Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler saw his stock rise even further with a sensational performance in Wieze.

Luke Littler made another leap up the PDC Order of Merit on Sunday after romping to victory at the Belgian Darts Open. The £30,000 prize has moved ‘The Nuke’ ahead of his darts hero, Raymond van Barneveld, in the world rankings as his ascent towards the top of the sport continues.

 

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Littler won a staggering £200,000 for finishing runner-up at the World Darts Championship in January, catapulting him from a relatively unknown youngster to a national sporting icon at just 16 years old.

 

It also sent him shooting up the world rankings, which are determined by the total prize money earned over a two-year period. The Warrington-born star has since turned 17 and proven that his hot streak was not merely a one-off.

 

Littler banked healthy cash hauls by winning the Bahrain Darts Masters and the Players Championship, and he clinched a third title in Wieze over the weekend.

 

 

Having defeated Damon Heta and Ricardo Pietreczko en route to the final, Littler hit a nine-darter in an 8-7 win against Rob Cross to prevail in spectacular fashion on his European Tour debut.

 

The result takes Littler’s total prize money over the past two years to £267,000 – although the vast majority of that has been earned since the world championship just over two months ago. ‘The Nuke’ has jumped from 30th to 28th in the PDC Order of Merit in the wake of his Belgian triumph.

 

Luke Littler hits staggering nine-darter to win £30k jackpot over Rob Cross

 

Rob Cross shows true colours after Luke Littler nails nine-darter against him

 

Luke Littler rival hopes ‘arrogant’ teenager gets ‘punished’ after fiery row

 

Daryl Gurney has consequently dropped down a place, as has darts icon Van Barneveld, who now sits behind Littler in the global pecking order. The teenager and the Dutchman faced off in the last 16 of the world championship, which Littler won 4-1.

 

Leading up to the match, Littler shared a video on social media of him as a three-year-old emulating Van Barneveld’s iconic celebration. “I used to imitate [him] when he won the world championship in 2007,” he wrote. “13 years later I get to play the legend himself in the last 16 on the biggest stage of them all.”

 

After coming out on the wrong side of a one-sided drubbing, ‘Barney’ said: “Hats off, respect. It looks like you’re throwing against a darts robot.

 

“There was no honour to be gained from this at all. I haven’t thrown that bad at all, but this is not normal. Tonight I have to recognise my superior in this young lad and I Luke Littler made another leap up the PDC Order of Merit on Sunday after romping to victory at the Belgian Darts Open. The £30,000 prize has moved ‘The Nuke’ ahead of his darts hero, Raymond van Barneveld, in the world rankings as his ascent towards the top of the sport continues.

 

Luke Littler on brink of remarkable feat and blowing Price out of the water

 

Luke Littler’s mum reacts to fiery bust-up after son told to headbutt rival

 

Littler won a staggering £200,000 for finishing runner-up at the World Darts Championship in January, catapulting him from a relatively unknown youngster to a national sporting icon at just 16 years old.

 

It also sent him shooting up the world rankings, which are determined by the total prize money earned over a two-year period. The Warrington-born star has since turned 17 and proven that his hot streak was not merely a one-off.

 

Littler banked healthy cash hauls by winning the Bahrain Darts Masters and the Players Championship, and he clinched a third title in Wieze over the weekend.

 

 

Having defeated Damon Heta and Ricardo Pietreczko en route to the final, Littler hit a nine-darter in an 8-7 win against Rob Cross to prevail in spectacular fashion on his European Tour debut.

 

The result takes Littler’s total prize money over the past two years to £267,000 – although the vast majority of that has been earned since the world championship just over two months ago. ‘The Nuke’ has jumped from 30th to 28th in the PDC Order of Merit in the wake of his Belgian triumph.

 

Luke Littler hits staggering nine-darter to win £30k jackpot over Rob Cross

 

Rob Cross shows true colours after Luke Littler nails nine-darter against him

 

Luke Littler rival hopes ‘arrogant’ teenager gets ‘punished’ after fiery row

 

Daryl Gurney has consequently dropped down a place, as has darts icon Van Barneveld, who now sits behind Littler in the global pecking order. The teenager and the Dutchman faced off in the last 16 of the world championship, which Littler won 4-1.

 

Leading up to the match, Littler shared a video on social media of him as a three-year-old emulating Van Barneveld’s iconic celebration. “I used to imitate [him] when he won the world championship in 2007,” he wrote. “13 years later I get to play the legend himself in the last 16 on the biggest stage of them all.”

 

After coming out on the wrong side of a one-sided drubbing, ‘Barney’ said: “Hats off, respect. It looks like you’re throwing against a darts robot.

 

“There was no honour to be gained from this at all. I haven’t thrown that bad at all, but this is not normal. Tonight I have to recognise my superior in this young lad and I wish him the best of luck.”

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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