Humphries 'making huge strides' after joining European Tour elite

Luke Humphries (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Luke Humphries believes he can continue improving after continuing his impressive progress by joining an elite group of players to win three European Tour titles in a calendar year.

Humphries only claimed his maiden European Tour success in Munich over Easter, before adding the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open title in Prague.

He followed that up with glory in the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Sunday night, edging out Rob Cross 8-7 in a thrilling final.

That success saw Humphries join an elite group of only three players - alongside Michael van Gerwen (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019) and Peter Wright (2017) - to win three European Tour events in a calendar year, marking his continued progress in the sport.

"It feels amazing," admitted Humphries, a former World Youth Champion and the 2021 UK Open runner-up.

"I just seem to find something from somewhere in these long days and that says a lot about me as a player. There's a lot more to come."

Humphries will miss the Jack's Dutch Darts Championship next weekend to be best man at his friend's wedding, although he will enjoy a well-earned rest following back-to-back titles.

"I'd love to be in Zwolle but I've got to miss next week unfortunately," he added. "It gives everyone else a chance!

"I deserve this rest now. It's been full-on for a long time and that [win in Stuttgart] takes me up to second in the ProTour Order of Merit. I am making huge strides in the game."