|Location||Egmond aan Zee|
|Format||Legs (round robin) |
Sets (knock out)
| Glen Durrant (men's)|
Lisa Ashton (women's)
Keane Barry (youth)
The Finder Darts Masters was a darts tournament held in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, sanctioned by the British Darts Organisation and the World Darts Federation, running intermittently under several different names from 1995 to 2018.
The tournament was previously known as the Zuiderduin Masters from 2007 to 2014, as the Leendesk Masters in 2005, as the Doeland Grand Masters from 2001 to 2004, as the European Grand Masters in 2000, and as the Dutch Grand Masters in 1995 and 1996. It was held in December and was traditionally the last BDO event held before the annual World Championship. The tournament was an unranked event until 2008, when it was installed as a ranking event, along with the World Championships and the World Masters, following the cancellation of the World Darts Trophy and the International Darts League.
The organizers of the event announced in 2019 that that year's event would not take place due to the termination of the sponsorship with Dutch e-commerce company Finder, and the tournament has been discontinued.
1995–1996: Dutch Grand Masters
2000: European Grand Masters
Following a growth in popularity in darts in the Netherlands because of the great success of players such as Raymond van Barneveld the event returned in 2000. It returned as the "European Grand Masters" in 2000.
2001–2004: Doeland Grand Masters
The tournament became the "Doeland Grand Masters" from 2001 to 2004.
2005: Leendesk Masters
In 2005 the tournament was named the "Leendesk Masters".
2007–2014: Zuiderduin Masters
The event was later cancelled, due to lack of sponsorship, but was revived later that year when the tournament venue, the Hotel Zuidenduin, stepped in to sponsor the tournament signing a five-year contract until 2012, and it was branded the Zuiderduin Masters. Following sponsorship from the Hotel Zuiderduin, a women's competition was added in 2008 and after a demonstration tournament for juniors in 2010, a juniors competition was added in 2011. A new three-year contract was agreed in 2011 for it to remain the Zuiderduin Masters up to 2014.
2015–current: Finder Darts Masters
Finder, an international operating company, took over the naming rights to the tournament from the 2015 edition onwards. It was branded the Finder Darts Masters.
The field is made up of 24 players. Qualification is determined from the top 16 players from the Zuiderduin Masters ranking table, which is separate from the BDO/WDF World Rankings, as well four players from the International Darts Tour of the Lowlands (IDTL) before its collapse in 2010/2011, and the winner of the Netherlands Champions League of Darts, plus 3 wild cards. If an IDTL qualifier is already qualified through his ranking, an extra wild card becomes available.
From 2011, the men's winner at the MariFlex Open, a Zuiderduin Masters ranking event, gained automatic entry in to that years Zuiderduin Masters tournament. It was replaced with the Hal Open in 2014, but retained the same stipulations the MariFlex Open had. Since the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters tournament, the men's champion from the previous year was invited back to the following year's tournament.
The 24 players are split into 8 groups, with each player playing 2 matches, best of 9 legs. The top player from each group advance to the quarter-finals, which is played in set format through to the final.
Following the tournament's inception as a ranking event in 2008, a women's competition was installed with an eight-player field, made up from the top five players in the Zuiderduin Masters rankings, an IDTL qualifier before its collapse, the NDB Champions League of Darts winner and a wildcard. Likewise with the men's event, an extra wildcard can also be awarded. The competition was played in a straight knockout format.
The women's competition was played in a straight knockout format up to and including the 2010 tournament before a new format was introduced in 2011. The field was shortened to six players. Two groups consist of three players playing one another once, with both group winners advancing to the final. The group stage matches are played over a legs format before the final in played in a sets format.
From 2011, the six-player field has been made up from the top two players in the Zuiderduin Masters rankings, the NDB Champions League of Darts winner, two wildcards and the MariFlex Open winner. From 2011, the women's winner at the MariFlex Open, a Zuiderduin Masters ranking event, gained automatic entry into that years Zuiderduin Masters tournament. It was replaced with the Hal Open in 2014, but retained the same stipulations the MariFlex Open had. Since the 2013 Zuiderduin Masters tournament, the women's champion from the previous year has been invited back to the following year's tournament.
The youth tournament was instigated in 2011 with the first winner being Jimmy Hendriks who in the same year also won the WDF World Youth Cup and World Youth Masters.
The tournament has been held at the Hotel Zuiderduin in Egmond aan Zee since 2001. The 2000 tournament was held in Hardenberg. In 2007, following the postponement of the 2006 event, plans were made to host the 2007 Dutch Grand Masters in Rosmalen, but after it was cancelled, the plans were aborted and it remained in Egmond.
|Year||Winner (average in final)||Score||Runner-Up (average in final)|
|1995||Francis Hoenselaar||3 – 2||Mandy Solomons|
|1996||Deta Hedman||3 – 1||Francis Hoenselaar|
|2008||Lisa Ashton (78.42)||2 – 0||Trina Gulliver (65.91)|
|2009||Julie Gore (86.07)||2 – 0||Tricia Wright (81.75)|
|2010||Trina Gulliver (78.60)||2 – 1||Francis Hoenselaar (71.79)|
|2011||Deta Hedman (81.99)||2 – 0||Aileen de Graaf (68.25)|
|2012||Anastasia Dobromyslova (74.34)||2 – 1||Aileen de Graaf (84.69)|
|2013||Aileen de Graaf (74.34)||2 – 0||Anastasia Dobromyslova (74.34)|
|2014||Anastasia Dobromyslova (78.09)||2 – 1||Aileen de Graaf (71.88)|
|2015||Fallon Sherrock (88.41)||2 – 0||Anastasia Dobromyslova (73.95)|
|2016||Anastasia Dobromyslova (77.60)||2 – 1||Aileen de Graaf (70.71)|
|2017||Aileen de Graaf (75.78)||2 – 0||Deta Hedman (66.31)|
|2018||Lisa Ashton (88.68)||2 – 1||Fallon Sherrock (84.58)|
|Year||Winner (average in final)||Score||Runner-Up (average in final)|
|2011||Jimmy Hendriks||2 – 1||Mike Zuydwijk|
|2012||Quin Wester||2 – 0||Kenny Neyens|
|2013||Colin Roelofs||2 – 0||Berry van Peer|
|2014||Callan Rydz||2 – 0||Mike van Duivenbode|
|2015||Justin van Tergouw||2 – 0||Maikel Verberk|
|2016||Justin van Tergouw||2 – 0||Owen Maiden|
|2017||Jarred Cole (86.16)||2 – 0||Nathan Girvan (77.50)|
|2018||Keane Barry (80.52)||2 – 0||Levy Frauenfelder (75.47)|
|Raymond van Barneveld||4||0|
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- All scores in final are in set format