Third time lucky for White at the European Grand Prix

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 12 May 2019
White lifts the trophy at the Glaspalast

Ian White marked his third consecutive appearance in a European Tour final with an 8-7 victory over Peter Wright to claim the European Grand Prix title in Sindelfingen on Sunday.

White had suffered back-to-back defeats to Michael van Gerwen in the German Open and Austrian Open deciders, but returned to the winner's circle in dramatic fashion courtesy of a nail-biting win over the Premier League star.

The Stoke ace was staring down the barrel of another final defeat when Wright broke throw to lead 7-6, but only for the colourful Scot to miss one match dart and allow White to force a decider before holding his nerve to seal victory.

"It feels good," said White. "I wanted to win it. This is my third time in the final in three weeks and finally I've got over the line. 

"It wasn't the classic game you were expecting but we got over the line and that's all that matters.

"I'm so made up to win that, over the last three weeks there's only Michael van Gerwen who's done better than me so that's good in its own right.

"I wanted to get my own back on Michael! But Peter played well and deserved to be in the final."

White began the final day of action at the Glaspalast with a thrilling 6-3 victory over Keegan Brown with a blistering 110.8 average and five 180s to Brown's 107 average.

He then swept aside in-form Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-1 with a 97 average, taking out 126 on the bull to complete the rout, before overcoming Steve Beaton 7-5 in the Semi-Finals with a 98.7 average.

White took the opening leg of the final, and after Wright levelled with an 83 checkout, 'Diamond' regained the lead before powering in a sensational 170 checkout to make it 3-1.

Wright hit back with successive legs to restore parity, and a nip and tuck encounter saw the pair remain locked level at five-all before White finished 68 to regain the upper-hand.

World number six Wright squared up the match again before punishing one missed dart at tops from his opponent with a 104 checkout to move within a leg of victory at 7-6.

Wright, though, squandered a match dart at tops, allowing White to convert double ten and force a grandstand finish, in which he held firm on double 16 to clinch the £25,000 top prize.

Wright was appearing in his first Euro Tour final of the season, and conceded: "Well done to Ian, he is on top form at the moment.

"To play him in the final and get as close as I did, I am really happy."

Wright dispatched Jonny Clayton 6-4 in the Last 16 with a 104 average and an impressive eight 180s, before becoming only the second player to defeat Michael van Gerwen on the Euro Tour this season, dethroning the defending champion 6-3.

He then followed that up with a 7-1 thrashing of Jamie Hughes - who was appearing in his first European Tour Semi-Final following wins over Mark McGeeney and Nathan Aspinall on the final day.

Former Lakeside Champion Beaton continued his vintage vein of form on the Euro Tour this season with a fine run to the Semi-Finals which included wins over Stephen Bunting, Ryan Searle and Darren Webster.


European Darts Grand Prix 2019 Results


Sunday May 12

Afternoon Session

Third Round
Ian White 6-3 Keegan Brown
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Michael Smith
Steve Beaton 6-4 Ryan Searle
Gerwyn Price 4-6 Darren Webster
Daryl Gurney 4-6 Nathan Aspinall
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Peter Wright 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 James Richardson

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals
Ian White 6-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Steve Beaton 6-2 Darren Webster
Nathan Aspinall 5-6 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-3 Michael van Gerwen

Semi-Finals
Ian White 7-5 Steve Beaton
Jamie Hughes 1-7 Peter Wright

Final
Ian White 8-7 Peter Wright



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