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Born van Put Belgian youth darts star

Belgian darts kid qualifies for Euro tour debut

Darts players of all ages form the landscape of modern darts with pros ranging from 57 years old down to the teen sensation Luke Littler at only 17. Now Belgian darts kid Born van Put has qualified for the Belgian darts Open at just 16!

Belgian darts kid qualifies for Euro tour debut

Whilst Luke “The Nuke” Littler was preparing for night 6 of the premier league in Brighton, host nation qualifiers took place in Belgium for the Belgian darts open. Among the 128 participants was a 16 year old youngster trying to emulate Luke in lowering the average age of the PDC pro circuit. At just 16 years and a couple months old van Put is another of the darts kids trying to hit the big time in darts.

Incredibly Born van Put navigated his way through a field containing former tour card holders Brian Raman and Geert de Vos, and two brothers of Belgian star Dimitri van den Bergh among many others. Qualifying for the Euro tour and making a pro debut on stage in front of a partisan home crowd will be a new highlight in the fledgling career of the Belgian darts kid.

 Who is the Belgian darts Kid Born van Put

Many can be forgiven for thinking the youngster has come from nowhere to qualify, which is of course the beauty of the PDC Euro tour, but locals have long known about the teenager and his darts prowess. Van Put also has a family tree with roots in the PDC circuit as he is a nephew of darting legend Erik Clarys. The Sheriff may have had to forego his own darting career due to injury, but his nephew van Put is ensuring the family remain firmly in the picture.

Erik Clarys in action on the PDC stage before injury cut his career short.
Erik Clarys in action on the PDC stage, now to be followed by Nephew Born van Put

What has Born van Put done in darts

Having turned 16 van Put was able to go to the PDC Q-School in January, and performed superbly for someone so young ending a very creditable 31st on the order of merit. With a highest recorded average of 85.92 it would seem unlikely that Born will emulate the dream debut of Littler, but a new career in darts could be taking shape.

Van Put will take on German star Lukas Wenig in their first round clash, and whatever the outcome of the game, Van Put and Clarys will be proud and will certainly use this experience to further develop the darting journey. Whether van Put shows the skills that has the darts fraternity pulling their hair out and shouting “no way he is just 16” like they did after being wowed by Littler remains to be seen but we will be taking note of his results from now on.

Born van Put the 16 year old Belgian darts Kid

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