Dean travelled down to Crawley for his 2nd PDC event, the first two (of eight) UK Open qualifiers – looking to win a place at June’s UK Open finals in Bolton – a tournament which has a unique format and place in the hearts of the PDC darts fans. It was a long couple of days – as some 190+ players turned up to compete from all around Europe, making for a lot of prelim games.
Nothing is sure, but £400 would probably be enought to qualify – so Dean was looking to make sure at the first time of asking…
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-5 Paul Rowley
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-5 Dyson Parody
Round 3: Dean Winstanley 6-4 James Wade
Round 4: William O’Connor 6-5 Dean Winstanley
£600 won, which will be enough for Bolton qualification (unless this year something very different happens!) – job done! A great win vs. one of the Worlds greatest players, James Wade, and a very close loss against Irish talent O’Connor, who was in great form.
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-0 Tony West
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-1 Colin Monk
Round 3: Johnny Haines 6-5 Dean Winstanley
£400 earned on Sunday – but Dean was still disappointed as he had match darts to win the board final against Haines – but a solid start, with good wins against West and Monk. With a £1,000 put towards his ranking, we will definitely see Dean in Bolton – lets hope for a TV appearance on the main stage!