Bulls German Darts Masters Cancelled.

April 17-19 BULLS German Open Darts Masters

Dear friends,darts family, participants and visitors, after careful consideration, also in close coordination with the wonderland, the company BULL’S, and above all the local authorities and weighing up all sporting, economic but above all health aspects, we are unfortunate decided to cancel this year’s BULL’S German Open and Darts Masters.

We made this collective decision, of course also as a consequence on the decisions of the responsible authorities. As the organizing association, DSC Bochum 1982 e.V., we also see it as our duty to take care of all of our safety, which in our case consequently also means that we give as little platform as possible to a potential infection with this fatal disease in extreme cases.

As much as we have enjoyed the casual coexistence in all these many years, this is now becoming our undoing. With regard to the common good and especially the increased risk of certain groups of people, we can only hope for your understanding at the moment and ask for it.

We check in detail and in cooperation with the parties concerned (umbrella organizations, event location, board system installers, etc.) to what extent a postponement can be implemented. Of course we keep you up to date in this regard. In addition, we will reimburse the entry fees already paid to us, for this we also ask for a little patience, since the abundance of processes cannot take place in the shortest possible time.

Tournament website https://bulls-germanopen.de/


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Feature pic: Wesley Harms (2019 Runner/Up) L Lustig.PDC

Wright Regains German Darts Masters.

Peter Wright won the German Darts Masters for a second time in three years in Cologne on Saturday.

Wright, who won the 2017 title in Dusseldorf, defeated rising German star Gabriel Clemens 8-6 in the final in front of 8,000 fans at the Lanxess Arena to claim a third World Series of Darts crown.

The Scottish World Cup winner last lifted an individual TV title at the Melbourne Darts Masters in August 2018, but a series of clinical displays saw him overcome Nico Kurz, James Wade and Clemens in a marathon final session.

“It feels great to win this title again, I thought I was in the form to win it but you never know because there are so many good players who can beat you,” said Wright, who also beat Germany’s Robert Marijanovic in Friday’s last 16.

“There were a few moments where I was lucky but I think I was skilful enough and mentally strong enough to win it. I’m coming back to my best but I’m not there yet.

“I’ve played Gabriel a couple of times and he’s an amazing player, hats off to him. German darts has gone through an incredible rise and it’s only going to keep growing, this tournament showed that.”

Starring in his first televised final, Clemens got off to a perfect start by taking a 2-0 lead, and after Wright hit a 116 to get his first leg on the board, the German fired in a roof-raising 134 checkout using two double tops to regain his two-leg advantage.

Undeterred, Wright broke straight back and after the next two legs went with throw, Clemens missed two darts to go 5-3 up, allowing Wright to hit tops to level and then produce an 11-dart leg to hit the front for the first time at 5-4.

With time running out for Clemens to claw himself back into the contest, the German missed a dart at double 16 to make it 6-6, and Wright made no mistake on the same target to go within a leg of the title.

A determined Clemens refused to give in as he made it 7-6, but it was to be Wright’s night as the former UK Open champion showed composure to find the match-winning double four and clinch the £20,000 top prize.

Despite defeat at the final hurdle, the tournament will go down as a landmark moment for three-time ProTour runner-up Clemens who reached his first televised final in front of an adoring German crowd.

The German number three followed up his opening round win over Raymond van Barneveld with victories over former World Champion Rob Cross and reigning German Darts Masters champion Mensur Suljovic in just his fifth TV event.

The 2019 World Series of Darts continues with the Brisbane Darts Masters from August 9-10, the first of a triple-header Down Under.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of Play
Saturday July 13
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright 8-6 Nico Kurz
James Wade 8-0 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Martin Schindler
Gabriel Clemens 8-5 Rob Cross
 
Semi-Finals
Peter Wright 8-4 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 8-3 Mensur Suljovic

Final
Peter Wright 8-6 Gabriel Clemens

ENDS

German Darts Masters – A Shocking First Day.

Van Gerwen and Anderson stunned on German Darts Masters Day One

Shindler Triumphs!
Pic: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Martin Schindler and Nico Kurz stunned Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson on a thrilling opening night of the 2019 German Darts Masters, which also saw Gabriel Clemens beat Raymond van Barneveld in Cologne on Friday.

The second World Series of Darts event of the year got underway with eight top PDC stars taking on eight German representatives, as 22-year-old fans’ favourite Schindler produced an incredible comeback from 5-1 down.

With 12-time World Series event winner Van Gerwen seemingly cruising through the quarter-finals, the world number one missed three match darts across two legs, allowing Schindler to make a perfectly-timed sprint to the finish line to raise the roof at the Lanxess Arena.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I just can’t even put it into words,” said two-time World Cup of Darts quarter-finalist Schindler.

“I was shaking so much, I don’t know how I won that game but I did it and right now I’m just so, so happy.

“This may be the biggest win of my career, I’m not even sure at the moment but when it sinks in I think it will be my biggest win.”

Schindler will play Mensur Suljovic in Saturday’s final session after the reigning champion got his bid for back-to-back titles off to an ideal start as he secured a dominant 6-2 win over the experienced Maik Langendorf.

Earlier in the night, another 22-year-old German Kurz produced one of the biggest shocks ever seen on the World Series with a sensational 6-4 win over two-time World Champion Anderson.

Kurz, who was making just his second televised appearance having missed darts to beat Jamie Lewis at the 2018 event, raised the roof with a 170 finish to take a 3-2 lead.

Anderson Congratulates Kurz. Pic; Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

Six-time World Series event winner Anderson produced skin-saving checkouts of 138 and 79 to stay in the contest and trail 5-4, before Kurz coolly pinned double eight to seal a memorable victory.

“This is the biggest win of my career, I think I’ve never been so happy in my life,” said Kurz, who became the first German winner on the World Series.

“Gary has always been a role model for me, he is one of the best players of all time. I still can’t believe what I achieved today.

“I tried to focus on my game and not to pay attention to Gary or the amazing crowd, and I think it went pretty well!”

Kurz’s next assignment will see him face Peter Wright after the reigning Melbourne Darts Masters champion fought off a spirited fightback from Robert Marijanovic to claim a 6-4 win.

Schindler and Kurz will be joined in the last eight by German number three Clemens, who dumped out four-time World Series event finalist Van Barneveld with a comprehensive 6-3 success.

The rising German star, who has reached three ranking finals in the last 14 months, flew out of the traps into a commanding 3-0 lead, before Van Barneveld rallied to cut the deficit to one leg.

However, Clemens’ dominance resumed as he took three of the last four legs to wrap up a comfortable victory and set up a meeting with Rob Cross who didn’t miss a dart at double in his clinical 6-4 success over German number one Max Hopp.

Last year’s World Series of Darts Finals winner James Wade produced a clinical display to defeat Kevin Munch 6-2, and he will take on Daryl Gurney who also picked up a 6-2 win over TV debutant Christian Bunse.

The German Darts Masters concludes with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final on Day Two.

2019 German Darts Masters
Schedule of PlayFriday July 12
First Round
James Wade 6-2 Kevin Munch
Nico Kurz 6-4 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Christian Bunse
Peter Wright 6-4 Robert Marijanovic
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Maik Langendorf
Martin Schindler 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Max Hopp

Saturday July 13 (2000 start local time)
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Nico Kurz
Daryl Gurney v James Wade
Martin Schindler v Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross v Gabriel Clemens
 
Semi-Finals
Wright/Kurz v Gurney/Wade
Schindler/Suljovic v Cross/Clemens

Final
v
All games best of 15 legs

ENDS

Written by Josh Phillips

German Darts Masters; Preview.

THE third German Darts Masters begins on Friday and sees Mensur Suljovic bidding to retain his title in the two-day PDC World Series of Darts event in Cologne.

MOMENTS FOTOGRAPHY | ROBIN BÖTTCHER / WWW.MOMENTSFOTOGRAPHY.DE

Austrian Suljovic was victorious in front of a world record crowd in Gelsenkirchen last year when the World Series returned to Germany.

Suljovic’s memorable success was his second big-stage title as he defeated Dimitri Van den Bergh in the decider, and he opens his challenge to defend the title against Maik Langendorf on Friday.

“I’ve enjoyed the German Darts Masters for the last two years and to win it in 2018 was a really special moment for me. It was a fantastic tournament and one of the highlights of my career.

“It would be special again this week if I was to win and I know it’s very hard because it’s the best players in the world. I can’t wait to play in front of the huge German crowds again.”

The World Series of Darts event has moved to Cologne’s Lanxess Arena in 2019, where German number one Max Hopp will be leading the challenge of eight home representatives.

Hopp will take on world number two Rob Cross in their opening fixture, while Martin Schindler meets World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Fast-emerging Gabriel Clemens – who now sports the “German Giant” nickname – will be aiming to secure a big-stage win over five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld, who continues his final year before retiring with an appearance in Cologne.

2017 German Darts Masters champion Peter Wright, a semi-finalist in the US Darts Masters last weekend, plays Robert Marijanovic, and reigning World Series of Darts Finals winner James Wade takes on fellow left-hander Kevin Munch.

Gary Anderson plays emerging 22-year-old Nico Kurz, while Daryl Gurney takes on Christian Bunse – a 24-year-old who won a PDC Tour Card this year.

Following Friday’s first round, the PDC World Series of Darts event concludes on Saturday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in one session at the Lanxess Arena. For tickets, please visit www.eventim.de.

The German Darts Masters is the second of five international events on the World Series of Darts circuit, following last week’s US Darts Masters and preceding the August treble-header in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hamilton.

2019 German Darts Masters

Draw Bracket

(1) Peter Wright v Robert Marijanovic

Gary Anderson v Nico Kurz

(4) Daryl Gurney v Christian Bunse

James Wade v Kevin Munch

(2) Michael van Gerwen v Martin Schindler

Mensur Suljovic v Maik Langendorf

(3) Rob Cross v Max Hopp

Raymond van Barneveld v Gabriel Clemens

Schedule of Play

Friday July 12 (2000 start local time)

First Round

James Wade v Kevin Munch

Gary Anderson v Nico Kurz

Daryl Gurney v Christian Bunse

Peter Wright v Robert Marijanovic

Raymond van Barneveld v Gabriel Clemens

Mensur Suljovic v Maik Langendorf

Michael van Gerwen v Martin Schindler

Rob Cross v Max Hopp

All games best of 11 legs

Saturday July 13 (2000 start local time)

Quarter-Finals

Wright/Marijanovic v Anderson/Kurz

Gurney/Bunse v Wade/Munch

Van Gerwen/Schindler v Suljovic/Langendorf

Cross/Hopp v Van Barneveld/Clemens

Semi-Finals

Wright/Marijanovic/Anderson/Kurz v Gurney/Bunse/Wade/Munch

Van Gerwen/Schindler/Suljovic/Langendorf v Cross/Hopp/Van Barneveld/Clemens

Final

v

All games best of 15 legs

ENDS

Wonderful Wright's German Darts Masters Glory

Wonderful Wright’s German Darts Masters Glory

Wonderful Wright's German Darts Masters Glory
Photo; Kelly Deckers

PETER WRIGHT won his first World Series of Darts title with an 11-4 defeat of Phil Taylor in Saturday’s German Darts Masters final at Dusseldorf’s Castello Arena.

The world number three and UK Open champion has lost out twice previously in finals on the World Series circuit to Taylor, including in Melbourne in August, but took the £20,000 title with a gritty display.

Wright had survived match darts against Dragutin Horvat and Mensur Suljovic in his opening two matches, before overcoming Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in the semi-finals.

He then saved his best performance for the final as he wiped out the memory of losses to Taylor in Yokohama and Melbourne with a clinical performance.

Wright made a superb start to the final, taking out 116 for a 12-darter in the opening leg and double 12 for a 13-darter to lead 2-0.

Taylor hit back in leg three, but Wright pushed into a 5-1 lead with three successive legs only to see his advantage halved as the 57-year-old took back-to-back legs.

Wright, though, claimed a break back with a 66 finish before hitting a third 180 of the game in a 12-darter as an 81 checkout saw him restore a four-leg lead at 7-3.

A 61 finish moved Wright five legs clear and he landed a 180 and tops to move 9-3 up, with the pair trading 14-darters as the Scot moved to the brink of a victory which he sealed with another 12-dart leg on double ten.

Wright ended the final with a 102.25 average and finished an impressive 11/19 doubles as he avenged losses to Taylor in the World Matchplay and Melbourne Darts Masters finals with a memorable triumph for his 11th tournament win of 2017.

“It’s wonderful and I’m delighted,” said Wright. “It means a lot to beat Phil and I’ve also wanted to win a World Series title so it’s a tick in the box.

“I’ve learned from the defeats my other finals against Phil and I got lucky today. I’ve had the advantage of playing many European Tour events and playing three or four times in a day.

“I normally find on these events over long days that I get a second wind, and when you’re up on stage and the crowds get behind you it spurs you on and you wake up, and try not to let them down.

“It’s very hard and Phil’s concentration levels weren’t quite as sharp when he got to the final. Phil was tired but he still doesn’t give up or hand it to you on a plate, and that’s why he’s the best in the world.

“To play him, you’re still in awe of what he’s done and where darts has come to – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Phil so it’s special.”

Wright added: “When I changed darts during the game against Mensur, that was a brand new set of darts. They’re worth £20,000 now!”

Taylor had been aiming to win his ninth World Series title as he overcame Daryl Gurney 10-7 in the quarter-finals and then proved too strong for James Wade with an 11-7 semi-final triumph, despite finishes of 104 and 158 from the left-hander.

“It’s been a long day for me and it was hard for me,” said Taylor. “I tried my best but Peter’s finishing was fantastic and he deserved to win.

“I’m 57 and it’s caught up with me now – I can’t do three games in one day. It’s so difficult now, like a footballer trying to compete against a younger person – you want to do it but you can’t.

“The fans were fantastic all weekend and it was very touching and heart-warming for me. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Wade had benefitted from the withdrawal of World Champion Michael van Gerwen on Saturday morning, due to an ankle injury, with a walkover into the semi-finals but showed some superb finishing during an encouraging return to form in Germany.

Van Barneveld, meanwhile, progressed to the last four by defying three bullseye finishes from Gary Anderson with a 10-8 as he avenged August’s defeat to the Scot in the Perth Darts Masters final.

The German Darts Masters concluded the year’s seven international World Series of Darts events, ahead of next month’s season-ending Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow.

The Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 3-5 at the Braehead Arena. For tickets, call 0844 499 1700 or visit www.braehead-arena.co.uk.

2017 German Darts Masters
Saturday October 21
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 10-9 Mensur Suljovic
Phil Taylor 10-7 Daryl Gurney
James Wade Bye (Michael van Gerwen withdrew through injury)
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Raymond van Barneveld 9-11 Peter Wright
James Wade 7-11 Phil Taylor
Best of 21 legs

Final
Peter Wright 11-4 Phil Taylor
Best of 21 legs

Quarter-Finals
Raymond van Barneveld booked his German Darts Masters semi-final spot with a 10-8 defeat of Gary Anderson in a see-saw contest, avenging his loss in the the Perth Darts Masters final as he defied three bull finishes from the Scot.

Early finishes of 76 and 121, on the bull, gave Anderson a slender advantage as he edged into a 3-2 lead, before Van Barneveld took three in a row to take command at 5-3.

Anderson responded in style, following a 180 with an 84 bull finish in leg nine before taking out 132 on the middle double to level.

Van Barneveld replied with seven perfect darts in a 12-darter and tops as he regained the edge at 7-5, only for Anderson to reel off the next three legs to move back in front.

However, the Scot paid for a miss at tops in leg 16 as Van Barneveld stepped in to take out 80 before then moving 9-8 up with a brilliant 150 checkout, before sealing the win on tops.

Peter Wright survived a missed match dart for the second successive game before edging out Mensur Suljovic in a deciding leg to continue his bid to win a maiden World Series title.

An intriguing contest began with Wright opening up a 3-0 lead, only for Suljovic to hit back and level after six legs as the UK Open champion adopted a mid-game change of darts.

A 12-darter from Wright saw him regain the edge, only for Suljovic to take out 121 in back-to-back legs as he moved ahead for the first time before double ten opened up a 6-4 lead.

Suljovic extended that cushion to 9-6, with a superb 11-darter from Wright – featuring his eighth 180 – kick-starting his challenge before tops pulled him back to 9-8.

A miss at tops from Suljovic for the match in the next allowed Wright to force a decider, before double four saw the Scot move into the last four and set up a tie with Van Barneveld.

Phil Taylor produced a clinical performance to see off Daryl Gurney 10-7 and set up a semi-final with James Wade, hitting 10/16 attempts at a double and averaging over 100.

After opening the game with a 180 in a 13-darter, Taylor opened up leads of 3-0 and 5-1, and led 7-3 after missing only one dart at a double.

Gurney, aided by a superb 71 finish to break throw and an 11-darter, pulled back to 7-6, but Taylor finished double 16 and tops to edge clear before sealing the win.

Michael van Gerwen’s withdrawal with an ankle injury means that James Wade receives a Bye through to the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals
Peter Wright won through to his second World Series final of the year with an 11-9 comeback win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Wright led 2-0 before three successive legs for Van Barneveld, including a 120 finish, saw the Dutchman move ahead.

Wright took out a superb 11-darter to level and then finished 87 on the bull to regain the lead at 4-3, before another 11-darter moved him 5-4 up, a 76 finish opened up a 6-5 cushion and a 91 checkout pushed him 7-6 ahead.

Van Barneveld took the 14th to level before superbly finishing 121 to move 8-7 up, but Wright won the next two to move back in front before defying an 88 combination from the Dutchman to seal the win with 84 and tops.

Phil Taylor remained on course to win his ninth World Series of Darts event with an 11-7 win over James Wade in their semi-final.

Wade’s opening 104 finish was followed by a brace of double ten finishes from Taylor as he gained the edge, with Wade finishing 70 to level only to see Taylor win four of the next five to move 6-3 up.

Wade’s 12-darter was followed by a 13-darter from Taylor, before finishes of 64 and 76 from the left-hander pulled him back to one leg behind at 7-6.

Taylor, though, denied him a chance to level, and though Wade took out 158 – the highest finish of the event so far – the 16-time World Champion closed out the win with checkouts of 82 and 84.

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win

VAN Gerwen Withdraws From the 2017 German Darts Masters

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win
Photo; Kelly Deckers

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has withdrawn from the 2017 German Darts Masters due to his ankle injury.

The World Champion has been struggling with bursitis in his left ankle but played his first round tie at the World Series of Darts event on Friday night, defeating Martin Schindler 6-2.

However, the injury has not recovered sufficiently overnight for Van Gerwen to compete in Saturday’s final stages, where he could have compete in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

As a result, his scheduled quarter-final opponent James Wade now receives a Bye into the semi-finals, with only three games now taking place in the afternoon session at the Castello Arena.

“Obviously I am devastated to pull out but as anyone could see last night my foot was in bad way,” said Van Gerwen.

“On medical advice I have unfortunately decided to withdraw and now I am going to concentrate on getting it better for the rest of the year.”

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win
Photo; Kelly Deckers

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defied an ankle injury to end the hopes of local prospect Martin Schindler at the German Darts Masters on Friday night, as Peter Wright defied a superb fightback from Dragutin Horvat in Dusseldorf.

World Champion Van Gerwen travelled to the PDC World Series of Darts event in Dusseldorf despite suffering from bursitis in his left ankle, having previously overcome the problem during June’s World Cup of Darts to take the title.

He began his bid for glory at the Castello Arena with a 180 and a 124 finish in a 12-dart leg, and despite missing 13 darts at doubles in mid-game recovered to seal the win.

Berlin’s 21-year-old Schindler was in touch at 3-2, but double eight edged Van Gerwen clear before he recovered from a bounce-out to finish 107 with treble 19 and the bull to lead 5-2 before sealing the win on double 12.

Van Gerwen now takes on James Wade in Saturday afternoon’s quarter-finals, after the left-hander produced a stunning six from six on his doubles to defeat Kevin Munch 6-2.

The double top bed took a battering as Wade clinically saw off Munch to secure his quarter-final place, with the first seven legs of the contest ending on tops.

Wade moved 3-0 up before taking out 120 to continue his flawless finishing, with Munch finishing 60 on tops to hit back in leg five before Wade took out 102 on the same bed to move 5-1 up.

Munch then finished a 105 combination with 25 and two double tops to stay in the game, but Wade fired in his first 180 before pinning double 12 to seal victory with six doubles from as many attempts and a 101.90 average.

“I’m happy for a change,” admitted Wade. “The hunger is back and it’s the first time it’s been back for a long time, but I’ve been working hard and although it’s a big hill to climb I’m taking steps.”

Mensur Suljovic delighted the Castello Arena crowd with a 6-5 win over Kyle Anderson, as the Auckland Darts Masters winner saw his bid for further World Series of Darts glory ended by the Austrian despite a brave comeback.

A high-quality opening saw Suljovic’s 14-darter cancelled out by a 12-dart finish from Anderson, before the Champions League of Darts winner took tour of the next five to open up a 5-2 lead.

Anderson took out 96 for another 12-dart finish before double 16 broke to reduce the gap to 5-4 before taking out 68 to force a decider, only to see the Austrian land double 16 to finally close out the win.

Hobbling VAN Gerwen Opens German Darts Masters With Win
Photo; Kelly Deckers

“It was a crazy game,” said Suljovic. “I was so nervous at the end but I’m happy. Kyle is a great player but I’ve been in perfect form and it’s a good win.”

Suljovic now takes on world number three Peter Wright, who escaped with a 6-5 win from his tie with Dragutin Horvat after the qualifier came from 5-1 down to force a decider.

The Scot took out double eight, 96 and tops to win the first three legs, and also finished 130 on the bull and tops as he opened up a 5-1 lead.

Horvat landed two 180s as he pulled back to 5-3 before capitalising on a missed match dart from Wright to finish 64 as he won a third straight leg, and a brilliant 110 checkout took the tie into a decider.

Wright, though, was first to a finish as he left 56 after 12 darts, and after Horvat missed tops to claim a remarkable win the Melbourne Darts Masters finalist stepped in to scramble home double five.

“I felt good even when he came back at me,” said Wright. “He can play good darts and he showed that but I felt I had enough in the locker.

“Maybe I’m lucky to be through but I’d love to go on and win this now.”

Gary Anderson ended the hopes of German number one Max Hopp by claiming a 6-3 victory as he began his bid for a third World Series win of the year.

Hopp made an ideal start with a 180 and double 14 to win the opening leg, only for Anderson to respond with a 95 finish before finishing double ten and tops for a 3-1 lead.

Hopp took the fifth but missed his chance to level in the next before Anderson produced a brilliant 11-darter as he moved 5-2 up, and though six missed match darts allowed the German a brief reprieve, tops moved the Scot into the last eight.

Anderson now takes on Raymond van Barneveld in a rematch of August’s Perth Darts Masters final, after the Dutchman overcame Stefan Stoyke 6-3.

Three-time World Series finalist Van Barneveld claimed the first three legs with a strong start before holding off the German qualifier’s fightback to progress.

Stoyke took out two legs from three as he pulled back to 5-3, but two missed doubles in leg nine to continue his challenge allowed the Dutchman in on double eight to secure his spot in Saturday’s final stages.

Phil Taylor’s bid to say a competitive farewell to Germany with victory began as he defeated Robert Marijanovic 6-2.

Marijanovic took the tie’s opening leg, but missed double eight to double his lead as Taylor hit the same bed to both level and move ahead before finishes of 127, 62 and 76 moved the 57-year-old 5-1 up.

Marijanovic hit back in leg seven, but Taylor took out double four to complete the win, setting up a quarter-final tie with Daryl Gurney on Saturday afternoon.

World Grand Prix champion Gurney produced an assured display to whitewash German Superleague winner Maik Langendorf 6-0 in their first round tie.

Gurney opened the match with a 127 bull finish and took out 67 and double nine to lead by three legs, before punishing a total of eight misses by Langendorf in the next two as he moved 5-0 up, before double ten sealed the win.

“The scoreline was 6-0 but it didn’t feel that easy,” said Gurney. “Maik could have won a couple of the legs so I’m happy to get through it. I really enjoyed it and it was a good atmosphere, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

The tournament concludes on Saturday, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session and the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

Coverage is live on Pro7 and Pro7Maxx in Germany, as well as on ITV4 in the UK, as well as through the PDC’s series of worldwide broadcast partners and through PDCTV-HD at www.pdc.tv.

2017 German Darts Masters
Friday October 20
First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Stefan Stoyke
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Maik Langendorf
James Wade 6-2 Kevin Munch
Kyle Anderson 5-6 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 6-3 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-5 Dragutin Horvat
Phil Taylor 6-2 Robert Marijanovic
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Martin Schindler
Best of 11 legs

Saturday October 21
Afternoon Session (2pm local time)
Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic
Phil Taylor v Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Best of 19 legs

Evening Session (8pm local time)
Semi-Finals
Anderson/Van Barneveld v Wright/Suljovic
Van Gerwen/Wade v Taylor/Gurney
Best of 21 legs

Max Hopp quiz.

QUIZ: How well do you know German star Max Hopp?

Max Hopp quiz.
Max Hopp quiz: How well do you know the German starlet?
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Max Hopp quiz

Ahead of the inaugural German Darts Masters World Series event, Darts World have come up with a dedicated Max Hopp quiz in recognition of the nation’s highest profile player.

It’s hard to believe that the starlet is aged just 21, and has a hugely promising future ahead of him for many years (and possibly decades) to come.

He’s already achieved so much in his short career to date, but how much do you know about him?

Why not test your darting knowledge by trying out our Max Hopp quiz, which is powered by Sporcle and conjured up by Sam Barnard for Darts World?

You have just 6 minutes to guess them all. In total, there are 15 questions, each with four multiple choice answers, so even if you are unsure about any you’ll still have a one in four chance of getting it correct.

Are you ready then? To start, simply click the ‘play’ button below to start the quiz, and enter your answers in the box provided:


How did you do? Let us know your score out of 15 on our Twitter and Facebook pages to compare how you did against others!

If the quiz above doesn’t work, try clicking on this link.

Without giving too much away for our Max Hopp quiz, here is a bit of background about him.

Born in Idstein, Germany, on August 20th 1996, Hopp initially took part in BDO and WDF events, and won a ranking title and reached another final in just his maiden year aged only 14.

Hopp since became the second-youngest ever player to take part in the PDC World Championship, and is fast becoming one of the biggest names on tour.

His rise in the game has coincided with Germany’s rapidly growing love for the game, and he has become somewhat of a poster boy for the sport in his nation.

The young-gun has dealt with the pressure extremely well to date, winning the 2015 World Youth Championship and helping guide his country to two World Cup of Darts quarter-final appearances. He also already has a nine-dart finish to his name!

So, test your knowledge, and even learn more about him, by trying out our Max Hopp quiz!

Anderson Draws Hopp For German Darts Masters Opener

Anderson Draws Hopp For German Darts Masters Opener

Anderson Draws Hopp For German Darts Masters Opener
Photo; Lawrence Lustig/PDC

TOP SEED Gary Anderson will play leading home star Max Hopp in the first round of the 2017 German Darts Masters on Friday October 20, while Kyle Anderson and Mensur Suljovic will clash in Dusseldorf.

The inaugural PDC World Series of Darts event in Dusseldorf will be held at the Castello Arena on October 20-21, and broadcast live in Germany on ProSieben and ProSieben Maxx.

The top eight players in the World Series of Darts Order of Merit qualified to compete in the tournament, alongside invited players Hopp, Martin Schindler and Suljovic and five German Superleague qualifiers.

Scottish star Anderson, who has won the World Series events in Dubai and Perth this year, will come up against former World Youth Champion Hopp in a tasty first round tussle on Friday October 20.

Berlin-based youngster Schindler, who has made his breakthrough this year, will take on reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen, who won the events in Shanghai and Las Vegas in July.

August’s Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson will take on September’s Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic in a tasty clash between players who have won their maiden televised titles this year.

Phil Taylor, the 16-time World Champion who won the Melbourne Darts Masters, has drawn Robert Marijanovic, while UK Open champion Peter Wright takes on Dragutin Horvat and Raymond van Barneveld plays Stefan Stoyke.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney will meet Maik Langendorf, and James Wade plays Kevin Munch.

Following Friday’s first round, play continues on Saturday afternoon (2pm) with the quarter-finals, before the decisive evening session (8pm) sees the semi-finals and final take place.

Tickets for the 2017 German Darts Masters are available now from www.germandartsmasters.ticket.io.

The 2017 German Darts Masters will be broadcast live on leading German channel ProSieben alongside coverage on ProSieben Maxx on October 20-21.

The opening night’s coverage will be shared by the two channels as the 16 players face off in the first round on Friday October 20 (8.15pm-10.30pm live on ProSieben Maxx & 10.30pm onwards on ProSieben).

The quarter-finals in the afternoon session of Saturday October 21 will be broadcast on ProSieben Maxx from 2pm-6pm, with the evening session’s semi-finals and final live on ProSieben from 8.15pm.

2017 German Darts Masters
First Round Draw & Tournament Bracket
Gary Anderson (1) v Max Hopp
Raymond van Barneveld v Stefan Stoyke
Peter Wright (4) v Dragutin Horvat
Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Martin Schindler
James Wade v Kevin Munch
Phil Taylor (3) v Robert Marijanovic
Daryl Gurney v Maik Langendorf

Schedule of Play
Friday October 20
First Round x8
Raymond van Barneveld v Stefan Stoyke
Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright v Dragutin Horvat
Gary Anderson v Max Hopp
James Wade v Kevin Munch
Phil Taylor v Robert Marijanovic
Daryl Gurney v Maik Langendorf
Michael van Gerwen v Martin Schindler
Best of 11 legs

Saturday October 21
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Wright/Horvat v K Anderson/Suljovic
G Anderson/Hopp v Van Barneveld/Stoyke
Taylor/Marijanovic v Gurney/Langendorf
van Gerwen/Schindler v Wade/Munch

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Final
Best of 21 legs

German Darts Masters – Top Three Picks

Van Gerwen ws in sensational form in Jena with a tournament average of over 108.
Photo : PDC Europe

Here are my top three picks from this Weekend’s Happy Bet German Darts Masters

1st round review: Jeffrey de Graaf 6-5 Ricky Evans

For some players, a European Tour event is not necessarily about making a run for the title or challenging Michael van Gerwen. The few thousand pounds’ difference between a good day at the office and a disappointing early exit can mean holding on to – or losing – a tour card, or qualifying – or not – for a major televised championship.

Such was the calculus involved in Jeffrey de Graaf’s German Masters campaign. De Graaf, a winner of multiple BDO events, had not even made a quarterfinal in his two-year PDC career and, with his ranking hovering around #60, faced the prospect of losing his tour card for 2018 if he could not put forward better performances.

De Graaf, having met his opponent only once four years ago, encountered in the first round almost for the first time the unusual challenge of playing the fastest darter in the world. The prospect of trading arrows with Ricky Evans did not daunt the Dutchman, however, as he threw two maxima in the first two legs. These scoring bursts earned de Graaf first crack at the doubles in both legs, but three darts failed to find their marks and Evans, hitting doubles 16 and 5 with admirable precision, took out 68 and 85 finishes to pull out to a 2-0 lead.

Thanks to anemic scoring from Evans, de Graaf narrowly averted disaster after missing the bullseye by eventually hitting double 2 to hold his throw in the third leg. Due to his failure to attempt a finish in his next two legs against the throw, and due to Evans’ incredible throwing speed, de Graaf soon found himself at the bottom of a 5-1 hole.

Winning five consecutive legs with an opponent throwing match darts is never a likely prospect, but with de Graaf, his confidence seemed to build as the deficit decreased. Evans suddenly began to throw erratic darts at the trebles, allowing de Graaf to miss the several darts at doubles that had cost him earlier in the match. Leaving 60 after 9 darts in the eighth leg, and 84 after 9 in the tenth, put breaks of throw out of throw for the rapidfire Englishman. The Dutchman was fortunate to survive a match dart in the ninth leg, but compounded fortune with skill by checking out 25 and denying his opponent more match darts.

Having reached an improbable last-leg decider, Jeffrey de Graaf fired off five perfect darts to begin the leg – a remarkable display of confidence under pressure. Even after a nervy visit in which he scored 24 points, Evans could not get to a double in five visits and conceded a spectacular comeback victory.

Although de Graaf was to fall victim to another player’s comeback in the third round – that of Jelle Klaasen, who survived four of de Graaf’s match darts – the £3000 haul from the German Masters was the biggest Pro Tour cash of his career, and made his tour card substantially less vulnerable.

Quarterfinal review: Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld

Raymond van Barneveld threw his last stage 160 finish on the first day of this year, in an epic losing effort in the World Championship semifinal. He threw a second one tonight – in what is becoming a gesture of futility for him – against the same ruthless opponent.

Michael van Gerwen, having averaged above 110 twice in his two preceding games, seized a 3-0 lead against Barney in Jena in typically ruthless fashion, demolishing finishes of 114 and 164 in his first two legs, without allowing his opponent a single dart at a double.

From 3-0 down the task of beating MvG is impossibly daunting. But Barney, ever the battler, was keen to give it a go. A poor scoring effort from Mighty Mike in the fifth leg saw the elder Dutchman clear to a 14-dart hold of throw, and then van Barneveld denied his opponent a chance at a 70 finish with a spectacular 160 finish.

If that 12-dart break gave the impression that the tide of the match was turning, van Gerwen was all too happy to dispel that myth. Firing off seven perfect darts in the sixth leg (but not eight, much to the Jena crowd’s chagrin) failed to end the nine-darter drought on the European Tour, but allowed an immediate break for MvG, putting him 4-2 up and throwing first in three of the next five legs.

By missing a crucial dart at double 16 in the next leg, van Barneveld watched an opportunity to punish van Gerwen slip away. From that point, the younger Dutch star was all too happy to concede the eighth leg – against the throw – to Barney, and with the advantage of throwing first in the ninth, blow Barney off the stage with a second 11-darter.

It was all too reminiscent of that Ally Pally epic, even apart from the 160 finish. Raymond van Barneveld was producing top quality darts, especially on the doubles and averaging over 100 for most of the match. But it wasn’t enough in January and it wasn’t enough tonight. A comfortable 6-3 win for Mighty Mike against one of the Dutch darting legend left the Green Machine looking unstoppable in Jena.

Final review: Michael van Gerwen vs Jelle Klaasen

This was not the final anyone could have wanted. Watching two opponents play a match in which they pretend that the other does not exist is unnerving in an environment where cordiality is common and politeness, if grudging, is the norm.

Jelle Klaasen and Michael van Gerwen hate each other. Though they would each like to defeat the other as completely as possible, only one man is capable of inflicting a defeat as severe as the personal rift that separates the two.

Mighty Mike threw down the gauntlet in the first leg, capping off an 11-dart hold of throw with a two-dart 93 finish. Had he needed them, MvG may have had as many as 18 darts to win the leg, but the world number 1 was in no mood to waste time. After capitalizing on Klaasen’s missed darts at doubles 20, 10 and 5 in the second leg, van Gerwen struck back with a 70 finish, and within two and a half minutes of the match beginning, MvG was already a third of the way to lifting the German Masters trophy.

In his previous match against Simon Whitlock, van Gerwen’s earlier proficiency on the doubles seemed to desert him. Small signs of that uncertainty showed in the fourth leg, where MvG missed two darts at double 12, allowing Klaasen to finally get on the board courtesy of a two-dart 80 finish.

This proved to be an entirely academic concern, for even though MvG needed all three darts to clean up a 40 finish in the fifth leg, Klaasen would have needed a 140 finish to deny van Gerwen three more darts at the double. The Cobra, who managed only a single ton-plus finish out of the 26 legs he won on the weekend, posed no threat to the world number 1’s efforts on his own throw.

A 14-darter in the sixth leg and a 180 – Klaasen’s only one of the final – to start the seventh might have portended trouble for MvG, had the Green Machine not hammered out a second 11-darter, denying Klaasen even a chance at the 100 finish he had left after nine darts. An ominous bounceout in the final leg may in fact have cost Jelle a chance to save the match, but as MvG closed out the match with a 13-dart break of throw, a Klaasen comeback would have looked perishingly unlikely even had he saved the eighth leg.

In producing one of his highest averages of the year, Jelle looked remarkably untroubled by wrist problems which had dogged him in the Premier League. Somehow players always seem to put forward their best efforts when playing Michael van Gerwen, and Klaasen can certainly take comfort in his 98 average and solid performance.

But he’s lost too many times to MvG to be consoled by that, and a final victory over van Gerwen will continue to elude him.