Van den Berg played a very strong tournament. On the way to the final, he defeated John Brown (PDC 94) 6–1, Ian White (PDC 11) 6–2, Scotsman Alan Souter (PDC 79) 6–4, Ryan Searle (PDC 37) 6–1, Scott. Mitchell (PDC 91) 6-5 and Dutchman Danny Knoppert (PDC 22) 7-2.
Van den Berg threw more than three darts per hundred in his first five matches. It was also 108.81 against Searle. Against Ian White, he showed a maximum of 170 goalie throws, his third in the previous four tournaments. Van den Berg always had the lead in the final, but the difference was never more than two legs. Van den Berg finished with an average of 95.89, with van Dujevenbod coming in at 92.93.
Van den Berg replied, “I am proud and glad that I have finally won my first title in the Players Championship.” “I didn’t expect to win here today, but it did,” van den Berg said. “I came here to do my best as always, but still perform. Sometimes you get rewarded for all your hard work. At the beginning of the tournament I played really strong, but as the days went by I got better. Felt my level down. It was still good enough.”
Van den Berg has now returned to the UK for the next block of the Premier League (May 5-7). As a debutante, he stars alongside Nathan Aspinall (PDC-10). “I’m good for it. I never expected to be in that position and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. Everyone wants to play the Premier League, it’s a great experience.”
strong the decker
Mike de Decker (PDC 75) had his best finish of the season with a 1/8th final. He defeated Adam Hunt (PDC 56) 6-3, Austria’s Mensur Suljovic (PDC-20) 6-4 and Dutchman Ryan de Verde 6-3. He lost 6–3 to van Dujvenbod to make the quarter-finals.
Geert de Vos (PDC 116) won his first match 6–5 against Jason Lowe (PDC 58), but had to concede his superiority in the second round with a 6–4 victory over Greek John Michael (PDC 114). Kim Huybrechts (PDC-38) was eliminated after a 6–1 loss to Searle in the first round.
Pole Krzysztof Ratajski (PDC 13) scored a nine-darter. He achieved this feat in the tenth leg of his first round match against Kean Barry (PDC 102) which he won 6–5.
Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld (PDC 88), who withdrew from the tournament on Monday because he was not feeling well, did not start on Tuesday. His compatriot Michael van Gerwen, three-time world champion and second in the world, lost 6–3 to Australian Simon Whitlock (PDC 19) in the 1/8th final.