Danny Lauby overcame a furious comeback attempt by the top-seeded Jacob Taylor to capture the Cosmo Darts Classic Title – his fifth CDC Tour crown – on Sunday in Chicago. The win capped off a strong weekend for the Indiana man fresh off a successful stint of competition in the UK. After losing the finals in Event 4, and falling in the semifinals in Event 5, Danny was not to be denied in the final event of the weekend.
Danny was the ninth seed on the day and began his road to the finals with comfortable wins over Michael Nguyen 5-2 and Dave Fatum 6-2. He would fall behind 2-0 in his quarterfinal match against Doug Boehm, but then responded with 6 legs on the trot to take the match 6-2. He continued his win streak against David Cameron in the semifinals by winning the first 4 legs en route to a 7-2 scoreline that is certainly not reflective of the quality of this hotly-contested match.
Taylor – as he had been doing all weekend – opened up with a whitewash, this time 5-0 against John Liggett. He continued with a 6-3 victory over Gino Florian, and then won a back and forth affair against Chuck Puleo, 6-5, taking the last leg decider with a 13-darter. Taylor exploded into the semifinals against Stowe Buntz, opening up a 4-0 lead, and despite some double troubles, sealed a 7-4 victory and a spot in the finals.
Despite his quarterfinal defeat to David Cameron, Jules Van Dongen led the pack with a 90.72 average during Event #6, while runner-up Jacob Taylor pounded in 12 180s. American sharpshooter, Chuck Puleo, converted 44% of his checkouts to lead the way, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Jacob Taylor in the quarterfinals.
Danny Lauby (10) 7-5 Jacob Taylor (1)
Jacob Taylor (1) 7-4 Stowe Buntz (13)
Danny Lauby (10) 7-2 David Cameron (3)
Jacob Taylor (1) 6-5 Chuck Puleo (8)
Stowe Buntz (13) 6-2 Jim Long (5)
Danny Lauby (10) 6-2 Doug Boehm (15)
David Cameron (3) 6-4 Jules Van Dongen (11)
The road to the Continental Cup continues with events #4-6, to be held August 11-13 in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
Article by Brian Fraser
July 16, 2023