Petersen produces phenomenal display to claim maiden PDC title at German Darts Championship

Devon Petersen has claimed a maiden European Tour and PDC ranking title by seeing off Jonny Clayton in an 8-3 win at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim.

Petersen has been one of the most in-form players on the PDC Tour in 2020 and has backed that up after getting so close during the PDC Autumn Series.

It wasn’t such woes this time as he produced a dominant display to dispel ‘The Ferret’ and claim glory on the return of the European Tour after no action since March in Hasselt. As a result also Adrian Lewis gets into the World Grand Prix by the skin of his teeth.

Both players started well but a bounceout from Clayton proved pivotal as he only left 84 which he missed on the bull. Petersen returned for a 48 checkout to make it 1-0 and break throw.

Clayton composed himself and hit a 180 to begin Petersen’s throw but ‘The African Warrior’ hit back himself with a maximum of his own. He left himself on 76 after nine darts.

He claimed it on double eight third dart in hand to go 2-0 up. A 180 was once again pinned by Clayton as he was first to a finish on his throw and a 96 set up with Petersen on 191 left it handily placed.

He held his throw with a 25 checkout to make it 2-1. Another 180 put the pressure on Petersen but only a 60 following that meant Clayton was under pressure to hit 124 with Petersen down to 70 and the latter pinned it when Clayton missed the bull.

Another 180 was pinned followed by a 78 checkout saw Petersen go halfway to the finishing line with another break at 4-1 up.

A rare treble less visit from Petersen towards the back end of his throw wasn’t punished and 56 was left by ‘The African Warrior’ despite Clayton missing double 15 for a 150 checkout. He was punished with that 56 checkout on double 20 as Petersen went 5-1 up.

Clayton stopped the rot on the second opportunity after initially handing Petersen another chance to break. The latter put it behind him by kicking off 180 once again on his own throw.

He hit another to leave 64 after nine darts. This was pinned meaning an 11-darter to make it 6-2. Could Clayton offer any resistance?

Petersen missed the bull on a 90 checkout to make it 7-2 and Clayton cleaned up to make it 6-3. It was six darts at 121 for Petersen in the requisite leg though but he set up double 16 with Clayton on a bogey number.

He pinned double 16 to go one away at 7-3 up. Clayton made it 10 180’s in the match as he hung in there but a 180 to leave 36 from Petersen proved vital as ‘The Ferret’ went inside on double 11. Petersen returned to pin double 18 first time to claim the title.

German Darts Championship 2020 schedule

Sunday, September 27

Quarter-Finals - Evening Session

Mervyn King (99.78) 6-2 (87.55) James Wade
Jonny Clayton (103.86) 6-5 (102.93) Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert (99.36) 6-2 (93.55) Daryl Gurney
Devon Petersen (99.79) 6-3 (91.18) Krzysztof Ratajski

Semi-Finals

Mervyn King (90.13) 3-7 (97.69) Jonny Clayton

Danny Noppert (94.57) 4-7 (100.75) Devon Petersen

Final

Jonny Clayton (91.43) 3-8 (102.75) Devon Petersen

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