After the last two Players Championships, Darius Labanauskas has qualified for the World Championship and Players Championship Finals.
The last two Players Championships were played yesterday and today. Darius Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Marko Kantele were all participating at both events.
Yesterday, at Players Championship 29, all three players reached the second round. Darius Labanauskas won 6-5 against Alan Tabern in the first round, but lost against a really well playing Jeffrey de Zwaan in the second round. The Dutchman won 6-1.
Madars Razma won 6-5 against Mickey Mansell in the first round, and despite five match darts, Madars Razma lost 6-5 against Peter Wright in the second round.
Conan Whitehead was the man who Marko Kantele won against in the first round. He won that match by 6-5. In the second round he lost 6-2 against Gerwyn Price.
The tournament was won by Brendan Dolan, who won the final 8-6 against Ian White. But the highlight of the tournament was in the quarter-final, in which Peter Wright beat the world record for the highest ever average recorded in a live broadcast darts match. ‘Snakebite’ averaged 123.5 and won 6-0 against Krzysztof Ratajski.
At Players Championship 30 Darius Labanauskas and Marko Kantele did not manage to get past the first round. They lost against Max Hopp and Luke Humphries respectively.
Madars Razma, however, reached the second round. He won 6-5 against Robert Thornton, in which he averaged 125 in the deciding leg. In the second round he lost 6-2 against Stephen Bunting.
Peter Wright continued to make life bad for Krzysztof Ratajski, as he won 8-1 against the Pole in final.
Thus the Players Championship tour and the PDC Pro Tour has ended.
Darius Labanauskas ended up as number 41 on the Players Championship Order of Merit, with a total earning at £18500. This also means, that he has qualified for the Players Championship Finals, as he ended up among the top 64.
The draw has already been made, and he will go up against Harry Ward in the first round. The Players Championship Finals will take place November 22-24.
Madars Razma ended up as number 70 with a total earning of £11000, and Marko Kantele ended up as 89 with £8500.
The Pro Tour has also ended, and therefore we also now know, that Darius Labanauskas has qualified for the World Championship at Ally Pally. When you remove the top 32 from the Order of Merit, Darius Labanauskas is number 19 at the Pro Tour Order of Merit and cannot be thrown out of the top 32.
This also means, that Madars Razma have qualified for the World Championship through the PDCNB Pro Tour Rankings, as he cannot be overtaken by both Marko Kantele and Dennis Nilsson at the next PDCNB Pro Tour weekend in Latvia.