Averages don’t matter! Danny Noppert sets new record low in UK Open final

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? !

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