"I was telling myself it's fine I understand": Dimitri van den Bergh responds to crowd criticism after UK Open triumph

Albeit with a dramatic ending and with Dimitri van den Bergh narrowly becoming UK Open champion, a second major title is coming back to Belgium after he defeated Luke Humphries 11-10 in Minehead.

Van den Bergh copped a lot of criticism from the crowd due to his slow methodical style on the oche with the Belgian taking his time between every throw and attempting to throw Humphries off which worked.

"I understand that the crowd was turning on me, but I was telling myself it's fine I understand. I was standing there and it was 10-8 and I knew oh one more leg and you're going to be a major champion so I said to myself do what your sports psychologist teached you. Use what he said to you and keep your mind in a relaxed position," said Van den Bergh to Online Darts.

"This is pressure, but you're in the final. This is a reward. This is not a punishment. Because of that, I chilled. We've also seen in the past when I've played World Cup of Darts and the whole crowd has gone boo and I went to the oche and first dart in. Everyone else is making a sound and the sound is consistent and that is easy for a darts player to accept, not overthink."

But despite that, he won't stop his slow style which he said shows his bottle to deal with it. "I always say any game can change your life. Majors even more than ProTours and European Tours. My sports psychologist says if you can take some time even though the world is watching you, you're showing that you can handle it."

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