‘Over The Top’ at the Austria European Tour Event
As he qualified in Barnsley a few weeks ago, Dean headed to Austria for the PDC’s first European Tour event of the year, where a massive £15,000 top prize is on offer in the three day tournament. With a £1,000 on offer for a single win into the second round, it could be very good for Dean’s rankings if he has a run!
The games are being played in a large venue, with a massive stage for a ‘tour’ event, as you can see in the picture below.
The draw wasn’t kind though, and he knew it would be a tough first round, against ‘The Asset’ Paul Nicholson.
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-3 Paul Nicholson
A great win for Dean in round 1 on that main stage in front of the fans. Round 2 is played Saturday, so a well earned rest is in order!
Round 2: Dean Winstanley (96.92) 6-5 Jim Walker (97.59)
Dean had to come back from 5-3 down in this one – his opponent Jim Walker hit 2×180’s in two of the legs, and the standard was pretty awesome, the longest leg being 17 darts, with several 12 darters. Dean won the last 3 legs in 15, 14, 14 darts.
Round 3: Richie Burnett 6-3 Dean Winstanley
Richie brought his A game to the stage in Austria, hitting over 97 average to beat Dean. Still, a good couple of days, and £1,500 added to the rankings, which is going to help Dean push up the order of merit.