensur, it’s nice for him to win in front of his home crowd,” said Van Gerwen. “He kept fighting but I didn’t do enough with this game.

“If you’re 6-3 up and have a chance to make it 7-3, I can only blame myself. I need to be critical of myself and I’m disappointed.”

Wright had won through to his fourth European Tour semi-final of the year with wins over Joe Cullen and Rowby-John Rodriguez, which both went to a deciding leg, before he went down in the same manner to Van Gerwen despite landing ten 180s.

Van der Voort’s wins over Gerwyn Price and Cameron Menzies moved the Dutchman into his first semi-final on the circuit for over three years before he lost out to Suljovic.

Cameron Menzies enjoyed a superb weekend including a superb victory over Adrian Lewis.
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Menzies, the current Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader, followed up wins over Kevin Munch and Michael Smith on the opening two days with a memorable 6-2 third round defeat of Adrian Lewis.

The Scot picked up his first prize money on the main PDC Order of Merit with £5,000 won as he reached his first European Tour quarter-final.

Rodriguez’s narrow 6-5 win over Mike De Decker saw him reach his first quarter-final on the European Tour for almost four years, but the Vienna favourite was unable to progress further as Wright ended his hopes.

White and Evans also reached the quarter-finals as they saw off Keegan Brown and Dave Chisnall respectively in round three.

The PDC European Tour continues next weekend with the European Darts Matchplay in Mannheim, Germany, with coverage to be streamed through video.pdc.tv and bookmakers’ websites worldwide. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

2019 Austrian Darts Championship

Sunday September 1

Afternoon Session

Third Round

Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Gerwyn Price

Cameron Menzies 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 James Wilson

Ian White 6-2 Keegan Brown

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Mike De Decker

Peter Wright 6-5 Joe Cullen

Ricky Evans 6-3 Dave Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals

Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Cameron Menzies

Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Ian White

Peter Wright 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Ricky Evans

Semi-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 7-4 Vincent van der Voort

Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Peter Wright

Final

Mensur Suljovic 8-7 Michael van Gerwen

MVG & Snakebite Join Home Stars in Austrian Open Last 16.

Michael van Gerwen produced a statement of intent at the Austrian Darts Championship with a 103 average as he joined home favourites Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the last 16 in Vienna.

MVG Laid Down a Marker in L32.
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Van Gerwen won four of the opening five European Tour events in 2019, but has not taken victory since the Austrian Darts Open in May.

However, he was in dominant mood with a 103 average in a 6-2 win over Kyle Anderson, claiming the opening two legs to take command and three in a row to lead 5-1 before closing out victory.

“I think I played well overall,” said Van Gerwen, a World Series winner in Melbourne and Hamilton over the past two weekends.

“I only had two bad legs but I won my game quite comfortably. I’ll be back tomorrow and I hope I can do even more.”

Van Gerwen will now face an all-Dutch third round tie with Jeffrey de Zwaan, who hit six doubles from 11 attempts in a clinical 6-4 win over Darren Webster.

Mensur moves in to last 16.
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Austrian number one Mensur Suljovic delighted his home crowd with a 6-2 defeat of Czech debutant Adam Gawlas to end the 17-year-old’s hopes in Vienna.

Gawlas had impressed in a first round win over Ross Smith, and came from 3-0 down to trail just 3-2 before Suljovic pulled clear for victory, averaging 96 and hitting six doubles from ten attempts.

Suljovic is joined in the last 16 by former World Youth Championship finalist Rodriguez, who was a 6-4 winner against world number three Daryl Gurney on Saturday.

Rodriguez produced one of the performances of his career in a 6-4 victory, rising to the occasion in a high-quality contest which saw Gurney average 101 and land a ten-darter as he led 2-1 and 3-2, only for Rodriguez to claim four of the next five for victory.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be in the third round in front of my home crowd,” said Rodriguez, who saw off Josh Payne in round one. “To win yesterday was great and this was even better.

Rowby-John received plenty of local support on his way to victory over Josh Payne.
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“I knew that the crowd would be behind me if I played well and it helped me a lot. It’s the one time a year they get to see me and I’m happy that I’ll be back on stage on Sunday.”

Rodriguez’s younger brother Rusty-Jake lost out earlier in the day as he went down 6-1 to Ian White, who opened his bid to win a third European Tour event of the year in comfortable fashion.

Peter Wright held off a resilient fightback from Dimitri Van den Bergh to book his spot in the last 16 with a narrow 6-5 win over the Belgian.

Peter Wright
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Wright took an early 3-0 lead and held a 5-2 advantage before the World Youth Champion kept the tie alive with three straight legs, but a 13-darter in the decider secured victory for the Scot.

Joe Cullen set up a tasty third round tie with Wright, defeating Luke Humphries 6-2 to move into the last 16.

Cullen opened with a 12-darter but saw Humphries share the opening four legs, only for missed doubles from the youngster in the next two to allow the Yorkshireman to pull clear.

Cameron Menzies produced a memorable display to book his spot in the final day with a 6-2 defeat of World Championship finalist Michael Smith.

Menzies maintained the momentum from Friday’s 6-1 win over Kevin Munch by taking out 148 for a 12-darter in leg one, and he led 2-0 and 4-1 before Smith took out 109 in reply, but two further legs sealed victory for the Scot.

“I think that’s one of the best wins I’ve ever had,” said Menzies. “I’m absolutely buzzing.

“Michael’s one of the best players in the world at the moment and he didn’t play anywhere near his standards, but I’m happy with that.”

Adrian Lewis hit back from 2-0 and 4-3 down to defeat German youngster Christian Bunse 6-4 as he set up a third round tie with Menzies.

Bunse started strongly to take the opening two legs, before Lewis finished 105 and 78 to level.

Bunse also took two of the next three, but a 76 checkout saw Lewis square the game again before successive double top finishes sealed progression for the two-time World Champion.

Gerwyn Price hit back from 4-3 down to book his third round place in Vienna with a 6-4 defeat of Brendan Dolan, averaging over 99 and finishing six doubles from 11 attempts.

A tight opening saw the first six legs shared before Dolan finished 104 – with his opponent waiting on 40 – to move ahead in leg seven, but Price levelled and then broke throw by taking out 116 for a 12-darter before tops sealed the win.

Price now plays Vincent van der Voort, who came from 3-0 down to book his spot in Sunday’s final stages with a rousing 6-4 defeat of Simon Whitlock.

Whitlock landed two 13-darters on his way to a 3-0 lead, only to see Van der Voort take four in a row, including a 161 checkout for a 12-darter, as he edged ahead.

The Australian finished 130 on the bull to level in leg eight, but the next two went to Van der Voort as the former Austrian Darts Open winner continued his bid for further European Tour glory.

Dave Chisnall began his challenge to follow up June’s Danish Darts Open win with a second European Tour title of the year with a fine 6-2 win over Dietmar Burger.

The Austrian qualifier led 1-0 and 2-1, but Chisnall moved ahead for the first time by finishing 106 to break in leg five, and pulled clear to seal victory with six doubles from eight attempts and a 99 average.

Ricky Evans averaged 100 in a superb 6-1 defeat of former World Championship finalist Kirk Shepherd to open his challenge to reach a second European Tour final of the year.

The Kettering ace reeled off the opening four legs before Shepherd took out 110 in leg five, but Evans was not to be denied as he claimed the next two to seal a third round place against Chisnall.

James Wilson survived three missed match darts from Steve Beaton before securing his place in the last 16 against Suljovic with a narrow 6-5 triumph.

Beaton hit back from 3-2 down to lead 5-4, but missed two match darts in leg ten and a further dart for victory in a tense decider before Wilson landed double four to claim his second win in as many days.

Keegan Brown secured a place in the final day of a European Tour event for the fifth time in 2019 with a 6-4 win over UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall, averaging 99 in a fine display to create a clash with White.

Brown raced into leads of 3-1 and 5-2 before Aspinall finished 121 and then survived two missed match darts as he pulled back to 5-4, but the Stockport ace was unable to prevent his rival landing tops in leg ten to seal the win.

Mike De Decker set up a third round tie with Rodriguez by punishing Jonny Clayton’s 19 missed doubles with a 6-3 victory over the former Austrian Darts Open winner.

Clayton led 2-1, but saw De Decker claim five of the next six legs to take victory, with the Belgian landing a huge 158 checkout in leg eight on his way to the last 16.

Sunday will see the £140,000 tournament conclude across two sessions, with the afternoon’s third round being followed in the evening by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final at the Multiversum Schwechat.

The Austrian Darts Championship will be broadcast through PDCTV-HD at video.pdc.tv for all subscribers worldwide, as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

2019 Austrian Darts Championship

Saturday August 31

Second Round

Afternoon Session

James Wilson 6-5 Steve Beaton

Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Simon Whitlock

Gerwyn Price 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Dave Chisnall 6-2 Dietmar Burger

Ricky Evans 6-1 Kirk Shepherd

Cameron Menzies 6-2 Michael Smith

Ian White 6-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Christian Bunse

Evening Session

Keegan Brown 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Daryl Gurney

Mike De Decker 6-3 Jonny Clayton

Peter Wright 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Adam Gawlas

Joe Cullen 6-2 Luke Humphries

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kyle Anderson

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Darren Webster

Sunday September 1

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Gerwyn Price v Vincent van der Voort

Adrian Lewis v Cameron Menzies

Mensur Suljovic v James Wilson

Ian White v Keegan Brown

Rowby-John Rodriguez v Mike De Decker

Peter Wright v Joe Cullen

Dave Chisnall v Ricky Evans

Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format

All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

ENDS

Home Stars Off to A Flyer at Austrian Open.

Brothers Rowby-John and Rusty-Jake Rodriguez were amongst three home favourites to win through to the second round of the Austrian Darts Championship on a dramatic opening day of the PDC European Tour event in Vienna.

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The £140,000 tournament at the Multiversum Schwechat began with 16 first round ties on Friday, with the Rodriguez brothers holding their nerve alongside Dietmar Burger to join fellow Austrian Mensur Suljovic – one of the 16 seeds – in the last 32.

Rowby-John won a tense battle of former World Youth Championship finalists against Josh Payne 6-5, coming from 4-1 down to lead 5-4 before surviving three missed match darts in the deciding leg.

He pinned double 16, to the delight of his home crowd, to set up a second round tie with Daryl Gurney.

Younger brother Rusty-Jake had earlier defeated Development Tour Order of Merit leader Ted Evetts 6-3, with the 18-year-old former JDC Junior World Champion now playing number two seed Ian White.

Burger earned his clash with Dave Chisnall.
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Burger, meanwhile, landed six doubles from seven attempts in a fine 6-3 win over Norway’s Cor Dekker to set up a clash with Dave Chisnall, this year’s Danish Darts Open winner.

Hannes Schnier came agonisingly close to being a fourth Austrian to win through to the second round before losing out 6-5 to former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown.

Brown led 5-3 before the Host Nation Qualifier took out 120 to save the game and 155 to force a decider, but an 89 finish moved the Isle of Wight ace through to face UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall.

The other two Austrian qualifiers, Alex Steinbauer and Christian Goedl, also suffered defeat as they went down to Kirk Shepherd and Jeffrey de Zwaan respectively.

Shepherd’s 6-4 win over Steinbauer set up a tie with Ricky Evans, while De Zwaan now takes on Darren Webster after pulling clear from two-all to see off Goedl 6-3, missing double 12 for a nine-dart finish in the game’s final leg.

The opening day’s most impressive display came from Czech teenager Adam Gawlas, as the 17-year-old qualifier celebrated his European Tour debut with a 6-5 win over Ross Smith, surviving two missed match darts from the UK Open quarter-finalist.

Gawlas, 17, won through last weekend’s East Europe Qualifier and has only been playing for six months, but impressed with finishes of 88 on the bull, 108 and a 14-darter as he shared the opening six legs.

Smith produced superb legs of 12 and ten darts to move 5-3 up, with Gawlas responding with legs of 14 and 13 darts to force a decider before capitalising on his opponent’s two misses at double 16 to hit the same bed for victory.

Luke Humphries produced an impressive 12-darter in the deciding leg of his tie against June’s Czech Darts Open winner Jamie Hughes, and he now meets Joe Cullen on Saturday.

World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh recorded the day’s highest average of almost 102 as he saw off Mark Webster 6-3, securing a clash with Peter Wright in round two.

Fellow Belgian Mike De Decker edged out Chris Dobey 6-5 and now plays Jonny Clayton, while German youngster Christian Bunse’s reward for a deciding-leg win over Jermaine Wattimena is a tie against two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis.

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Australia’s Kyle Anderson set up a second-round clash with World Champion Michael van Gerwen by seeing off Stephen Bunting 6-4, with the former Lakeside Champion battling back from 2-0 down to level and 5-2 down to threaten to take the tie to a decider.

Vincent van der Voort won the meeting between former Austrian Darts Open winners against Justin Pipe 6-4 to create a second round clash with Simon Whitlock, and James Wilson meets Steve Beaton following a 6-3 win over Derry’s Gavin Carlin.

Cameron Menzies’ reward for a 6-1 defeat of Germany’s Kevin Munch is a tie against World Championship finalist Michael Smith, while Brendan Dolan now takes on Grand Slam of Darts winner Gerwyn Price following a 6-4 defeat of William O’Connor.

Following Saturday’s second round, the tournament concludes on Sunday with the third round in the afternoon session before the decisive quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The Austrian Darts Championship will be broadcast through PDCTV-HD at video.pdc.tv for all subscribers worldwide, as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites.

2019 Austrian Darts Championship

August 30-September 1, Multiversum Schwechat, Vienna

Friday August 30

First Round

Afternoon Session

Brendan Dolan 6-4 William O’Connor

James Wilson 6-2 Gavin Carlin

Adam Gawlas 6-5 Ross Smith

Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-3 Ted Evetts

Cameron Menzies 6-1 Kevin Munch

Dietmar Burger 6-3 Cor Dekker

Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Justin Pipe

Christian Bunse 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Evening Session

Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Alex Steinbauer

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Mark Webster

Luke Humphries 6-5 Jamie Hughes

Keegan Brown 6-5 Hannes Schnier

Mike De Decker 6-5 Chris Dobey

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Josh Payne

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Christian Goedl

Kyle Anderson 6-4 Stephen Bunting

Saturday August 31

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Steve Beaton v James Wilson

Simon Whitlock v Vincent van der Voort

Gerwyn Price v Brendan Dolan

Dave Chisnall v Dietmar Burger

Ricky Evans v Kirk Shepherd

Michael Smith v Cameron Menzies

Ian White v Rusty-Jake Rodriguez

Adrian Lewis v Christian Bunse

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Nathan Aspinall v Keegan Brown

Daryl Gurney v Rowby-John Rodriguez

Jonny Clayton v Mike De Decker

Peter Wright v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Mensur Suljovic v Adam Gawlas

Joe Cullen v Luke Humphries

Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson

Darren Webster v Jeffrey de Zwaan

All games best of 11 legs

ENDS

Could Two Popular World Champions Return to Their Best? Beaton & Bunting Show Their Talent.

Beating and Bunting appear to be enjoying their darts, as well as taking advantage of new PDC tour structures. Their Austrian Open performances could be a very positive sign.

Unibet World Grand Prix - Night Two Round-Up
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

For those watching the Austrian Darts Open much of the action followed predictable lines. MVG claimed the title, James Wade and Mensur performed strongly, while Ian White reached the later stages. This combination of recent European Tour performance and overall form held few surprises.

Look a little deeper and a couple of real gems present themselves. Former World Champions Steve Beaton (1996) and Stephen Bunting (2014) are showing signs of a renaissance. Beaton has had a string 2019 and seems to be enjoying yet another ‘Indian Summer’. Steve’s performance, and 9 dart leg, in the previous Euro Tour event, reminded many of his supreme talent as well as phenomenal longevity. The short format 3/4 day events seem to suit him well. Surely, no darts fan could resent Steve another spell in the limelight.

Alongside the efforts of ‘The Adonis’, another World Champion is staging a return to his true standard. Stephen Bunting has been out of sorts for a couple of years. Slipping down the rankings and failing to trouble the later stages of events. Fiddling with his darts, and struggling to live up to his early PDC success, seemed to show that ‘The Bullet’ was in serious danger.

Yet 2019 has been a story of steady progress with significant high points. A Pro-Tour Final, multiple Euro qualifications and a general upturn in performance have been the result. Perhaps being able to play a wide variety of events and qualifiers is allowing him to rebuild his confidence?

The rapid changes in the tour and the rise of many new faces has resulted in many of darts best-known names, and former champions, struggling to keep pace. It is good to see these two turning things around and refusing to go quietly! DartWorld wishes them the best of luck.

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Van Gerwen Adds Austrian Darts Open to 2019 Haul.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his European Tour dominance by edging out Ian White 8-7 to win the Austrian Darts Open final in Graz on Sunday night.


MVG & Ian ‘Diamond’ White.Pic: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

World Champion Van Gerwen travelled to Austria having won three of the four European Tour events held so far in 2019, including two over the past fortnight.

He extended that record with another outstanding performance as he claimed the £25,000 title and a commemorative green jacket as the Austrian Darts Open champion.

Van Gerwen had whitewashed Steve Lennon in Saturday’s second round and dropped only one leg on Sunday afternoon with a big win over Stephen Bunting in the last 16.

He was pushed all the way by Peter Wright in the quarter-finals, with the Scot coming back from 5-3 down to force a decider only for the Dutchman to be too strong.

Van Gerwen then overcame Daryl Gurney 7-3 in the semi-finals, taking out finishes of 170 and 164 as he pulled into an early 4-1 lead before going on to seal his spot in the decider.

There, he took on White in a repeat of last weekend’s German Darts Open final, which Van Gerwen had won on that occasion 8-3 only to find their rematch a tougher prospect.

White took an early 3-1 lead as he followed up two 14-darters with a 138 checkout, only for Van Gerwen to win three in a row and move 4-3 up.

The pair then traded the next four legs before a 13-dart break of throw from Van Gerwen saw him open up a 7-5 lead and move to the brink of victory.

Legs of 14 and 15 darts from White saw him take the contest all the way, but Van Gerwen – with the advantage of throw – produced a brilliant 13-darter to secure yet another triumph.

“It’s the first time I’ve played here and I wanted to win so I’m really glad I did,” said Van Gerwen, who has now won 25 deciding legs in a row on the European Tour since 2014.

“Ian was phenomenal and he pushed me to the end. What more can you want, winning the title in a good game and with a good crowd – that makes darts.”

White had followed up Saturday’s win over Jamie Hughes with a big 6-1 win over Keegan Brown in round three and landed a ten-darter during his quarter-final with Steve Beaton before sealing a 6-2 win with a 126 bullseye finish.

White then defeated James Wade 7-4 in the semi-finals, with the first eight legs being shared before the left-hander’s miss at tops allowed him in for a key 11-darter before he pulled clear.

“It’s been a good weekend again,” said White. “I had my chance of winning it but you know what Michael’s like, he’ll take it out.

“We were both in the final last week and this week and I hope we can get a few more fights on the oche together in finals. It would be nice.”

Wade’s run to the semi-finals surpassed his quarter-final appearance in March’s European Darts Open, as he defeated Premier League rivals Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price on Sunday before coming unstuck against White.

Gurney saw off Mark Webster and Adrian Lewis in his first two games on Sunday, but saw his hopes of claiming a fourth successive win over Van Gerwen dashed by the world number one.

Wright was a quarter-finalist for a third time this year on the European Tour before he was edged out by Van Gerwen, while Lewis was a quarter-finalist for a second successive weekend.

Beaton followed up last weekend’s nine-darter at the German Darts Open by overcoming 2018 World Champion Rob Cross to reach his first European Tour quarter-final since September 2017.

Price finished six doubles from eight attempts in his third round win over Darius Labanauskas, but suffered defeat for a second time in four days to Wade as his hopes were ended in the last eight.

The PDC European Tour continues next weekend with the European Darts Grand Prix from May 10-12 at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen, where 48 players will be competing for £140,000 in prize money.

The European Darts Grand Prix will be streamed through video.pdc.tv for PDCTV-HD Subscribers and through bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

2019 Austrian Darts Open

Sunday May 5

Afternoon Session

Third Round

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting

Peter Wright 6-5 Tytus Kanik

Adrian Lewis 6-1 Nathan Aspinall

Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mark Webster

Gerwyn Price 6-4 Darius Labanauskas

James Wade 6-3 Mensur Suljovic

Steve Beaton 6-2 Rob Cross

Ian White 6-1 Keegan Brown

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Peter Wright

Daryl Gurney 6-5 Adrian Lewis

James Wade 6-4 Gerwyn Price

Ian White 6-2 Steve Beaton

Semi-Finals

Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney

Ian White 7-4 James Wade

Final

Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Ian White

Credits:

Official PDC

Pics: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Back Room Bully. The Importance of Winning The Bull!

Following Mark Webster’s superb last leg victory, over Joe Cullen, during the Austrian Darts Open, Paul Nicholson tweeted about it being a great advert for winning the bull. Our resident coach has long advocated for taking the backroom bull-up seriously. So we asked him why?

“It’s relatively obvious that throwing first is an advantage, remember what Eric used to say ” It’s simple, win your own legs”. With the improvement in standards across the board it is getting even more so.” said Coach Calhoun.

He added more “it is beyond me how players will have a routine for practising their scoring, their doubles and their finishes, but ask them, “how do you improve your bulling up?” and you will hear a lot of umming & aahing. It’s ridiculous that a professional would allow such an advantage to slip through their fingers”.


Bullseye – A Bit of Bully has always been welcome.

So is the coach right? We looked at a recent Pro Tour event. In total there were 36 matches that came down to the last leg. Overall 24 of those went to the player with the darts or two out of three. So it is clearly a big advantage.

However, it was noticeable that the benefits are less pronounced in the early stages, especially the first round. Here it was a little better than 50/50. The advantage of winning the bull increases dramatically through the middle rounds where up to 6 times as many deciding legs are won by the bull winner. Toward the climax of events, it moves back again, to the point of about 1 in 4 being won by the second thrower.

Although based on limited information, this suggests that winning the bull is advantageous in all ways. It’s very advantageous in the middle stages of an event and quite helpful in the semis and finals. So it appears that coach may well be right and we should improve this area.

As our coach says: “its not rocket science, practice it and have system you can rely on” .

We asked Coach Calhoun to put together a few practice ideas for those of you keen on improving this area. Keep an eye in The Practice Board for his suggestions.

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Mensur Through in Austrian Darts Open. Day 2 Round-Up.

Mensur Suljovic celebrated a fine comeback win over Raymond van Barneveld with an emotional ovation from the Austrian crowd as the home favourite set up a third-round tie with James Wade. Meanwhile, MVG began his campaign.

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN began his challenge for a third successive European Tour victory with a whitewash of Steve Lennon on Saturday, as reigning Austrian Darts Open champion Jonny Clayton crashed out in round two.

World Champion Van Gerwen has taken European Tour glory in Munich and Saarbrücken over the past fortnight – adding to a win in Leverkusen in March – and averaged 106 as he opened his Graz account in style against Lennon.

The Irish youngster had just one dart at a double in the contest, missing tops to win the opening leg, as Van Gerwen raced through the tie with the aid of three 180s, a 177 and six doubles from nine attempts.

“It was far from perfect but for the first game it’s not too bad,” said Van Gerwen, who now meets Stephen Bunting in Sunday afternoon’s third round.

“I love the European Tour events and I’m going to focus myself on my next game and I hope I can do some more damage.”

Bunting also enjoyed a whitewash in Saturday’s second round as he finished six doubles from 11 attempts in seeing off number 16 seed Darren Webster.

Five other seeded players also exited the event in Saturday’s afternoon session, including reigning champion Jonny Clayton as the Welshman lost out 6-2 to Poland’s Tytus Kanik.

Clayton led 2-1 early on, but Kanik took advantage of missed doubles from his opponent to move ahead and pulled clear with a second 14-darter before sealing his place in the final day on the European Tour for the first time.

World Championship finalist Michael Smith was defeated 6-4 by Steve Beaton, who averaged 102.41 in a heavy-scoring display as he moved into the third round.

Mark Webster produced an outstanding 11-darter in the deciding leg of his tie with Joe Cullen, while Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas averaged over 100 for a second successive day by defeating Ricky Evans 6-3.

Dave Chisnall was another seeded player to exit the event, going down 6-4 to Nathan Aspinall in a game where both players averaged over 100, with the UK Open champion taking out 143 to seal the victory.

Aspinall now meets Adrian Lewis in round three, after the two-time World Champion came from 5-3 down and survived a missed match dart from Ryan Searle to snatch victory with a 14-darter.

German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney set up a third-round tie with Mark Webster by defeating Russia’s Boris Koltsov 6-2, reeling off the final four legs without reply.

Grand Slam of Darts winner Gerwyn Price will now play Labanauskas after enjoying a 6-3 win over birthday boy John Henderson, hitting six doubles from seven attempts in a first-rate display of finishing.

The contest was also remarkable for both players averaging exactly the same at 91.67, with Price coming out on top as he moved into the final day.

2018 World Champion Rob Cross edged out Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 in a thriller, with the Dutch youngster finishing 115 and 121 in taking a 3-1 lead only to later miss three match darts in the deciding leg.

Peter Wright was another 6-5 winner, having seen Chris Dobey hit back from 5-2 down to take their game all the way before a 104 finish moved the Scot through to face Kanik in the last 16.

Mensur Suljovic celebrated his 6-4 comeback win over Raymond van Barneveld with an emotional ovation from the Austrian crowd as the home favourite set up a third-round tie with James Wade.

Van Barneveld took out a 13-darter and a 121 finish as he took a 3-1 lead and also finished 107 in leg eight to level after Suljovic had moved ahead with three straight legs.

Crucially, Van Barneveld missed his chance to lead once again in leg nine with one miss at double 14, before Suljovic swooped in the next to seal victory with an 11-darter.

Wade, meanwhile, progressed to the third round with a dominant 6-2 defeat of Mervyn King, who paid for ten missed darts at a double during the contest.

Ian White edged out Jamie Hughes 6-5 for a second time this year on the European Tour following another tight battle between the pair.

Hughes led 3-1 before White took three successive legs to move ahead, and the pair continued to trade blows before the deciding leg saw the 2018 Dutch Darts Championship winner finish 61 with his rival waiting on 16.

White now faces Keegan Brown, who was a 6-4 winner over Germany’s Max Hopp in the battle of former World Youth Champions as the Isle of Wight ace sealed victory with a 100 finish.

The Austrian Darts Open concludes on Sunday May 5 at the Premstättner Halle, with the afternoon session featuring the third round before the evening session sees the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The £140,000 PDC European Tour event is being streamed at video.pdc.tv, as well as through a series of bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

2019 Austrian Darts Open

Saturday May 4

Second Round

Afternoon Session

Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Ricky Evans

Mark Webster 6-5 Joe Cullen

Steve Beaton 6-4 Michael Smith

Daryl Gurney 6-2 Boris Koltsov

Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Dave Chisnall

Tytus Kanik 6-2 Jonny Clayton

Adrian Lewis 6-5 Ryan Searle

Stephen Bunting 6-0 Darren Webster

Evening Session

Gerwyn Price 6-3 John Henderson

Rob Cross 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Peter Wright 6-5 Chris Dobey

Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Steve Lennon

James Wade 6-2 Mervyn King

Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Raymond Van Barneveld

Ian White 6-5 Jamie Hughes

Keegan Brown 6-4 Max Hopp

The event continues on Sunday 5th May.

Credit, Pics: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe”

Austrian Darts Open – Preview & Draw.

FORMER European Tour winners Raymond van Barneveld, Kim Huybrechts, Steve Beaton and Mervyn King will be in action on Friday’s opening day of the 2019 Austrian Darts Open.

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The £140,000 tournament sees 48 players competing at the Premstättner Halle in Graz from May 3-5, with the action streamed through video.pdc.tv and bookmakers’ websites worldwide.

Friday’s first round will see the 32 qualifiers competing across two sessions, with the 16 seeded players entering the action in round two on Saturday.

Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld will headline Friday’s action as he takes on Mark Wilson, with the Dutchman having won through to the last 16 at the German Darts Open last weekend.

Belgian ace Huybrechts faces UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall in arguably the tie of the first round, while King will play Devon Petersen and Beaton meets Mark Barilli.

Wednesday’s Players Championship 14 winner Jeffrey de Zwaan will play Benjamin Fasching, who was one of four Host Nation Qualifiers to come through Thursday’s knockouts for Austrian players in Graz.

Stephen Bunting, Wednesday’s runner-up to De Zwaan, will play Patrick van den Boogaard, who was one of two West & South Europe Qualifiers to make it through Thursday’s knockouts.

The 16 seeded players who will enter in Saturday’s second round are headlined by World Champion Michael van Gerwen, who has won three of the four European Tour events held already in 2019.

German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney will also be in action, alongside Austrian favourite Mensur Suljovic and former World Champions Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis.

HNQ1 – Dietmar Burger

HNQ2 – Michael Rasztovits

HNQ3 – Benjamin Fasching

HNQ4 – Patrick Tringler

WSEQ1 – Patrick van den Boogaard

WSEQ2 – Diogo Portela

2019 Austrian Darts Open

Tournament Draw Bracket – Second Round Onwards

(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jamie Bain/Steve Lennon

(16) Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting/Patrick van den Boogaard

(8) Peter Wright v Andrew Gilding/Chris Dobey

(9) Jonny Clayton v Dietmar Burger/Tytus Kanik

(5) Adrian Lewis v Diogo Portela/Ryan Searle

(12) Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts/Nathan Aspinall

(4) Daryl Gurney v Boris Koltsov/Johan Engstrøm

(13) Joe Cullen v Mark Webster/Dirk van Duijvenbode

(2) Gerwyn Price v Ross Smith/John Henderson

(15) Ricky Evans v Darius Labanauskas/Michael Rasztovits

(7) Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld/Mark Wilson

(10) James Wade v Mervyn King/Devon Petersen

(6) Rob Cross v Jeffrey de Zwaan/Benjamin Fasching

(11) Michael Smith v Mark Barilli/Steve Beaton

(3) Ian White v Jamie Hughes/Patrick Tringler

(14) Max Hopp v Conan Whitehead/Keegan Brown

Schedule of Play

Friday May 3

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)   

Conan Whitehead v Keegan Brown

Boris Koltsov v Johan Engstrøm

Jamie Bain v Steve Lennon

Dietmar Burger v Tytus Kanik

Stephen Bunting v Patrick van den Boogaard

Ross Smith v John Henderson

Darius Labanauskas v Michael Rasztovits

Mark Webster v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Mark Barilli v Steve Beaton

Andrew Gilding v Chris Dobey

Diogo Portela v Ryan Searle

Kim Huybrechts v Nathan Aspinall

Jamie Hughes v Patrick Tringler

Raymond van Barneveld v Mark Wilson

Mervyn King v Devon Petersen

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Benjamin Fasching

Saturday May 4

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Ricky Evans v Labanauskas/Rasztovits

Joe Cullen v M Webster/Van Duijvenbode

Michael Smith v Barilli/Beaton

Daryl Gurney v Koltsov/Engstrøm

Dave Chisnall v Huybrechts/Aspinall

Jonny Clayton v Burger/Kanik

Adrian Lewis v Portela/Searle

Darren Webster v Bunting/Van den Boogaard

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Gerwyn Price v R Smith/Henderson

Rob Cross v De Zwaan/Fasching

Peter Wright v Gilding/Dobey

Michael van Gerwen v Bain/Lennon

James Wade v King/Petersen

Mensur Suljovic v Van Barneveld/Wilson

Ian White v Hughes/Tringler

Max Hopp v Whitehead/Brown

Sunday May 5

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format

All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Prize Fund

Winner: £25,000

Runner-up: £10,000

Semi-Finalists: £6,500

Quarter-Finalists: £5,000

Last 16: £3,000

Last 32: £2,000

Last 48: £1,000

Total: £140,000

ENDS