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PDC European Tour: Joe Cullen wins Hungarian Darts Trophy after beating William O’Connor in the final

Masters champion and Premier League runner-up Joe Cullen claimed his third European Tour title with a superb 8-2 defeat of Irishman William O’Connor in the Hungarian Darts Trophy final

Last Updated: 04/09/22 11:54pm


Joe Cullen claimed the Hungarian Darts Trophy to land his third European Tour title and a fourth tournament win of 2022

Joe Cullen claimed his third European Tour title and a fourth tournament win of 2022 with a superb 8-2 defeat of William O’Connor in Sunday’s Hungarian Darts Trophy final.

The PDC European Tour’s second visit to Budapest saw the BOK Sportcsarnok enjoy some sensational darts across three days of action.

Masters champion and Premier League runner-up Cullen scooped the £25,000 top prize, claiming European Tour glory for a third time with his first win since the 2020 International Darts Open.

Michael van Gerwen and Cullen hit four 180s between them during the fifth leg of their clash at the World Matchplay

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Michael van Gerwen and Cullen hit four 180s between them during the fifth leg of their clash at the World Matchplay

Michael van Gerwen and Cullen hit four 180s between them during the fifth leg of their clash at the World Matchplay

‘The Rockstar’ had battled past Martin Lukeman in Saturday’s second round, and saw off Jim Williams in Sunday afternoon’s third round to continue his challenge.

He then overcame Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-4 in the quarter-finals and survived three missed match darts from Dave Chisnall during their semi-final, before producing a 12-darter to complete a 7-6 victory.

Cullen’s most dominant display came in the final, as he claimed the opening five legs without reply, twice punishing missed doubles from O’Connor while also posting a 13-dart leg, two 14-darters and a 100 finish.

‘The Magpie’ hit back with double 10 and then produced a 124 finish to break with a sparkling 12-darter, but five further missed doubles in the next leg allowed Cullen in to move 6-2 up.

The World Series star then edged towards victory with an 11-darter as he took out 96, and four further misses from the former World Cup finalist allowed him to claim the title on double eight.

“I didn’t expect to come to Budapest and win, but I’m over the moon,” said Cullen.

“In my first three games I was terrible and a bit lucky to get through all three of them. Then I turned it on a little bit in the semis and I think I was pretty decent in the final.

“I kept Willie at bay, because I’d seen how well he played over the weekend and that’s what I had to do.”

Was Cullen's dart to level the match against James Wade in Manchester in or out? The referee had to take a closer look to double check...

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Was Cullen’s dart to level the match against James Wade in Manchester in or out? The referee had to take a closer look to double check…

Was Cullen’s dart to level the match against James Wade in Manchester in or out? The referee had to take a closer look to double check…

O’Connor came from 5-3 down to edge out Michael Smith in Sunday afternoon’s third round, before defeating Jose de Sousa and Nathan Aspinall to reach his first European Tour final since 2018.

“The fantastic crowd in Budapest is one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen,” said O’Connor. “If you told me before the weekend that I’d get to a final, I’d be absolutely ecstatic.

“Although it’s a disaster to lose in any final – it’s not nice – I don’t mind losing to Joe. He’s one of the best guys in the game and I wish him the very best in the future.”

The PDC European Tour continues from September 9-11 with the Interwetten German Darts Open in Jena, as 48 players compete in the 11th of 13 events being held this year.

2022 Hungarian Darts Trophy

Sunday September 4
Afternoon Session
Third Round

Joe Cullen 6-4 Jim Williams
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-4 Madars Razma
Josh Rock 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Jose de Sousa 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
William O’Connor 6-5 Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Simon Whitlock

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals

Joe Cullen 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Josh Rock
William O’Connor 6-4 Jose de Sousa
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Ryan Meikle

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen 7-6 Dave Chisnall
William O’Connor 7-5 Nathan Aspinall

Final
Joe Cullen 8-2 William O’Connor

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