Template - Date: Austrian Darts Open (ET5)
Michael van Gerwen continued his European Tour dominance by edging out Ian White 8-7 to win the Austrian Darts Open final in Graz on Sunday night.
World Champion Van Gerwen travelled to Austria having won three of the four European Tour events held so far in 2019, including two over the past fortnight. He extended that record with another outstanding performance as he claimed the £25,000 title and a commemorative green jacket as the Austrian Darts Open champion.
Van Gerwen had whitewashed Steve Lennon in Saturday’s second round and dropped only one leg on Sunday afternoon with a big win over Stephen Bunting in the last 16. He was pushed all the way by Peter Wright in the quarter-finals, with the Scot coming back from 5-3 down to force a decider only for the Dutchman to be too strong.
Van Gerwen then overcame Daryl Gurney 7-3 in the semi-finals, taking out finishes of 170 and 164 as he pulled into an early 4-1 lead before going on to seal his spot in the decider. There, he took on White in a repeat of last weekend’s German Darts Open final, which Van Gerwen had won on that occasion 8-3 only to find their rematch a tougher prospect.
White took an early 3-1 lead as he followed up two 14-darters with a 138 checkout, only for Van Gerwen to win three in a row and move 4-3 up. The pair then traded the next four legs before a 13-dart break of throw from Van Gerwen saw him open up a 7-5 lead and move to the brink of victory.
Legs of 14 and 15 darts from White saw him take the contest all the way, but Van Gerwen – with the advantage of throw – produced a brilliant 13-darter to secure yet another triumph.
Sunday May 5th
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright 6-5 Tytus Kanik
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mark Webster
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Mensur Suljovic 3-6 James Wade
Rob Cross 2-6 Steve Beaton
Ian White 6-1 Keegan Brown
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Peter Wright
Adrian Lewis 5-6 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 4-6 James Wade
Steve Beaton 2-6 Ian White
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney
James Wade 4-7 Ian White
Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Ian White
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000