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Article: Losper Retains Emperors Palace PDC South African Open Title

Losper Retains Emperors Palace PDC South African Open Title

CHARLES LOSPER has retained the Emperors Palace PDC South African Open title, with a 4-1 win over Mark Jackson seeing him earn a place in the World Darts Championship.

Losper showed his status as the leading darts player in South Africa by claiming the title in the two-stage tournament, staged at the Emperors Palace Casino in Johannesburg, for a second successive year.

He was the leading player from the three-hour "Saturday Frenzy", where 156 players battled to score a leg of 501 in the fewest possible darts, hitting a 12-darter to head the field.

Losper, an armed response unit policeman from Cape Town, then won the knockout phase featuring the top 16 players, claiming a 3-1 win over Mike Ryder Snr, a 3-0 whitewash of Paul Bann in the quarter-finals and a 3-2 defeat of Shawn Hogan with a superb 14-darter in the deciding leg of their semi-final.

He produced a 103 finish to open the final against Durban^s Mark Jackson, and moved 3-0 up before sealing a 4-1 victory.

Losper will now return to London^s Alexandra Palace in December to compete in the World Darts Championship for a second time, guaranteeing him a minimum of £2,500 prize money.

"This is amazing, I^m so happy," said Losper. "I was pleased with how I played throughout the day and I^m so honoured to have won this tournament again.

"I feel more confident than I did last year and the experience I have probably helped me at the crucial times."


overcame Les Francis 3-0 in the semi-finals, with finishes of 97, 79 and then 90, checking out on the bullseye, seeing him reach the final.

Hogan included a 110 finish in coming from 2-1 down to defeat Francois de Villiers 3-2 to reach the semi-finals - with the South African Open^s last four facing Phil Taylor, James Wade, John Part and Wayne Mardle in Sunday^s Emperors Palace South African Masters.

Losper will take on Mardle, while Hogan takes on Taylor, with Francis meeting James Wade and Jackson earning a clash with World Champion John Part.

The Emperors Palace South African Masters will be shown live in South Africa on SuperSport from 9pm-12am and in the UK on Nuts TV from 8pm-11pm - Sky channel 196 and freeview channel 42.


Palace PDC South African Open

Phase One Final Leaderboard

12 Darts

Charles Losper

13 Darts

Philip van Staden

Mark Jackson

Jacques Coetzee

14 Darts

Gavin Klue

Mark McMahon

Jakes Ferreira

15 Darts

Marian Fourie

Mario Galvan

Mike Ryder Snr

Shawn Hogan

Johan Niemand

Chris Bezuidenhout

Chris Kruger

Sydney Ketelo

Les Francis

Marius Willemse

Mike Ryder Jnr

Francois de Villiers

Paul Bann

Phase Two

Preliminary Round

Les Francis 3-0 Chris Bezuidenhout

Shawn Hogan 3-2 Marius Willemse

Sydney Ketelo 3-0 Marian Fourie

Chris Kruger 3-1 Mike Ryder Snr

Last 16

Paul Bann 3-2 Mario Galvan

Charles Losper 3-1 Mike Ryder Jnr

Francois de Villiers

Shawn Hogan 3-2 Jacques Coetzee

Mark Jackson 3-0 Chris Kruger

Mark McMahon 3-2 Sydney Ketelo

Les Francis 3-0 Philip van Staden

Johan Niemand 3-2 Jakes Ferreira



Charles Losper 3-0 Paul Bann

Shawn Hogan 3-2 Francois de Villiers

Mark Jackson 3-2 Mark McMahon

Les Francis 3-1 Johan Niemand



Charles Losper 3-2 Shawn Hogan

Mark Jackson 3-0 Les Francis



Charles Losper 4-1 Mark Jackson

Winner: Place in World Darts Championship

Runner-up: R15,000



Palace South African Masters

First Round Draw & Bracket

John Part v Mark Jackson

James Wade v Les Francis

Wayne Mardle v Charles Losper

Phil Taylor v Shawn Hogan

(9pm start local time, 8pm BST)

Best of seven legs


Part/Jackson v Wade/Francis

Mardle/Losper v Taylor/Hogan

Best of 11 legs


Best of 15

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