Ian White picked up his very first PDC European Tour title as he was victorious at the Dutch Darts Championship in Maastricht. The tournament was blown wide open on Saturday evening as the home favourite and World no.1 Michael van Gerwen was dumped out of the competition by Ireland’s William O’Connor in a rampant 6-1 victory.
In the final day of play, the seeds continued to fall as the likes of Ricky Evans & Ritchie Edhouse battled it out in the Semi-Finals.
As for White, he completed an 8-5 victory in the final against an unlikely opponent in Northamptonshire’s Ricky Evans. Evans produced some superb displays over the course of the weekend as he enjoyed victories over Jan Dekker (6-3), Steve West (6-5), William O’Connor (6-2), Joe Cullen (6-5) & Ritchie Edhouse (7-5) to book his place in his second PDC ranking final, and his first final on the Euro Tour.
Ian White’s route to the final was certainly a tough one as he battled his way through a tough half of the draw. The Stoke-based star and no.3 seed kicked off his Dutch Darts Championship campaign with a 6-4 victory over Arron Monk as the former World Youth Champion played his part in a great match.
In the last 16, White faced a fellow seasoned professional in Mervyn King, there wasn’t much seperating the pair in the scoring stakes, but White was ruthless in his finishing as he closed out a 6-2 victory over ‘The King’.
In the final session of the tournament, White faced off with fellow ‘Stokie’ Adrian Lewis in what was set to be a mouth-watering clash. White raced out of the blokes as he caught ‘Jackpot’ cold as ‘The Diamond’ managed to storm to a 6-1 victory as he booked his place in the Semi-Finals. But, White’s toughest test was yet to come as he faced Peter Wright who has a string of Euro Tour titles to his name.
It was expected to be a closely contested SF clash, and it didn’t disappoint, and despite a 100 average from ‘Snakebite’, White produced some World-Class stuff at the perfect moments as he produced a superb 11-dart leg to close out a 7-4 victory over the World no.2
For White, it’s his tenth PDC title, and his first on a stage infront of thousands of passionate European darts-crazed fans. If White needed any further motivation to progress to the next step in his career, then this is it. And, with a further £25,000 towards the order of merit, this was a huge win for ‘The Diamond’.
“It’s been a long time coming, I’m getting older so it’s just magical to finally win one,” said White, who now has ten PDC titles to his name.
“I was so pleased to see that double top go in to get me over the winning line because I got a bit nervy towards the end.
“Now I’ve won one hopefully there will be a few more to come – it’s just a magnificent feeling to win a title on stage at last.
“I’m playing well and enjoying the game and I want to start going far in TV events and maybe win one but right now I’m going to enjoy this moment.”
Photography courtesy of Kelly Deckers / PDC Europe