Paul Lim enjoys prolific opening weekend on the PDC Asian Tour

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 27 Jan 2019
Lim takes the lead in the race to Ally Pally (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Paul Lim capped off a memorable week with victory in the second PDC Asian Tour event of the season in South Korea on Sunday.

Just days after celebrating his 65th birthday, the Singapore legend rolled back the years once again to reign supreme in Seoul.

Lim enjoyed a fine run to the final of Event One on Saturday - where he was edged out in a deciding leg by Hong Kong's Royden Lam despite an average of 105.3.

Lim, though, went one better 24 hours later, defeating Kai Fan Leung 5-2 in the final to clinch the title and take an early lead on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

He dropped just nine legs in his seven wins en route to glory, notably whitewashing Min Seok Choi 5-0 in the Last 32 with a stunning 108.9 average.

Lim had whitewashed newly-crowned Women's World Champion Mikuru Suzuki in the Last 16 of Event One but was pushed much closer when the pair met the following day, with the Japanese star missing two match darts before losing in a last-leg decider in the Quarter-Finals.

Lim also defeated World Championship qualifier Lourence Ilagan 5-2 in the Semi-Finals before overcoming left-hander Leung in the decider, sealing victory on double ten to scoop the $3,000 top prize.

The 2019 PDC Asian Tour consists of 12 events held across six weekends, with the top four players on the final Order of Merit qualifying for the 2019/20 William Hill World Championship.


PDC Asian Tour Event One Results (Last 16 onwards)


Saturday January 26

Top 16
Lourence Ilagan 5-2 Seok Min Choi
Yong Gaweenuntavong 5-1 Poppy Eupakaree
Kevin Leung 5-3 Xiachen Zong
Paul Lim 5-0 Mikuru Suzuki
Prince Shek 5-4 Seigo Asada
Christian Perez 5-1 Woong Hee Han
Royden Lam 5-3 Keita Ono
Kazuki Hagane 5-2 Shizuka Kondo

Quarter-Finals
Lourence Ilagan 5-4 Yong Gaweenuntavong
Paul Lim 5-2 Kevin Leung
Prince Shek 5-4 Christian Perez 
Royden Lam 5-1 Kazuki Hagane

Semi-Finals
Paul Lim 5-3 Lourence Ilagan
Royden Lam 5-1 Prince Shek

Final
Royden Lam 5-4 Paul Lim

PDC Asian Tour Event Two Results (Last 16 onwards)


Sunday January 27

Last 16
Michael Viola 5-2 Royden Lam
Kevin Leung 5-3 Arashi Matsumoto
Yuya Higuchi 5-4 Haruki Muramatsu
Christian Perez 5-4 Alexis Toylo
Paul Lim 5-0 Erdene Gan Sharavsambuu
Mikuru Suzuki 5-4 Beom Soo Park
Lourence Ilagan 5-0 Kwang Hee Cho
Jin Ho Song 5-2 Eikichi Nakanishi

Quarter-Finals 
Kevin Leung 5-0 Michael Viola
Yuya Higuchi 5-2 Christian Perez
Paul Lim 5-4 Mikuru Suzuki
Lourence Ilagan 5-2 Jin Ho Song

Semi-Finals
Kevin Leung 5-1 Yuya Higuchi
Paul Lim 5-2 Lourence Ilagan

Final
Paul Lim 5-2 Kevin Leung



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