Van den Bergh believes 'sky is the limit' following UK Open triumph

Ladbrokes UK Open

An emotional Dimitri Van den Bergh declared ‘the sky is the limit’ after winning his second televised ranking title in an extraordinary Ladbrokes UK Open final on Sunday.

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Ladbrokes UK Open

Dimitri Van den Bergh survived a valiant fightback from Luke Humphries to triumph in a pulsating last-leg shoot-out in Sunday’s Ladbrokes UK Open final in Minehead.

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Ladbrokes UK Open

The stage allocations for Friday's opening session of the 2024 Ladbrokes UK Open have been confirmed ahead of the three-day festival of darts, which will take place at Butlin’s Minehead Resort from March 1-3.

The 2024 Ladbrokes UK Open took place from March 1-3 at Butlin's Minehead Resort.

The unique multi-board event will saw a 158-player field - made up of PDC Tour Card Holders, Challenge Tour Qualifiers, Development Tour Qualifiers and Rileys Amateur Qualifiers - competing for TV silverware and a £110,000 top prize.

Dimitri Van den Bergh defeated Luke Humphries 11-10 in a thrilling final.

2024 Ladbrokes UK Open
First Round

Haupai Puha 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Jenson Walker 6-4 Sebastian Bialecki
Wesley Plaisier 6-5 Connor Scutt
Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Thibault Tricole 6-5 Jules van Dongen
Danny Lauby 6-3 Nathan Rafferty
Patrick Geeraets 6-3 Christian Kist
Scott Mitchell 6-4 Leighton Bennett
Matthew Dennant 6-4 Jeffrey de Graaf
Leonard Gates 6-4 Conan Whitehead
Dom Taylor 6-5 Brandon Western
Tom Lonsdale 6-4 Lukas Wenig
John Henderson 6-4 Kevin Burness 
Owen Bates 6-5 Andy Boulton
Jack Male 6-5 Martijn Dragt
Tim Wolters 6-3 Ashley Coleman
Brett Claydon 6-4 Thomas Lovely
Benjamin Reus 6-4 Bradly Roes
Johnny Haines 6-3 Jitse van der Wal
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Cam Crabtree
Michael Taylor 6-5 Paul Krohne
Chris Landman 6-3 Christopher Toonders
George Killington 6-4 Radek Szaganski
Joshua Richardson 6-5 Darryl Pilgrim
Joe Croft 6-5 William Borland
Darren Beveridge 6-4 Jason Hogg
Harry Lane 6-3 Dominik Gruellich
Rhys Griffin 6-5 Harry Gregory 
Robert Grundy 6-3 Michele Turreta
Wessel Nijman 6-3 David Sumner

Second Round
Christian Perez 6-2 Jeffrey Sparidaans
Jacques Labre 6-4 Steve Lennon
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Jurjen van der Velde
Thibault Tricole 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Geert Nentjes 6-3 Pascal Rupprecht
Robert Owen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brett Claydon 6-4 Andy Baetens
Leonard Gates 6-3 Rhys Griffin
Owen Roelofs 6-1 Stephen Burton
Mario Vandenbogaerde 6-3 Johnny Haines
Josh Payne 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Benjamin Reus 6-3 Tom Lonsdale
Ronny Huybrechts 6-2 Harry Lane
Wessel Nijman 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Scott Mitchell 6-4 Darren Beveridge
Nick Kenny 6-2 Callum Goffin
Joe Croft 6-2 James Hurrell
Lee Evans 6-0 Chris Landman
John Henderson 6-5 Dom Taylor
Patrick Geeraets 6-4 Adam Smith-Neale
George Killington 6-5 Robbie Knops
Joshua Richardson 6-2 Keegan Brown
Danny Lauby 6-5 Jack Male
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Berry van Peer
Matthew Dennant 6-1 Danny van Trijp
Jarred Cole 6-5 Robert Grundy
Wesley Plaisier 6-2 Haupai Puha
Dylan Slevin 6-4 Arron Monk
Michael Taylor 6-2 Graham Hall
Graham Usher 6-5 Owen Bates 
Tim Wolters 6-3 Jenson Walker

Third Round
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Madars Razma 
Josh Payne 6-5 Steve Beaton
Leonard Gates 6-2 Jim Williams
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Gian van Veen 6-3 John Henderson
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Thibault Tricole
Boris Krcmar 6-1 Ritchie Edhouse
Nick Kenny 6-5 Matt Campbell
Brett Claydon 6-4 Alan Soutar
Ricky Evans 6-3 Lee Evans
Graham Usher 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Ian White
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Florian Hempel 6-2 Mario Vandenbogaerde
Patrick Geeraets 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 William O'Connor
Kevin Doets 6-5 Robert Owen
Mike De Decker 6-3 Wessel Nijman
Daniel Klose 6-3 Wesley Plaisier
Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Dylan Slevin
Keane Barry 6-4 Joe Croft
Adam Gawlas 6-0 Jarred Cole
Tim Wolters 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Christian Perez
Mervyn King 6-4 George Killington
Benjamin Reus 6-5 Callan Rydz
Ricardo Pietreczko 6-3 Michael Taylor
Richard Veenstra 6-1 Owen Roelofs
Joshua Richardson 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Danny Lauby 6-2 Jacques Labre
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Matthew Dennant

Fourth Round
Andrew Gilding 10-7 Josh Payne
Mensur Suljovic 10-7 Michael van Gerwen
Luke Littler 10-7 James Wade
Luke Humphries 10-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Danny Noppert 10-8 Gabriel Clemens
Michael Smith 10-7 Joe Cullen
Damon Heta 10-8 Simon Whitlock
Martin Schindler 10-9 Gerwyn Price
Graham Usher 10-9 Ryan Searle
Kevin Doets 10-6 Daniel Klose
Ross Smith 10-8 Daryl Gurney
Nathan Aspinall 10-6 Scott Mitchell
Ryan Meikle 10-6 Brett Claydon
Benjamin Reus 10-7 Jose de Sousa
Chris Dobey 10-3 Mickey Mansell
Stephen Bunting 10-3 Danny Lauby
Ricky Evans 10-4 Scott Williams
Keane Barry 10-6 Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross 10-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Gary Anderson 10-5 Cameron Menzies
Luke Woodhouse 10-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Jonny Clayton 10-9 Tim Wolters
Martin Lukeman 10-5 Leonard Gates
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Brendan Dolan
Gian van Veen 10-7 Florian Hempel
Mike De Decker 10-6 Richard Veenstra
Dave Chisnall 10-4 Nick Kenny
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-4 Adam Gawlas
Peter Wright 10-3 Joshua Richardson
Josh Rock 10-5 Patrick Geeraets
Mervyn King 10-3 Ricardo Pietreczko
Vincent van der Voort 10-5 Boris Krcmar

Fifth Round
Gary Anderson 10-5 Chris Dobey
Luke Littler 10-8 Martin Schindler
Damon Heta 10-9 Nathan Aspinall
Luke Humphries 10-3 Benjamin Drue Reus
Jonny Clayton 10-8 Ross Smith
Rob Cross 10-4 Josh Rock
Stephen Bunting 10-9 Kevin Doets
Peter Wright 10-1 Andrew Gilding
Ricky Evans 10-5 Mike De Decker
Luke Woodhouse 10-9 Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall 10-6 Mensur Suljovic
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-6 Vincent van der Voort
Gian van Veen 10-7 Graham Usher
Martin Lukeman 10-9 Danny Noppert
Keane Barry 10-3 Ryan Meikle
Mervyn King 10-9 Krzysztof Ratajski

Sixth Round
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-7 Jonny Clayton
Luke Littler 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Luke Humphries 10-4 Mervyn King
Stephen Bunting 10-9 Peter Wright
Ricky Evans 10-6 Luke Woodhouse
Martin Lukeman 10-5 Gary Anderson
Damon Heta 10-8 Gian van Veen
Rob Cross 10-4 Keane Barry

Sunday March 3
Quarter-Finals (1245 GMT)

Luke Humphries 10-2 Stephen Bunting
Ricky Evans 10-7 Rob Cross
Damon Heta 10-8 Luke Littler
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5 Martin Lukeman

Evening Session

Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-6 Damon Heta
Luke Humphries 11-2 Ricky Evans

Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-10 Luke Humphries

Prize Fund
Winner: £110,000
Runner-up: £50,000
Semi-finalists: £30,000
Quarter-finalists: £15,000
Last 16: £10,000
Last 32: £5,000
Last 64: £2,500
Last 96: £1,500
Last 128: £1,000
Total: £600,000

Dimitri Van den Bergh survived a valiant fightback from Luke Humphries to triumph in a pulsating last-leg shoot-out in Sunday’s Ladbrokes UK Open final in Minehead.

Van den Bergh – a World Matchplay champion in 2020 – stormed 7-2 ahead at one stage, only to squander six match darts in a dramatic conclusion as Humphries battled back from the brink.

However, Van den Bergh survived two match darts of his own in a breathless final leg, before regaining his composure to scoop the £110,000 top prize and clinch his second televised ranking crown.

“Luke showed again why he is a World Champion,” reflected an emotional Van den Bergh, who moves up to world number seven following his success at Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

“I lost my composure. I knew Luke wasn’t going to make it easy, but you have to dig deep, and all of a sudden it turned around.

“My Grandad passed away two years ago, and that’s my first major win since then, so it’s a really special moment for me.”

Van den Bergh endured a disappointing 2023 campaign which culminated in a second round defeat at the World Championship, and he believes sports psychology has played a crucial role in his return to winning ways.

“I’ve always been a bit uncertain when it comes to sports psychology,” admitted the Antwerp ace.

“I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do for me.

“I thought it was probably my last choice if I wanted to get stronger, but I said let’s give it a go, and right here right now, I really feel that I made the right choice.”

The Belgian number one opened his campaign with victory over Brendan Dolan on Friday, before overcoming 2007 runner-up Vincent van der Voort and Welsh star Jonny Clayton to reach the last eight.

Van den Bergh then saw off Martin Lukeman and Damon Heta on Finals Day, winning nine of the last 11 legs to set up a showdown against Humphries.

The Belgian raced into a 4-1 lead with a 103 average at the first interval, with a clinical 124 finish on the bull in leg two helping him to establish early daylight.

The 29-year-old stretched his advantage to 7-2 after maintaining his ruthlessness on the outer ring, although Humphries responded with back-to-back legs to threaten a fightback.

Van den Bergh restored his four-leg buffer with a brilliant 130 checkout in leg 12, defying six perfect darts from the world number one to move 8-4 ahead.

Humphries looked to be staring down the barrel, but he came back off the canvas with a run of four straight legs to level proceedings, aided by a clutch 116 combination in leg 15.

The pendulum swung once more as Van den Bergh converted clinical 97 and 76 finishes to move to the cusp of victory at 10-8, although the drama didn’t end there.

The Belgian frittered away six match darts across the next two legs as Humphries profited to force a 21st and deciding leg, before carving out two championship darts of his own.

However, the World Champion was unable to complete the fightback, and Van den Bergh capitalised, producing a nerveless two-dart 64 combination to secure his fourth PDC ranking title.

Humphries, meanwhile, fell agonisingly short in his bid for a maiden UK Open success, which brought an end to his remarkable 24-match winning run in televised ranking events.

The 2021 runner-up conceded just 18 legs in advancing to Sunday’s showpiece, producing a trio of ton-topping averages in the process.

The world number one defied ten 180s from Dirk van Duijvenbode to triumph in a high-quality fourth round tie, and he continued his progress with emphatic wins over Benjamin Drue Reus and Mervyn King on Saturday.

Humphries then stormed past Stephen Bunting and Ricky Evans on Finals Day, averaging 102 to demolish Masters champion Bunting, before sweeping aside Evans 11-2 in the semi-finals.

“I didn’t play well in the final, but I gave everything,” reflected the Newbury ace, who walked away with the £50,000 runner-up prize.

“I was very fortunate to get two match darts at the end there, and obviously I am gutted, but Dimitri played a good game and hit a couple of big shots at the right time.

“The crowd were amazing towards me, so I owed it to them to give it everything, and I’m really proud of the way I played again this weekend.”

Earlier in the day, Heta prevailed in one of the greatest matches ever seen on the UK Open stage, celebrating a memorable 10-8 success against teenage sensation Luke Littler.

An astonishing start to proceedings saw Heta trailing 4-3 with a 122 average, but the Australian’s relentless brilliance eventually powered him through to a maiden televised ranking semi-final.

Evans also broke new ground in Minehead, claiming the scalp of 2018 World Champion Rob Cross in the quarter-finals to advance to his first big stage semi-final, which catapults him towards the cusp of the world's top 40.