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Van den Bergh After Winning the UK Open: ‘The Sky is the Limit’

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Van den Bergh After Winning the UK Open: ‘The Sky is the Limit’ PDC

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, after winning his second televised ranking championship in an incredible Ladbrokes UK Open final, an emotional Dimitri Van den Bergh said, ‘The sky is the limit,’ as per the PDC website.

In the thrilling final-leg shoot-out, Van den Bergh prevailed against World Champion Luke Humphries at Butlin's Minehead Resort on Sunday after making it through two match darts.

After Humphries survived six match darts of his own throughout two legs, the former World Matchplay champion rallied to force a decision. At one point, the previous champion led 7-2 and 8-4.

Humphries' 24-match winning streak in televised ranking events came to an end as Van den Bergh restored his composure in an exciting conclusion to reclaim the winner's circle.

“I’m still lost for words. It is incredibly special for me, especially in the way I won it. From the start, I felt that everything was going my way. There was a moment Luke went 180, 180 and then he missed a chance at 82, and in the next shot I finished 130 and I thought: ‘It’s all happening for me, this is just my tournament.’ In the end, I feel I got lucky. My opponent – a World Champion – missed match darts, and all of a sudden I went ‘bang, bang’ and I am a major champion for the second time in my career,” admitted the 29-year-old, who had become the new world number seven after pocketing the GBP110,000 winner’s prize

Van den Bergh endured a testing 2023 campaign, which culminated in a second-round defeat to Florian Hempel at the World Darts Championship.

The Antwerp trailblazer revealed his underwhelming form prompted him to visit a sports psychologist earlier this year, and he hailed the instant impact it’s had on his game.

Van den Bergh defeated five PDC ranking event winners on his way to glory this weekend, overcoming Brendan Dolan, Vincent van der Voort, Jonny Clayton, Martin Lukeman, Damon Heta and Humphries to triumph in the three-day festival of darts.

Van den Bergh will return to action on home soil next weekend, as the 2024 European Tour gets underway with the Belgian Darts Open from March 8-10.

The Belgian number one will headline a star-studded 48-player field in Wieze, as he sets his sights on a maiden European Tour crown in his homeland.

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