2024 European Darts Open: Dave Chisnall Goes Unbeaten In Leverkusen, Beating Ross Smith 8-6 In Final

Published on 24 June 2024 at 07:59

Dave Chisnall has become the outright fourth best player in PDC European Tour history, only behind Michael Van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price, after winning the 2024 European Darts Open in Leverkusen, Germany this past weekend.

Chisnall, entering the tournament as the no.2 seed, opened up his campaign with a last leg win over Luke Woodhouse, in a match where both players averaged just over a ton.


Alternative option Kevin Doets looked to take another big scalp in Sunday's lunchtime session, but Chisnall won their game 6-4 to book his place in Sunday's final session.

In his first of three games on Sunday, Chizzy faced 'Heavy Metal' Ryan Searle, who took out MVG earlier in the weekend, with the 43-year-old once again needing a last leg decider to put his opponent away, beating Searle 6-5.


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Chisnall followed this up with an absolute demolition of Damon Heta in the semi-finals, trouncing the Australian no.1 7-1 to make his first Euro Tour final of the year.


In the final awaited Ross Smith, who had took out recent Pro and European tour champions Josh Rock and Michael Smith on his road to the final.


Despite the game not showcasing either player's blistering tournament form, Chisnall proved to be just more clinical on the night, racing into a 6-3 lead in the first to 8.


'Smudger' then won three legs on the spin to take things to 6-6, before back-to-back 132 and 100 checkouts sealed the deal for Dave Chisnall, marking a winning return to the European Tour stage he dominated for much of 2023.

By Jaspar Shepherdson 

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Image Credit - Sven Mandel on Wikipedia

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