Ian White won the European Darts Grand Prix by an 8-7 victory against Peter Wright.
Most had expected another tournament victory for Michael van Gerwen, as today’s program started at one o’clock.
That’s not how it went. On the other hand, it became only the second victory on the European Tour for Ian White, who won the Dutch Darts Championship in 2018.
Ian White started the day by winning 6-3 against Keegan Brown in the third round. In the quarter-finals he faced Jeffrey de Zwaan, who did not give any big problems when Ian White won the match by 6-1.
In the semi-finals he won 7-5 against Steve Beaton, and was thus ready to meet Peter Wright in the final. Peter Wright had beaten Jonny Clayton, Michael van Gerwen and Jamie Hughes before reaching the final.
In the final, Ian White got off to a good start and came ahead by 3-1. However, Peter Wright equalized to 3-3 and then the two followed until 6-6.
In the thirteenth leg, Peter Wright broke and took the lead by 7-6. So suddenly it looked like the final was close to settled. But Ian White broke back at 7-7, and when Peter Wright did not hit the level in the decisive set, Ian White could celebrate his first tournament victory in 2019.