European Qualifiers Win Austria Spots
JELLE KLAASEN, Michael van Gerwen, Kim Huybrechts and Roland Scholten are amongst the eight European qualifiers for the first European Tour event.
A total of 33 players competed in Huerth, near Cologne in Germany on Saturday to win eight places in the Austrian Darts Open, which will be held in the Arena Nova, Wiener Neudstadt from April 27-29.
Jelle Klaasen defeated two recent Ladbrokes World Darts Championship Qualifiers, Jyhan Artut and Kevin Munch, to win his place in the inaugural European Tour event, alongside four other Dutch players.
2004 UK Open champion Roland Scholten defeated Spanish ace Carlos Rodriguez to win his place in the tournament, Michael van Gerwen saw off Italy's Romano Ruggeri and Gibraltar's Dylan Duo, Gino Vos overcame Toon Greebe and Mareno Michels took victory against Tobias Höntsch.
Croatian World Cup of Darts representative Boris Krcmar impressed with wins against Belgium's Kurt Van De Rijck and Spanish number one Antonio Alcinas, Michael Rosenauer won the all-German decider with Tomas Seyler and Belgium's Kimg Huybrechts defeated Tonci Restovic and Jerry Hendriks.
The eight players join four Home Nation Qualifiers in winning their spots in the inaugural European Tour event, and they will be joined by 20 players from the UK Qualifier to be held at the Barnsley Metrodome on Friday April 13.
The 32 Qualifiers will then be drawn against the world's top 32 players for the first round of the European Tour event.
European Tour Event One
Toon Greebe 6-2 André Bothmann
Toon Greebe 6-3 Andree Welge
Gino Vos 6-0 Ricardo Pilgiapoco
Mareno Michels 6-2 Dyson Parody
Tobias Höntsch 6-4 Olaf Tupuschis
Roland Scholten Bye (Sandro Voigt retired through injury at 3-0)
Carlos Rodriguez 6-4 Michael Jaques
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Tonci Restovic
Jerry Hendriks 6-1 Karsten Kornath
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Romano Ruggeri
Dylan Duo 6-4 Matheus Ziolkowski
Tomas Seyler 6-1 Eduardo Sales Lopez
Michael Rosenauer 6-1 Alexander Tauber
Antonio Alcinas 6-2 Georg Pfister
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Kurt van de Rijk
Kevin Münch 6-3 Bernd Roith
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Jyhan Artut
Gino Vos 6-2 Toon Greebe
Mareno Michels 6-3 Tobias Höntsch
Roland Scholten 6-4 Carlos Rodriguez
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Jerry Hendriks
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Dylan Duo
Michael Rosenauer 6-3 Tomas Seyler
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Antonio Alcinas
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Kevin Münch
Michael van Gerwen