Gary Anderson claimed the primary rating title of the PDC season by storming to victory at Players Championship 1 on a dramatic day in Barnsley.
The two-time world champion was in beautiful type as he beat the likes of Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross, Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock en path to the ultimate, the place he downed Jeff Smith.
The Flying Scotsman stole the present, however he was not the one one in wonderful fettle as Mickey Mansell and Mike van Duivenbode each hit 9-darters in their first spherical matches.
Mansell is ranked 57 in the world, whereas Duivenbode is down at quantity 93, however they confirmed they’ll obtain perfection on the ProfessionalTour.
It was Anderson’s day, although, as he averaged an outstanding 101.9 over his seven matches, with no participant ending inside three legs of him as he claimed the £10,000 high prize.
The 49-year-old peaked in phrases of averages with 107.5 in his first spherical win over Christian Bunse, but in addition turned in a 106.1 in downing Cross 6-2 and a 104.4 in beating Price 6-3.
‘It’s been some time since I received one thing, however I’ve acquired the starvation again,’ Anderson mentioned, after his first rating title since July 2018.
‘I want to get back to how I was throwing before [injury], I don’t thoughts if I win or lose, however as lengthy as I throw them how I used to then I’ll be alright.
‘I still have work to do, but it’s not a foul begin.’
Anderson’s path to PC1 glory
- Final: (98.0) 8-4 Jeff Smith (93.8)
- Semi-Finals: (102.2) 7-3 Adrian Lewis (97.6)
- Quarter-Finals: (99.2) 6-2 Joe Cullen (95.2)
- Last 16: (106.1) 6-2 Rob Cross (101.5)
- Last 32: (104.4) 6-3 Gerwyn Price (100.5)
- Last 64: (96.5) 6-1 Simon Whitlock (87.6)
- Last 128 (107.5) 6-3 Christian Bunse (96.0)
Anderson suffered an injury-plagued 2019 and had given himself a three-month timescale to seek out his finest type in 2020, however he now seems to be to be properly forward of schedule.
‘Last year was an absolute nightmare so I’m excited to get a brand new 12 months going and see what occurs. I’m trying ahead to it.’
Smith’s run to the ultimate was outstanding as it was his first event since regaining a PDC Tour Card at Q School in January.
The Canadian downed Dave Chisnall in spherical one and picked up vastly spectacular victories over world champion Peter Wright and UK Open champ Nathan Aspinall.
The ultimate in opposition to an on-song Anderson was one step too far for the Silencer, however the £6,000 runners-up prize is a unbelievable begin to his season.
World primary Michael van Gerwen may solely attain the final 32 earlier than struggling a shock 6-Four defeat to Brendan Dolan.
MVG had appeared very good in his first two victories, over Scott Mitchell and Damon Heta, however fell to the Northern Irishman, who would go on to succeed in the semis earlier than dropping to Smith.
Dolan additionally beat four-time BDO ladies’s world champion Lisa Ashton in the primary spherical, who was enjoying in her first ProfessionalTour occasion after profitable her card at Q School.