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
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
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
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