Friday, 1 May 2020

Dutch lineal champ

Someone way back when, can't recall who, did a lineal championship for darts - i.e. it works like boxing, you hold the title until you're beaten. I'm going to do this, but just for the Netherlands - I'll start it from the turn of the millennium, and award the initial title to whoever went furthest in that year's BDO worlds (there wasn't a Dutch player of note in the PDC until Scholten debuted in 2002 - while he wasn't the first to play in their worlds, you'd need sick anorak knowledge to know who it was). That'd be Co Stompe, and I'll work through dartsdatabase through each tournament, count the defences, and then if I can clearly see he's been beaten by another Dutchman (sadly a lot of BDO records from that age are a bit dodgy), the title will change hands. I was tempted to give it to Barney initially, as the world champion at the time, but then he lost to Chris Mason in round one, so there is that. I won't include the Premier League, as it's hard to properly splice in when games were played in the correct order (note that midway through doing this, I thought to switch to show results rather than prizes, which would have worked for this, but was too far in at that stage), similarly for pairs events and stuff explicitly listed as exhibitions.

Inaugural - 25/05/2003 - Co Stompe (1 defence)
25/05/2003 - 24/10/2004 - Raymond van Barneveld (6 defences) - International Darts League
24/10/2004 - 11/11/2007 - Rick Hofstra (3 defences) - World Masters
11/11/2007 - 02/12/2007 - Jelle Klaasen (1 defence) - Players Championship Netherlands 2
02/12/2007 - 02/12/2007 - Willem Kralt (1 defence) - Open Midden Nederland
02/12/2007 - 02/03/2008 - Fabian Roosenbrand (1 defence) - Open Midden Nederland
02/03/2008 - 02/03/2008 - Pieter Miedema (1 defence) - Open Zuid West Nederland
02/03/2008 - 02/03/2008 - Joey ten Berge (0 defences) - Open Zuid West Nederland
02/03/2008 - 16/11/2008 - Kevin Vennik (4 defences) - Open Zuid West Nederland
16/11/2008 - 08/02/2009 - (2) Joey ten Berge (3 defences) - Open Zuid Oost Nederland
08/02/2009 - 08/02/2009 - Dennis te Kloese (1 defence) - Dutch Open
08/02/2009 - 08/03/2009 - Willy van de Wiel (0 defences) - Dutch Open
08/03/2009 - 08/03/2009 - Cor Ernst (1 defence) - Open Oost Nederland
08/03/2009 - 08/03/2009 - Frans van Weit (0 defences) - Open Oost Nederland
08/03/2009 - 08/03/2009 - (3) Joey ten Berge (0 defences) - Open Oost Nederland
08/03/2009 - 12/04/2009 - Toon Greebe (0 defences) - Open Oost Nederland
12/04/2009 - 19/04/2009 - Vincent van der Voort (0 defences) - UK Open South West Regional Final
19/04/2009 - 13/03/2011 - (2) Raymond van Barneveld (6 defences) - UK Open East Midlands Regional Final
13/03/2011 - 21/03/2011 - (2) Vincent van der Voort (0 defences) - UK Open Qualifier 4
21/03/2011 - 12/11/2012 - (3) Raymond van Barneveld (12 defences) - RTL7 Masters
12/11/2012 - 17/11/2012 - Christian Kist (0 defences) - Grand Slam of Darts
17/11/2012 - 24/05/2013 - (4) Raymond van Barneveld (3 defences) - Grand Slam of Darts
24/05/2013 - 02/11/2013 - Michael van Gerwen (4 defences) - Dubai Masters
02/11/2013 - 11/02/2014 - (5) Raymond van Barneveld (5 defences) - The Masters
11/02/2014 - 22/02/2014 - Kevin Voornhout (0 defences) - Dutch Darts Masters Qualifier
22/02/2014 - 28/06/2014 - (2) Michael van Gerwen  (2 defences) - UK Open Qualifier 5
28/06/2014 - 06/07/2014 - Benito van de Pas (0 defences) - Gibraltar Darts Trophy
06/07/2014 - 11/10/2015 - (2) Willy van de Wiel (1 defence) - Falkie Open
11/10/2015 - 06/02/2016 - (2) Benito van de Pas (2 defences) - De Valk Open
06/02/2016 - 19/02/2016 - (3) Michael van Gerwen (2 defences) - UK Open Qualifier 2
19/02/2016 - 08/04/2016 - (3) Benito van de Pas (0 defences) - UK Open Qualifier 4
08/04/2016 - 09/04/2016 - (4) Michael van Gerwen (1 defence) - Players Championship Barnsley 3
09/04/2016 - 10/04/2016 - (4) Benito van de Pas (0 defences) - Players Championship Barnsley 4
10/04/2016 - 22/04/2016 - Ron Meulenkamp (1 defence) - Players Championship Barnsley 5
22/04/2016 - 22/04/2016 - Jermaine Wattimena (2 defences) - Gibraltar Darts Trophy Qualifier
22/04/2016 - 14/05/2016 - Remco van Eijden (1 defence) - European Matchplay Qualifier
14/05/2016 - 16/09/2017 - (5) Michael van Gerwen (26 defences) - European Matchplay
16/09/2017 - 30/09/2017 - (6) Raymond van Barneveld (2 defences) - Champions League of Darts
30/09/2017 - 02/03/2018 - (6) Michael van Gerwen (9 defences) - Players Championship Ireland 20
02/03/2018 - 17/03/2018 - Jeffrey de Zwaan (2 defences) - UK Open
17/03/2018 - 18/03/2018 - (7) Michael van Gerwen (1 defence) - Players Championship Milton Keynes 5
18/03/2018 - 28/04/2018 - (2) Jermaine Wattimena (5 defences) - Players Championship Milton Keynes 6
28/04/2018 - 21/07/2018 - (8) Michael van Gerwen (0 defences)  - Players Championship Wigan 9
21/07/2018 - 28/09/2018 - (2) Jeffrey de Zwaan (3 defences) - World Matchplay
28/09/2018 - 05/11/2018 - (2) Ron Meulenkamp (3 defences) - Players Championship Ireland 19
05/11/2018 - 17/02/2019 - Danny Noppert (0 defences) - Grand Slam Qualifier
17/02/2019 - 22/02/2019 - Vincent Kamphuis - (0 defences) Players Championship Wigan 4
22/02/2019 - 24/02/2019 - (3) Vincent van der Voort (0 defences) - German Darts Championship Qualifier
24/02/2019 - 17/03/2019 - Geert Nentjes (2 defences) - Players Championship Barnsley 6
17/03/2019 - 14/04/2019 - (7) Raymond van Barneveld (3 defences) - Players Championship Wigan 8
14/04/2019 - 27/04/2019 - (3) Jermaine Wattimena (0 defences)- Players Championship Barnsley 12
27/04/2019 - 28/04/2019 - (8) Raymond van Barneveld (0 defences) - German Open
28/04/2019 - 16/02/2020 - (9) Michael van Gerwen (9 defences) - German Open
16/02/2020 - present - (2) Danny Noppert (2 defences) - Players Championship Wigan 4

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