Home Tour II – Woodhouse Hits First Kitchen TV 9-Darter!

Luke Woodhouse landed a brilliant nine-darter and claimed victory in the Unibet Home Tour’s Group Two on a memorable Saturday night for the internet-streamed event.

Luke Woodhouse has been knocking on the door for
a while, could the PDC Home Tour be his key?

Bewdley’s Woodhouse, who made his breakthrough last year, achieved a moment of perfection during a superb 5-0 win over world number three Gerwyn Price during his three games on the second night of the Home Tour.

Woodhouse was leading 3-0 as he scored back-to-back 177s against Price, before checking out 147 to record the first nine-darter in competition against an opponent from their respective homes.

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Woodhouse went on to complete a 5-0 win over Price with an average of almost 114, with 5-2 wins over Ted Evetts and Rowby-John Rodriguez giving him the Group Two victory.

Reigning Grand Slam of Darts champion Price followed World Champion Peter Wright – who competed in Friday’s Group One – in finishing in second place with two wins on the night.

Price had opened proceedings by defeating Austria’s Rodriguez 5-2, and repeated that scoreline to see off Evetts, ending the night with a 130 checkout and a 102 average.

Evetts was a 5-3 winner over Rodriguez in their tie as he finished in third spot, with the Austrian youngster finishing bottom on the night.

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Sunday night with Group Three, which sees Dave Chisnall, Jan Dekker, Jonathan Worsley and Scott Waites competing in the third of 32 nights of action.

The Unibet Home Tour can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

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Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

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)




Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order


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.


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