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Josh Rock Wins Dutch Darts Championship

Last night Josh Rock beat the likes of Gerwyn Price (semi-finals) and Jonny Clayton (final) to win his first European Tour title at the Dutch Darts Championship. 

Josh Rock finally ended a draught of finals losses to claim the Dutch Darts Championship on Sunday night. 

After overcoming Cameron Menzies (6-5), Gerwyn Price (6-3) and Martin Shindler (7-3) He defeated Jonny Clayton 8-4 in the final and was clearly emotional after securing his first European Tour title. 

🗣️ “I’m speechless. I kept believing that I would win, and today I proved that.” Rock said following the win. 

“I have always said my next one was going to be a major title and that’s my main focus, but I have proven that I can win on the big stage now”

The Northern Irishman has been seen as a bit of a sensation since breaking onto the scene a few years ago as the World Youth Champion.

He’s yet to challenge significantly at any of the Majors but the win last night puts him at a career high of 18th on the PDC Order of Merit, overtaking Andrew Gilding and Ryan Searle. 

That puts him very close to a top 16 place ahead of his World Cup of Darts debut next month. 

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Dutch Darts Championship Results

Josh Rock 8-4 Jonny Clayton

Jonny Clayton 7-6 Michael van Gerwen
Josh Rock 7-3 Martin Schindler

Jonny Clayton 6-2 Ryan Searle
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Danny Noppert
Martin Schindler 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Josh Rock 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Third Round – Last 16
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Ryan Searle 6-1 Jeffrey de Graaf
Danny Noppert 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Chris Dobey
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Schindler 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Gian van Veen
Josh Rock 6-5 Cameron Menzies

Van Gerwen Suffers Consecutive Semi-Finals Losses

Last week, Michael Van Gerwen lost his semi-final match of the 2024 Premier League Play-offs to Luke Humphries (10-5) in disappointing fashion. He wasn’t a favourite going into the night but you can never write him off. 

Well, his semi-final loss this weekend was a different story. 

Making it to the semi-final of his nations championship tournament had him as a favourite but he once again couldn’t progress to the final after losing to Jonny Clayton 7-6.

His performance actually moved him ahead of Michael Smith in the PDC Order of Merit and residing in 2nd place is clearly a favourable position. 

This ensures that Van Gerwen is still seen as one of the greatest dart players on the planet but the emergence of Luke Littler and solid consistency of Luke Humphries has meant that he is no longer seen as THE dominant presence he once was. 

His form has fluttered over the past few years but there was always a feeling that he was just going through a bad spell.

It seems this year is showing that while he can still be considered someone you want to avoid matching with in a tournament, he is not the feared competitor he once was. 

The World Cup of Darts next month might be the stage for him to send out a reminder to everyone as the more tournaments he crashes out of, the more momentum the Luke’s of darts will keep gaining!

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