Sunday 12 February 2017

UK Open Qualification - Weekend 2

Urgh, Mensur, why you not play

Bunch of action. Congrats on Michael, Simon and Peter on binking their respective events, and the field is now set - there has to be a bunch of hugely disappointed players, amongst others Robbie Green, Steve West, Max Hopp, Rowby John Rodriguez and Dimitri van den Bergh - none of which you would describe as being out of form, but at the same time huge credit to a lot of players who you wouldn't have thought might qualify, at least not direct to the money, such as Chris Quantock, Mick Todd and Ryan Searle. Interested to see what Dobey can do from this stage - having not qualified at all last year, he's now straight into round 3, so gogogo.

Best weekend long performance - going to split this between Mervyn King, Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price and Kim Huybrechts - all cashed all three and did so deep enough to register decent cash, none of them messed up early, and while none of them went hugely deep, they all did more or less as well as you might expect.

Best tournament long performance - two horse race between two players on Saturday's event - it's either Ronny Huybrechts with his nine darter and wins over Gary Anderson, Terry Jenkins, Ian White, Darren Webster and Michael Smith, four of which were in deciding legs for bonus clutch points, or it goes to Rob Cross, with wins over Wade, Chisnall, Thornton and Klaasen in his run to the semi final. Hard to say but I think I have to give it to Huybrechts for the grittiness combined with the brilliance.

Best single match performance - Michael van Gerwen's two nine darters, next.

Worst weekend long performance - got to go to Josh Payne. Was flipping between him and Joe Murnan, until I saw Murnan whitewashed him yesterday. Losing in the last 256 to whatever a Craig Gilchrist is, then the aforementioned result, then being edged by Simon Stevenson isn't great. Oh well, enjoy your weekend off.

Worst single match performance - there's a few contenders, but I think I have to give it to Jeffrey de Graaf. You could have got rid of Jamie Caven from this event, but you had to lose 6-0 and let him in on tiebreakers. I am disappointed.

Updated live top 20 in adjusted rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Gary Anderson
3 Peter Wright
4 James Wade (UP 1)
5 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
6 Adrian Lewis
7 Raymond van Barneveld (UP 1)
8 Phil Taylor (DOWN 1)
9 Mensur Suljovic
10 Jelle Klaasen
11 Benito van de Pas
12 Kim Huybrechts
13 Ian White
14 Michael Smith
15 Simon Whitlock
16 Robert Thornton
17 Alan Norris
18 Daryl Gurney
19 Gerwyn Price
20 Terry Jenkins

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