German Darts Masters Preview, Schedule & Results

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Updated: October 22, 2017
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PETER WRIGHT won his first World Series of Darts title with an 11-4 defeat of Phil Taylor in Saturday’s German Darts Masters final at Dusseldorf’s Castello Arena.

 

The world number three and UK Open champion has lost out twice previously in finals on the World Series circuit to Taylor, including in Melbourne in August, but took the £20,000 title with a gritty display.

 

Wright had survived match darts against Dragutin Horvat and Mensur Suljovic in his opening two matches, before overcoming Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in the semi-finals.

 

He then saved his best performance for the final as he wiped out the memory of losses to Taylor in Yokohama and Melbourne with a clinical performance.

 

Wright made a superb start to the final, taking out 116 for a 12-darter in the opening leg and double 12 for a 13-darter to lead 2-0.

 

Taylor hit back in leg three, but Wright pushed into a 5-1 lead with three successive legs only to see his advantage halved as the 57-year-old took back-to-back legs.

 

Wright, though, claimed a break back with a 66 finish before hitting a third 180 of the game in a 12-darter as an 81 checkout saw him restore a four-leg lead at 7-3.

 

A 61 finish moved Wright five legs clear and he landed a 180 and tops to move 9-3 up, with the pair trading 14-darters as the Scot moved to the brink of a victory which he sealed with another 12-dart leg on double ten.

 

Wright ended the final with a 102.25 average and finished an impressive 11/19 doubles as he avenged losses to Taylor in the World Matchplay and Melbourne Darts Masters finals with a memorable triumph for his 11th tournament win of 2017.

 

“It’s wonderful and I’m delighted,” said Wright. “It means a lot to beat Phil and I’ve also wanted to win a World Series title so it’s a tick in the box.

 

“I’ve learned from the defeats my other finals against Phil and I got lucky today. I’ve had the advantage of playing many European Tour events and playing three or four times in a day.

 

“I normally find on these events over long days that I get a second wind, and when you’re up on stage and the crowds get behind you it spurs you on and you wake up, and try not to let them down.

 

“It’s very hard and Phil’s concentration levels weren’t quite as sharp when he got to the final. Phil was tired but he still doesn’t give up or hand it to you on a plate, and that’s why he’s the best in the world.

 

“To play him, you’re still in awe of what he’s done and where darts has come to – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Phil so it’s special.”

 

Wright added: “When I changed darts during the game against Mensur, that was a brand new set of darts. They’re worth £20,000 now!”

 

Taylor had been aiming to win his ninth World Series title as he overcame Daryl Gurney 10-7 in the quarter-finals and then proved too strong for James Wade with an 11-7 semi-final triumph, despite finishes of 104 and 158 from the left-hander.

 

“It’s been a long day for me and it was hard for me,” said Taylor. “I tried my best but Peter’s finishing was fantastic and he deserved to win.

 

“I’m 57 and it’s caught up with me now – I can’t do three games in one day. It’s so difficult now, like a footballer trying to compete against a younger person – you want to do it but you can’t.

 

“The fans were fantastic all weekend and it was very touching and heart-warming for me. I’ve loved every minute of it.”

 

Wade had benefitted from the withdrawal of World Champion Michael van Gerwen on Saturday morning, due to an ankle injury, with a walkover into the semi-finals but showed some superb finishing during an encouraging return to form in Germany.

 

Van Barneveld, meanwhile, progressed to the last four by defying three bullseye finishes from Gary Anderson with a 10-8 as he avenged August’s defeat to the Scot in the Perth Darts Masters final.

 

The German Darts Masters concluded the year’s seven international World Series of Darts events, ahead of next month’s season-ending Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals in Glasgow.

 

The Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals will be held from November 3-5 at the Braehead Arena. For tickets, call 0844 499 1700 or visit www.braehead-arena.co.uk.

 

2017 German Darts Masters

Saturday October 21

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals

Gary Anderson 8-10 Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright 10-9 Mensur Suljovic

Phil Taylor 10-7 Daryl Gurney

James Wade Bye (Michael van Gerwen withdrew through injury)

Best of 19 legs

 

Evening Session

Semi-Finals

Raymond van Barneveld 9-11 Peter Wright

James Wade 7-11 Phil Taylor

Best of 21 legs

 

Final

Peter Wright 11-4 Phil Taylor

Best of 21 legs

One Comment

  1. leo yourgevidge

    10/20/2017 at 4:53 pm

    I am the undisputed no.1 dart fan in the world, a lover of the game in all of its aspects and also the best player wherever I played after reaching adulthood. I probably threw a million darts before my 21st birthday and was dragged into the Korean war.(no more darts. Threw my first darts in 1938 in the basement of my home and became addicted and obsessed with beating my brother(7 yrs older). On week ends we played some times the entire wk end without sleep.

    George was a Philadelphia dart hustler during the days when every bar in philly had darts. I never did beat him and when I told that to friends in San fran where I had just won the singles, doubles,mixed doubles and team champion ship for the 3rd yr in a row, they refused to believe it.

    Since my friend Jay Tomlinson dropped out of darts I have been starved for info and very much thank you for delightful detailed report just read

    The nature of my work over 2 careers prevented me from travelling to ply darts causing me to remain a bar player whose rep was always local and the big guns who ran into me usually left with a lighter wallet. As all great dart players I believed no one could beat me.Of course that is never true but the attitude is necessary.

    I told Sam Hill who introduced English darts to US(owner of Lord nelson san fran where I played 11 yrs) that any one of the big players were locked in the bar with me, when the smoke cleared I would emerge the winner. Sam witnessed several of these and when I was leaving S.F. in 1983 he said that in his long yrs as a promoter I was the best player he had ever seen. That remark I considered to be the only trophy that mattered.

    Thank you for reading this. Leon G. Yourgevidge 215 288 2636 Phila PA.

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