Robbins and Murphy triumph at the Colorado Open

Bruce Robbins and Paula Murphy won the first American BDO ranking events of the season at the Colorado Open in Denver.

Robbins, who reached the last 32 of the World Matchplay back in 1996, won his first-ever BDO ranking title by defeating Larry Butler 6-5 in the men’s final.

Butler took an early 2-0 lead with consecutive 15-darters, only for Robbins to win three of the next four legs to make it 3-3.

Robbins, who hit four maximums in the final, moved 5-4 up courtesy of 13 and 14 dart legs, only for Butler to draw level at 5-5 after Robbins missed match darts. The man from Danvers, Massachusetts held his nerve though, taking out 10 to seal a 6-5 win and the $800 top prize.

The eventual champion had reached the last 16 without dropping a single leg, where he recorded a 4-1 win over Steven Wilbeck. He replicated that score in the quarters against Tom Sawyer before edging a last-leg decider against Kevin Luke in the semis.

It was a first BDO final since March for Butler, who dropped just three legs on route to his showdown with Robbins, beating the likes of Clint Lyon, Jan Majer, Nick Georgeson and Elliot Milk on the way.

In the ladies competition, we had the same final and same outcome as in 2018, with Paula Murphy defeating Stacey Pace to win the title.

Lauderhill, Florida’s Murphy beat Holly Knight-Moreau, Teresa Quan, Marissa Moore and Julie Weger before the final, where she made good on an early break to win 4-2 with a 66 average.

Pace did register a win against Murphy in the ladies’ pairs though as she partnered Weger to the title. They beat Murphy and Debra Ivey 2-0 in the semis before defeating Moore and Stitches Preciado 2-1 in the final.

Robbins completed a successful weekend by winning the men’s pairs with Jeff Roy. They secured the title by beating Corey Jensen and Charlie Meininger 2-1 in the final.

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