2018 European Darts Open

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2018 European Darts Open
Tournament information
Dates23–25 March 2018
VenueOstermann-Arena
LocationLeverkusen
Country Germany
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£135,000
Winners share£25,000
High checkout170 Australia Simon Whitlock
(Third round)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
(Quarter-finals)
Scotland Peter Wright
(Semi-finals)
Champion(s)
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen
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The 2018 European Darts Open was the first of thirteen PDC European Tour events on the 2018 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place at Ostermann-Arena, Leverkusen, Germany, between 23–25 March 2018. It featured a field of 48 players and £135,000 in prize money, with £25,000 going to the winner.

This was the first event in the PDC European Tour where the format of the semi-finals and final were slightly altered. As in previous years, the first 3 rounds of action, plus the quarter-finals were all best of 11 legs matches, but the semi-finals became best of 13 legs matches, and the final became a best of 15 legs match.

Peter Wright was the defending champion after defeating Mervyn King 6–2 in the final of the 2017 tournament. He reached the final of this tournament, but he was defeated by Michael van Gerwen 8–7 in the first best of 15 legs final.[1]

Prize money[edit]

This is how the prize money is divided:

Stage (num. of players) Prize money
Winner (1) £25,000
Runner-up (1) £10,000
Semi-finalists (2) £6,000
Quarter-finalists (4) £4,000
Third round losers (8) £3,000
Second round losers (16) £2,000
First round losers (16) £1,000
Total £135,000

Prize money will count towards the PDC Order of Merit, the ProTour Order of Merit and the European Tour Order of Merit, with one exception: should a seeded player lose in the second round (last 32), their prize money will not count towards any Orders of Merit, although they still receive the full prize money payment.[2][3]

Qualification and format[edit]

The top 16 entrants from the PDC ProTour Order of Merit on 6 February will automatically qualify for the event and will be seeded in the second round.

The remaining 32 places will go to players from five qualifying events – 18 from the UK Qualifier (held in Barnsley on 16 February), eight from the West/South European Qualifier (held on 22 March), four from the Host Nation Qualifier (held on 22 March), one from the Nordic & Baltic Qualifier (held on 26 January) and one from the East European Qualifier (held on 26 January).

The following players will take part in the tournament:

Draw[edit]

  First round
23 March
(best of 11 legs) [9]
Second round
24 March
(best of 11 legs) [10]
Third round
25 March
(best of 11 legs) [1]
Quarter-finals
25 March
(best of 11 legs) [1]
Semi-finals
25 March
(best of 13 legs) [1]
Final
25 March
(best of 15 legs) [1]
                                                         
Scotland Cameron Menzies 94.83 6     1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 94.82 6  
England Mark Wilson 87.63 2     Scotland Cameron Menzies 84.30 3  
  1 Netherlands van Gerwen 105.99 6  
  16 England Norris 96.64 3  
Wales Jonny Clayton 86.91 2 16 England Alan Norris 89.70 6
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 90.55 6     Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 89.96 4  
  1 Netherlands van Gerwen 101.61 6  
  8 Australia Whitlock 89.44 1  
Netherlands Jan Dekker 92.27 3     8 Australia Simon Whitlock 91.96 6  
Poland Tytus Kanik 87.45 6     Poland Tytus Kanik 94.75 2  
  8 Australia Whitlock 96.44 6
  9 England Chisnall 84.23 1  
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 96.27 4 9 England Dave Chisnall 88.36 6
Finland Marko Kantele 90.08 6     Finland Marko Kantele 77.90 1  
  1 Netherlands van Gerwen 103.30 7  
  England North 92.48 1  
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 87.25 3     5 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 85.07 4  
Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp 90.37 6     Netherlands Ron Meulenkamp 89.67 6  
  Netherlands Meulenkamp 101.44 6
  England Pipe 88.43 1  
England Justin Pipe 82.84 6 12 England Ian White 88.43 1
Austria Michael Rasztovits 80.37 2     England Justin Pipe 89.66 6  
  Netherlands Meulenkamp 85.74 2
  England North 82.25 6  
England Adrian Lewis 97.06 6     4 England Rob Cross 107.44 6  
England Ritchie Edhouse 96.25 5     England Adrian Lewis 91.03 1  
  4 England Cross 97.69 5
  England North 91.50 6  
England Richard North 85.89 6 13 Wales Gerwyn Price 84.69 5
England Martin Atkins 76.00 0     England Richard North 94.66 6  
1 Netherlands van Gerwen 102.04 8
2 Scotland Wright 98.55 7
England Ryan Meikle 90.38 2     2 Scotland Peter Wright 105.98 6  
England Luke Woodhouse 94.74 6     England Luke Woodhouse 90.54 3  
  2 Scotland Wright 100.46 6  
  Scotland Henderson 90.21 2  
Scotland John Henderson 95.82 6 15 Australia Kyle Anderson 91.68 4
Germany Maik Langendorf 84.84 2     Scotland John Henderson 98.19 6  
  2 Scotland Wright 98.56 6  
  7 England Cullen 101.54 3  
Netherlands Jeffrey de Zwaan 82.82 4     7 England Joe Cullen 87.74 6  
Netherlands Danny Noppert 92.17 6     Netherlands Danny Noppert 86.67 5  
  7 England Cullen 98.88 6
  England Dobey 95.73 5  
England Chris Dobey 93.08 6 10 Belgium Kim Huybrechts 94.09 2
England Wayne Jones 78.83 1     England Chris Dobey 89.88 6  
  2 Scotland Wright 102.48 7
  England Wade 98.92 4  
Germany Max Hopp 93.18 4     6 Austria Mensur Suljović 90.87 6  
England Jamie Hughes 92.09 6     England Jamie Hughes 89.08 4  
  6 Austria Suljović 94.90 3
  11 England King 91.85 6  
Germany Gabriel Clemens 99.06 6 11 England Mervyn King 97.92 6
Germany Thomas Junghans 84.74 1     Germany Gabriel Clemens 91.27 2  
  11 England King 93.14 4
  England Wade 99.14 6  
England Darren Johnson 103.22 6     3 England Michael Smith 99.48 6  
England Luke Humphries 99.55 2     England Darren Johnson 87.77 3  
  3 England Smith 106.21 4
  England Wade 105.59 6  
England James Wade 96.93 6 14 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 88.98 3
England Steve Beaton 97.08 3     England James Wade 94.38 6  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Van Gerwen Beats Wright In ET1 Thriller". PDC. 25 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  2. ^ "European Tour 2018 Info". PDPA. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ "European Tour Rule Changes Announced". PDC. 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "2018 European Tour 1-2 Entries". PDC. 9 February 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 ET1-2 UK Qualifiers". PDC. 16 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Double ET Qualifying Success For Quartet". PDC. 23 March 2018.
  7. ^ "PDC Europe Qualification 1". PDC Nordic & Baltic. 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Six Players Win European Tour Spots". PDC. 29 January 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 European Darts Open Day One". PDC. 23 March 2018.
  10. ^ "2018 European Darts Open Day Two". PDC. 24 March 2018.