Stowe Buntz seals Grand Slam of Darts debut with CDC Continental Cup crown

Stowe Buntz secured a debut appearance in the Grand Slam of Darts by claiming the CDC Continental Cup title on Saturday.

American ace Buntz continued his superb run of form as he triumphed in New York City to book a place in next month’s Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.

Buntz began his route to glory with a clinical display in Friday’s opening round, averaging 104 in a 5-2 win over Canada’s Jake Macmillan.

He then wrapped up a commanding 6-2 win over 1994 World Matchplay champion Larry Butler in the Quarter-Finals, before reeling off six consecutive legs from 2-1 down to brush aside Jacob Taylor in the Semi-Finals.

Buntz then overcame Tennessee’s Jason Brandon 8-6 in the final to seal the title and a spot in the £650,000 major from November 11-19.

The colourful star recently secured a debut appearance in this year’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace, having picked up three CDC ProTour titles in 2023.

He has also confirmed his qualification for both the 2024 US Darts Masters and the North American Championship at Madison Square Garden.

Buntz becomes the 21st player to confirm their qualification for the Grand Slam, leaving 11 places up for grabs.

Eight places are on offer at the Tour Card holder qualifier on Friday November 3, alongside the top-ranked non-qualified player from Challenge Tour Order of Merit and two of this season’s Players Championship event winners.

Grand Slam of Darts 2023 – Latest Qualifiers

*Bold indicates player qualified

2022/23 PDC World Champion – Michael Smith
2022 Grand Slam Champion – (Michael Smith)
2023 Premier League Champion – Michael van Gerwen
2023 World Matchplay Champion – Nathan Aspinall
2023 World Grand Prix Champion – Luke Humphries
2023 Masters Champion – Chris Dobey
2023 UK Open Champion – Andrew Gilding
2023 European Champion – TBC
2022 Players Championship Finals Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2023 World Series of Darts Finals Champion – (Michael van Gerwen)
2023 World Cup Champions – Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton
2022/23 PDC World Championship runner-up – (Michael van Gerwen)
2022 Grand Slam runner-up – (Nathan Aspinall)
2023 Premier League runner-up – (Gerwyn Price)
2023 World Matchplay runner-up – (Jonny Clayton)
2023 World Grand Prix runner-up – (Gerwyn Price)
2023 Masters runner-up – Rob Cross
2023 UK Open runner-up – (Michael van Gerwen)
2023 European Championship runner-up – TBC
2022 Players Championship Finals runner-up – (Rob Cross)
2023 World Series of Darts Finals runners-up – (Nathan Aspinall)
2023 World Cup runners-up – Peter Wright and Gary Anderson

2023 European Tour Event Winners (in order of number of event wins and then PDC Ranking Order):

Dave Chisnall (x3)
(Gerwyn Price x2)
(Michael Smith)
(Jonny Clayton)
(Michael van Gerwen)
(Peter Wright)
(Rob Cross)
(Luke Humphries)
Krzysztof Ratajski
Ricardo Pietreczko

2023 Players Championship Event Winners (in order of number of event wins and then PDC Ranking Order):

Dirk van Duijvenbode x3
(Gerwyn Price x3)
(Luke Humphries x2)
Danny Noppert x2
Damon Heta x2
(Gary Anderson x2)
(Michael Smith)
(Michael van Gerwen)
(Rob Cross)
(Jonny Clayton)
(Dave Chisnall)
Ryan Searle
Ross Smith
(Krzysztof Ratajski)
Callan Rydz
Kim Huybrechts

PDC Tour Card Holder Qualifier
8x Players (Friday November 3)

Additional Qualifiers
2022 World Youth Champion – Josh Rock
2022 World Youth Championship runner-up – Nathan Girvan
Top-ranked non-qualified player from Challenge Tour OOM – October 30
Top-ranked non-qualified player from Development Tour OOM – Gian van Veen
2023 Women’s World Matchplay Winner – Beau Greaves
Top-ranked non-qualified player from 2023 Women’s Series OOM – Fallon Sherrock
2023 PDC Asian Championship Winner – Haruki Muramatsu
2023 CDC Continental Cup Winner – Stowe Buntz

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