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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has withdrawn from the 2017 German Darts Masters due to his ankle injury.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

Michael van Gerwen

Van Gerwen’s Winning Streak Continues

Michael van GerwenMICHAEL VAN GERWEN won the fifth Coral UK Open Qualifier in emphatic style, posting a 109.44 average as he defeated Gerwyn Price 6-2 in the final to scoop the £10,000 prize at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Saturday.

The world number one was in imperious form and there was little Price – who reached a PDC ranking event final for the first time – could do to stop van Gerwen, despite averaging 102 himself.

After van Gerwen raced into the lead, Price landed double 12 to square things up the Dutchman claimed three legs in succession, including a 130 checkout on the bull, to comfortably lead 4-1.

Welshman Price grabbed himself a lifeline as he halved the deficit to two legs, but there was no catching van Gerwen as his superb finishing continued to see him quickly win the remaining two legs needed for victory.

On his way to the final, van Gerwen dropped no more than three legs against any opponent, as he overcame the in-form Alan Norris and Joey Ten Berge to reach the last 32.

In a repeat of the Dutch Darts Masters final, he again saw off Daryl Gurney before easing past Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins to reach the final four.

Phil Taylor, who once again enjoyed a strong run, was next to feel the wrath of van Gerwen as he fired in another 109 average and four 180’s to reach the final.

The win was van Gerwen’s second of the five Coral UK Open Qualifiers held so far this month, while he also secured a tournament win for a fourth successive weekend to follow up January’s Unibet Masters triumph and last week’s Dutch Darts Masters success.

It was an impressive day’s work for Price too, as he beat four of the world’s top 32 en route to the final, his first in just over two years on the PDC circuit.

In the opening rounds, he saw off Dave Ladley, Matt Clark and Mervyn King, before defeating Vincent van der Voort and former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster to reach the semi-finals.

Standing in his way was Mensur Suljovic, who had reached the final four of a PDC ProTour event for the ninth time, but the 30-year-old showed no nerves as he won 6-3 to set up the clash with van Gerwen.

Elsewhere, it was another disappointing day for Raymond van Barneveld and Robert Thornton, as they suffered second round exits for the second time this weekend at the hands of Ronny Huybrechts and Matt Edgar respectively, while Friday’s runner-up James Wade and 2015 UK Open finalist Peter Wright also suffered early exits.

It was another strong day for veteran star Jenkins and Australian Simon Whitlock, as they reached the last eight for the second time in succession.

Play resumes tomorrow (February 21) at the Robin Park Tennis Centre as players have their last chance to secure qualification to the Coral UK Open Televised with the sixth and final Qualifier.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Five
Saturday February 20, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Preliminary Round
Nathan Derry 6-4 Ben Ward
Jamie Robinson 6-2 Barrie Bates
Dennis Smith 6-4 Vincent Kamphuis
Ricky Williams 6-3 Mike Zuydwijk
Mick McGowan 6-4 Magnus Caris
Keegan Brown 6-3 Brian Woods
Rocco Maes 6-4 Michael Burgoine
Max Hopp 6-2 BJ Fairhurst

Last 256
Phil Taylor Bye
Steve West 6-3 Jason Lovett
Lee Whitworth 6-3 Chris Hill
Steve McNally 6-3 Ted Evetts
Jamie Lewis Bye
Darren Johnson 6-5 Lee Palfreyman
Ryan Harrington 6-2 Karsten Kornath
Nathan Derry 6-1 Ross Smith
Raymond van Barneveld Bye
Ronny Huybrechts 6-5 Ken MacNeil
Barry Tyler 6-2 Stuart Stubbs
Robbie Green 6-1 Sven Groen
Gary Anderson Bye
Simon Preston 6-4 Andy Parsons
William O’Connor 6-1 Jamie Landon
Jerry Hendriks 6-1 Bernd Roith
Robert Thornton Bye
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Alan Tabern
Aden Kirk 6-1 Ricky Evans
Darren Wesbter 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Jelle Klaasen Bye
Kevin Dowling 6-3 Joe Murnan
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Chris Dobey 6-2 Pete Dyos
Brendan Dolan Bye
John Bowles 6-0 Mark Dudbridge
Kelvin Hart 6-3 Ian Walters
Ryan De Vreede 6-1 Rhys Jackson
Peter Wright Bye
Mark Walsh 6-5 Kieran Evans
Colin Osborne 6-5 John Newland
Rene Eidams 6-0 Jack Todd
Stephen Bunting Bye
Kevin Simm 6-1 Karl Merchant
Steve Brown 6-2 Leo Hendriks
Mick Hasse 6-0 Stephen Butkeraitis
Andy Hamilton Bye
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Robert Owen
Callum Loose 6-1 Lee Moffat
Jamie Robinson 6-4 Matthew Dennant
Michael van Gerwen Bye
Alan Norris 6-3 Matt Padgett
Joey Ten Berge 6-0 Daniel Lee
Darren Weaver 6-2 Darren Latham
Daryl Gurney Bye
Colin Fowler 6-5 Scott Dale
Ben Adams 6-5 Ian Withers
Peter Hudson 6-5 Dennis Smith
Justin Pipe Bye
Michel van der Horst 6-5 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Rob Modra 6-3 Jeff Batham
Michael Power 6-5 Jyhan Artut
Ian White Bye
Richie Howson 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
James Young 6-4 Martin Thomas
Richard Corner 6-2 Wayne Jones
Adrian Lewis Bye
Joey Palfreyman 6-4 Andreas Hajimena
John Michael 6-3 Colin Littlecott
Derek Brand 6-3 Ashley Hykin
Terry Jenkins Bye
Darren Mawer 6-5 Dylan Duo
Mark Frost 6-0 Joshua Clements
Kirk Shepherd 6-1 Tony Richardson
Steve Beaton Bye
Tony Newell 6-2 Harry Ward
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Adam Huckvale
Ricky Williams 6-3 Paul Milford
Kim Huybrechts Bye
Josh Payne 6-2 Tomas Seyler
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Gary Stone
John Henderson 6-2 Ryan Palmer
Mensur Suljovic Bye
Andy Boulton 6-2 Par Riihonen
Cristo Reyes 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Jan Dekker 6-0 Mick Todd
Dave Chisnall Bye
Stephen Gallimore 6-1 Richard Calvert
Jason Marriott 6-5 James Hubbard
Ricky Sudale 6-1 Ron Atwill
James Wade Bye
James Wilson 6-4 Kurt Parry
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-2 Devon Petersen
Jason Wilson 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Michael Smith Bye
Michael Dawson 6-2 Jamie Hingston
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Craig Lewis
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 John Part
Jamie Caven Bye
Paul Carr 6-4 Sean Ryan
Stuart Kellett 6-2 Mark Oosterhuis
Richard Hosey 6-2 David Simpson
Simon Whitlock Bye
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Joshua Richardson
Shaun Griffiths 6-1 Mike De Decker
Mark Barilli 6-4 Arron Monk
Andrew Gilding Bye
Michael Barnard 6-4 Nigel Daniels
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Paul Siddle
Mick McGowan 6-0 Greg Beard
Vincent van der Voort Bye
David Pallett 6-1 Adam Hunt
Scott Taylor 6-2 Michael Blake
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Johnny Haines
Gerwyn Price Bye
Dave Ladley 6-5 Brett Claydon
Christian Kist 6-5 Andy Smith
Matt Clark 6-2 Keegan Brown
Mervyn King Bye
Lee Evans 6-0 Ben Davies
Mareno Michels 6-4 Steve Hine
Mark Hylton 6-3 Sheamus Hagan
Wes Newton Bye
Ray Campbell 6-5 Eddie Dootson
Andy Jenkins 6-3 Andrew Johnson
Darron Brown 6-2 Rocco Maes
Benito van de Pas Bye
Jay Foreman 6-3 Joe Cullen
Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Stevenson 6-1 Sam Head
Mark Webster Bye
Kevin Thomas 6-1 Hayden Barnes
Curtis Hammond 6-4 James Richardson
Jim Walker 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Dean Winstanley Bye
Berry van Peer 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Kevin Painter 6-3 Nick Fullwell
Garry Spedding 6-3 Max Hopp

Last 128
Phil Taylor 6-1 Steve West
Steve McNally 6-4 Lee Whitworth
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Darren Johnson
Ryan Harrington 6-2 Nathan Derry
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Robbie Green 6-2 Barry Tyler
Gary Anderson 6-0 Simon Preston
William O’Connor 6-3 Jerry Hendriks
Matt Edgar 6-5 Robert Thornton
Darren Webster 6-3 Aden Kirk
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-2 Chris Dobey
John Bowles 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Ryan De Vreede 6-2 Kelvin Hart
Mark Walsh 6-5 Peter Wright
Rene Eidams 6-4 Colin Osborne
Stephen Bunting 6-0 Kevin Simm
Mick Hasse 6-4 Steve Brown
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jamie Robinson 6-5 Callum Loose
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Alan Norris
Joey Ten Berge 6-1 Darren Weaver
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Colin Fowler
Peter Hudson 6-1 Ben Adams
Justin Pipe 6-3 Michel van der Horst
Rob Modra 6-2 Michael Power
Ian White 6-1 Richie Howson
James Young 6-5 RIchard Corner
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Joey Palfreyman
Derek Brand 6-5 John Michael
Terry Jenkins 6-2 Darren Mawer
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Mark Frost
Tony Newell 6-2 Steve Beaton
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Ricky Williams
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Josh Payne
John Henderson 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Andy Boulton
Jan Dekker 6-3 Cristo Reyes
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Stephen Gallimore
Ricky Sudale 6-1 Jason Marriott
James Wilson 6-4 James Wade
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Jason Wilson
Michael Smith 6-0 Michael Dawson
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Jonathan Worsley
Jamie Caven 6-0 Paul Carr
Stuart Kellett 6-2 Richard Hosey
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Shaun Griffiths 6-3 Mark Barilli
Andrew Gilding 6-1 Michael Barnard
Mick McGowan 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Dave Pallett
Scott Taylor 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Dave Ladley
Matt Clark 6-3 Christian Kist
Mervyn King 6-2 Lee Evans
Mark Hylton 6-4 Mareno Michels
Ray Campbell 6-5 Wes Newton
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Darron Brown
Jay Foreman 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Simon Stevenson 6-2 Luke Woodhouse
Mark Webster 6-2 Kevin Thomas
Jim Walker 6-3 Curtis Hammond
Dean Winstanley 6-4 Berry van Peer
Kevin Painter 6-1 Gary Spedding

Last 64
Phil Taylor 6-4 Steve McNally
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Ronny Huybrechts 6-3 Robbie Green
Gary Anderson 6-2 William O’Connor
Darren Webster 6-4 Matt Edgar
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Ryan De Vreede 6-3 John Bowles
Rene Eidams 6-5 Mark Walsh
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Mick Hasse
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Jamie Robinson
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Joey Ten Berge
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Peter Hudson
Justin Pipe 6-1 Rob Modra
Ian White 6-2 James Young
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Derek Brand
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Tony Newell 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
John Henderson 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jan Dekker
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Ricky Sudale
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-2 James Wilson
Michael Smith 6-3 Ron Muelenkamp
Stuart Kellett 6-4 Jamie Caven
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Mick McGowan 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Scott Taylor
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Matt Clark
Mervyn King 6-5 Mark Hylton
Andy Jenkins 6-3 Ray Campbell
Jay Foreman 6-5 Simon Stephenson
Mark Webster 6-2 Jim Walker
Kevin Painter 6-2 Dean Winstanley

Last 32
Phil Taylor 6-0 Jamie Lewis
Gary Anderson 6-4 Ronny Huybrechts
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Darren Webster
Rene Eidams 6-4 Ryan De Vreede
Andy Hamilton 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Ian White 6-3 Justin Pipe
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Adrian Lewis
John Henderson 6-3 Tony Newell
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-4 Michael Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Stuart Kellett
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Mick McGowan
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mervyn King
Jay Foreman 6-4 Andy Jenkins
Mark Webster 6-0 Kevin Painter

Last 16
Phil Taylor 6-4 Gary Anderson
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Rene Eidams
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Andy Hamilton
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Ian White
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 John Henderson
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jeffrey De Graaf
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Mark Webster 6-3 Jay Foreman

Phil Taylor 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Mark Webster

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Phil Taylor
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Mensur Suljovic

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Gerwyn Price

Venray 2016

Van Gerwen’s Dutch Darts Masters Treble

Venray 2016

Michael van Gerwen won his third successive Dutch Darts Masters title with a brilliant 6-2 defeat of Daryl Gurney in Sunday’s European Tour decider in Venray as the Northern Irish ace reached his first PDC final.

World number one van Gerwen, who won five European Tour events in 2015, took the £25,000 first prize to open this year’s ten-tournament season in style in front of over 4,000 fans at the Evenementenhal.

The Dutch hero had defeated John Henderson in Saturday’s second round before seeing off Justin Pipe, Dave Chisnall and Mervyn King on his way to the final, landing a 170 checkout in his semi-final defeat of King.

However, he saved his best display of the weekend for the final as he stormed past Gurney 6-2 with a 112.26 average.

Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a stunning 152 checkout, with Gurney levelling with a 180 and a 116 finish only to see the Dutchman reel off five 180s in three legs as he fired in legs of 13, 11 and 12 darts to move 4-1 up.

Tops for a 14-darter saw van Gerwen move to the brink of victory, and though Gurney responded with double eight for a 14-dart finish, van Gerwen landed another maximum to set up tops for a 13-darter and the title.

“It feels incredible,” said van Gerwen. “It’s fantastic for myself and for the home crowd, and in the final I played good darts.

“I hope I can carry this on for the rest of the season but I’m playing well and I’m very pleased with this performance. I want to win as many tournaments as possible and I showed today that I was the best in this tournament.”

Gurney’s run to a first PDC final earned him Ł10,000 prize money as he moved into the world’s top 32 for the first time, after he impressed with some superb displays throughout the Dutch Darts Masters.

The Northern Irish qualifier began Sunday’s action with a 105 average as he knocked out Betway Premier League star Peter Wright, before he bettered that with nine 180s and a 106.84 average in a 6-4 quarter-final win over world number three Adrian Lewis.

He then dropped just one leg against Austrian ace Suljovic in the semi-finals, but found the world number one too strong in the decider.

“I’m happy just to get to the final and I lost to the best player in the world,” said Gurney. “I take my hat off to him because he’s the best day-in, day-out.”

Suljovic’s run to the last four saw him reach that stage for a second successive European Tour event, while King booked his semi-final spot in incredible style by coming from 5-0 down to defeat Dutch youngster Benito van de Pas.

Lewis, Chisnall and van de Pas were joined in the quarter-finals by resurgent Simon Whitlock, with the Australian returning to top form after opting to start wearing glasses whilst playing at the turn of the year.

The next PDC European Tour event will be the German Darts Masters in Munich from March 25-27. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv.

Dutch Darts Masters – European Tour Event One
Sunday February 14

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Devon Petersen 2-6 Mervyn King
James Wade 1-6 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 5-6 Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Peter Wright 4-6 Daryl Gurney

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Mervyn King 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Adrian Lewis 4-6 Daryl Gurney

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Mervyn King
Mensur Suljovic 1-6 Daryl Gurney

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Daryl Gurney

Match Information
Third Round

TOP-TEN rivals Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis moved through to the Dutch Darts Masters quarter-finals on Sunday after turning on the style with third round victories as Daryl Gurney knocked out Peter Wright in Venray.

Reigning champion van Gerwen’s bid to win a third successive European Tour title in his home country continued as he overcame the challenge of Justin Pipe in a repeat of last year’s final.

Pipe hit back from 3-0 down to level at three-all, but van Gerwen found an extra gear to claim the last three legs without reply, extending his tally of 180s to six for the match and ending with a 102.65 average.

Van Gerwen now takes on Betway Premier League rival Chisnall in the quarter-finals, after the St Helens ace also topped a ton-plus average in his 6-2 win over European Tour debutant Ritchie Edhouse.

Essex’s Edhouse opened up an early 2-0 lead, landing a 116 finish along the way, but Chisnall hit three successive 14-darters to move ahead and added legs of 12 an 11 darts on his way to victory.

Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis also dropped just two legs as he overcame Terry Jenkins 6-2, and he now faces Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney, who continued his impressive recent form with an eye-catching 6-4 win over Peter Wright.

World number six Wright performed superbly as he took an early 4-1 lead, but Gurney took out finishes of 131 and 100 as he claimed five straight legs to end a fine win with a 105.18 average.

Number two seed Michael Smith landed a 164 checkout during his clash with Mensur Suljovic, but lost out 6-5 in a deciding leg as the Austrian moved through to the event’s final session.

Suljovic now takes on Simon Whitlock, whose revival continued as he defeated Dutch ace Jelle Klaasen 6-3 with another resilient display.

Home favourite Benito van de Pas, the emerging youngster who reached a European Tour final last year, delighted a 4,000-strong Venray crowd with a superb 6-1 win over James Wade.

Van de Pas now takes on former European Tour winner Mervyn King, who followed up Saturday’s second round win over World Champion Gary Anderson with a 102 average as he defeated South Africa’s Devon Petersen 6-2.

Michael van Gerwen’s bid to win a third successive Dutch Darts Masters title continued with a high-quality 6-3 win over Dave Chisnall, with both players averaging 103.

Van Gerwen kicked off the game with a 148 checkout and added a 12-darter to break as he moved 3-1 up, before Chisnall replied with an 11-dart leg as he levelled, only to see the home favourite pull clear before sealing victory with a 130 bull finish.

Mervyn King progressed to a semi-final against van Gerwen with a stunning comeback from 5-0 down against Benito van de Pas as the young Dutchman paid for missing ten match darts.

Van de Pas played some beautiful darts as he swept through the opening five legs, with a 12-darter accompanied by back-to-back 13-dart legs and a superb 132 bull checkout.

Double four saw King finally get off the mark in leg six, and he also took out 100 in a run of five legs to level before punishing van de Pas’ tenth missed match dart – at the bull – in the deciding leg by hitting double ten to complete the fightback.

“He was phenomenal for five legs and in total control, but he took his foot off the pedal and I never gave up,” said King.

Austria’s Mensur Suljovic reached his second successive European Tour semi-final by averaging 102.10 in a 6-3 win over resurgent Simon Whitlock.

Suljovic broke throw immediately and took out a 12-darter on his way to a 3-1 lead, with Whitlock staying in touch by finishing legs of 14 and 12 darts to pull back to 4-3.

A 102 finish from Suljovic moved him two legs clear once more, and he wrapped up a superb win with a 13-dart leg.

Daryl Gurney smashed in an incredible nine 180s and averaged 106.84 as he reached his first European Tour semi-final with a 6-4 win over Adrian Lewis in a thrilling clash.

Gurney replied to Lewis’ 177 in the opening leg with a 180 as he took out a 13-darter, with Lewis levelling and sharing the next two legs before breaking with an 11-darter to move 3-2 up.

Gurney, though, replied with back-to-back 11 dart legs to move 4-3 ahead, with Lewis levelling by taking out 110.

The pair traded 180s in the next two legs, but Gurney crucially took both to cap a majestic display.

Michael van Gerwen booked his spot in a third successive Dutch Darts Masters final with a 6-2 defeat of Mervyn King.

The home favourite punished four missed doubles from King to win the opening leg and reeled off legs of 14, 13 and 14 darts before piling home a 170 checkout for a 5-0 lead.

King threatened a repeat of his quarter-final comeback from five legs down when he took out double 12 and tops, but two misses in the eighth leg allowed van Gerwen to seal a final place on double four.

Daryl Gurney won through to his first PDC final with a 6-1 defeat of Mensur Suljovic in their last four clash.

Gurney broke throw in leg one by finishing 75, with Suljovic firing in two 180s as he levelled with a 12-darter only to be punished for missed doubles in leg three as the Northern Irish ace edged ahead.

Gurney fired in a 180 in a 13-darter to move 3-1 up and took the next three without reply as he set up a decider against van Gerwen.

Final – Leg-By-Leg
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

1-0 – van Gerwen claims the opening leg with a brilliant 152 checkout.
1-1 – Gurney levels with a superb 12-darter, landing a 180 and finishing 116 on double 18.
2-1 – The pair trade 180s before van Gerwen pins double 14 for a 13-darter to regain the lead.
3-1 – van Gerwen tees up a possible nine-darter by opening with two 180s, and he hits a seventh treble 20 before missing treble 19 on a 141 finish. He returns to win the leg in 11 darts to break.
4-1 – van Gerwen pushes his average up to 118 with a brilliant 12-darter, hitting two 180s and an 84 finish on double 12, with Gurney landing one maximum in reply.
5-1 – The Dutchman lands tops for a 14-dart leg to move to the brink of the title.
5-2 – Gurney keeps his hopes alive by pinning double eight for a 14-darter.
6-2 – van Gerwen fires in a 180 to leave tops before hitting the bed at the first time of asking to complete a 13-darter and claim a third successive Dutch Darts Masters title.

Phil Taylor

Taylor Tastes Glory in UK Open Qualifier Three


PHIL TAYLOR ended an almost nine-month wait for a PDC ranking title with a stunning final victory against Michael van Gerwen at Coral UK Open Qualifier Three in Wigan on Sunday.

The legendary 16-time World Champion, whose last ranking success had been in May 2015, averaged 109.6 in a 6-2 defeat of world number one van Gerwen to clinch the £10,000 winner’s cheque at Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Having lost out to Adrian Lewis in the decider of Friday’s UK Open Qualifier One, Taylor’s run to his second final of the weekend began with a 6-1 win against Ian Walters before deciding-leg victories against Steve West and Jamie Caven.

He then defeated Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney 6-2 to reach the last eight, where he saw off Peter Hudson 6-3.

Taylor defeated Welsh ace Mark Webster 6-3 in the semi-finals to set up a showdown with van Gerwen, where he claimed a dominant triumph.

Saturday’s champion van Gerwen continued his winning streak with early victories against Shaun Griffiths, Sven Groen and James Wilson for the loss of just a single leg.

He then defeated quick-fire Ricky Evans 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals, where he survived four match darts from John Henderson before sealing a 6-5 success.

van Gerwen then whitewashed fellow Dutchman Benito van de Pas 6-0 for the second day in a row to reach the decider once again but was unable to complete a double triumph.

van de Pas’ run to the last four included victories over Dave Chisnall and Joe Cullen, while fellow semi-finalist Webster claimed impressive wins against Premier League tars James Wade and Michael Smith before losing out to Taylor.

Scottish star Henderson, a semi-finalist on Friday, had beaten the likes of Brendan Dolan and Kim Huybrechts to reach the last eight.

Lancashire’s Hudson reached a PDC ProTour quarter-final for the second time in his career after a last 16 win against German prospect Rene Eidams, who claimed an impressive victory against Stephen Bunting earlier in the day.

World Champion Gary Anderson was forced to miss all three of the weekend’s treble-header of UK Open Qualifying events through illness, with the titles being shared between the three highest ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit in the world number two’s absence.

The remaining three qualifying events for March’s UK Open will take place in Wigan from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 February.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Three
Sunday February 7, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Preliminary Round

Adam Hunt 6-2 Ben Davies
Michael Burgoine 6-5 Jon Jukes
Mark Dudbridge 6-2 Jim Walker
Johnny Haines 6-2 Marc Dewsbury
Rhys Jackson 6-5 Ron Atwill

First Round
Andy Hamilton Bye
Josh Payne 6-5 Mike De Decker
Tony Newell 6-5 Coni Singh Nagi
Paul Milford 6-5 Dave Johnston
Kevin Painter Bye
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Gary Stone
Peter Hudson 6-4 Michael Barnard
Adam Hunt 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Peter Wright Bye
Devon Petersen 6-3 John Bowles
Roxy-James Rodriguez 6-2 BJ Fairhurst
Rene Eidams 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Stephen Bunting Bye
Kurt Parry 6-3 Craig Lewis
Ricky Sudale 6-2 Mareno Michels
Jerry Hendriks 6-1 Dylan Duo
Simon Whitlock Bye
Andy Jenkins 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Adam Huckvale 6-3 James Hubbard
Christian Kist 6-4 Darren Latham
Daryl Gurney Bye
Kirk Sheperd 6-4 Darren Webster
William O’Connor 6-2 Paul Nicholson
Michael Burgoine 6-4 Joshua Clements
Jamie Caven Bye
Ryan Harrington 6-3 Alan Tabern
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-1 Stephen McNally
Colin Osborne 6-1 Bernd Roith
Phil Taylor Bye
Ian Walters 6-0 Harry Robinson
Steve West 6-3 Harry Ward
Nick Fullwell 6-3 Darron Brown
Robert Thornton Bye
Dick van Dijk 6-5 Aden Kirk
Steve Hine 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
John Newland 6-3 Mark Hylton
Adrian Lewis Bye
Matt Clark 6-3 Ray Campbell
Cristo Reyes 6-3 Par Riihonen
Andy Boulton 6-5 Jamie Robinson
Michael Smith Bye
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 John Part
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Karl Merchant
Ken Macneil 6-3 Prakash Jiwa
Ian White Bye
Arron Monk 6-3 Kevin Simm
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-0 Richard Calvert
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Raymond van Barneveld Bye
Michael Dawson 6-5 Ryan de Vreede
Jason Marriot 6-0 Derek Brand
Simon Stevenson 6-1 Rohit Rabadia
James Wade Bye
Kyle Anderson 6-5 Colin Fowler
Joey Palfreyman 6-3 Paul Carr
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Ashley Hykin
Vincent van der Voort Bye
Curtis Hammond 6-2 Chris Dobey
Nathan Derry 6-2 Callum Loose
Ted Evetts 6-3 Steven Smith
Mark Webster Bye
Luke Woodhouse 6-0 John Court
Brian Woods 6-4 Lee Palfreyman
Chris Hill 6-1 Lee Moffat
Wes Newton Bye
Ross Smith 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Jan Dekker 6-1 Mark Oosterhuis
Mark Dudbridge 6-4 Garry Spedding
Jelle Klaasen Bye
Mark Barilli 6-2 Stuart Kellett
Wayne Jones 6-3 Keegan Brown
Brett Claydon 6-2 Justin Broton
Steve Beaton Bye
Mark Frost 6-0 Stuart Stubbs
Robbie Green 6-2 Michel van der Horst
Nigel Daniels 6-3 Karsten Kornath
Mensur Suljovic Bye
Eddie Dootson 6-5 Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen 6-3 Jack Todd
Nigel Heydon 6-2 Ian Lever
Dave Chisnall Bye
Rocco Maes 6-5 Rob Modra
Matt Padgett 6-3 Mick Hasse
Pete Dyos 6-0 Jamie Hingston
Dean Winstanley Bye
Jay Foreman 6-4 Yordi Meeuwisse
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Tony Richardson
Steve Brown 6-2 Jeff Batham
Terry Jenkins Bye
Mark Walsh 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Darren Johnson
Lee Evans 6-1 Ben Ward
Benito van de Pas Bye
Tomas Seyler 6-2 Tommy Legius
Dennis Smith 6-5 Robert Owen
Lee Whitworth 6-5 Simon Preston
Kim Huybrechts Bye
Kevin Thomas 6-1 James Hajdar
Scott Taylor 6-3 Martin Thomas
Joe Murnan 6-5 Richard Corner
Andrew Gilding Bye
Mike Zuydwijk 6-1 John Power
Scott Dale 6-2 Magnus Caris
Alan Norris 6-2 Jyhan Artut
John Henderson Bye
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Sean Ryan
Jamie Guilfoyle 6-4 Mick Todd
Johnny Haines 6-1 Jason Lovett
Brendan Dolan Bye
Ricky Williams 6-0 David Wilson
Robert Marijanovic 6-4 James Young
Terry Temple 6-2 Vincent Kamphuis
Mervyn King Bye
James Wilson 6-2 Joshua Richardson
Ryan Short 6-5 Jason Wilson
Barrie Bates 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Michael van Gerwen Bye
Shaun Griffiths 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Sven Groen 6-3 Richie Howson
James Richardson 6-3 Andy Smith
Justin Pipe Bye
Joey Ten Berge 6-0 John Crossley
David Pallett 6-2 Andy Parson
Ryan Palmer 6-5 Max Hopp
Jamie Lewis Bye
Dave Ladley 6-2 Stephen Willard
Sam Head 6-1 Mick McGowan
Ricky Evans 6-0 Rhys Jackson

Second Round
Josh Payne 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Tony Newell 6-3 Paul Milford
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Kevin Painter
Peter Hudson 6-3 Adam Hunt
Devon Petersen 6-4 Peter Wright
Rene Eidams 6-2 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Kurt Parry
Ricky Sudale 6-5 Jerry Hendriks
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Christian Kist 6-2 Adam Huckvale
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Kirk Sheperd
William O’Connor 6-0 Michael Burgoine
Jamie Caven 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 Colin Osborne
Phil Taylor 6-1 Ian Walters
Steve West 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Dick van Dijk 6-5 Robert Thornton
Steve Hine 6-2 John Newland
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Matt Clark
Andy Boulton 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Michael Smith 6-0 Jermaine Wattimena
Ken Macneil 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ian White 6-1 Arron Monk
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 Michael Rasztovits
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Michael Dawson
Jason Marriot 6-3 Simon Stevenson
James Wade 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Ronnie Baxter 6-0 Joey Palfreyman
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Curtis Hammond
Nathan Derry 6-5 Ted Evetts
Mark Webster 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Brian Woods 6-2 Chris Hill
Ross Smith 6-4 Wes Newton
Mark Dudbridge 6-4 Jan Dekker
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Mark Barilli
Brett Claydon 6-5 Wayne Jones
Mark Frost 6-3 Steve Beaton
Robbie Green 6-3 Nigel Daniels
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Eddie Dootson
Joe Cullen 6-0 Nigel Heydon
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Rocco Maes
Pete Dyos 6-2 Matt Padgett
Jay Foreman 6-2 Dean Winstanley
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Steve Brown
Terry Jenkins 6-1 Mark Walsh
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Lee Evans
Benito van de Pas 6-0 Tomas Seyler
Dennis Smith 6-0 Lee Whitworth
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Kevin Thomas
Scott Taylor 6-1 Joe Murnan
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Mike Zuydwijk
Alan Norris 6-3 Scott Dale
John Henderson 6-0 Jonathan Worsley
Johnny Haines 6-3 Jamie Guilfoyle
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Ricky Williams
Robert Marijanovic 6-3 Terry Temple
James Wilson 6-3 Mervyn King
Barrie Bates 6-1 Ryan Short
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Shaun Griffiths
Sven Groen 6-5 James Richardson
Justin Pipe 6-3 Joey Ten Berge
David Pallett 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Jamie Lewis 6-3 Dave Ladley
Ricky Evans 6-4 Sam Head

Third Round
Tony Newell 6-3 Josh Payne
Peter Hudson 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Rene Eidams 6-3 Devon Petersen
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Ricky Sudale
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Christian Kist
Daryl Gurney 6-1 William O’Connor
Jamie Caven 6-2 Jeffrey de Graaf
Phil Taylor 6-5 Steve West
Dick van Dijk 6-3 Steve Hine
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Andy Boulton
Michael Smith 6-1 Ken Macneil
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Ian White
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Jason Marriot
James Wade 6-2 Ronnie Baxter
Nathan Derry 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Mark Webster 6-0 Brian Woods
Mark Dudbridge 6-3 Ross Smith
Brett Claydon 6-1 Jelle Klaasen
Robbie Green 6-5 Mark Frost
Joe Cullen 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Pete Dyos
Jay Foreman 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Dennis Smith
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Scott Taylor
Alan Norris 6-1 Andrew Gilding
John Henderson 6-2 Johnny Haines
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Robert Marijanovic
James Wilson 6-2  Barrie Bates
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Sven Groen
David Pallett 6-5 Justin Pipe
Ricky Evans 6-1 Jamie Lewis

Last 32
Peter Hudson 6-3 Tony Newell
Rene Eidams 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 6-5 Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Dick van Dijk
Michael Smith 6-3  Jeffrey de Zwaan
James Wade 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Mark Webster 6-1 Nathan Derry
Brett Claydon 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
Joe Cullen 6-2 Robbie Green
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Jay Foreman
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Alan Norris
John Henderson 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 James Wilson
Ricky Evans 6-3 David Pallett

Last 16
Peter Hudson 6-2 Rene Eidams
Phil Taylor 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Mark Webster 6-3 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-2 Brett Claydon
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Dave Chisnall
John Henderson 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ricky Evans

Phil Taylor 6-3 Peter Hudson
Mark Webster 6-4 Michael Smith
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 John Henderson

Phil Taylor 6-3 Mark Webster
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Benito van de Pas

Phil Taylor 6-2 Michael van Gerwen
Prize Money
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £5,000
Semi-Finalists £2,500
Quarter-Finalists £2,000
Last 16 £1,500
Last 32 £750
Last 64 £250
Total £60,000


Van Gerwen Retains Unibet Masters Title


MICHAEL VAN GERWEN retained his Unibet Masters title with an imperious 11-6 defeat of Dave Chisnall at ArenaMK on Sunday night, after surviving seven missed darts against Phil Taylor on his way to glory.

Van Gerwen had kicked off his 2015 challenge with victory in Milton Keynes before going on to win a further 17 events during the year, and again came out on top in the battle of the world’s top 16.

After storming past both Stephen Bunting and Michael Smith for the loss of only four legs as he reached the semi-finals, van Gerwen then overcame a huge scare to see off a revitalised Taylor 11-10.

Taylor himself had come through a deciding leg in his quarter-final win over Peter Wright, but missed seven darts to defeat van Gerwen before the Dutchman produced a 12-darter to move into the final.

There, he took the opening five legs without giving Chisnall a dart at a double, hitting four 180s in the process, and went on to finish 110 as he led 7-1.

Chisnall – who had hit back from 8-0 down to win his first round tie with Robert Thornton before also defeating Vincent van der Voort and James Wade – took three of the next four legs to threaten another comeback as he cut the gap to 8-4.

The next four were shared as Chisnall matched his rival’s tally of six 180s, but the world number ten was unable to claim another break of throw as van Gerwen held on to hit double five for the title.

“I’m really happy to win this trophy,” said van Gerwen, who averaged 104 for the tournament. “I really had to work for this and it was a hard day.

“I had a bit of luck but you can’t ask for anything more than to be holding the trophy at the end. Phil missed seven match darts, which he normally never does, and when someone gives you a chance like that you have to take it.

“At 5-0 in the final I knew the game was over. I had a couple of good finishes afterwards, held my own throw and it was enough to win the game.

“It was a tough day and I feel fantastic. It means a lot to me and I’m really glad to win this Unibet Masters again.

“I started last year exactly the same and we start the Premier League this Thursday, so that’s my aim now. I’ll enjoy this win and get myself ready to play James Wade in Leeds.”

Chisnall was appearing in the fourth televised final of his career, having hit a thrilling 12 maximums in his 11-6 semi-final win over James Wade, but the St Helens ace was left to take home the Ł25,000 runner-up prize.

“After being 8-0 down in the first round I didn’t expect to get through that, so it’s a great weekend to reach the final,” said Chisnall. “I’m not happy with how I played in the final but there were a few tired darts.

“I beat Michael in the World Grand Prix a couple of years ago and he’s punished me for it ever since! You can’t give him a head start like I did but he was too good there and he showed why he’s the world number one.

“I’m playing really well but it wasn’t meant to be and I’ll try again in the next tournament.”

2016 Unibet Masters
Sunday January 31
Afternoon Session
Kim Huybrechts 5-10 James Wade
Vincent van der Voort 4-10 Dave Chisnall
Phil Taylor 10-9 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 10-3 Michael Smith

Evening Session
Dave Chisnall 11-6 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Phil Taylor

Michael van Gerwen 11-6 Dave Chisnall

Quarter-Finals Round-Up
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Phil Taylor will clash in the semi-finals of the Unibet Masters after enjoying contrasting victories on Sunday afternoon, as James Wade and Dave Chisnall also reached the last four at ArenaMK.

Reigning Masters champion van Gerwen followed up his 10-1 first round demolition of Stephen Bunting by sweeping past Michael Smith 10-3 with an average of almost 106.

The Dutchman’s finishing proved the difference as he hit ten doubles from 13 attempts in a brilliant performance, landing two 124 checkouts as he moved into an 8-0 lead before sealing victory by taking out 142.

“I had a fantastic first five legs and I put him under pressure from the start,” said van Gerwen. “My performance was really good, especially my finishing.

“I also need to produce it tonight because you can’t write Phil Taylor off and he’s full of confidence at the moment.”

2013 Masters champion Taylor, meanwhile, won a thrilling clash with Peter Wright 10-9, with the number five seed hitting nine 180s and three ton-plus checkouts but paying the price for missing one match dart in the game’s penultimate leg.

The deciding leg saw Taylor land two 180s and Wright fire in a maximum and a 174 score before the 16-time World Champion showed his class to prevail with an 11-darter.

“Peter hit some great shots and I didn’t think he’d miss the double 19 to win, but he gave me that one shot and the last leg was brilliant – the best leg of the game,” said Taylor. “I’m over the moon because I thought I’d blown it.

“It’s great for me because I’ve got new darts, a new set-up and new regime and I’m pushing forward. I’m loving it and I’ll be there and thereabouts.”

Wright said: “To play Phil on any stage is an honour, and I wasn’t good enough on the day. I wish Phil all the best but I’ll get back on the practice board.”

The other previous Masters champion, 2014 winner James Wade, defeated Kim Huybrechts 10-5 as he progressed to the last four with a dominant display.

“Kim didn’t make the most of his opportunities and I did enough to win,” said Wade. “When I had to turn it up I did, so I’m happy.”

Wade now plays Dave Chisnall, who followed up his magical comeback win in the first round by defeating Vincent van der Voort 10-4 with an impressive 104 average.

“A 104 average is good and as soon as I got the big lead at 7-3 I was never going to let it go,” said Chisnall. “I’m hard to beat when I get my nose in front so I’m very happy.

“I had a bit of luck in the game yesterday but today I was very confident of winning. It should be a good game between me and James and I’ll keep trying.”

Dave Chisnall v James Wade
Dave Chisnall powered into the fourth televised final of his career by landing 12 180s in a superb 11-6 defeat of James Wade at ArenaMK.

Five of those maximums came in the opening five legs as Chisnall also landed a 174 score in opening up an early 4-1 lead, before Wade finished legs of 14, 12 and 12 darts – hitting five maximums of his own in a three-leg burst to level.

Wade also landed a 180 and a 138 checkout to level in the tenth leg, but Chisnall found another gear to take the next five legs without reply and move 10-5 up, hitting another three 180s and claiming two breaks of throw.

Wade took out double eight to keep his hopes alive but it would prove a brief rally as Chisnall took out 117 to seal his spot in the final.

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Michael van Gerwen survived seven missed match darts from Phil Taylor to continue his challenge to retain the Unibet Masters title with a nerve-shredding 11-10 semi-final win over his great rival.

Taylor’s bid to return to winning ways on the big stage had seen him take leads of 3-1, 7-4 and 9-6 in a high-quality contest, only for van Gerwen to take out finishes of 161, 130 and 144 as he levelled at nine-all.

Taylor landed a 174 score before double 16 put him 10-9 up, only to then miss seven match darts in leg 20 as van Gerwen scrambled in double 16 to send the match into a decider.

The world number one scored 140, 140 and 134 to leave 87, and when Taylor was unable to take out 122 the Dutchman stepped in to finish the combination on double 12 to seal his great escape.

Video interviews with Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall are available at the OfficialPDC YouTube Channel via www.youtube.com/OfficialPDC