Template - Date: US Masters ‘World Series’

Van Gerwen, who had lost just one leg in his previous three matches began the final in a similar fashion, taking an early 2-0 lead, including an opening leg 124 checkout.

Gurney, as with his semi-final with Anderson then put together a sequence of four consecutive legs to move back in to contention. This seemed to kick-start Van Gerwen who eventually levelled the match in the tenth leg.

Van Gerwen who spoke of his delight of winning the tournament eventually ran out an 8-6 winner. Van Gerwen began the day with an 8-1 victory over Dave Richardson, with the world number one averaging 95.70 and hitting two maximums.

The Dutchman was in an even more ruthless mood in the semi-finals, beating Gerwyn Price 8-0 in front of a noisy Tropicana crowd. Van Gerwen averaged over 100 in his semi-final clash with the Welshman, who struggled to cope with the scoring power of the World Champion, as he set up a deciding match with Daryl Gurney.

Gurney, making his first appearance in a World Series event, faced world number three Peter Wright in the last eight, where he needed a deciding last leg to book his passage in to the final. The match went with throw until the ninth leg, where Wright looked to have stolen the initiative by breaking throw.

Gurney stuck with his opponent and broke back in the 12th leg to level the score at 6-6. The pair then traded holds to take the match to a decisive leg, where Gurney found double 16 to secure a semi-final spot against Gary Anderson.

Gurney, started the last four showdown slowly, with Anderson racing in to a 4-1 lead. With the match seemingly going Anderson’s way, the Northern-Irishman produced a stunning run of seven straight legs to claim a spot in his first ever World Series final.

Despite Gurney’s best efforts the world number one proved too strong in the final, as he claimed a tenth World Series of Darts title. The Norther-Irishman also spoke of his ambitions for the future.

The World Series returns in August, with the world’s best players heading to New Zealand and Australia for the Auckland, Melbourne and Perth Darts Masters.

Friday July 14th (12pm local time, 8pm BST)

First Round (11)

(98.58) Daryl Gurney 6-2 Dennis Sayre (83.20)
(85.04) Gerwyn Price 6-4 Willard Bruguier (80.07)
(92.01) Dave Richardson 6-3 Max Hopp (89.67)
(88.80) Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 David Cameron (85.64)
(81.27) Dawson Murschell 6-5 James Wade (86.72)
(86.51) Peter Wright 6-3 Shawn Brenneman (85.92)
(104.86) Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Chris White (91.22)
(102.48) Gary Anderson 6-0 Jayson Barlow (78.72)

Saturday July 15th (12pm local time, 8pm BST)

Quarter-Finals (15)
(92.00) Gerwyn Price 8-4 Dawson Murschell (90.06)
(95.70) Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Dave Richardson (88.67)
(99.32) Gary Anderson 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld (98.84)
(97.81) Daryl Gurney 8-7 Peter Wright (97.28)

Semi-Finals (15)
(101.04) Michael van Gerwen 8-0 Gerwyn Price (88.58)
(101.89) Daryl Gurney 8-4 Gary Anderson (103.81)

Final (15)
(101.35) Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Daryl Gurney (96.08)

partypoker U.S. Darts Masters

Winner $25,000
Runner-Up $12,500
Semi-Finalists $6,250
Quarter-Finalists $3,125
First Round Losers $1,500
Total $74,500

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South Dakota-based police officer Bruguier had won through Tuesday’s Qualifiers in Las Vegas to secure a spot in the $25,000 North American Championship.

The 35-year-old made a nerveless transition onto the televised stage as he defeated Ohio’s Dennis “DJ” Sayre 6-3 in the quarter-finals and Canadian youngster Dawson Murschell 6-3 in the semi-finals.

He then came from 3-1 and 4-2 down in the final against Canada’s Richardson to claim the $10,000 first prize as well as a coveted place in the sport’s biggest tournament, the William Hill World Darts Championship.

Scottish-born Richardson made the stronger start, winning the opening two legs and recovering from a miss in the third to land a 180 which left double 18 for a 13-darter in leg four He then responded to an 89 finish from Bruguier in leg five by taking out double four to lead 4-2, but a miss at the bull in leg seven gave Bruguier his chance.

The newcomer took out double 16 to hit back, 80 to level and then landed tops to lead for the first time at 5-4. Richardson showed his quality by landing a 180 and double ten to force a decider as the pair entered a one-leg shoot-out for the title – but Bruguier opened with two 140s and then scored 123 before taking out 98 for a 12-darter to claim glory.

“I can’t believe it, I’m ecstatic,” admitted Bruguier, who had battled from behind in both the semi-finals and final. “This was the goal and I’m happy to have achieved it.

“Dawson and Dave were both hitting their doubles in the first half and then the break came, and thankfully I started picking up and hitting doubles after the break.

“There was a time in the first qualifier where Shawn Brenneman knocked me out and it made me refocus. I put a lot of practice time in after that. To play the way I performed on stage I’m very happy.

“I cannot thank the PDC enough for coming over here, and Fox Sports and everybody else who had a hand in this, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Bruguier added: “I can’t wait for the World Championship, I’ve got no idea what to expect but I’m looking forward to it.”

Bruguier had hit six doubles from eight attempts in his impressive opening win over Sayre, who took out a 140 finish but was unable to halt his fellow American’s effort. He then came from 3-1 down to win five straight legs as he overcame 21-year-old Murschell in the last four, as the Canadian youngster’s impressive TV debut ended in disappointment.

Richardson – who competed in the 2015 World Championship – had opened his 6-1 quarter-final win over Shawn Brenneman with checkouts of 120 and 100, and repeated that scoreline in his semi-final defeat of Chris White, hitting six doubles from nine attempts.

Richardson praised Bruguier’s display, and said: “It puts a little more pressure on you when you know you’re playing a guy who’s finishing as well as he is.

“I tried and in both matches he played he scored really well, his finishing was unreal. He was just relentless through the whole match.”

White had landed a 170 checkout during his 6-1 quarter-final defeat of Jayson Barlow, while Murschell came from 3-1 down in his opener against Nova Scotia’s David Cameron to claim victory in a deciding leg.

All eight North American players now progress to take on eight of the world’s leading players in the two-day U.S. Darts Masters, which begins on Friday at the Tropicana Las Vegas – A Doubletree by Hilton. Bruguier will meet Welshman Gerwyn Price, the 2017 UK Open finalist, while California-based White takes on reigning World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

Richardson plays German youngster Max Hopp – the former World Youth Champion who is making his World Darts of Darts debut – while Murschell drew multiple TV champion James Wade and Barlow and Cameron take on former World Champions Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld respectively.

World number three Peter Wright, the reigning UK Open champion, will play Brenneman, while Sayre takes on another World Series of Darts debutant, Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. The World Series of Darts event then concludes on Saturday with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

2017 North American Championship

Thursday July 13th

Quarter-Finals
Chris White 6-1 Jayson Barlow
Dave Richardson 6-1 Shawn Brenneman
Willard Bruguier 6-3 Dennis Sayre
Dawson Murschell 6-5 David Cameron

Semi-Finals
Dave Richardson 6-1 Chris White
Willard Bruguier 6-3 Dawson Murschell

Final
Willard Bruguier 6-5 Dave Richardson