The term ‘hang and strangle’ is not even enough to express how Danny Noppert won the UK Open on Sunday. If it was a game of football, we would have called it ‘work football’. If it had been about skating, we would have called it ‘cluning’. Still, he defeated Michael Smith: 11-10.
The Freeze’s average was 84.82 per turn. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look like anything. With that you normally fly out in the 1st round at the Q-School.
But averages don’t matter. To use the wise words of Michael van Gerwen: you have to do the right things at the right time. Like throwing 180 in the final leg, which Noppert did on the way to the break and UK Open victory.
Lowest winning average in a major final
That 84.82 is the lowest ever winning average in the final of a TV tournament counting towards the PDC Order of Merit.
Then comes the 85.95 from Rob Harrington at the 1999 World Matchplay, the 88.72 from Nathan Aspinall at the UK Open 2019 and Ronald Scholten at the UK Open 2004. Why is it that darters are shivering so late at the UK Open? !
📊𝗟𝗼𝘄𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗩 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗹𝗲 (𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗹. 𝗗𝗶𝗗𝗼)
84.82🇳🇱Noppert (2022 UK Open)
85.95🏴Harrington (1999 World Matchplay)
88.72🏴Aspinall (2019 UK Open)
89.49🇳🇱Scholten (2004 UK Open)
Noppert needed a bit of luck to get through!#UKOpen
— Philipp Wolff (@Phildarts501) March 6, 2022