Nico Kurz secured his return to Alexandra Palace by winning the 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany on Sunday, defeating Dragutin Horvat 10-9 in the final.
Kurz claimed the Super League title for the second successive year, as the exciting young talent survived a match dart in a thrilling decider to book his place in the 2020/21 World Championship.
The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Sunday’s Finals Day.
The day began with the quarter-finals in the afternoon, as world number 38 Gabriel Clemens and 2018 Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner joined Kurz and Horvat in reaching the final four.
Kurz overcame Clemens 9-7, while Horvat ran out a 9-3 victor over Unterbuchner to book their places in the final.
From 8-4 down, Kurz staged a dramatic comeback to force a last-leg decider, which saw Horvat narrowly miss double 12 for a 141 checkout, before Kurz held his nerve on double two to get over the line.
2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany Finals Day Sunday June 14 Quarter-Finals Gabriel Clemens 8-1 Manfred Bilderl Nico Kurz 8-5 Kevin Munch Dragutin Horvat 8-6 Steffen Siepmann Michael Unterbuchner 8-4 Daniel Klose
Semi-Finals Nico Kurz 9-7 Gabriel Clemens Dragutin Horvat 9-3 Michael Unterbuchner
MIKE DE DECKER reached the semi-finals of the new Home Tour last week and was able to beat two world champions on the way there, but the Belgian would rather add some ranking points to his current tally.
Chatting with Darts World reader, and contributor, Elias Wilhelm, the multiple Development Tour winner was keen to reassure his many fans that he is in good health and is not suffering too badly during these Covid-19 hit times.
Mike stated that he was “proud and happy to have reached the semi-finals” of the Low6 sponsored event, but that this was not so important to him. He would prefer to reach a few semi-finals on the Pro Tour when it starts again.
The Belgian was able to earn a Tour Card for the first time in 2015 with the Development Tour, but lost it after two years. Then, earlier this year, ‘The Real Deal’ reclaimed his place in the PDC elite via the Q-School.
During the early part of 2020 he often played very well, with mixed results, but he still thinks that he deserved more.
“I’m happy with how I played, not with the results I got. With the way I played at the beginning of the year, I deserved more.”
In order to improve his results, he is preparing himself, in the best way possible, to attack fully when the season starts again.
The former Belgian national champion has changed his overall approach recently. He no longer sets himself precise goals for this year, but instead has more general aims but plans to give his best and looks towards what is coming up.
De Dekker stated:
“I had a main goal this year and that was to qualify for the worlds. Well, with everything that happened in the last few months,
I’m just gonna let it come to me. I’ll do my best, as I always do, but I’ll not look towards the end of the year.”
In order to stay ‘match sharp’ De Dekker has been playing quite a bit of virtual darts and seems to be well prepared for a restart, to the PDC Pro Tour, even at short notice.
“I play various online tournaments and I try to practice online with other players. It’s good to still have some competitive games running.”
The 25-year-old understands the difficulties faced by the professional organisations and does not want to criticize anything about the decisions that the PDC has to make at the moment.
“I’m a player. It is not my job to criticize them on things they know best.
De Dekker’s fluent style, and his floor event experience, indicate that he has his doubts about applying the ‘traffic light’ model that we have recently seen at the Super League event in Germany.
“I could play as they do in Germany. I don’t mind waiting to throw until the opponent is off the oche.
I just don’t think this is really suitable for the Pro Tour. “
Mike will be aiming for Pro Tour semi-finals and more major qualifications to show that he is, truly, ‘The Real Deal‘.
Mike was chatting with our reader/contributor Elias Wilhelm (@ewhh27)
The 2020 Hylo Care Super League Germany will reach its climax on Sunday, with the line-up for Finals Day now confirmed.
The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Finals Day.
Sunday will see the remaining eight players in action from 1500 CET as they battle for the title and a place at Alexandra Palace to compete in the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Championship.
Finals Day will begin with the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final.
Top ranked played and Group A winner Gabriel Clemens will take on Manfred Bilderl, before last year’s champion and rising star Nico Kurz faces Kevin Munch.
Daniel Klose was the surprise package as in winning Group B and he will now face Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, while Tour Card Holder Steffen Siepmann will meet Dragutin Horvat.
PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN, with coverage also to be available on PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany Finals Day Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET) Quarter-Finals Gabriel Clemens v Manfred Bilderl Nico Kurz v Kevin Munch Daniel Klose v Michael Unterbuchner Steffen Siepmann v Dragutin Horvat
Semi-Finals Clemens/Bilderl v Kurz/Munch Klose/Unterbuchner v Siepmann/Horvat
Final Clemens/Bilderl/Kurz/Munch v Klose/Unterbuchner/Siepmann/Horvat
Format Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs Final: Best of 19 legs
The 2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany will be televised live on Sport1, DAZN and through PDCTV in May and June as 16 players compete for a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship.
The annual event for German-based players sees the champion secure a coveted spot at Alexandra Palace, with emerging prospect Nico Kurz having won last year’s event by defeating Martin Schindler in the final.
The 2020 event will see 16 players split into two groups of eight for the group stage, before the top four from each progress to the knockout stage.
Top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens will headline Group A, while Kurz lines up in Group B for the round-robin phase of the event.
PDC Europe Super League Germany will be broadcast live on Sport1 & DAZN across nine sessions, with coverage also to be available in PDCTV outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
2020 Hylo Care PDC Europe Super League Germany Group A Gabriel Clemens, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest, Kevin Münch, Sascha Stein, Christian Bunse, Steffen Siepmann, Michael Unterbuchner
Group B Maik Langendorf, Rene Eidams, Karsten Koch, Nico Kurz, Thomas Köhnlein, Dragutin Horvat, Daniel Klose, Manfred Bilderl
Session Schedule Saturday May 16 (1400-2300 CET): Group A Sunday May 17 (1500-2300 CET): Group A Saturday May 23 (1400-2300 CET): Group B Sunday May 24 (1500-2300 CET): Group B Saturday May 30 (1400-2300 CET): Group A Sunday May 31 (1500-2300 CET): Group A Saturday June 6 (1400-2300 CET): Group B Sunday June 7 (1500-2300 CET): Group B Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET): Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final
Format Group Matches: Best of 11 legs Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs Final: Best of 19 legs
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