The Unibet European Championship is now over for another year; our heart rate should soon be somewhere near normal after an incredible weekend. The undoubted highlight came on the Sunday evening, when Kyle lifted the roof of the Ethias Arena in Hasselt in Belgium. The drama of Kyle’s first PDC major semifinal had us all on our feet, as he battled the world number one Michael van Gerwen.
Kyle won the first session 3-2, before the world number went on one of those surges. At the start of the third session with MvG leading 6-4 having broken Kyle’s throw. From this moment the noise levels in the arena would never be the same, Kyle started the leg with a 180, followed by another meaning Paul Hinks would call the following “Kyle you require 141.” The 141 finished couldn’t have been any more perfect, with every dart in the middle of the extended targets.
From that moment Kyle’s believe rocketed, and looked as if he would defy the bookie’s odds by beating Michael. In the match of the tournament, a place in the final would be determined by a one leg shootout. Sadly the dream would come to an end for now, as MvG won the semifinal 11-10, but only after Kyle wired two match darts. Kyle’s nine-dart finish was the highlight of this year’s European Championships, and again proves something that we have known for a long time, that Kyle is on the verge of something very special.
We now have a few days rest before heading to Glasgow for the World Series finals.