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23 April 2023

Epic Showdown for the Coveted Green Jacket at the Austrian Darts Open Finals

In a thrilling turn of events at the Austrian Darts Open, the quest for the prestigious green jacket has culminated in a spectacular final round. Michael van Gerwen, a previous titleholder, will not be adding another win to his record this year, as he suffered a staggering 7-0 defeat by the hands of Josh Rock.

Van Gerwen appeared utterly bewildered when Rock claimed his maiden victory over the formidable Dutchman, boasting a 95 average and an impressive 70% success rate on the doubles. On the other hand, MVG missed eight opportunities to hit a double throughout the match.

This triumph paves the way for Rock’s first-ever European Tour final appearance, while Van Gerwen experiences his inaugural loss in Graz since 2016. Rock kicked off the game by breaking and securing a 1-0 lead, thanks to a successful double 16 conversion. He then proceeded to score a 13-dart finish on double 12, extending his advantage to 2-0.

With Van Gerwen lagging behind at 128, Rock fired two consecutive 140’s and sealed a 3-0 lead by nailing double five on his last dart. Despite having chances to reduce the deficit, MVG faltered, allowing Rock to continue his domination by hitting double 20, eventually leading 5-0.

As Van Gerwen aimed for his first leg via treble 18 and an 86 attempt, he missed two more darts, enabling Rock to further widen the gap to 6-0. Ultimately, Rock triumphed with a double 20 conversion, capitalizing on yet another miss from Van Gerwen.

In the grand finale, Rock will face Jonny Clayton, a former green jacket winner, who showcased an extraordinary comeback in the first semi-final against Daryl Gurney. Trailing 6-3 and seemingly on the verge of defeat, ‘The Ferret’ managed to snatch four consecutive legs from a rejuvenated ‘Superchin,’ eventually clinching victory in a nail-biting decider. Now, as the stage is set for an epic showdown, all eyes are on these two exceptional players as they battle for the coveted green jacket.

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