ROSS BOSSES HIS WAY TO OPEN GLORY
Scotland's Ross Montgomery captured one of the BDO'S oldest and most prestigious events at The Spa, Bridlington on Sunday night when he defeated fellow countryman Cameron Menzies 6-5 in a dramatic final to lift THE Winmau BDO British Open title.
Ross 'The Boss' had enjoyed some comfortable wins throughout the day, only dropping 4 legs from the last 32 stage up to the semi finals which included a 4-2 triumph over Scott Waites in the Quarter Finals.
In the bottom half of the draw Cameron Menzies had taken out some big nmaes himself, noen more so than a 5-3 win over current BDO World Champion Glen Durrant, Menzies dropped to his knees in disbelief has he slotted the winning double to knock the favourite out of the event at the semi final stage. This victory followed successes over the legend Martin Adams in a deciding leg in the last 8 and a comfortable win the the last 16 over Willem Mandigers.
Earlier in the day Wales's Wayne Warren followed up his run to the semi finals in yesterdays Winmau British Classic with a place in the last 32 of The Open which was enough to see Wayne qualify for the Lakeside BDO World Championships. Following his last leg win in the semi finals over Conan Whitehead, Montgomery must have thought his name was destined to be on the trophy and that proved to be the case in a tense final showdown with Menzies.
The contest was evenly matched throughout, but you sensed that Ross' experience would count and it certainly did when he produced a composed final leg to the dismay of his opponent to land The Winmau British Open Title.
In the Ladies event Australia's Corrine Hammond roared back after her disappointment of losing in yesterday's Classic final to defeat Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-3 to become The Winmau Ladies British Open Champion for 2017 and it was very much deserved too as Hammond once again produced some faultless displays throughout the day including a last leg win over Ladies World Champion Lisa Ashton, 4-3 in the quarter finals. It was good to see Anastasia come back into some top form ahead of the Winmau World Masters. The Russian defeated Wales' Rhian Griffiths in the semi final 4-1 after Rhian had played fantastically well in the previous round to knock out the newly crowned Ladies British Classic Champion Aileen De Graaf also 4-3.
In the final itself it looked like Anastasia had the upper hand, but one thing we have learned these last couple of days is that Corrine will never give in and after a few missed darts at doubles from Dobromyslova the Australian pounced and after a few missed match darts she pinned the winning double to lift The Open title.
The 43rd staging of the BDO British Open didn't disappoint and the crowd were treated to some incredible arrows throughout the day, high tension, quality darts, 9 darter attempts and two worthy Champions to cap it all off. Congratulations Ross Montgomery and Corrine Hammond, our Champions.