Jose de Sousa grew to become the primary Portuguese participant to win a PDC title by claiming Players Championship 23 on Tuesday and is now planning to ‘beat everybody.’
The 45-year-old has made fairly an impression in his first 12 months as a PDC Tour Card holder, having already made one ProfessionalTour last and now including a primary title to his CV.
De Sousa hammered Gerwyn Price 8-1 within the last in Barnsley, having additionally comfortably seen off Pteer Wright within the final 4.
A memorable day for the Lisbon native additionally noticed him beat the likes of Steve Beaton, Jermaine Wattimena and John Henderson to choose up the £10,000 winner’s prize.
‘This is a dream for me, I am so, so happy,’ mentioned De Sousa after his dominant win over the Iceman.
‘I have fought for 25 years to come here and at last I can do this. It’s wonderful for me to play towards the perfect gamers on the earth and show I can play similar to them.
‘This is an incentive for me to continue my work and I think I can beat everybody if I continue to play this way.’
The Portuguese star is now in competition to make his World Grand Prix debut in October as he appears to qualify by way of the ProfessionalTour Order of Merit.
Players Championship 24, on Wednesday, noticed a extra acquainted identify within the winner’s enclosure as James Wade picked up his fifth title of the season.
Only Michael van Gerwen (10) has received extra tournaments than Wade this 12 months as he continues his strong kind forward of the run of majors on the again finish of the 12 months.
Wade beat Dave Chisnall 8-6 within the last, having overwhelmed spectacular newcomer Scott Taylor 7-Four within the semis.
The Machine actually shone within the final 16, although, when he averaged a whopping 105 to see off Raymond van Barneveld 6-3.
‘It was a nerve-wracking final,’ mentioned Wade. ‘I thought I was going to have it over and done with a lot quicker than I did but it’s onwards and upwards from right here.’
Wade has cemented his place as quantity eight on the earth, whereas De Sousa rises to quantity 73 as he shortly makes floor on the highest 64 forward of the World Championship.