2018 German Darts Open

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2018 German Darts Open
Tournament information
Dates13–15 April 2018
VenueSaarlandhalle
LocationSaarbrücken
CountryGermany Germany
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatLegs
Prize fund£135,000
Winners share£25,000
High checkout167 Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon
(First round)
Champion(s)
Germany Max Hopp
«Event 2 Event 4»

The 2018 German Darts Open was the third of thirteen PDC European Tour events on the 2018 PDC Pro Tour. The tournament took place at Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany, between 13–15 April 2018. It featured a field of 48 players and £135,000 in prize money, with £25,000 going to the winner.

Peter Wright was the defending champion after defeating Benito van de Pas 6–5 in the final of the 2017 tournament, but he was knocked out in the second round of the tournament by Germany's Max Hopp.

Hopp went on to win his first PDC senior event, after defeating Michael Smith 8–7 in the final.

Hopp also became the first Host Nation Qualifier to make the final of an event of the PDC European Tour. It also marks the first time a German player won a PDC tour event. Noticeably, Hopp won both his semi-final and final match with a 121 finish on the bullseye, with his opponents waiting on a two-dart finish.

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.[1][2]

Qualification and format[edit]

The top 16 entrants from the PDC ProTour Order of Merit on 27 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 9 March), eight from the West/South European Qualifier (held on 12 April), four from the Host Nation Qualifier (held on 12 April), one from the Nordic & Baltic Qualifier (held on 27 January) and one from the East European Qualifier (held on 27 January).

Simon Whitlock withdrew with illness on the day of the tournament, so Daniel Larsson, who was due to face him in round 2, was given a bye to round 3.

The following players will take part in the tournament:

Draw[edit]

  First round
13 April
(best of 11 legs)
Second round
14 April
(best of 11 legs)
Third round
15 April
(best of 11 legs)
Quarter-finals
15 April
(best of 11 legs)
Semi-finals
15 April
(best of 13 legs)
Final
15 April
(best of 15 legs)
                                                         
England Richard North 95.64 4     1 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 95.86 6  
Netherlands Danny Noppert 93.97 6     Netherlands Danny Noppert 87.91 1  
  1 Netherlands van Gerwen 98.72 6  
  England Tabern 90.36 4  
England Alan Tabern 98.83 6 16 England Steve Beaton 89.55 2
Germany Dragutin Horvat 91.23 4     England Alan Tabern 94.13 6  
  1 Netherlands van Gerwen 100.23 2  
  9 England White 105.92 6  
England Luke Woodhouse 85.24 4     8 England Dave Chisnall 108.65 6  
Spain Jose Justicia 77.07 6     Spain Jose Justicia 89.54 0  
  8 England Chisnall 90.30 0
  9 England White 106.09 6  
England Terry Jenkins 88.23 4 9 England Ian White 83.67 6
Scotland Cameron Menzies 94.25 6     Scotland Cameron Menzies 84.25 3  
  9 England White 96.20 1  
  4 England Smith 107.24 7  
Germany René Eidams 79.81 6     5 Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney 92.68 6  
England Ricky Williams 73.47 4     Germany René Eidams 81.72 1  
  5 Northern Ireland Gurney 97.46 5
  12 England King 98.54 6  
England James Wade 93.46 6 12 England Mervyn King 94.20 6
Poland Tytus Kanik 85.69 2     England James Wade 95.03 3  
  12 England King 93.14 5
  4 England Smith 99.52 6  
Scotland Robert Thornton 82.17 0     4 England Michael Smith 95.69 6  
Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon 96.97 6     Republic of Ireland Steve Lennon 92.77 4  
  4 England Smith 100.70 6
  13 Netherlands Klaasen 93.07 3  
Netherlands Maik Kuivenhoven 90.03 6 13 Netherlands Jelle Klaasen 83.56 6
Germany Tobias Müller 78.11 1     Netherlands Maik Kuivenhoven 78.54 1  
4 England Smith 95.17 7
Germany Hopp 94.62 8
Germany Max Hopp 99.49 6     2 Scotland Peter Wright 91.65 4  
Austria Zoran Lerchbacher 85.79 1     Germany Max Hopp 94.26 6  
  Germany Hopp 84.21 6  
  15 Netherlands van de Pas 81.46 4  
Australia Paul Nicholson 92.17 6 15 Netherlands Benito van de Pas 85.98 6
England Nathan Aspinall 87.00 2     Australia Paul Nicholson 86.48 5  
  Germany Hopp 96.89 6  
  7 England Cullen 98.10 4  
Belgium Ronny Huybrechts 94.82 3     7 England Joe Cullen 92.45 6  
England Luke Humphries 103.63 6     England Luke Humphries 92.60 5  
  7 England Cullen 93.66 6
  Sweden Larsson 81.29 2  
Netherlands Jan Dekker 91.72 2 10 Australia Simon Whitlock w/d
Sweden Daniel Larsson 92.82 6     Sweden Daniel Larsson w/o  
  Germany Hopp 100.23 7
  3 England Cross 99.19 6  
Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 88.41 6     6 Austria Mensur Suljović 94.86 6  
England Keegan Brown 61.06 0     Netherlands Jermaine Wattimena 88.25 2  
  6 Austria Suljović 100.13 5
  11 Wales Price 98.15 6  
England Kirk Shepherd 94.31 6 11 Wales Gerwyn Price 93.75 6
England Simon Stevenson 86.33 1     England Kirk Shepherd 87.39 4  
  11 Wales Price 92.67 1
  3 England Cross 105.09 6  
Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 98.13 6     3 England Rob Cross 103.66 6  
Republic of Ireland William O'Connor 90.77 3     Belgium Dimitri Van den Bergh 88.36 0  
  3 England Cross 99.80 6
  14 England Webster 86.63 4  
England Steve West 99.23 6 14 England Darren Webster 103.38 6
England Matthew Edgar 90.08 2     England Steve West 101.19 2  

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