2024 Ladbrokes UK Open draw confirmed

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 22 2024

New Zealand's Haupai Puha will take on former semi-finalist Jelle Klaasen in the first round of the 2024 Ladbrokes UK Open, with the draw confirmed for the opening session of next weekend's Minehead event.

Final Rileys Amateur Qualifiers confirmed for 2024 Ladbrokes UK Open

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 20 2024

Thomas Lovely, Brandon Western, Kevin Burness and Tom Lonsdale confirmed their spots in next month’s Ladbrokes UK Open, after winning through last weekend’s final Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

Gates headlines latest Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for Ladbrokes UK Open

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 13 2024

American star Leonard Gates will make his Ladbrokes UK Open debut next month, after winning through last weekend's Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

Ladbrokes to sponsor UK Open & Players Championship Finals

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 13 2024

The Professional Darts Corporation is delighted to announce Ladbrokes as the title sponsor of the UK Open and Players Championship Finals.

2024 UK Open - Winmau Challenge & Development Tour Qualifiers confirmed

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 09 2024

The Winmau Challenge Tour and Development Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers for next month’s UK Open have been confirmed.

Scutt, Taylor & Hogg become latest trio to seal UK Open spots

Ladbrokes UK Open

Feb 05 2024

Connor Scutt, Michael Taylor and Jason Hogg became the latest trio to secure qualification for next month's UK Open, after winning through last weekend's Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

Walker, Coleman, Gregory & Lane secure UK Open qualification

Ladbrokes UK Open

Jan 29 2024

Jenson Walker, Ashley Coleman, Harry Gregory and Harry Lane secured their qualification for the 2024 UK Open after celebrating success in last weekend's Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

Haines & Sumner win first Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for 2024 UK Open

Ladbrokes UK Open

Jan 22 2024

Johnny Haines and David Sumner sealed their qualification for the 2024 UK Open after winning through last weekend's opening set of Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

2024 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers dates confirmed for UK Open

Ladbrokes UK Open

Jan 08 2024

The dates & venues for the Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for the 2024 Cazoo UK Open have been confirmed - with events to be staged in January and February.

PDC and Butlin’s extend partnership until 2026


Aug 17 2023

The PDC is delighted to confirm a three-year extension with Butlin's, which will see the UK Open and Players Championship Finals remain at Butlin's Minehead Resort until at least the end of 2026.

Andrew Gilding produced a nerveless performance to defeat Michael van Gerwen 11-10 and clinch his maiden televised title in a thrilling Cazoo UK Open final at Butlin’s Minehead Resort on Sunday.

Gilding, appearing in his first televised final, recovered from 9-7 adrift to deny Van Gerwen a fourth UK Open crown, surviving a match dart in a dramatic deciding leg to scoop the £110,000 top prize.

The 52-year-old was beaten by Van Gerwen in the UK Open semi-finals back in 2015, but the Suffolk star avenged that defeat in style to lift his first PDC title in front of a capacity crowd of 5,000 fans.

Van Gerwen produced a sublime 135 finish on the bull to establish an early 2-0 lead in Sunday’s showpiece, only for Gilding to reel off four consecutive legs to seize the initiative.

The topsy-turvy nature of the contest continued as Van Gerwen replied with four straight legs of his own to regain control, converting a brilliant 130 checkout on the bull to restore his buffer at 6-4.

Gilding hit back from 9-7 down to restore parity once again, but the three-time World Champion responded with a magnificent 170 checkout to move a leg away from glory.

However, Gilding was unperturbed, pinning double 12 to force a last-leg decider, where he conjured up a brilliant 13-darter on tops to seal a famous victory, after Van Gerwen missed double 16 for the title.

“I can’t believe it,” admitted Gilding, who had lost all six of his previous meetings against Van Gerwen.

“I didn’t expect to win that game. I played steady all weekend, but I didn’t feel like I played particularly brilliant darts.

“The crowd were absolutely amazing. I have been practising more, working hard and it’s paying off. Now I’ve got to win all of these major titles!”

Gilding’s remarkable triumph catapults him into the world’s top 25, and his exploits this weekend have also earned him a spot in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

Earlier in the day, he breezed through to the semi-finals with a resounding 10-4 victory against Germany’s number two Martin Schindler, matching his run to the last four in 2015.

Gilding then overcame Czech youngster Adam Gawlas in the semi-finals, winning six of the last seven legs to complete a hard-fought 11-6 triumph.

Van Gerwen, meanwhile, was left dejected after falling agonisingly short in his bid to claim a fourth UK Open crown, having looked imperious for much of the 158-player event.

The 33-year-old opened his campaign with victory over Dave Chisnall on Friday, while also defeating his compatriot Martijn Kleermaker and 2021 runner-up Luke Humphries to reach the last eight.

The Dutchman then registered wins over his Premier League rivals Nathan Aspinall and Dimitri Van den Bergh on Finals Day to secure a spot in Sunday’s showpiece.

Van Gerwen averaged 99 and landed nine 180s to defeat 2019 winner Aspinall 10-6 in the last eight, before defying 28 missed darts at double to celebrate a ninth straight victory against Van den Bergh in the semi-finals.

“To play games like this are always difficult. Andrew had nothing to lose and I think he played really well,” conceded Van Gerwen, who was forced to settle for the £50,000 runner-up prize.

“I think I made many mistakes and I know that, but I’m the only one to blame and fair play to Andrew.

“At this moment I can’t find many positives. I’m here to win tournaments and when you don’t do that it’s disappointing.

“It is painful for me. It hurts. Everybody knows what I’m like, but I will take it on the chin. Credit to Andrew. He had a phenomenal tournament.”

Gilding’s heroics dominated the headlines on an extraordinary day in Minehead, but 21-year-old Gawlas also created his own slice of history in his quarter-final win over Rob Cross.

The former World Youth finalist crashed in an incredible 12 maximums to celebrate a 10-8 success against 2019 runner-up Cross, which lifts him into the world’s top 50 for the first time.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s other quarter-final tie saw Van den Bergh curtail Richie Burnett’s fairy-tale run, converting 53% of his attempts at double to dispatch the veteran Welshman in emphatic style.