UK Darts Issue 17 - August 2014 | Page 4

European Darts Open Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig The last of a triple header of European Tour events saw a host of top PDC stars heading to Dusseldorf in Germany for the European Darts Open where they were joined by a the top players from across Europe and the host nation. After three days of non-stop action it was Peter Wright who claimed the ultimate victory with a 6-2 defeat of a resurgent Simon Whitlock in the final. Wright Claims Maiden Euro Tour Title There were some other excellent performances over the weekend, with the likes of Gary Anderson and James Wade continuing to show their recent good form, but it was Wright who produced the best darts overall as he became a deserved champion. First Round With a changed format on the European Tour this season fans are often kept waiting for the big names to enter the tournament in the second round, whilst watching the European, UK and Host Nation qualifiers competing on night one. Dusseldorf proved to be somewhat of an exception though, with a number of big names being forced to get into the tournament through the qualifying system Raymond van Barneveld was first up and things proved pretty easy for the five-time World Champion, who defeated Martin Schindler 6-3 to Photo: PDC/Lawrence Lustig