Josh Rock sets his sights on major title after 'biggest win' of his career

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Josh Rock clinched his first European Tour title with an 8-4 victory over Jonny Clayton in the Dutch Darts Championship final, marking a significant milestone for the Northern Irish darts player. This triumph represents Rock's second PDC ranking title and sets him up for his World Cup of Darts debut next month.

The Broughshane thrower also becomes the sixth unique winner in this year's seven European Tour events. The match was evenly poised at 4-4 before Rock surged ahead, securing four consecutive legs to take home the £30,000 prize in Rosmalen.

Speaking to PDC media, the 23 year old expressed his elation: "This is the biggest win of my career, 100 per cent. I haven't had very good luck against Jonny in finals. He beat me on the ProTour and in Graz [in 2023], but I felt really confident coming into this final.

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"I said this weekend I was here to win the tournament. Jonny is one of the nicest men in darts. I love him to bits, but my name is on the trophy and I'm so happy. I have lost in so many finals, but I keep believing that I will win and obviously today I proved that I can."

Looking forward, he remains focused on bigger goals: "I have always said my next one was going to be a major title and that's my main focus, but I have proved that I can win on the big stage now."

In the final, Rock impressed with the highest checkout of 142 and had previously overcome a 3-1 deficit in his semi-final against Martin Schindler, winning six straight legs for a 7-3 victory. Clayton's path to the final included a 6-2 win in the quarter-finals and a remarkable comeback against world number two Michael van Gerwen, where he recovered from 4-0 and 6-4 deficits to win in a deciding leg.

Van Gerwen secured his spot in the final four after a 6-1 thrashing of fellow countryman Danny Noppert, while Schindler boasted an average of 106 with five 180s in his nail-biting 6-5 quarter-final victory over Luke Woodhouse.

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