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The CDC kicked off it's third year on the 29th of May 2017.
First two main Events were held in Huntsville, Alabama.
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For the seeded players their
first day at the Winmau World Masters didn't start well. The first three, James
Wilson, Darryl Fitton and Wesley Harms, were immediately eliminated, because
the qualifiers Mark McGeeney, Seigo Asada and Rhys Hayden played much better.
Wilson was steamrolled by McGeeney's 106.14 average, Fitton and Asada raced
head to head, in the deciding Leg the Japanese crossed the finishing line
first. It was not as obvious why Wesley Harms lost - the Dutchman both had the
better doubles hitting rate and the better average and threw the only two 180's
of the match.
With Martin Phillips the tide turned - the Welshman proved he's not on the
shelf yet. An impressive average of almost 100 and a double hitting rate of 50
percent were not to beat. Glen Durrant managed to stay in the tournament as
well though he played far less well and the match only started to get gripping
near the end.
Then with Ross Montgomery and Rick Hofstra the next seeded players went out
of the tournament - both more mediocre matches, though Daniel Larsson from
Sweden had with 57 percent on the doubles the highest hitting rate and with 156
the highest finish of the day.
In the match between Scott Mitchell and Paul Hogan Mitchell prevailed, a seeded
player. Hogan had a rather slow start in the match - might be because he had to
walk in without his music which clearly irritated him. In the deciding Leg
Mitchell was - as during most of the match - just better. The next highlight of
the day was the performance of Alan Norris, who threw in this short format
almost unbelievable 8 180s. Qualifier Chris Dobey never managed to get into the
match. The same happened in a much weaker match Madars Razma. For him Remco van
Eijden was - after the smoke of the smoke machine had finally disappeared from
stage - just too strong. Van Eijden's hitting rate on the doubles nevertheless
to sure leaves a lot of room for improvement. The next two...

It was sunny again on the last day of the UK Open. The breakfast-pub was much
more crowded than the days before and Adrian Lewis had cleared off into a quiet
corner but was all the time interrupted by fans.

I took another walk -
as I had learned the day before that not only the UK Open take place here in
Horwich but that the cycle and the running route of Ironman UK for some years
already go through Horwich as well. At the round-about outside the hotel there
usually is a refreshment station. The map I found on internet was not good
enough to really identify the routes but it was a pleasant walk nevertheless.

In the reebok everybody wondered who would win the tournament. Michael
van Gerwen still was the favorite especially after Phil Taylor had some
problems against Brendan Dolan the day before. And there of course were Raymond
van Barneveld, James Wade and Adrian Lewis still in the hunt. Hamilton, Baxter
and Wright were more thought of as the underdogs. But those underdogs proved to
be quite strong in the quarterfinals!

Raymond van Barneveld was in trouble against Ronnie Baxter in the first
quarterfinal. The Dutch had dominated in the beginning but then Baxter showed
that he didn't intend to give in easily and won five Legs in a row to lead. Now
van Barneveld was in a tight spot!! In the deciding leg Baxter had a matchdart
and missed. Raymond van Barneveld stumbled over the finishing line first and
stood in the semi-finals.

Then Andy Hamilton played against James Wade and again it was the underdog who
was way out in front after he had overcome his initial difficulties. Hamilton
just finished better and so Hamilton was the second player to reach the
semifinals.

Next on was the much anticipated match between Phil Taylor
and Michael van Gerwen. Till the five all it was head to head but then despite
his similarly high...
On the first two days the UK Open had started in the evening while on the
third there was an afternoon session with the fourth round and an evening
session with the fifth round - so many hours in the Reebook lay ahead of me. A
full English breakfast was really necessary to survive the day. It looked it
was not only me having this idea because Adrian Lewis already sat in the
breakfast pub with a plate of toast in front of him waiting for sausages,
bacon, eggs and baked beans. To it he drunk some pints of orange juice and
ended his meal with a cigarette outside the pub marveled at by people walking
by.
As I don't smoke I decided that instead with a cigarette I would treat
myself with a walk through the fields and meadows nearby - really a pleasure
due to the weather. Afterwards I payed the super market a short visit buying
drinks and food.

On Saturday the Reebok was not as crowded as the two days before. There were
only four boards left and more seats added. I always managed to find a
reasonable place at the boards dependent on who would play there. On the main
stage three one sided and one thrilling match were played. James Wade, Phil
Taylor and Michael van Gerwen overrun their opponents.
Gary Anderson
v Kevin Painter first looked one-sided as well with Anderson as the winner but
then developed unexpectedly and Kevin Painter got the win.

I meanwhile
had secured myself a good standing place at the second board and followed how
Terry Jenkins won to Kim Huybrechts. I think this second stage is especially
uncomfortable for the players. Around the main stage and the other floorboards
there is some breathing space but on the small stage the ceiling is very low
and the temperatures are extremely high. As the small stage is usually more
crowded then all others I could imagine it feels almost claustrophobic for the
players up there. After the match Jenkins/Huybrechts a lot of people left -...
On the second day again the tournament started in the evening and after an
almost full English breakfast I took the train to Manchester. Usually it takes
around half an hour but on this morning due to engine trouble it took much
longer and the train was totally over heated. 


Due to the problems we stood for some time at the station Castlefields and I
spied some ruins in a nearby field which I thought looked "Roman" and really - those were not the ruins of a castle but of a Roman fort. On their way to the
North the Romans had build here in the middle of the Brigands region in 79 AD a
small fort - Mamucium - which existed till they left Great Britain in 407.
First it really was only a small fort to control the Brigands, a Celtic tribe,
but later it was enlarged when the Romans advanced to Scotland and was used as
a provision camp and to produce and repair weapons as well. Beside the fort
develop a civil settlement, in which at the peak around 2000 people lived. For
the Romans the position of the fort was strategic on a small hill and directly
at the main road between the important cities Chester and York.

After the Romans had
left Great Britain the region stayed uninhabited till the Anglo-Saxons turned
up around three hundred years later and founded a little bit North the
settlement Mamecaster from which developed today's Manchester. You can see
today neither Romans nor Anglo-Saxons any more in Manchester which shows all
characteristics of a typical industrial town but some interesting modern
architecture as well.

In the evening I returned to an even more
crowded Reebok Stadium, in which all the top players entered the tournament. It
was almost impossible to take reasonable pictures. When I had managed to find a
position to follow the action to be sure I got into contact with...