Mitchells Plain’s Devon Petersen has been crowned the winner of the 2020 German Darts Championship, and is the first African to win a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) title. He did this by beating Welshman Johnny Clayton with a score of eight to three in Hildesheim, Germany on Sunday, September 27.
Petersen also beat Dutchman Danny Noppert with a score of seven to four in the semi-finals, and stopped Gerwyn Price from winning his fourth successive PDC tournament
“It’s been a long time coming,” the 34-year-old Petersen told the BBC. “I’ve been working hard, it feels like a lifetime and it’s probably been the last … since I was 15 … so it’s 19 years. The last two or three years have been the hardest where you are competing against the level of Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, there’s loads of names and Peter Wright … and you just feel as though you are not going to get there because they are improving all the time.”
“I played in the Autumn Series and I lost out to Gerwen Price and I missed three or four darts to win and I just think that spurred me on today. To be a champion is amazing, wow.”
According to Clayton, Petersen’s win was well-deserved.
“Devon is absolutely class and this is well deserved,” said the Welshman. “He’s proven to the darting world that he’s on this map.”