the bid to qualify for the PDC UK Open televised finals in June, Dean travelled
to Barnsley this weekend for the 3rd and 4th qualifiers, which are part the the
PDC Pro Tour.
Dean was looking to
win enough money in the eight qualifiers to climb up the order of merit
ranking, and qualify for UK Open on the 2nd day, rather than the first day,
which is chaos.
were 190 players taking part, so unfortunately that means a tough prelim to get
through – there are no ‘easy’ games left on the PDC Pro Tour.
Winstanley 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-1 Steve
Round 2: Dean
Winstanley 6-1 Alan Tabern
Round 3: Steve
Farmer 6-5 Dean Winstanley
round 3 Dean played and just lost 6-5 to Steve Farmer, who hit a 9 darter
earlier in the day, so was obviously playing some great darts. A good
start to the weekend, with £400 added to the rankings.
Winstanley 6-5 Mike Veitch
Round 1: Dean
Winstanley 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Round 2: Dean
Winstanley 6-1 Mareno Michels
Round 3: Dean
Winstanley 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Round 4: Dean
Winstanley 6-5 Andy Smith
1/4 Finals: Dean
Winstanley 6-2 Terry Temple
Dean Winstanley 1-6 Phil Taylor
a fantastic day of darts for Dean – with a run all the way to the semi-finals,
only to be beaten by Phil Taylor.
Taylor left 81
after 9 darts four times in their game, but Dean did have darts at doubles to
take several of the legs he lost, so it could have gone another way.
Still – the £2,000
for a semi-final place will help the move up the world rankings.