Race To Göttingen: Willie O’Connor replaces Brendan Dolan in European Championship field with two events to go

Ireland’s Willie O’Connor has replaced Brendan Dolan in the field for next month’s European Championship with two events to go before the cut off.

The European Darts Matchplay, the 11th of 13 events on this year’s PDC European Tour, took place in Mannheim this past weekend.

Joe Cullen defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in Sunday evening’s final, to scoop his maiden European Tour title. His £25,000 title success has pushed him up from 14th to sixth on the latest European Tour Order of Merit.

The top 32, following the 13th and final event, will qualify for the televised European Championship, in Göttingen, on October 24-27.

There was only one change to the top 32 at the weekend, as Ireland’s World Cup finalist O’Connor replaced Northern Ireland’s Dolan.

Dolan did not qualify for the European Darts Matchplay, while O’Connor had qualified through the UK Qualifiers and claimed wins against Max Hopp and Peter Wright at the weekend, to move ahead of Dolan on count back.

O’Connor is just £1,000 clear of four players, all pushing for a place in the 32-player field. Rowby-John Rodriguez, John Henderson, Michael Smith and Raymond van Barneveld all sit on £9,000 with two events to go.

The International Darts Open, the penultimate event on this year’s European Tour, takes place in Riesa this weekend.

Race to the 2019 European Championship (after 11 of 13 events – top 32 qualify)

Position Name Prize Money
1 Michael van Gerwen £135,000
2 Ian White £89,000
3 Daryl Gurney £56,500
4 Mensur Suljovic £55,500
5 Dave Chisnall £52,000
6 Joe Cullen £47,000
7 Peter Wright £45,500
8 Gerwyn Price £45,000
9 Jamie Hughes £42,500
10 Rob Cross £34,000
11 James Wade £27,000
11 Keegan Brown £27,000
11 Stephen Bunting £27,000
14 Adrian Lewis £25,500
14 Simon Whitlock £25,500
16 Ricky Evans £24,000
17 Chris Dobey £21,000
18 Jonny Clayton £20,500
18 Steve Beaton £20,500
20 Mervyn King £20,000
21 Darren Webster £19,000
22 Glen Durrant £18,000
22 Jermaine Wattimena £18,000
22 Nathan Aspinall £18,000
25 Krzysztof Ratajski £17,000
26 Vincent van der Voort £16,500
27 Jeffrey de Zwaan £15,000
28 Ted Evetts £13,000
29 Ross Smith £12,000
30 Dimitri Van den Bergh £11,000
31 Max Hopp £10,500
32 William O’Connor £10,000
32 Brendan Dolan £10,000
34 Rowby-John Rodriguez £9,000
34 John Henderson £9,000
34 Michael Smith £9,000
34 Raymond van Barneveld £9,000
38 Kyle Anderson £8,000
38 Kim Huybrechts £8,000
38 Justin Pipe £8,000
41 Mike De Decker £7,000
41 James Wilson £7,000
41 Gabriel Clemens £7,000
41 Dennis Nilsson £7,000
41 Danny Noppert £7,000
41 Karel Sedlacek £7,000
47 Kirk Shepherd £6,000
47 Scott Taylor £6,000
47 Luke Humphries £6,000
47 Steve Lennon £6,000
47 Josh Payne £6,000
47 Andrew Gilding £6,000
47 Ritchie Edhouse £6,000
54 Cameron Menzies £5,000
54 Wayne Jones £5,000
54 Ron Meulenkamp £5,000
54 Jose de Sousa £5,000
54 Mickey Mansell £5,000
54 Ryan Searle £5,000
54 James Richardson £5,000
61 Cody Harris £4,000
61 Simon Stevenson £4,000
61 Ryan Joyce £4,000
61 Wesley Plaisier £4,000
61 Mark McGeeney £4,000
61 Mark Webster £4,000
61 Madars Razma £4,000
61 Michael Rasztovits £4,000
61 Tytus Kanik £4,000
61 Boris Koltsov £4,000
71 Dietmar Burger £3,000
71 Dirk van Duijvenbode £3,000
71 Karsten Koch £3,000
71 Ryan Meikle £3,000
71 Robert Thornton £3,000
71 Florian Hempel £3,000
71 Gavin Carlin £3,000
71 Matthew Edgar £3,000
71 Kevin Munch £3,000
71 Steffen Siepmann £3,000
71 Corey Cadby £3,000
71 Steve West £3,000
71 Ryan Harrington £3,000
71 Martin Schindler £3,000
71 Kim Viljanen £3,000
71 Danny van Trijp £3,000
71 Andy Boulton £3,000
71 Darius Labanauskas £3,000
71 Diogo Portela £3,000
71 Pavel Jirkal £3,000
71 Jyhan Artut £3,000
92 Adam Gawlas £2,000
92 Bradley Brooks £2,000
92 Christian Bunse £2,000
92 Marvin Wehder £2,000
92 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez £2,000
92 Krzysztof Kciuk £2,000
92 Stefan Bellmont £2,000
92 Devon Petersen £2,000
92 William Borland £2,000
92 Kevin Burness £2,000
92 Per Laursen £2,000
92 Luke Woodhouse £2,000
92 Alan Norris £2,000
92 Niels Zonneveld £2,000
92 Dragutin Horvat £2,000
92 Michael Hurtz £2,000
92 Dave Prins £2,000
92 Michael Rosenauer £2,000
92 Mark Barilli £2,000
92 Mark Wilson £2,000
92 David Pallett £2,000
92 Jerry Hendriks £2,000
92 Vincent van der Meer £2,000
92 Arron Monk £2,000
92 Cristo Reyes £2,000
92 Nathan Derry £2,000
92 Kevin Knopf £2,000
92 Mario Robbe £2,000
92 Mark Dudbridge £2,000
92 Martin Atkins (Leeds) £2,000
92 Adam Hunt £2,000
92 Matthew Dennant £2,000
124 Alex Stenbauer £1,000
124 Brett Claydon £1,000
124 Chrisian Goedl £1,000
124 Cor Dekker £1,000
124 Hannes Schnier £1,000
124 Maik Kuivenhoven £1,000
124 Daniel Larsson £1,000
124 Jan Hlavacek £1,000
124 Kevin Garcia £1,000
124 Ondrej Plsek £1,000
124 Sebastian Steyer £1,000
124 Vaclav Schieferdecker £1,000
124 Wessel Nijman £1,000
124 Jose Justicia £1,000
124 Mick Todd £1,000
124 Niels-Joergen Hansen £1,000
124 Reece Robinson £1,000
124 Teuvo Haverinen £1,000
124 Alexander Merkx £1,000
124 Erik Hol £1,000
124 Harry Ward £1,000
124 Jimmy Hendriks £1,000
124 Pal Szekely £1,000
124 Daniel Klose £1,000
124 Pero Ljubic £1,000
124 Ricardo Pietreczko £1,000
124 Robert Owen £1,000
124 Benjamin Fasching £1,000
124 Conan Whitehead £1,000
124 Jamie Bain £1,000
124 Johan Engstrom £1,000
124 Patrick Tringler £1,000
124 Patrick van den Boogaard £1,000
124 Lukas Wenig £1,000
124 Thomas Kohnlein £1,000
124 Vincent Kamphuis £1,000
124 Magnus Caris £1,000
124 Marko Puls £1,000
124 Maik Langendorf £1,000
124 Mike Holz £1,000
124 Fabian Herz £1,000
124 Jason Wilson £1,000
124 Nico Kurz £1,000
124 Ricky Williams £1,000

Picture: Tobias Wenzel/PDC

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