Gary Anderson returned to the winners circle on Saturday afternoon in Milton Keynes as he claimed the £10,000 prize.
The Scot enjoyed a superb victory in the final against the German Gabriel Clemens who’s having quite a debut year in the PDC as he reached his first PDC ranking final as he became only the second German player to acheive that feat.
Clemens raced into a 4-1 lead as he looked to claim his first PDC ranking title. But, Anderson had other ideas as he reeled off three legs without reply to level things up at 4-4. Clemens turned up the heat on the former two-time World Champion as he moved 5-4 ahead. But, Anderson kept on patiently plugging away at the German as he forced a deciding leg.
Anderson in the end, had to survive match darts to claim the title, but he pinned D11 for a 13-dart leg as he celebrated his fifth PDC title of 2018 so far.
En route to successfully picking up the PDC Players Championship crown, Anderson enjoyed victories over Josh Payne (6-4), Peter Hudson (6-5), Jermaine Wattimena (6-1), Ryan Joyce (6-3), Adrian Lewis (6-5), Darren Webster (6-5) before that 6-5 victory over Clemens in the final.
Anderson showed superb composure to win Saturday’s 127-man tournament as he enjoyed four last-leg deciding wins, that just shows how strong mentally the Scot is, as well as naturally talented.
Anderson’s victories in the Quarter-Finals and the Semi-Finals were superb as the Scot averaged 106 and change in both of those performances, and an top of that he showed superb composure to see those particular matches out.
PDC Players Championship 11
Last 16 RESULTS
Peter Wright 6-1 Adam Hunt
Ricky Evans 6-1 Dave Chisnall
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Michael Barnard
Michael Smith 6-0 Benito van de Pas
Darren Webster 6-2 Danny Noppert
Gary Anderson 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 6-1 Ricky Evans
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Darren Webster 6-4 Michael Smith
Gary Anderson 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 6-5 Darren Webster
GARY ANDERSON 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
[ Photo : Lawrence Lustig / PDC ]