IAN WHITE believes he is edging closer to a TV title after landing his first European Tour crown at the Dutch Darts Championship in Maastricht last weekend.

Playing in his 63rd European Tour event, more than any other player, the world number 11 was left in tears after breaking his duck with an 8-5 victory over Ricky Evans in Sunday's final.

White is already a two-time a ProTour this year and 'Stoke's number one' is now enjoying the rewards of becoming a big-stage winner for the first time.

Ian White (Kelly Deckers, PDC Europe)

I love playing darts and dedicating my life to it, it's the best job in the world!

"I was fully focused all weekend because some players weren't there and some were knocked out early," said White, who now has ten PDC titles to his name.

"When that happens you've got to take your opportunity and, as the weekend went on, I started thinking 'I can win this one'.

"When I got home on the Monday it felt like just a normal day, but on Tuesday it started sinking in and it's a very nice feeling to be a big-stage winner.

"It's great looking at the rankings and seeing the players I've gone ahead of because I was so far behind the top ten and all of a sudden I'm not.

"Before I played Peter Wright I was thinking 'if I beat Peter I have to win the final' because I knew it would provisionally qualify me for the Grand Slam."

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White recorded wins over Arron Monk, Mervyn King, Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright and Evans to clinch the £25,000 prize ahead of a busy end to the year for the seven-time televised quarter-finalist.

A provisional qualifier for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts, White is also in line to star in the Unibet World Grand Prix, Unibet European Championship, bwin World Series of Darts Finals and Players Championship Finals ahead of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

"Over the last few years I've dipped a bit towards the end of the year but this year will be different," White continued.

"This is the time of year you want to start playing well because it's such a busy period.

"I'm happy with how I've done so far this year, I've exceeded my achievements of previous years and now I want a good run at a TV event and maybe even win one.

"Hopefully this win will now give me the confidence to play my floor game on TV."

Ian White (PDC)

Despite never going beyond the quarter-finals of a televised event, White remains firmly established as one of the most consistent players in the world.

The former World Championship quarter-finalist is in no doubt as to why he has been able to maintain his relentless high-level of play over a number of years.

"My hard work and dedication is definitely the key to my success over the years," White added.

"I love playing darts and dedicating my life to it, it's the best job in the world!

"I practice all the time and recently I've been playing a lot with Michael Smith, we've been pushing each other along.

"Who knows, we could meet in the final of a TV tournament!"

White will be in action this weekend (September 14-16) as the PDC European Tour continues with the International Darts Open in Riesa, Germany with coverage to be broadcast at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.