The inaugural Hungarian Darts Trophy gets under way in Budapest on Friday as the qualifiers collide in Round One. The…
The inaugural Hungarian Darts Trophy gets under way in Budapest on Friday as the qualifiers collide in Round One.
The historic event will be the first PDC ranking tournament to be held in Hungary, with a bumper crowd expected at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena over the next three days.
The top 16 players from the ProTour Order of Merit (as of June 28) are seeded and enter at the Second Round stage on Saturday, while 31 qualifiers battle it out for the right to join them.
Danny Noppert withdrew prior to the tournament for personal reasons, which meant Rob Cross became a seed and a random player – William O’Connor – was drawn to receive a bye to Round Two.
The afternoon session on Day One features former Lakeside semi-finalist Richard Veenstra making his European Tour debut against former World Youth champion Keegan Brown.
Dutch left-hander Geert Nentjes takes on Belgian ace Geert De Vos – who also came through Qualifying School to earn a Tour Card at the beginning of the year.
János Végső, one of four Host Nation qualifiers in the line-up, marks his first Euro Tour appearance since 2016 with a clash against former ProTour event winner Joe Murnan.
Sweden’s Johan Engström warms up for his appearance in the Nordic Masters later this month with a tie against Scottish youngster William Borland, while 19-year-old Lewis Williams aims to secure a winning debut on the Euro Tour at the expense of Hungarian qualifier Gábor Jagicza.
Croatia’s Boris Krcmar takes on Czech youngster Adam Gawlas, as Irish sensation Keane Barry meets UK Associate Member Qualifier Thomas Lovely.
The evening session features a show-down between former European Champion Simon Whitlock and former Players Championship Finals semi-finalist Darren Webster.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis aims to kick-start his campaign by overcoming reigning World Youth Champion Bradley Brooks – a winner on the Development Tour last month.
Two former Euro Tour event winners go head-to-head as Daryl Gurney faces Vincent van der Voort for the right to take on Michael van Gerwen in Round Two.
UK Open finalist Luke Humphries starts out against Latvian ace Madars Razma, while Scotland’s Alan Soutar marks his Euro Tour debut with a tie against Hungarian hopeful Jozsef Rucska.
Former World Champion Steve Beaton comes up against Greek number one John Michael, as Ross Smith, a recent winner on the ProTour, opens up against home debutant Peter Strbik.
Germany’s Florian Hempel faces fellow PDC newcomer Jake Jones, with the winner playing Peter Wright on Saturday.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
Hungarian Darts Trophy 2021 Schedule
All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)
Friday September 3
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Johan Engström v William Borland
Geert Nentjes v Geert De Vos
Richard Veenstra v Keegan Brown
János Végső v Joe Murnan
Thomas Lovely v Keane Barry
Boris Krcmar v Adam Gawlas
Gabor Jagica v Lewis Williams
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Florian Hempel v Jake Jones
Peter Strbik v Ross Smith
Alan Soutar v Jozsef Rucska
Luke Humphries v Madars Razma
Adrian Lewis v Bradley Brooks
Steve Beaton v John Michael
Simon Whitlock v Darren Webster
Vincent van der Voort v Daryl Gurney