How it all happened on day three of the PDC Summer Series.
Michael van Gerwen comfortably beat Jose De Sousa to win his second title on day three of the PDC Summer Series.
After losing in the third round yesterday, the world number one looked back to his best today. He came from 2-0 down to win 8-3 against the Portuguese player in the final.
The other main developments on day three saw:
- two potential games of the week involving the two finalists
- Daryl Gurney lose only 6 legs before the semi finals
- Chris Dobey and Stephen Bunting keep their World Matchplay qualification hopes alive
- Ryan Murray make the last 16
- no movement in the Matchplay qualification standings
Mike looks mighty again
After Maik Kuivenhoven beat him 6-5 on day two, the world number one was hungry to win another Pro Tour title today in Summer Series Day Three.
He hardly broke sweat to make the quarter finals, beating:
- Alan Tabern 6-2 in round 1
- Kim Huybrechts 6-1 in round 2
- Robert Collins 6-2 in round 3
- James Wade 6-2 in round 4, averaging 107.3 in the process.
This set up a quarter final against Chris Dobey, who was looking to keep in the race to qualify for next week’s World Matchplay. What followed was a fantastic game between the pair.
After two excellent 100+ checkouts, it seemed the game was van Gerwen’s. However, Dobey came back with a 129 finish on the bullseye, followed by another break to get it back to 4-4.
Dobey then missed D18 to take the match into a sudden death leg, leaving MvG to clean up 70 to win 6-4. Both players averaged 106.
This gave the Green Machine even more confidence, as he cruised into the final with a 7-4 victory over Smith. He went 2-0 down, but won 8 out of 9 legs to see off De Sousa and take his second title of the week.
Speaking to Online Darts after his victory: MvG said: “I can’t really complain. It’s a good result, it’s what I come for, that’s why I wake up, that’s why I prepare. I think I played quite well.”
De Sousa so close to title number three
Before the final, it looked like Jose De Sousa was the man to beat in Milton Keynes, averaging over 100 in all but one of his games beforehand.
The Portuguese player started off with a 109.3 average in a 6-1 victory over Adam Hunt. He followed this up with a 6-2 win against Aaron Beeney, who himself won his first ever Pro Tour game today.
That set De Sousa up against Danny Noppert in his board final, in what could also be considered the game of the tournament. 27 140+ scores were hit between the pair, with De Sousa eventually winning 6-4. He averaged 107.4, while Noppert averaged an astonishing 109.3.
This gave De Sousa even more confidence, as he made the final by beating:
- Gerwyn Price 6-3 in the last 16, averaging 105.9
- Stephen Bunting 6-2 in the quarter final, averaging 102.1
- Daryl Gurney 7-3 in the semi final, averaging 105.7
The Portuguese ace went 2-0 up in the final, but missed a dart at D20 to take a 3-0 lead. Van Gerwen took out D8 to get his first leg on the board, and didn’t look back.
What else happened?
Day three of the PDC Summer Series saw more great action.
Daryl Gurney made a semi final today after a last 32 appearance yesterday, and going out in round 1 on Wednesday. Jeff Smith also kept his faint hopes of a debut World Matchplay appearance alive with a semi final spot today.
Chris Dobey and Stephen Bunting also are in the race for a Matchplay spot as they made the quarter finals. Dobey will probably need to win one of the two remaining events, while Bunting kept the pressure on the top 16.
Ryan Searle and Ricky Evans both made it to the last 32. This means Searle is still the closest challenger to a Matchplay qualifying spot, and remains £500 behind Evans.
After a poor first two days, Dimitri Van den Bergh made the last 16 today. This helped him firm up his spot for next week’s tournament, although he still has work to do to secure it.
In the seedings race for Blackpool, both Simon Whitlock and Glen Durrant were beaten in the first round. This means they remain 15 and 16 respectively, with just £250 separating the pair.
Adrian Lewis also lost in the first round, but Krzysztof Ratajski couldn’t jump Jackpot into the 13th seed spot as he lost in round two.
Away from the Matchplay qualification race, Ryan Murray made the last 16 at a Pro Tour event for the first time. Also, Aaron Beeney beat Scott Mitchell 6-5 in round 1 to secure his first ever win on the Pro Tour.
- PDC Order of Merit. The top 16 players on this will be seeded for the World Matchplay.
- PDC Pro Tour of Merit. The top 16 players who aren’t already in the top 16 on the normal order of merit will qualify.
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Day Three Results
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Jose de Sousa
Jose De Sousa 7-3 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Jeff Smith
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Ian White
Jeff Smith 6-3 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Chris Dobey
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Ryan Murray
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Ian White 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Jeff Smith 6-1 Mike De Decker
Chris Dobey 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ryan Searle
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Danny Noppert
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Joe Cullen
Ryan Murray 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ryan Meikle 6-0 Scott Mitchell
Daryl Gurney 6-0 Steve Brown
Ian White 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Matthew Edgar
Peter Wright 6-1 Ricky Evans
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
Jeff Smith 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Mike De Decker 6-2 Devon Petersen
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Chris Dobey 6-0 Mickey Mansell
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Robert Collins
James Wade 6-2 Darren Webster
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Ryan Searle 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Danny Noppert 6-3 Vincent Van der Meer
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Aaron Beeney
Joe Cullen 6-1 Peter Jacques
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Harald Leitinger
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Ryan Murray 6-4 James Wilson
Scott Mitchell 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Wayne Jones
Steve Brown 6-4 Steve Lennon
Ian White 6-1 Krzysztof Kciuk
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Luke Woodhouse
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Harry Ward
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
Peter Wright 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Ricky Evans 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael Smith 6-4 Scott Baker
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Cameron Menzies
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Nathan Rafferty
Jeff Smith 6-3 Gary Blades
Mike De Decker 6-2 Gavin Carlin
Devon Petersen 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Reece Robinson
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker
Chris Dobey 6-3 Bradley Brooks
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Robert Collins 6-4 Ross Smith
James Wade 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Darren Webster 6-2 Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Luke Humphries
Nick Kenny 6-5 Martin Atkins (Wigan)
Ryan Searle 6-2 Jelle Klassen
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Christian Bunse
Danny Noppert 6-1 Richard North
Vincent Van der Meer 6-5 Carl Wilkinson
Jose De Sousa 6-1 Adam Hunt
Aaron Beeney 6-5 Scott Waites
Joe Cullen 6-4 William Borland
Peter Jacques 6-4 Adrian Gray
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Harald Leitinger 6-2 Max Hopp
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Arjan Konterman
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Callan Rydz
Ryan Murray 6-5 Gary Anderson
James Wilson 6-1 Conan Whitehead
Andy Hamilton 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Robert Thornton
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Keegan Brown
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Graham Usher 6-1 Wayne Jones
Steve Lennon 6-1 Gabriel Clemens
Steve Brown 6-2 Jan Dekker
Ian White 6-1 Madars Razma
Krysztof Kciuk 6-5 Andy Boulton
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Geert Nentjes
Luke Woodhouse 6-1 Simon Whitlock
Harry Ward 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Matthew Edgar 6-0 Ciaran Teehan
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Josh Payne
Kai Fan Leung 6-1 Steve West
Peter Wright 6-3 Matt Clark
Mark McGeeney 6-3 Jitse Van der Wal
Ricky Evans 6-5 Neils Zonneveld
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Darren Penhall
Michael Smith 6-3 Mervyn King
Scott Baker 6-3 John Henderson
Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 Nathan Derry
Cameron Menzies 6-4 William O’Connor
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Jamie Lewis
Nathan Rafferty 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Jeff Smith 6-4 Justin Pipe
Gary Blades 6-4 David Pallett
Gavin Carlin 6-5 Glen Durrant
Mike De Decker 6-4 Jason Lowe
Devon Petersen 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Ryan Hogarth
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Joe Murnan
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Barrie Bates
Reece Robinson 6-1 Ted Evetts
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Rob Cross
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Mike van Duivenbode
Chris Dobey 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Alan Tabern
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Ross Smith 6-1 Steve Beaton
Robert Collins 6-2 James Hubbard
James Wade 6-3 Michael Barnard
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Darren Webster 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Martin Schindler 6-4 Simon Stevenson