2024 Elten Safety Shoes Dutch Darts Championship
Rosmalen, May 24-26
Schedule of Play
Friday May 24
First Round

Afternoon Session
Dom Taylor 6-3 Jose de Sousa
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Jiri Brejcha
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 Madars Razma
Marvin van Velzen 6-5 Christian Kist
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Owen Bates
Mickey Mansell 6-2 William O'Connor
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Haupai Puha
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Damian Mol

Evening Session
James Wade 6-0 Teemu Harju
Moreno Blom 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Kevin Doets 6-5 Mike De Decker
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Joe Cullen
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Cameron Menzies 6-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Callan Rydz
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Gabriel Clemens

Saturday May 25
Second Round
Afternoon Session

Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Damon Heta
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Niels Zonneveld
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Marvin van Velzen
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Ricardo Pietreczko
Danny Noppert 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle 6-3 James Wade

Evening Session
Chris Dobey 6-0 Moreno Blom
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Mickey Mansell
Josh Rock 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Kevin Doets
Martin Schindler 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Peter Wright
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Ross Smith
Gian van Veen 6-5 Dom Taylor

Sunday May 26
Afternoon Session

Third Round
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Ryan Searle 6-1 Jeffrey de Graaf
Danny Noppert 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Chris Dobey
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Schindler 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Gian van Veen
Josh Rock 6-5 Cameron Menzies

Evening Session
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Ryan Searle
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Danny Noppert
Martin Schindler 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Josh Rock 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Jonny Clayton 7-6 Michael van Gerwen
Josh Rock 7-3 Martin Schindler

Josh Rock 8-4 Jonny Clayton

Tournament Draw Bracket - Second Round Onwards
(1) Dave Chisnall v Niels Zonneveld/Haupai Puha
(16) Jonny Clayton v Host Nation Qualifier 3/Host Nation Qualifier 4
(8) Ryan Searle v Teemu Harju/James Wade
(9) Stephen Bunting v Madars Razma/Jeffrey de Graaf
(4) Danny Noppert v Andrew Gilding/Host Nation Qualifier 2
(13) Ricardo Pietreczko v Joe Cullen/Jermaine Wattimena
(5) Michael van Gerwen v Mike De Decker/Kevin Doets
(12) Chris Dobey v Host Nation Qualifier 1/Ryan Joyce
(2) Damon Heta v Ritchie Edhouse/Jiri Brejcha
(15) Daryl Gurney v Ryan Meikle/Luke Woodhouse
(7) Ross Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh/Gabriel Clemens
(10) Martin Schindler v Brendan Dolan/Owen Bates
(3) Gerwyn Price v William O'Connor/Mickey Mansell
(14) Gian van Veen v Dom Taylor/Jose de Sousa
(6) Josh Rock v Callan Rydz/Dirk van Duijvenbode
(11) Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld/Cameron Menzies

An emotional Josh Rock clinched his maiden European Tour title in Rosmalen on Sunday, defeating Jonny Clayton 8-4 to lift the Elten Safety Shoes Dutch Darts Championship.

Former World Youth Champion Rock celebrated his second PDC ranking title on a landmark night in the Netherlands, toppling Clayton to pocket the £30,000 top prize at the Autotron.

The Northern Irishman lost out to Clayton in his only previous European Tour final in April 2023, although he avenged that result in style to move up to a career-high of 18th on the PDC Order of Merit.

Rock kicked off his campaign with a 104 average in his second round win over Dutch number three Dirk van Duijvenbode, before recovering from 5-3 down to deny Cameron Menzies in the last 16.

The 23-year-old converted 119 and 145 finishes in a 6-3 quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price, and he booked his place in Sunday’s showpiece by reeling off six straight legs to dispatch Martin Schindler.

Rock – who will make his debut at next month’s World Cup of Darts – then capped off a breakthrough weekend with a battling victory over Clayton, to become the sixth different winner in seven European Tour events in 2024.

“This is the biggest win of my career, 100%,” reflected Rock, who struggled to hold back the tears after celebrating his first senior big stage title.

“I haven’t had very good luck against Jonny in finals. He beat me on the ProTour and in Graz [in 2023], but I felt really confident coming into this final.

“I said this weekend I was here to win the tournament. Jonny is one of the nicest men in darts. I love him to bits, but my name is on the trophy, and I’m so happy.

“I have lost in so many finals, but I keep believing that I will win, and obviously today I proved that I can.

“I have always said my next one was going to be a major title and that’s my main focus, but I have proved that I can win on the big stage now.”

Rock produced an eye-catching 142 checkout to steal an early march in a final that was dominated by breaks of throw in the opening exchanges.

Clayton hit back with a trio of 14-darters in the space of four legs to level at 4-4, although the Welshman paid the price for missed opportunities in the latter stages, as Rock won the next four legs without reply to triumph.

“I had chances to stay in the game, but I missed doubles and Josh didn’t. Josh played well,” conceded Clayton, featuring in his first PDC ranking final since the World Matchplay in July 2023.

“Josh has proven that he can do this week in week out. He’s a great guy and a great dart player.

“I am glad to be back in a final again. I’m glad to have a smile back on my face, and I’m on the right track now.”

Clayton kicked off Finals Day with an impressive 6-3 victory against reigning champion Dave Chisnall, punishing 15 missed darts at double from the top seed to progress.

The former Premier League winner then swept aside Ryan Searle in the last eight, before recovering from 4-0 and 6-4 down to stun home favourite Michael van Gerwen in a gripping last-leg shoot-out.

Dutch icon Van Gerwen was denied a second title on home soil in 2024, despite conceding just two legs in advancing to the semi-finals.

The three-time World Champion whitewashed his compatriot Kevin Doets in Saturday’s second round, before averaging 103 and 101 in crushing 6-1 victories over Chris Dobey and Danny Noppert on Finals Day.

Schindler – a winner at the International Darts Open in April – overcame Brendan Dolan, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Luke Woodhouse in his run to the last four, averaging 106 to deny Woodhouse in a thrilling quarter-final.

Price also produced ton-plus averages in wins over Mickey Mansell and Gian van Veen to reach the last eight, while Noppert defeated his fellow countryman Jermaine Wattimena to continue his big stage consistency.

Searle breezed past Dutch-born Swede Jeffrey de Graaf in Sunday afternoon’s last 16, before losing out in the quarter-finals for the fourth time in seven European Tour events.