Luke Humphries took the overall victory Friday night at the Granite City Darts Masters. This event was a exhibition tournament in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Many world top players play exhibition during this period. Not primarily for a nice extra pocket money, but also to keep up match rhythm ahead of the World Darts Championship.
First, there was a preliminary round match between John Henderson and Simon Whitlock. This one was won 4-3 by Whitlock. Henderson stayed on stage for a short time for a speech, in which he told that he is determined to earn back his PDC Tour Card at the Q-School in 2024. The Scot was close to capturing a Tour Card through the PDC Challenge Tour, but ultimately fell 175 pounds short.
In the first semifinal, Humphries was too strong for Whitlock, 4-3. Soutar was the second player to qualify for the final after a 4-3 win over Anderson. The final also went over the full seven legs. After a deciding leg, Humphries recorded a 4-3 win over Soutar.
Humphries is the fifth winner of the Granite City Darts Masters. Previously, Mark Webster (2016), Michael Smith (2017 and 2018), Daryl Gurney (2019) and Jose de Sousa (2022) won this exhibition tournament.
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Results Granite City Darts Masters
Simon Whitlock 4-3 John Henderson
Luke Humphries 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Luke Humphries 4-3 Alan Soutar