Fagg, Weening, Cuming & Penhall share wins as DPA Pro Tour begins

Jeremy Fagg (DPA)

Jeremy Fagg, Brandon Weening, Mal Cuming and Darren Penhall celebrated wins as the 2023 DPA Pro Tour season began in Warilla last weekend.

The opening weekend of DPA Pro Tour action saw four stars share victories on February 18-19, as Fagg made a dream start to the 2023 season.

The Australian breezed through to the Event One quarter-finals after relinquishing just one leg in his first four matches, averaging 93 and 96 in wins over Tic Bridge and Clayton Collins respectively.

Fagg then overcame Weening and Cuming to set up a showdown against former Tour Card Holder Gordon Mathers, running out a 5-2 winner to clinch his fourth DPA Pro Tour title.

He continued his blistering form by landing a nine-darter in Event Two, achieving perfection in his last 64 demolition of Trevor Cooke, before succumbing to Penhall in the last 16.

However, Weening claimed the Event Two spoils, dispatching the veteran Dave Marland and former World Championship qualifier Mitchell Clegg to progress to Saturday evening’s showpiece.

The 24-year-old sealed the deal with a 5-3 win against Bill Aitken, who defeated Bridge, Mathers and Rhys Mathewson en route to the final.

Event Three on Sunday saw Cuming scoop his eighth DPA Pro Tour title, just 48 hours after he came through Friday’s World Series of Darts Qualifier for August's New South Wales Darts Masters.

Cuming, a Cazoo World Championship debutant in December, survived a scare in his second round tie against Dewayne Turner, before denying Mathers in another deciding-leg tie to secure the title.

Former Tour Card Holder Penhall then rounded off the weekend’s action with victory in Event Four, courtesy of a 5-2 success against Event Two winner Weening.

Penhall, a UK Open debutant in 2020, whitewashed Marland and Dave Hanel earlier in the event, before also easing past Cuming and Brenton Lloyd in the latter stages.

Weening leads the DPA Pro Tour Order of Merit following the opening weekend of competition, ahead of Event Three winner Cuming and former World Series of Darts semi-finalist Mathers.

The next weekend of DPA Pro Tour action will be held from March 17-19, with Events 5-8 and Qualifier Two for the New South Wales Darts Masters taking place in Warilla.

The DPA Pro Tour will be broadcast around the world in 2023, with matches from the last 16 onwards in each DPA Pro Tour event streamed live on PDCTV.

The DPA have also announced that a further five knockout events will take place in Victoria from April 28-30, as Australia's top stars battle it out for The Simon Whitlock Trophy.

The new series of events - honouring Australia's World Cup winner - will see the player with the most ranking points following the five events presented with the coveted trophy.

2023 DPA Pro Tour
Event One Winner - Jeremy Fagg
Event Two Winner - Brandon Weening
Event Three Winner - Mal Cuming
Event Four Winner - Darren Penhall