Canada’s Matt Campbell wins two titles to top European Challenge Tour Order of Merit after the first weekend

Canada’s Matt Campbell leads the way at the top of the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit after the first weekend of the season.

The PDC’s second tier tour, which has been split into UK and European sections for this year, got under way with six events in Niedernhausen, Germany this past weekend.

Campbell, who travelled from Canada to take part in the tour, defeated Gino Vos 5-1 in the final of the first event on Friday, before edging past Jitse van der Wal 5-4 in the decider of the fifth event, held on Sunday.

Campbell’s two-title haul sees him sit in first place on the Order of Merit with £4,550, a lead of £1,550 over his nearest rivals.

Belgium’s Kenny Neyens won the weekend’s sixth event, with a narrow 5-4 victory over Lukas Wenig in the final, and is Campbell’s closest challenger with £3,000.

Kevin Doets, the winner of the last Challenge Tour event in 2020, saw off a resurgent Christian Kist 5-2 in the Event 2 final on Friday, while Saturday’s two titles were shared between Rowby-John Rodriguez and Steven Noster.

After Campbell became the first Canadian player to win a Challenge Tour title, Noster opened the account for Germany with a 5-3 victory over Richard Veenstra in the Event 4 final.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez whitewashed Toni Alcinas 5-0 in the Event 3 final. Rodrgieuz (£2,900), Noster (£2,800) and Doets (£2,150) complete the top five on the Order of Merit after six events.

The player who finishes top of the Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn a two-year tour card on the main PDC tour, along with a spot in the PDC World Championship.

The European Challenge Tour resumes in Niedernhausen with six more events on September 3-5. The UK Challenge Tour is set to begin with the first six events on August 6-8.

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