We profile the 2020 World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh as the Belgian star gets set to head stateside for the first time in June.
Dimitri Van den Bergh has notched up one ranking title victory in his career to date, the 2020 World Matchplay… on debut.
‘The DreamMaker’ lived up to his moniker has he stormed to victory in a competition that is largely perceived to be the second most prestigious on the tour – behind the World Championship.
He overcame Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis, Glen Durant and finally Gary Anderson to notch his maiden television title – a feat that secured him a career-high £115,000 payday.
Van den Bergh has since reached two other ranking finals – the 2021 World Matchplay and the 2021 World Series of Darts Finals – but was beaten on both occasions by Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton.
Van den Bergh is the current world number 10, with his two-year prize money totalling just over £450,000.
Almost a quarter of that total was secured at the 2023 World Darts Championship, with his superb run to the semi-final capturing him £100,000, although his hopes of the £500,000 top prize were ended by Michael van Gerwen in crushing fashion (0-6).
Van den Bergh is 28-years-old and will turn 29 on 8th July.
He made his TV debut in the final of the 2015 World Series of darts Finals after coming through an arduous qualifying campaign, but his TV bow ended in disappointment as Max Hopp ran out a 6-3 winner in the first round.
He was born in Antwerp, Belgium, but now resides in Ilkeston, England, given his PDC Tour commitments.
During the pandemic, he moved in with Peter Wright and his family in Scotland, and credits his practice regime with then then World Champion as pivotal to his 2020 World Matchplay success.
‘The DreamMaker’ walks out to ‘Happy’, by Pharrell Williams – another song that often goes down well with fans in attendance.
The Belgian used to undertake a then iconic dance routine on stage to the song, but has since reined in his on-stage persona.
Target manufacture the arrows used by Van den Bergh, who throws a weighty 23g, 90 percent tungsten, 48.9mm slim-barrel Generation 1 dart.
As well as winning the World Matchplay in 2020, Van den bergh, one of the biggest personalities in the game, is also a two-time World Youth Champion.
Other notable tournament wins for ‘The DreamMaker’ have come in the 2022 Nordic Darts Masters and 2022 Dutch Darts Masters, and will be hoping to add a third World Series title to his name at the 2023 bet365 US Darts Masters in June.
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