European Championship Race: Hamilton edges closer to return

Former World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton could make his first European Championship appearance in six years next weekend in Oberhausen.

As the decimated 2020 European Tour circuit reaches its conclusion on Sunday, the race to the televised tournament hots up with four places yet to be confirmed.

Hamilton is making his return from injury this weekend at the International Darts Open in Riesa, winning his opening two matches against Simeon Heinz and Stephen Bunting.

‘The Hammer’ is now within the provisional places for the upcoming European Championship, with a return to the televised stage becoming increasingly likely.

Former Premier League star Hamilton needs one of Franz Roetzsch, Ross Smith, Scott Baker and Jesus Noguera to exit the tournament on Sunday afternoon to secure his place.

The aforementioned quartet need at least one victory on the final day in Riesa to have any hopes of qualifying for the European Championship.

German qualifier Roetzsch, who overcame Rob Cross on Saturday afternoon, will secure an unexpected debut at the tournament if he was to upset the odds once again and defeat Krzysztof Ratajski.

Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp have already obtained their places, and if Roetzsch was to prevail, the 2020 European Championship would be the first edition in eight years to feature three German players.

Baker and Noguera will also seal their debuts if they were to beat Michael Smith and Danny Noppert respectively, while Smith needs to oust home favourite Hopp to secure his return.

William O’Connor, who sits in the final qualifying position, will have his fingers crossed throughout the afternoon in the hope that Roetzsch, Smith, Baker and Noguera are all beaten.

Marginally above Irish World Cup of Darts star O’Connor, neither Jeffrey de Zwaan or Kim Huybrechts are safe, with all three players sitting on a mere £4,000.

It’s set to be a thrilling conclusion to the 2020 European Tour, with the International Darts Open resuming from 12pm at the Sachsen Arena in eastern Germany.


European Tour Order of Merit up to date and correct following the second round of the International Darts Open

1 Gerwyn Price £28,000
2 Jose de Sousa £27,000
3 Devon Petersen £27,000
4 Michael van Gerwen £19,000
5 Michael Smith £18,000
6 Mensur Suljovic £17,500
7 Nathan Aspinall £18,000
8 James Wade £14,000
9 Mervyn King £13,500
10 Krzysztof Ratajski £13,000
11 Danny Noppert £12,500
12 Rob Cross £11,000
13 Jonny Clayton £10,000
14 Peter Wright £9,500
15 Joe Cullen £9,000
16 Jamie Hughes £9,000
17 Dave Chisnall £8,000
18 Gabriel Clemens £8,000
19 Max Hopp £8,000
20 Martijn Kleermaker £8,000
21 Ian White £6,500
22 Dirk van Duijvenbode £6,500
23 Glen Durrant £6,000
24 Steve West £6,000
25 Steve Lennon £6,000
26 Maik Kuivenhoven £6,000
27 Daryl Gurney £5,000
28 Darius Labanauskas £5,000
29 Andy Hamilton £5,000
30 Jeffrey de Zwaan £4,000
31 Kim Huybrechts £4,000
32 William O’Connor £4,000
38 Franz Roetzsch £4,000
42 Ross Smith £3,000
44 Scott Baker £3,000
47 Jesus Noguera £3,000

Should players be tied on prize money on the European Tour Order of Merit, PDC Rule 3.2 would be used to split any ties and in this instance would revert to the relevant players’ ranking on the main PDC Order of Merit.

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(Featured Image: Henning Roesner/PDC Europe)

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