Clinical Heta denies Dobey to celebrate PC4 success

ProTour

Feb 20 2024

Damon Heta produced an inspired mid-game burst to defeat Chris Dobey and claim Tuesday’s Players Championship Four title in Leicester.

Sensational Searle denies Anderson to clinch PC3 title

ProTour

Feb 19 2024

Ryan Searle continued his blistering form to clinch a first title of 2024 on Monday, denying an inspired Gary Anderson to celebrate Players Championship Three success in Leicester.

2024 Players Championships 3-4 Player entries confirmed

ProTour

Feb 15 2024

Player entries have been confirmed for next week's Players Championship double-header, as the 2024 PDC ProTour season continues in Leicester.

Inspired Anderson opens 2024 title account at PC2

ProTour

Feb 13 2024

Gary Anderson was on top form as he claimed his first PDC title of the year at Players Championship 2 in Wigan on Tuesday.

Nine-dart Littler denies superb Searle to celebrate PC1 victory

ProTour

Feb 12 2024

Luke Littler continued his stunning rise by following up a nine-dart finish with victory on his Players Championship debut on Monday.

Paul Nicholson's five potential first-time Players Championship winners

ProTour

Feb 11 2024

Darts commentator and pundit Paul Nicholson picks out five potential first-time Players Championship event winners in 2024 ahead of Monday's start of the ProTour season.

2024 Players Championships 1-2 Player entries confirmed

ProTour

Feb 06 2024

Player entries have been confirmed for next week's opening Players Championship double-header, as the 2024 PDC ProTour season begins in Wigan.

2024 PDC Tour Card Holders confirmed

ProTour

Jan 15 2024

Following the conclusion of the 2024 PDC Qualifying Schools, the 128 PDC Tour Card Holders for 2024 are now confirmed.

Huge £750,000 invested in Players Championship prize funds for 2024

ProTour

Jan 07 2024

A massive £750,000 will be added to the prize money on offer in Players Championship events in 2024 in a major boost for players on the PDC ProTour.

Brilliant Chisnall completes handful of 2023 titles with PC30 triumph

ProTour

Nov 02 2023

Dave Chisnall claimed a fifth ranking title of 2023 as the ProTour season concluded with Players Championship 30 in Barnsley on Thursday.

Brendan Dolan won his first ranking title for almost five years by defeating Jermaine Wattimena 8-5 in the Players Championship 22 final.

The Northern Irish ace has slipped out of the world's top 32 in recent years, having previously reached the 2011 World Grand Prix final before winning five ranking events in 2013 and 2014.

A run to the World Championship quarter-finals in December had been a much-needed boost for Dolan, and he came through the 128-player field in Hildesheim to take the £10,000 Players Championship top prize.

He opened his day with a 100 average in edging past Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5, and after seeing off Alan Norris and Chris Dobey, Dolan then averaged almost 107 to defeat Dave Chisnall 6-5.

Dolan repeated that scoreline in a quarter-final win over Glen Durrant, and averaged over 100 again in a 7-3 semi-final win over Cody Harris.

The opening stages of the final proved tight as Dolan and Wattimena shared the opening four legs, before a 13-darter saw the Northern Irishman break in leg five.

Wattimena finished 86 to break back and level, but a superb 11-darter from Dolan sparked a run of four straight legs as he moved one away from victory at 7-3.

Wattimena landed 180s in the next two as legs of 13 and 14 darts saw the Dutchman battle back, but Dolan finished 108 to emotionally secure the title.

A tearful Dolan admitted: "I just can't believe it. It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

"I've worked so hard and I haven't got results out of it. Yesterday, the way I played was unbelievably bad and I sent my wife a text. She told me to wise up.

"I used to always say that if I get past the first round then I'm dangerous. I've tried really hard this last 18 months and not got the results, but I've performed really well.

"I think I've got the luck on the day today and it's just great to get a win."

Dolan's last title came in Dublin in October 2014, and he added: "To be honest, I can't remember five years ago! I really couldn't remember how to win and today it was about saving face.

"This game's all about pressure, mental pressure. I pressurise myself all the time, and my wife told took all the pressure off me and told me just to play darts."

Wattimena's run on the day saw him reach a second Players Championship final of the year, but the World Cup representative was again left waiting for his first ranking title.

He overcame fellow countrymen Christian Kist and Jelle Klaasen in his opening two games, before seeing off Ryan Joyce and Gabriel Clemens.

Wattimena then missed double 12 for a nine-darter during his 6-2 quarter-final win over Steve Beaton, before coming from 4-0 down to win his semi-final 7-6 against Mensur Suljovic - claiming a first career victory over the Austrian.

Suljovic had won through to his first Players Championship semi-final for nearly two years, while New Zealand's Harris was appearing in the last four on the ProTour for the first time.

Harris recently won his second Challenge Tour title, and warmed up for his appearance in the forthcoming NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, with five wins on Sunday, including a 6-4 quarter-final defeat of Saturday's winner, Krzysztof Ratajski.

Ratajski, Beaton and Durrant were joined in the quarter-finals by top seed Ian White, while 2019 Players Championship winners Chisnall and Harry Ward reached the last 16 alongside World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith and German Darts Masters runner-up Gabriel Clemens.

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