Devon Petersen will be joined at June’s World Cup of Darts by Deon Oliver, after he won a tournament hosted by Petersen in Cape Town.
When choosing pairings for the World Cup of Darts, it is traditionally the top two ranked players from each country that compete. There are some exceptions, for instance with Robert Thornton partnering Gary Anderson last year for Scotland when Peter Wright was ranked higher, even so, the decision is usually somewhat ranking based.
But, Petersen took a different approach. This weekend, he invited nearly 200 of South Africa’s finest darts players to battle it out for the chance to partner him at the World Cup of Darts in June, in the inaugural Last Man Standing tournament. It was won, after three days of darts, by Deon Oliver, nicknamed the Straw Dog.
The Spartan is on a mission to raise the profile of darts across Africa and has previously spoken of his desire to promote individual sport in South Africa, a country where rugby, cricket and football rule the sporting roost.
The event certainly appears to have done that, as 3000 spectators attended across the weekend, with Petersen also hinting on twitter that major sponsors were lining up to be involved with the next event.
In fact, next year’s event will prove to be just as important, as it is currently the only way South African arrowsmiths can qualify for the PDC tournament.
The World Cup of Darts takes place between 1st and 4th of June 2017 in Frankfurt. The event has been dominated by the English duo of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis, who have won four of the six editions of the event.