Winmau Scottish Open 2020 – Details.

The 2020 Winmau Scottish Open will take place at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew from Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th February 2020.

BDO Invitation Table Category A event for the men / BDO Category B event for the Ladies.

The Scottish Open has a long and venerable history!

The Scottish Darts Association are inviting players to enter the annual Scottish darts-fest that is the Scottish Open.  This is one of the hardest open tournaments to win as illustrated by the events history showing only two players that have ever won the men’s title twice, Robbie Green, in 2011 and 2014 and the defending champion Wesley Harms who previously won in 2013.

Cameron Menzies won the 2017 Scottish Open.
Pic: BDO

Will there be another Scottish winner to follow in the footsteps of Peter Johnstone (1998), Mike Veitch (2004), Gary Anderson (2007) and Cameron Menzies (2017)

Current Sponsor of the Scottish Open.
Winmau.

The Scottish Open was first contested in 1983, held on the same weekend as the World Cup in Edinburgh and was won by 23 year old Australian star Russell Stewart who defeated his fellow Australian Terry O’Dea in the final.  The ladies title went to Pat Connaughton from England who defeated Welsh ladies team captain Sandra Lee in the final.

The tournament was then moth-balled for twelve years and revived in 1995 when England’s Chris Mason took the title along with ladies singles champion Deta Hedman, who currently leads the way in the Ladies Open with five titles.

Others to watch out for include Anastasia Dobromyslova with four wins and Lorraine Winstanley with three titles.  Ann Kirk has been Scotland’s sole victor in the Ladies event winning twice in1996 and 1999.

FALLON SHERROCK Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media

Fallon Sherrock has been in four out of the last five ladies finals and would love to finally take the title.

This year’s event will kick off on the Friday night with the traditional ice-breaker tournament, the Mixed Triples, followed by two sessions of Singles play on the Saturday and finishing on the Sunday with the Open Doubles competitions.

The Mens winner will take away £3000 while the Ladies champion wins £1000 and of course valuable ranking points can be accrued to take into the Ranking Tables.

The current champions are Wesley Harms from the Netherlands and England’s Lisa Ashton.  Winning duo in the mens pairs were Dogo Portela & Cody Harris while the ladies champions were Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves.

The Friday night triples competition was won by Allan Edwards, Claire Stainsby and Barry Davies.

Visit the SDA Website (sdaentry.com) to enter on line or download the tournament flyer to check full entry details and check out the accommodation offers from the venue.  Entry fee will be £16 for the Mens Open Singles and £13 for the Ladies Open Singles.


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Unicorn Challenge Tour 2020 To Get Under Way.

Over 300 players will compete in each of the first four events on the opening weekend of the 2020 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour season.

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Bumper entry for 300+ fir the 2020 tour.

The four £10,000 tournaments will be held at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on January 25-26, open to PDPA Associate Members who did not win a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School.

Play on each day will commence around 30 minutes following the close of registration at 0930 GMT, with each tournament being played with an open draw and over the best of nine legs.

The events will be played using the DartConnect scoring system and with 32 markers, although with entry numbers are higher than previously encountered for the Challenge Tour the PDC will monitor the events ahead of future weekends.

Menzies makes another attempt at the PDCs 2nd tier
Pic: BDO

The competitors include a number of former Challenge Tour event winners, including Darren Beveridge, Cameron Menzies, Kyle McKinstry, Burton, Andy Jenkins, Berry van Peer and Boris Koltsov, as well as international stars including Brazil’s Diogo Portela, America’s Chuck Puleo and New Zealand’s Cody Harris.

Former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and former Lakeside Champion Scott Mitchell are also in action, while Alan Norris and Ronny Huybrechts will make their Challenge Tour debuts after failing to win back their Tour Card.

JDC Junior World Championship winner Keane Barry heads up the field of teenage entrants, alongside 16-year-old Beau Greaves.

Fixtures and results will be available in the Match Centre at the PDC website.

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.
Lukas Charwat/PDC Europe

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.

Lukas Charwat/PDC Europe

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.
Lukas Charwat/PDC Europe

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

Cameron Menzies interview.

Menzies Tops Rankings and Some Takeaways From The PDC Challenge Tour!

The PDC’s second level tour held its fourth weekend of 2019 last week. For the first time, it was held in Wolverhampton. Here, we look at five standout points that seem relevant for the future.

Cameron Menzies interview.
Cameron Menzies looking good in this year’s Unicorn Challenge Tour rankings
Photo: PDC

Cameron Menzies Progresses Again – For the third Challenge Tour Weekend in a row the young Scot picked up a decent amount of money towards the rankings. The Unicorn thrower has now claimed two events and reached another final. He may have taken a little while to get over the disappointment of not playing the main tour, but is now showing that he belongs at the higher level. Cammy also seems to have learnt how to win deciding legs. If he remembers to keep a little energy for the last event his lead, at the top of the rankings, will continue to grow.

Jesus Noguera Steps Up – It is often difficult to follow up a breakthrough win. Other players become more aware of you and you are more aware of the pressure. However, those that manage it usually have that X factor. Jesus has made serious progress every weekend on this years tour. A second title and £350 from the other events means he has risen to second place in the rankings. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain that level, claim a tour card this year and step up again.

Richie Exits the Madhouse – Richie Edhouse may have started to return to his best. It’s fair to say that, after a brilliant start, Richie has had a torrid time over the last three months. He picked up a few wins this weekend and played some solid stuff. He seems to be getting better at winning matches even when he is not on top form. He needs to claim an event win to be in with a shout of topping the ranking and claiming a tour card without visiting Q School.

Callan Rydz – Going from strength to strength. Pic: PDC

Rydz Enjoying 2019 – Despite being horribly unlucky (again) at Q School, Callan Rydz will look back on 2019 fondly. He has claimed victories on both Development and Challenge Tours as well as many other decent performances. He has moved up to fourth in the Challenge Tour order of merit and is well placed to move up. Rydz has signed a sponsorship deal with Unicorn and raised his profile considerably. He seems to have all the ingredients for success and has not had it easy, which may ensure it is not taken for granted.

Wizard Makes Late Move – Former Major finalist Colin Osbourne raised a few eyebrows over the four events. After reaching his first qtr-final last time out, and some good open form, Colin was less successful in some ways. However, victories over Andy Jenkins, Richie Edhouse and Mike de Dekker, together with some high averages (103+), suggest that things may be coming together for the Derby-based thrower. Probably too late for this year’s rankings, ‘The Wizard’ is looking good for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

Wizard Watch – A return could be in the stars for the original Wizard?
Pic – PDC

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Unicorn Challenge Tour – Lynskey and Menzies Triumph in Events 13 & 14.

Cameron Menzies and Patrick Lynskey claimed the titles on day one of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour in Wolverhampton on Saturday, in addition, Boris Koltsov hit a nine-dart finish.

Menzies has been pick and mix this year but looks to be hitting his straps.
Pic;BDO

Menzies, 30, added a third PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour title to his record, defeating Wessel Nijman 5-2 in the final.

Menzies then fought off the spirited comeback to claim the £2,000 top prize in the weekend’s opening event, with an impressive 116 finish to win the title. 

Menzies, whitewashed Andrew Gilding, Eddie Lovely and Rusty Jake Rodriguez en route to a fine tournament win.

Lynskey claimed his first PDC title with a 5-2 victory over David Evans in the final of event 14.

After defeating Craig Quinn, needing a deciding leg, in the last eight, Lynskey upset Dennis Nilsson 5-2 getting to the final. 

Meanwhile, Boris Koltsov demonstrated perfection with a nine-dart finish in the second leg of his last 32 match against Andy Gilding.

The final saw Evans take the lead before Lynskey rattled off five legs on the spin to win the title.

Events 15 and 16 again in Wolverhampton, take place on Sunday 11 Aug.

Find a full list of results through DartConnect.

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 13

Quarter-Finals

Cameron Menzies 5-2 Eddie Lovely
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-0 Dennis Nilsson
Wessel Nijman 5-1 Cody Harris
Scott Waites 5-4 Curtis Hammond

Semi-Finals
Cameron Menzies 5-2 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Wessel Nijman 5-4 Scott Waites

Final
Cameron Menzies 5-2 Wessel Nijman

Unicorn Challenge Tour Event 14

Quarter-Finals

Dennis Nilsson 5-3 Scott Taylor
Patrick Lynskey 5-4 Craig Quinn
David Evans 5-2 Boris Koltsov 
Wessel Nijman 5-2 Christian Goed

Semi-Finals
Patrick Lynskey 5-2 Dennis Nilsson 
David Evans 5-3 Wessel Nijman 

Final
Patrick Lynskey 5-2 David Evans 

Unicorn Move First in Signing Up Rydz.

Unicorn has made another strong decision in the ‘market’ for new darting talent. In signing up emerging talent Callan Rydz, they have headed off numerous parties who had been mulling a move.

The Newcastle thrower has had a superb start to this year’s Challenge and Development Tours. He has so far claimed one title, one runner-up spot and multiple semi and qtr-finals.

Rydz’s reaction to the developments seems quite typical of his style; “It has been a whirlwind for me”

DartsWorld.com sources indicated that Rydz was being actively considered by a number of manufacturers, with at least one other having made enquiries. Mark Pritchard (Darting Promotions) has shown himself to be a careful, astute and sensible manager of payers, and is sure to keep Callan focused on his future.

Callan was spotted by some during the later part of the 2016 Development Tour and at the PDC Q School of 2017. He has been unfortunate not to get a tour card, on more than one occasion, most recently with the rule changes to the 2019 event seeing him miss out on countback.

Following that disappointment, he seems to have kicked on strongly. In addition to his superb tour performances, he qualified for the UK Open via Riley’s. He missed out in an early round to the in-form Jamie Hughes.

Cameron Menzies interview.
Cameron Menzies Photo: PDC

Together, with the signing of Cameron Menzies, earlier this year, there are signs that Unicorn is strengthening their roster of players and looking toward young talent with a certain X-factor. There are many signs that both youngsters will prove successful and smart business.

DartsWorld looks forward to both Unicorn and Callan’s progress in the coming years.

Image Credit: Featured: Unicorn, 2 & 3 : PDC

Cameron Menzies interview.

Cameron Menzies exclusive thoughts: BDO Worlds player interview series part 1

Cammy’s views on BDO Worlds, Grand Slam, future aims and more

We are delighted to be joined by rising star Cameron Menzies, who shares his exclusive thoughts to Sam Barnard for Darts World ahead of his first Lakeside appearance, in Part 1 of our 2018 BDO World Championship profile/interview series.

Cameron Menzies interview.
Exclusive Cameron Menzies interview: Read the thoughts of the super Scot ahead of his first BDO World Championship appearance.
Photo: PDC

The Scotsman has made a real name for himself this year in particular, after winning his home country’s Open and Classic tournaments, as well as reaching the British Open final again and World Masters semis.

Cammy was also one of the most talked about players at the recent Grand Slam of Darts, where he gained praise from players and pundits as well as earning a new fan base thanks to his strong performances, passionate celebrations and engaging interviews.

After giving his darting hero Gary Anderson a real game in his opening match, Menzies then defeated Australian star Simon Whitlock before narrowly missing out on a place in the last 16 after a defeat to Berry van Peer in what was arguably the match of the tournament for many reasons.

Although football was initially his sporting focus – he played to a semi-pro level and gained interest from some top teams around Scotland as a youngster – darts has always been a part of his life thanks to his parents and he certainly has the potential to be a real star in the game.

So, read on about the above and more for our exclusive Cameron Menzies interview and profile, the first in our series, ahead of the 2018 BDO World Championship from January 6-14…

If you missed our PDC Worlds interview series, click on this link.

Cameron Menzies profile

Date of birth: 27/06/1989 (age 28)
Place of birth: Glasgow
Nation: Scotland
Based: Muirkirk
Nickname: Cammy
Walk-on song: Not sure as of yet
Darts used: Datadart icon 24g
Management company/sponsors: N/A
Twitter handle: @CameronMenzies

Favourite double: 20 or 16
Favourite checkout: 170
Favourite tournament: Welsh Open
Favourite country/city played in: Prague
Toughest players faced: Krzysztof Ratajski, Andy Boulton
Players to watch in future: Nathan Girvan, and a few of Scotland’s youth players
Sports/darts hero(es) growing up: Jorg Albertz (ex-Rangers and Germany footballer)
Best mates in darts: My family
Favourite food: Steak
Favourite films/TV shows: Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan
Favourite bands/musicians: Bastille, Swedish House Mafia
Hobbies outside of darts: Playing football and computer
Current/previous day job: Plumber
Ultimate darting ambition: Win the Worlds and to get good enough to go professional and play on big stages consistently

Cameron Menzies interview

First of all, how excited are you ahead of your first World Championship? What are your aims for the event?

I am really excited as it’s been something I have dreamed of as a kid.

I never thought I would get there so I am hoping for a deep run in the tournament and make it worth my while travelling.

It’s been a great year for you, but what’s your overall assessment of your current game, and do you have belief you can challenge for Major titles more and more in the near future?

My game has improved but I have been putting more effort on the practice board over the last two years or so, with good people I practise with, and it’s improved my game massively.

Plus playing against top players on the circuit has improved me as well.

I believe I can push the best in the BDO on my game. So you never know what can happen.

What do you credit your form since winning the British Open last year down to?

I just believed I could give players a game.

I started winning against the best and started believing that I could beat these players, rather than hoping.

Menzies has been making waves this year in the BDO, and won the 2017 Scottish Open.

By winning the 2017 Scottish Open, you of course emulated your hero Gary Anderson who won it a decade ago. Describe your emotions on the day and how it was to then play him at the 2017 Grand Slam.

The Scottish Open was massive for me to win. It’s played over two days, and I beat some good players on the road to win.

That night was good as friends and family stayed to watch it.

Playing Gary [at the Grand Slam] was the game I wanted, he’s arguably Scotland’s greatest and my idol so it was the dream draw for me.

Your match against Berry van Peer was also well documented. You showed great sportsmanship at the end after seeing him suffer with dartitis, but how hard was it for you to face him and to narrowly miss out on reaching the last 16?

My dad had dartitis so I do respect what he goes through. Maybe too much.

Maybe [it was] a bit of inexperience from me. But I have never had to deal with it in a pressure situation as that.

[It was a] big learning curve for me. I usually respect everyone. I was just happy being there, [but] losing hurt massively and I sat myself down for 10 minutes until I calmed down.

You’ve certainly made a huge impression in darts, both at the Grand Slam and in the BDO, and are gaining more and more fans. What was the overall response from social media like, and how was your experience of the event in general?

My adrenaline goes haywire when I get onto a bigger stage, and it makes me hyper.

I would love to be calm and collected, but my heart races so I can’t stand still. Always have to be doing something.

I loved the experience, from the PDC staff to commentators and players. I loved every moment, a dream come true for me and my best experience as a darter as of yet.

Fans have been great, I’ve tried to message everyone back on Facebook – it has been hectic, but I have loved it.

You’ve hinted before that you’d be interested in eventually joining the PDC when the time is right. Do you now have a better idea of the standard and whether you’re ready to switch over? And is Q-School a possibility in January?

I think the standard is amazing. I think I could go there and do ok, [and] I do believe playing those kind of players more often would bring my game on massively.

I will deal with Finder and Lakeside and then have a sit down and see what my future holds – it is on my mind especially after the Grand Slam.

[There is a] long time to think about it before I make the choice.

Cameron Menzies interview: Cammy’s experience at the 2017 Grand Slam included a fine 5-2 win over in-form Aussie star Whitlock.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

You’ve stated before that your darts-playing parents played a big part in you taking up the sport. But at what stage did you believe you could make it in the game?

After I won the Scottish Open this year, which was my first ranking tournament, I went to work the next day and looked at other tournaments.

And from there I just wanted to travel more and see how far I am from [qualifying for] Lakeside, so it’s been more these last few months I have started believing.

I’d always played football rather than darts til the last few years.

Can you tell us more about your football playing career?

I was semi-pro, but not enough for a living. But I had been told scouts from top teams were interested in me, so I stuck to football. Never came to anything.

I did get told about them but I also missed games to play darts, so that didn’t help.

You’re also a big Rangers fan, but what do you make of their season so far? Are you hopeful they’ll eventually get back to winning ways and challenge Celtic again for the title in the coming seasons?

I hope we improve soon. Rangers lost again at the weekend (2-1 away to Dundee). I try to get to games when I can but it’s been hard with all the darts.

Hopefully we get a manager soon and start getting a better team, as the team we have isn’t good enough to challenge Celtic. They (Celtic) keep getting better and it looks like we’re getting worse unfortunately.

I’m hoping next year we push Celtic as they’re laughing all the way to 10 [league titles] in a row.

And finally, are there any standout World Championship moments you remember watching in the past, which perhaps personally inspired you?

There’ve been so many Championships. [Wayne] Mardle’s win against Taylor [at the 2008 PDC Worlds] I remember. And Ted Hankey’s 170 to beat Ronnie Baxter [in the 2000 BDO Worlds final].

I’ve always liked watching Gary Anderson even in the BDO. [He’s] just great to watch.

Many thanks to Cameron for speaking to us this week, and best of luck for the future! Join us next time for part 2 of our BDO Worlds interview series.