Stats Analysis: Bumper averages during PDC Super Series 2

ProTour

Mar 31 2021

PDC Super Series 2 saw three of the top ten recorded averages from Players Championship winners in recent years.

Orders of Merit latest after Super Series 2

ProTour

Mar 20 2021

Scott Mitchell and Alan Soutar have continued their rise up the PDC Order of Merit at Super Series 2.

PDC Statement: Players Championship 8

News

Mar 19 2021

Raymond van Barneveld received medical treatment after being taken ill at Friday's Players Championship 8.

Wright denies Price for first 2021 title at Players Championship 8

ProTour

Mar 19 2021

Peter Wright won his first title of 2021 with victory in Friday's Players Championship 8.

Clinical Clayton claims Players Championship 7 title

ProTour

Mar 18 2021

Jonny Clayton's superb 2021 continued on Thursday with a second Players Championship win of the year.

Imperious Price claims first title as World Champion

ProTour

Mar 17 2021

The 2021 PDC ProTour season continues with Players Championship 6 in Milton Keynes.

Eighth ranking title for Dolan with Players Championship 5 win

ProTour

Mar 16 2021

The PDC ProTour season continues with Players Championship 5 in Milton Keynes.

Top five players awaiting maiden ranking event win

ProTour

Mar 15 2021

We take a look at the top five players on the PDC Order of Merit yet to have won a ranking title.

Players Championships 5-8 entries confirmed

ProTour

Mar 10 2021

Player entries have been confirmed for Players Championship events 5-8 (PDC Super Series 2).

Latest Orders of Merit after Super Series 1

ProTour

Mar 01 2021

The PDC Orders of Merit have changed for the first time since the World Championship.

Players Championship events are held throughout the year, with prize money won counting towards the ProTour Order of Merit

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WILLIAM O'CONNOR claimed his first PDC title at Players Championship 13 in Barnsley on Tuesday.

The opening day of the ProTour mid-week double-header at the Barnsley Metrodome saw O'Connor defeat UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall 8-4 in just his second PDC final, following up his European Darts Matchplay final appearance in July 2018.

O'Connor, who has competed on the PDC ProTour circuit since 2011, edged out Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 in his opening game of the day, before seeing off Luke Humphires and Luke Woodhouse 6-2 to reach the last 16.

There, he produced a stunning display, averaging 105.8 in a 6-4 win over Steve Beaton, which the Irishman followed up with a 6-5 quarter-final triumph over Jeffrey de Zwaan.

A 102.2 average was enough to overcome Daryl Gurney 7-5 in the semi-finals, before a convincing victory over Aspinall saw O'Connor land the £10,000 top prize.

"I'm a bit overwhelmed by it but I'm so happy to have won my first title," said O'Connor, who will represent the Republic of Ireland at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts in June.

"I've been playing well all year but haven't had any good results, so maybe I've used all my luck in one day.

"I'm happy to move up the rankings a bit and now I want to add a couple more titles to my name and see where it takes me.

"I have the game to win more, I just need to be more consistent and produce a lot better than I have been doing over the years, but the same can be said for many players on tour."

A hard-fought final began with four consecutive breaks of throw, before the pair exchanged holds to make it 3-3 after a tight opening.

O'Connor then hit tops to hold throw once again, and followed it with an 11-dart break to open up a two-leg gap for the first time at 5-3.

The Irish number two made no mistake on double 16 to assert his dominance at 6-3, before Aspinall stopped the rot with a hold of throw.

However, O'Connor showed no signs of wavering as he found double 12 for a 13-darter to go within a leg of the title, before the determined former Tom Kirby Memorial Trophy winner saw off 68 to seal a famous win.

Despite a below-par display in the final, Aspinall continued his sensational form with a first final appearance since being crowned UK Open Champion in March.

The World Championship semi-finalist, who claimed his first PDC title in Barnsley in September 2018, defeated Adrian Lewis 7-4 in a thrilling semi-final in what turned out to be the highlight of the Stockport thrower's day.

Elsewhere, Justin Pipe made it two quarter-final appearances in just over a month, while Christian Kist enjoyed a return to form with a first quarter-final berth since November 2016.

Departing Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld continued his resurgence with a run to the last 16, which included a first round defeat of Corey Cadby, while Peter Wright also made it to the last eight.

Premier League stars Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith were joined by Glen Durrant in exiting the tournament before the last 16 stage, while it was a disappointing return to Gary Anderson who was eliminated in the first round.