Smith’s delight as he is crowned 2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy Champion!

Michael Smith was in delightful form as he was crowned the 2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy Champion.
Photo : PDC Europe

 

Michael Smith was crowned the 2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy Champion on Sunday evening after a 6-4 win over Mensur Suljovic in the final. Smith has arguably been the best player over the weekend after hitting 21 maximums overall and defeating the likes of Christian Kist, Dimitri van den Bergh, Rob Cross and Peter Wright along the way. Up until the final all four of his matches have all gone to an 11th and deciding leg. He showed terrific bottle in all of those last-leg deciding victories and that didn’t change in the final. Smith raced into a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the final which included a terrific 108 finish in the second leg. Suljovic however responded brilliantly as he reeled off four consecutive legs to edge into a 4-3 lead. Smith managed to level things up at 4-4 courtesy of a 14-darter.

The ninth leg was the most pivotal leg of the contest as the St Helens ace fired in a superb 132 finish on the bull to break the Austrian’s throw to give Smith the darts for the match. ‘Bully Boy’ sealed the win after Suljovic missed a dart at D15 to force a deciding leg and Smith returned to pick out D10 to claim the title.

 

 

2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy RESULTS

Quarter-Finals

Peter Wright 6-5 Darren Johnson

Michael Smith 6-5 Rob Cross

Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Magnus Caris

Daryl Gurney 6-3 James Wilson

 

Semi-Finals

Michael Smith 6-5 Peter Wright

Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Daryl Gurney

 

FINAL

Michael Smith 6-4 Mensur Suljovic

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