Simon Whitlock (PDC)

Rankings Update After ET9

ProTour

Jul 2 2019
SIMON WHITLOCK and Michael Smith were the only two top 16 players to move up the PDC Order of Merit after ET9.
Corey Cadby (Chris Dean, PDC)

2019 ET9-10 Qualifiers

European Tour

Jun 21 2019
A TOTAL of 11 players enjoyed a double qualification success in Friday's European Tour UK Qualifiers.

2019 German Darts Grand Prix
Draw Bracket

Michael van Gerwen (1) v Krzysztof Ratajski/Martin Schindler
Danny Noppert (16) v Alan Norris/Stephen Bunting
Michael Smith (8) v Gabriel Clemens/Ricky Evans
Jonny Clayton (9) v Ted Evetts/Mark Wilson
Rob Cross (5) v Chris Dobey/Michael Rasztovits
Daryl Gurney (12) v Kyle Anderson/Kevin Munch
Mensur Suljovic (4) v Josh Payne/Jyhan Artut
Dave Chisnall (13) v Arron Monk/Marko Puls
Ian White (2) v Karel Sedlacek/Diogo Portela
Darren Webster (15) v Steve Beaton/Nathan Derry
James Wade (7) v Kim Huybrechts/Dragutin Horvat
Max Hopp (10) v Keegan Brown/Magnus Caris
Adrian Lewis (6) v Ritchie Edhouse/Brendan Dolan
Joe Cullen (11) v Jamie Hughes/Glen Durrant
Peter Wright (3) v Ross Smith/Mark Barilli
Simon Whitlock (14) v Michael Hurtz/Cristo Reyes

Schedule of Play
Saturday April 20
First Round
Afternoon Session

Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Ted Evetts 6-2 Mark Wilson
Arron Monk 6-3 Marko Puls
Keegan Brown 6-5 Magnus Caris
Ross Smith 6-3 Mark Barilli
Josh Payne 6-2 Jyhan Artut
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Diogo Portela
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Kevin Munch

Evening Session
Nathan Derry 6-1 Steve Beaton
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Alan Norris
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Martin Schindler
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Chris Dobey
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Dragutin Horvat
Ricky Evans 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Glen Durrant 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Cristo Reyes 6-2 Michael Hurtz

Sunday April 21
Second Round
Afternoon Session

Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Ian White
Ted Evetts 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Darren Webster 6-1 Nathan Derry
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Arron Monk
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 James Wade
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Adrian Lewis

Evening Session
Max Hopp 6-3 Keegan Brown
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Ricky Evans 6-0 Michael Smith
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Josh Payne
Joe Cullen 6-5 Glen Durrant
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Ross Smith 6-4 Peter Wright

Monday April 22
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 GMT)

Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting
Ted Evetts 6-4 Ricky Evans
Rob Cross 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Darren Webster
Max Hopp 6-3 Kim Huybrechts 
Joe Cullen 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Ross Smith 

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 GMT)
Quarter-Finals
Michael Van Gerwen 6-5 Ted Evetts
Rob Cross 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Max Hopp 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Joe Cullen

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-1 Rob Cross
Simon Whitlock 7-6 Max Hopp 

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Simon Whitlock

 

Format
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.

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000 

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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won an incredible 30th European Tour title of his career as he retained his German Darts Grand Prix title in Munich, beating Simon Whitlock 8-3 in the final. 

The World Champion, who turns 30 himself on Thursday, was rampant in the final - averaging 106.45 as he charged to a 5-0 lead before cruising to victory. 

After two early breaks of throw set the tone, a showpiece 137 checkout on two double-tops put the Dutchman firmly in command.

Whitlock, who was without a win against Van Gerwen in 14 attempts ahead of the final, was left languishing as the reigning champion then took out 100 in two darts for a five-leg advantage. 

Eventually the Australian found a way into the game with back-to-back legs to trail by three.

The pair then traded blows, but Van Gerwen was clinical on the doubles - landing eight of his 12 total attempts - as he quickly skittled the remaining two legs to clinch the £25,000 top prize. 

"I'm absolutely delighted to retain my title here in Munich and clinch a 30th European Tour title," said the Dutchman. 

"This is a great achievement for me. I wasn't at my best at the start of this evening, but I did the right things at the right times and always felt confident."

"Simon is a great player and I'm just happy to get past him and win another title for my fans"

This milestone 30th European Tour title for Van Gerwen puts him 24 ahead in the record books of his nearest competitor Peter Wright, with six. 

Nevertheless, he didn't have it all his own way on the final day in Munich as he was pushed all the way by Ted Evetts in the Quarter-Finals. 

Averaging just 91, some slack darts allowed Evetts to recover from 5-2 down and take out checkouts of 144 and 128 as he forced a deciding leg, before falling at the final hurdle. 

In the Semi-Finals, he faced tough opposition in the form of Rob Cross, but continued his ruthless run against the former World Champion – backing up his 8-2 Premier League win from midweek with a 7-1 victory to reach the final. 

Whitlock's run to the final started with him seeing off the in-form Ross Smith 6-4 in the third round. 

He then breezed past Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals 6-1, with the 29-year-old only narrowly avoiding the whitewash in the penultimate leg. 

And in the Semi-Finals, he felt the scorn of the patriotic home crowd as he sent Max Hopp packing in a last leg decider. 

The German, who was chasing his second European Tour title, looked to be heading for the final as he led 6-4, but a host of costly misses allowed Whitlock to clinch three legs in succession to progress.

Elsewhere, there was a strong run for Czech Republic’s Karel Sedlacek in his second European Tour event, as he saw off Darren Webster in the third round before falling to Hopp at the last eight.