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Kurz secures World Championship return with German Super League success

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 14 Jun 2020
Young gun Kurz celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Nico Kurz secured an immediate return to the World Darts Championship by winning the 2020 German Super League on Sunday with a dramatic 10-9 win over Dragutin Horvat in the final.

Kurz, who claimed Super League glory 12 months ago, retained the crown to affirm himself as Germany’s hottest young darting talent.

The 23-year-old began Finals Day with an 8-5 victory over left-hander Kevin Munch with a 93.7 average before overturning a 4-2 deficit to defeat pre-tournament favourite and Tour Card holder Gabriel Clemens 9-7 in the Semi-Finals.

Kurz then survived a match dart from Horvat in a nail-biting final, which saw both players average 94, to clinch Germany’s top domestic silverware.

Kurz had battled back from 8-4 down to force a decider – which saw Horvat narrowly miss double 12 for a sensational 141 checkout, before the youngster stepped in to kill off the game on double two.

The victory assures Kurz of a place in December’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace, in which he reached the Last 32 on debut in 2019, defeating James Wilson and Joe Cullen along the way.

The last four weekends have seen some of Germany’s top talents competing in the group stage of the PDC Europe event, with the top four players in each group progressing to Sunday’s Finals.

The line-up also included two-time Lakeside semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, who defeated rank outsider Daniel Klose 8-4 in the Last Eight before being thrashed 9-3 by Horvat.


German Super League Finals Day Results

Sunday June 14

Gabriel Clemens 8-1 Manfred Bilderl
Nico Kurz 8-5 Kevin Munch
Dragutin Horvat 8-6 Steffen Siepmann
Michael Unterbuchner 8-4 Daniel Klose

Nico Kurz 9-7 Gabriel Clemens
Dragutin Horvat 9-3 Michael Unterbuchner

Nico Kurz 10-9 Dragutin Horvat