Sunday 29 April 2018

Players Championship 9-10 - Double Dutch

So that thought that Jeffrey de Zwaan had the potential to go deep in one of these things turned out to be correct - sure, I chucked out a lot of names but I'll claim credit for this one, he's been there or there abouts but he got the luck he needed, and after coming close a couple of times managed to hold his nerve - obviously Johnny Clayton taking out Michael van Gerwen opened things up, but a lot of other things fell into place - James Wilson cleared out Gary Anderson, Martin Schindler made a quarter and cleared out Rob Cross (6-0!), his semi final opponent Gabriel Clemens took out Peter Wright and James Wade, while he dealt with Michael Smith himself. Congrats to the lad, with us already up to 14 qualifiers for the Grand Slam of Darts from the Pro Tour events, it's not sure that he'll make that for certain (you'd have to think that Gurney, Suljovic, Wright and Wade will all bag something before the cutoff), but added on to his other results he should be good to get into most of the other premier events.

On the Saturday van Gerwen won and wasn't really troubled, only Wade managing to take four legs off him, and beat surprise finalist Scott Taylor to claim the title. In a weird event, Jason Lowe made a semi, while Ryan Joyce won his board again, along with Michael Barnard and Stephen Burton. Ian White joined the "hit four twelve darters" club in his win over Alan Tabern, while Benito had another poor weekend, getting no cashes along with Mervyn King, John Henderson and Dimitri van den Bergh (although he did at least draw Chisnall today).

New FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Phil Taylor
5 Gary Anderson
6 Daryl Gurney
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Michael Smith
9 Simon Whitlock
10 Gerwyn Price
11 Dave Chisnall
12 Ian White
13 James Wade
14 Darren Webster
15 Raymond van Barneveld
16 Johnny Clayton (UP 2)
17 Alan Norris (DOWN 1)
18 Kim Huybrechts (DOWN 1)
19 Joe Cullen
20 Jelle Klaasen

Adie's solid weekend has brought him back to within two grand of the top 20, Bunting's semi final has brought him within fifty quid of the top 25. de Zwaan now rounds out the top 50, Clemens and Taylor enter the top 100. Lowe is just outside the top 120 following his semi final.

A bonus feature - the top 32 in the PDC this season in points per turn to date this season - this includes all six UK Open qualifiers, the UK Open proper, ten Players Championship events and four European Tour events (minimum of 150 legs played):

Some names are surprising you, no?

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