Sunday 28 October 2018

Instantly forgettable final

Real shame how the standards seemed to fall through the floor when it got to the business end of things. That might have been the lowest quality final since that exbo Suljovic won, as far as ranking major finals go I'm not sure when we've had a worse one, although I believe the Grand Prix wasn't the greatest. Still, congrats to Wade for getting the first win since forever, and Whitlock for making another major final - Wade's basically got to be in the Premier League now based off of his floor form as well, and with nobody making great cases, Whitlock returning isn't out of the question.

Got to feel for Hopp and Cullen really, I'd have thought if Cullen had have got over the line he'd have beaten whoever he drew in the final. Also feel for King and Ratajski, the runout being such that they've got sixteen qualifiers from the big events and the European Tour for the Grand Slam - so unless they make it through what could be a stacked qualifier, they're not going to be there. It'd be somewhat funny if Hopp, having had match darts to make the final, lost out because Gurney or someone else otherwise not qualified, made it all the way to the final of the World Series, which has the last two spots. A couple of interesting draws there - White/Kyle Anderson could be good, we've got all of last year's worlds specials in Lewis/DVDB/Cross in the same section, van Gerwen's got a really easy draw.

New FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Gary Anderson
5 Daryl Gurney
6 Mensur Suljovic
7 James Wade (UP 7)
8 Simon Whitlock (UP 2)
9 Ian White (DOWN 1)
10 Phil Taylor (DOWN 3)
11 Michael Smith (DOWN 2)
12 Gerwyn Price (DOWN 1)
13 Darren Webster (DOWN 1)
14 Dave Chisnall (DOWN 1)
15 Joe Cullen (UP 2)
16 Adrian Lewis (DOWN 1)
17 Jonny Clayton (DOWN 1)
18 Mervyn King
19 Steve West (NEW)
20 Stephen Bunting (DOWN 1)

Hopp is up to 25, in case you were wondering.

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