|Location||Egmond aan Zee|
|Format||Legs (round robin)
Sets (knock out)
| Jamie Hughes
The Finder Darts Masters is a darts tournament held in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, sanctioned by the British Darts Organisation and the World Darts Federation. It was better known as the Zuiderduin Masters from 2007 to 2014 and the Dutch Grand Masters before that. It is held in December and is traditionally the last BDO event held before the annual World Championship. The tournament was an unranked event until 2008, when it was installed as a ranking event, along with the World Championships and the World Masters, following the cancellation of the World Darts Trophy and the International Darts League.
The competition began in 1995, known as the Dutch Grand Masters, but the tournament ceased between 1997 and 1999. Following a growth in popularity in darts in the Netherlands because of the great success of players such as Raymond van Barneveld the event returned in 2000. It returned as the "European Grand Masters" in 2000, and then became the "Doeland Grand Masters" from 2001 to 2004, and the "Leendesk Masters" in 2005. The 2006 Masters was postponed, and was to be held in March 2007, reverting to its original title "Dutch Grand Masters".
The event was later cancelled, due to lack of sponsorship, but was revived later that year when the tournament venue, the Hotel Zuidenduin, stepped in to sponsor the tournament signing a five-year contract until 2012, and it was branded the Zuiderduin Masters. Following sponsorship from the Hotel Zuiderduin, a women's competition was added in 2008 and after a demonstration tournament for juniors in 2010, a juniors competition was added in 2011. A new three-year contract was agreed in 2011 for it to remain the Zuiderduin Masters up to 2014.
Finder, an international operating company, took over the naming rights to the tournament from the 2015 edition onwards. It was branded the Finder Darts Masters.
The field is made up of 24 players. Qualification is determined from the top 16 players from the Zuiderduin Masters ranking table, which is separate from the BDO/WDF World Rankings, as well four players from the International Darts Tour of the Lowlands (IDTL) before it's collapse in 2010/2011, and the winner of the Netherlands Champions League of Darts, plus 3 wild cards. If an IDTL qualifier is already qualified through his ranking, an extra wild card becomes available.
From 2011, the men's winner at the MariFlex Open, a Zuiderduin Masters ranking event, gained automatic entry in to that years Zuiderduin Masters tournament. It was replaced with the Hal Open in 2014, but retained the same stipulations the MariFlex Open had. Since the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters tournament, the men's champion from the previous year was invited back to the following year's tournament.
The 24 players are split into 8 groups, with each player playing 2 matches, best of 9 legs. The top player from each group advance to the quarter-finals, which is played in set format through to the final.
Following the tournament's inception as a ranking event in 2008, a women's competition was installed with an 8-player field, made up from the top 5 players in the Zuiderduin Masters rankings, an IDTL qualifier before it's collapse, the NDB Champions League of Darts winner and a wildcard. Likewise with the men's event, an extra wildcard can also be awarded. The competition was played in a straight knockout format.
The women's competition was played in a straight knockout format up to and including the 2010 tournament before a new format was intrdouced in 2011. The field was shortened to six players. Two groups consist of three players playing one another once, with both group winners advancing to the final. The group stage matches are played over a legs format before the final in played in a sets format.
From 2011, the six-player field has been made up from the top two players in the Zuiderduin Masters rankings, the NDB Champions League of Darts winner, two wildcards and the MariFlex Open winner. From 2011, the women's winner at the MariFlex Open, a Zuiderduin Masters ranking event, gained automatic entry in to that years Zuiderduin Masters tournament. It was replaced with the Hal Open in 2014, but retained the same stipulations the MariFlex Open had. Since the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters tournament, the women's champion from the previous year was invited back to the following year's tournament.
The tournament has been held at the Hotel Zuiderduin in Egmond aan Zee since 2001. The 2000 tournament was held in Hardenberg. In 2007, following the postponement of the 2006 event, plans were made to host the 2007 Dutch Grand Masters in Rosmalen, but after it was cancelled, the plans were aborted and it remained in Egmond.
|Year||Winner (average in final)||Score||Runner Up (average in final)|
|1995||Raymond van Barneveld|
|2000||Martin Adams (97.05)||5–4||Steve Beaton (92.70)|
|2001||Raymond van Barneveld||5–1||Andy Fordham|
|2002||Tony David (96.03)||6–4||Mervyn King (95.07)|
|2003||Raymond van Barneveld (94.23)||6–1||Mervyn King (88.05)|
|2004||Raymond van Barneveld (94.17)||5–1||Ted Hankey (81.21)|
|2005||Mervyn King (99.30)||5–4||Martin Adams (99.48)|
|2007||Gary Anderson (100.32)||5–4||Mark Webster (96.45)|
|2008||Gary Anderson (99.21)||5–4||Scott Waites (93.75)|
|2009||Darryl Fitton (93.94)||5–2||Martin Adams (97.00)|
|2010||Ross Montgomery (94.17)||5–4||Robbie Green (93.81)|
|2011||Scott Waites (99.62)||5–4||Darryl Fitton (97.91)|
|2012||Stephen Bunting (97.62)||5–0||Alan Norris (92.67)|
|2013||James Wilson (91.10)||5–1||Stephen Bunting (88.45)|
|2014||Jamie Hughes (96.12)||5–0||Gary Robson (86.22)|
|Year||Winner (average in final)||Score||Runner Up (average in final)|
|2008||Lisa Ashton (78.42)||2–0||Trina Gulliver (65.91)|
|2009||Julie Gore (86.07)||2–0||Tricia Wright (81.75)|
|2010||Trina Gulliver (78.60)||2–1||Francis Hoenselaar (71.79)|
|2011||Deta Hedman (81.99)||2–0||Aileen de Graaf (68.25)|
|2012||Anastasia Dobromyslova (74.34)||2–1||Aileen de Graaf (84.69)|
|2013||Aileen de Graaf (74.34)||2–0||Anastasia Dobromyslova (74.34)|
|2014||Anastasia Dobromyslova (78.09)||2–1||Aileen de Graaf (71.88)|
Notes and references
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- "Zuiderduin Masters ranking table 2010-11". WDF. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Singles Champions of the 5th Mariflex Darts Open Invited for Zuiderduin Masters 2011". WDF. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "6th International MariFlex Darts Open Tournament". WDF. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "7th International MariFlex Open Darts Tournament". WDF. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "New tournament: Hall Open Darts replace Mariflex Open Darts". Dartfreakz. 4 January 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Singles Winners Hal Open Darts Receive Invitation for Zuiderduin Masters". WDF. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Zuiderduin Masters champions now can defend their title". WDF. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "BDO Archives - October 2008". BDO. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "2011 Womens Zuiderduin Masters Results". Darts Database. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
- "Line up for 2011 Zuiderduin Masters". BDO. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- Each player's average score is based on the average for each 3-dart visit to the board (ie total points scored divided by darts thrown and multiplied by 3)
- All scores in final are in set format
- Official website
- Men's tournament history Darts Database.
- Women's tournament history Darts Database.
- Men's tournament history Master Caller.
- Women's tournament history Master Caller.