Max Hope missed the Darts World Cup – and now the Tour card is in jeopardy
Max Hope missed out on qualifying for the Darts World Cup for the second time in his career. The tournament will be exciting for him anyway. The 25-year-old is threatening to lose his round card and he has to watch out for 13 players. In the end, the successes of two Germans could mean the end.
NSIt was the last chance to qualify for the Darts World Championship which started on 15th December in London after a poor season. In Monday afternoon’s PDPA qualifying, all Tour ticket holders who had not yet purchased a ticket to Alexandra Palace managed to play the last three starting positions for Court 96.
And there were also three Germans: Max Hope, Michael Unterbuchner and Stephen Siebmann. Hope even finished fourth among the 48 candidates due to his position in the world rankings, but the end was already waiting for the beginning. Edsteiner averaged 84.79 and lost 4:6 to Australian Gordon Mathers.
After the 2018 World Cup, the German record-breaking eight-year-old has not only missed the highlight of the year in London for the second time in his career, but now has to shiver badly over the Tour ticket for next season. Although Maximizer is still a seemingly comfortable 47th place in the Order of Merit, at the start of the tournament it will be 25,000 pounds, which he brought before the 2020 World Cup when he reached the third round, on the basis that the ranking calculated in the the past two years.
Including prize money for the first round of the World Cup in 2022, Hopp is now only 59th in the standings – only the top 64 will be eligible to play in 2022 after the tournament.
So Max Hope keeps his tour ticket
If Raymond van Barneveld, Martin Schindler, Ryan Meckley and Bradley Brooks win their opening games as expected, the 25-year-old will drop to 63rd and then have to hope that no other players from the depths of the Medal of Merit move to The third round. The nominees are Alan Soutar, Nick Kenny, Robbie John Rodriguez, Richie Edhouse, Scott Mitchell, Lisa Ashton and Junior World Champion Ted Evets, Ken Perry and Florian Hempel. An exciting World Cup awaits Hopp and German fans – even without his participation.
Like the Maximiser, Siepmann had to give up on the first lap. He lost 5-6 to Ryan Murray of Scotland. On the other hand, it went much better for sub-bookings. The Bavarian had been able to hope for his debut in Ally Pally for a long time. After an impressive start with the second highest average of the championship (103.22) and 6:1 against Mark McGinney of England, he didn’t give his compatriot Steve West a chance either. Once again it was 6:1. The newcomer on the tour was still losing two wins, but in the semi-finals the finish was waiting at 2:6 against Nick Kenny. Unterbuchner only got 85.3.
The last three places went to Kenny of Wales, James Wilson of England and Boris Krakmar of Croatia. Electronic darts legend Krcmar averaged 121.86 points in the first round. By qualifying for the World Cup, he surpassed Hope in the standings. It will not be the last. It can’t be more than five.