Monday, 26 October 2020

Wait what, Cullen? Really?

Hmm, interesting winner there, as Joe Cullen binks a second Euro Tour title, and with it the most unexpected #1 seed for a major event in history. He played well, particularly on doubles where he wasn't missing a thing, so credit where it's due. MvG got the runner up spot, although Suljovic will surely be annoyed at missing four match darts in the semi.

Few tasty matches for Oberhausen - Hughes/Chisnall, King/White, Wright/Clemens, Suljovic/Gurney, Noppert/van Duijvenbode and Clayton/Hopp look to be the picks of it. Will put up some full projections. Irritating that the PDC, amongst others, continues to report that Durrant has a "positive Covid-19 test", that's not what it looks for, but that's right down the list of my priorities in worldwide in terms of Covid fuckups.

New FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Peter Wright
3 Gerwyn Price
4 Rob Cross
5 Dimitri van den Bergh
6 Michael Smith (UP 2)
7 Nathan Aspinall (DOWN 1)
8 Glen Durrant (DOWN 1)
9 Dave Chisnall
10 Daryl Gurney
11 Gary Anderson
12 Ian White
13 James Wade
14 Krzysztof Ratajski
15 Joe Cullen (UP 2)
16 Mensur Suljovic (DOWN 1)
17 Simon Whitlock (DOWN 1)
18 Jonny Clayton
19 Adrian Lewis
20 Danny Noppert (NEW)

Smith's semi final, along with Durrant's non-participation, sees him jump back up a couple of spots, while Noppert hitting the quarters sees him into the top 20 at the expense of Chris Dobey, for what I think is the first time. Ross Smith is into the top 45, Scott Baker hits the top 70, Hamilton and Noguera are in the top 128, while surprise package Franz Roetzsch (please get in the German Superleague next season) is up to #163.

Surprise result from Russia with Koltsov not winning the qualifier for the worlds, instead Dmitriy Gorbunov, who had a 2-4 record at Q-School with a 69 overall average, manages to get the spot. Could be one that players will be hoping to draw.

Back in the next couple of days with some Oberhausen previewing I guess.

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