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 Ladbrokes.com 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
Philip van Staden
Mike Ryder Snr
Mike Ryder Jnr
Francois de Villiers
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
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 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
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