Danny Lauby Jr was aiming for his third consecutive title, and a clean sweep of the three events in Tampa this weekend, but Leonard Gates had other ideas.
Danny Lauby Jr continued his great form, securing his second consecutive title of the year, defeating Gary Mawson in the finals of Event #2 in Tampa, Florida.
This is the fourth career tour win for Lauby, and second in a row. He joins the club of back-to-back winners with DJ Sayre (2016) and Gary Mawson (2017), and in Event #3 he’ll attempt to tie the record of three straight wins, currently held by Larry Butler (2016) and Danny Baggish (the last event of 2019 and the first two of 2020).
Lauby was in complete control for most of the day, ending with an 87.15 average, eleven 180s, and a 38% checkout success. He opened with a 5-3 win over Chris Cherry, and followed with convincing 5-2 wins in round two and three, against Stan Perry and Howard Minor respectively.
The quarter-finals would be his closest match. Lauby defeated Nick Linberg 6-4 in a back-and-forth affair, with both players playing at a high level. That win set up a semi-final rematch from Event #1 with Chuck Puleo. Puleo stormed out to a 3-0 lead, but would not reach another out shot after that. Lauby averaged just shy of 100 over the last 6 legs to secured another 6-3 semi-final win over Puleo, and advance to the finals.
The final would be a clash of the last two Continental Cup champions, and a rematch of the 2019 final. Gary Mawson dispatched Event #1 finalist, Leonard Gates in the quarter-finals, and an in-form Chris Lim (89.14 average, highest average for the event) in the semi-finals, but couldn’t overcome Lauby in the finals. Lauby raced out to a 5-0 lead before securing a 6-1 win, and his second title in as many days. Mawson led the way with fifteen 180s during the event, but could not connect on one in the finals.
The biggest shock of the tournament came in the first round, where #1 seed Darin Young was upset up Joe Efter. Efter came out strong and built a 4-0 lead, and despite turning things around and winning the next two legs, Young could not complete the comeback, losing 5-2.
The tour continues with Event #3 in Tampa on Sunday, July 11, at 3:00pm EST.
Article by Brian Fraser July 10, 2021
The 2021 Championship Darts Circuit season kicked off in Tampa, Florida, with Event 1 for the American players.
Danny Lauby Jr, the third seed in the tournament, won his third career CDC tour event, with a high-quality win in the finals against an on-form Leonard Gates. Lauby won 6-2 in the finals with a 94.65 average, Gates averaged 91.21 in defeat. The win gives Danny Lauby a 3-1 career record versus Leonard Gates.
Lauby Jr cruised through the first three rounds, defeating Kevin Burt 5-0, Paul Achenbach 5-3, and Gino Florian 5-2. He survived a scare in the quarter-finals, falling behind 5-1 against Chris Lim, before winning 5 legs on the spin, and winning the match 6-5. In the semi-finals, he met his Team USA teammate from the 2020 World Cup, the #2 seed, Chuck Puleo. Lauby, the reigning Continental Cup champion, would break a 3-3 tie, dominating the last 3 legs, to win the match 6-3 with an average of 90.33.
Lauby averaged 86.31 over the course of the event, with nine 180s and a 36% checkout success.
Gates defeated Chris Cherry 5-0 in the opening round, before surviving a scare of his own in the second round, losing the first 4 legs against Bruce Robbins, before winning the next 5 straight, and surviving 3 match darts in the last leg. After that, Gates defeated John Steinhofer 5-1 in the third round, Jake Womack 6-0 in the quarter-finals, and an out-of-sorts Darin Young, the top seed in the tournament, 6-3 in the semi-finals.
Gates had the highest average for the event at 88.59. He also had eight 180s on the night.
Jeremiah Millar recorded a 170 out during his second round loss to Alex Reyes.
Event 2 takes place July 10, beginning at 3:00 pm EST.
Article by Brian Fraser
July 9, 2021
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In just his second CDC event, Florida’s Danny Baggish etched his name into the history books as he claimed his first title in the tenth and final ranking event on the 2019 Magic Darts Championship Darts Circuit.
The PDC North American Darts Championship winner, who turned heads by recording three 110+ match averages in Saturday’s play only to fall short to Danny Lauby in the Last-16, stormed through the field in Philadelphia and dropped only eight legs en route to darting glory.