Jamie Hughes (pictured above) has forced his way into the World Matchplay as the Tipton-based star enjoyed his first success on the PDC tour as he wins the Czech Darts Open in Prague. [Photo: Jonas Hunold / PDC Europe]
Jamie Hughes picked up his Maiden PDC ranking title as the Tipton-based star won the inaugural 2019 Czech Darts Open in Prague.
For Hughes, it was a superb weekend as he’d been threatening a deep run for a while. Hughes has been consistently playing some World-Class stuff on tour, but he’s just been running into some big names stolling him in his tracks.
But this weekend in Prague, Hughes was quite simply on a mission to show the World what he can do. Hughes trousered the £25,000 first prize, but not only that, Hughes also squeezed into the Betfred World Matchplay in the last event before the cut-off for the historic tournament.
In winning the Czech Darts Open, Hughes knocked stablemate and friend James Wilson out of the running for a place in Blackpool.
Hughes laid down a marker really following his 6-0 rout of two-time Adrian Lewis on Saturday evening. And with that result, it gave Hughes the motivation and drive heading into the final day of action.
On the final day, Hughes opened up with a 6-3 victory over Ron Meulenkamp, who himself was in the running for a place at the World Matchplay.
Following that victory, Hughes advanced to the Quarter-Finals where he faced Ian White, who was the tournament favourite at that stage following the early exit of Michael van Gerwen.
As expected, it was a closely contested battle, but Hughes held his nerve to close out a 6-5 victory over ‘The Diamond’ to progress to the last four.
In the Semi-Finals, it didn’t get any easier for Hughes in terms of his opponent as he came up against Simon Whitlock.
Hughes trailed 2-0 early on, but in the middle part of the match, he really pushed on as he secured a 7-3 victory over ‘The Wizard’ to book his place in the final.
In the final, Hughes came out firing, but again he found himself 2-0 down early on, but ‘Yozza’ just found that extra motivation as he won eight out of the last nine legs to close out an 8-3 victory over ‘The Bullet’ to secure the title, £25,000 and a place in the Betfred World Matchplay.
Speaking to John McDonald after the match, Hughes was visibly ‘delighted’ in winning his first PDC ranking title:
“I’ve pinned double top every time today, double top has won me this tournament today. You can score what you want, but if you don’t hit the double at the end, then you aint winning nothing.”
“I’d like to know what my percentage was on double top, because it doesn’t feel like I’ve missed it all day”
Find attached below, the confirmed field for the Betfred World Matchplay 👇