Jose De Sousa made it back-to-back titles at PDC Super Series 4 with victory at Players Championship 15, edging out…
Jose De Sousa made it back-to-back titles at PDC Super Series 4 with victory at Players Championship 15, edging out Ryan Searle 8-7 in the final.
De Sousa claimed his second PDC title of the season on Tuesday and followed up with a third just 24 hours later to continue his remarkable week at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
The Grand Slam champion battled back from 7-5 down and survived one missed match dart from Searle to clinch the £10,000 top prize landing a record 34 maximums across the day.
“It feels great to win repeat titles,” said De Sousa. “It’s something I didn’t expect at all.
“Ryan played really well but he missed at the end and I punished him. It doesn’t make me happy to do that but that’s the game.
“I wouldn’t say players are scared of me now, but I would say they respect me as a player. I think I deserve that after all my hard work.”
De Sousa began the day with a 6-3 win over Jon Worsley before thrashing Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1 with a 99 average in Round Two.
The Portuguese star then averaged 102 in a 6-2 win over Dutchman Kevin Doets and continued his clinical form by dispatching Jeff Smith 6-3 with a further ton-plus average.
A repeat of the recent Premier League final saw De Sousa face nemesis Jonny Clayton in the Quarter-Finals, and after the Welshman had squandered multiple match darts, ‘The Special One’ snatched a 6-5 win to remain on course.
De Sousa, who had averaged 127 on Monday, swept aside Rob Cross 7-2 with a blistering 112 average in the Semi-Finals.
The first eight legs of the final went with throw before Searle broke in style with a magnificent 161 checkout to move 5-4 ahead.
Searle then landed double four to go two clear, and though De Sousa replied with double 14 to close the gap, ‘Heavy Metal’ picked out double ten to move within a leg of victory at 7-5.
A spectacular 135 checkout saw De Sousa stay alive, and after Searle had wired the bull for the match in leg 14, the Premier League finalist broke throw with double ten to force a decider.
Searle was denied any further opportunity to clinch his second PDC ProTour title as De Sousa sealed victory in style with a 102 checkout.
Searle’s run to the final sees him launch himself back into the provisional ProTour Order of Merit qualification places for next month’s Betfred World Matchplay.
Searle, who is targeting a Winter Gardens debut in July, took the scalps of Gary Anderson and Joe Cullen en route to the final, but saw his bid for a second PDC ranking title fall just short.
Elsewhere on Day Three, Ian White hit the fourth nine-darter of Super Series 4 in a 6-4 Second Round defeat to Ron Meulenkamp.
Adrian Lewis continued his improved form with a first Players Championship Quarter-Final of the year, while Croatia’s Boris Krcmar reached the Last Eight for the first time in a ProTour event.
A resurgent Cross scored his first win over Michael van Gerwen in three years in the Quarter-Finals, extending Dutchman’s wait for a first title of 2021.
PDC Super Series 4 concludes on Thursday with Players Championship 16.
Players Championship 15 Results
Wednesday June 16
William O’Connor 6-5 Steve Beaton
Ryan Searle 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Gary Anderson 6-2 Ted Evetts
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Chas Barstow 6-3 Jim McEwan
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Peter Jacques
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-4 Chris Dobey
Boris Krcmar 6-4 James Wade
Aaron Beeney 6-4 Derk Telnekes
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-2 Callan Rydz
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Boris Koltsov
Josh Payne 6-4 Devon Petersen
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Justin Pipe
Jason Lowe 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Alan Soutar 6-3 Gary Blades
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Joe Murnan 6-3 Lewis Williams
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Jamie Hughes
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Ryan Murray
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mike De Decker 6-5 Scott Waites
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ross Smith
William Borland 6-4 Matt Jackson
Michael Smith 6-3 Brett Claydon
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Ryan De Vreede
Geert De Vos 6-4 Madars Razma
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Danny Baggish
Damon Heta 6-4 Gordon Mathers
James Wilson 6-3 John Michael
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 John Brown
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Robert Thornton
José de Sousa 6-3 Jon Worsley
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 John Henderson
Ritchie Edhouse 6-0 Glen Durrant
Kevin Doets 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Ian White 6-2 Steve West
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Lisa Ashton
Jason Heaver 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Jeff Smith 6-5 Martin Lukeman
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Nick Kenny
José Justicia 6-2 Keegan Brown
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Peter Hudson
Martin Atkins 6-3 Eddie Lovely
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Steve Brown
Sean Fisher 6-4 Martin Thomas
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Lorenzo Pronk
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Andy Boulton
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Lee Evans
Alan Tabern 6-4 Geert Nentjes
Ryan Joyce 6-3 Adam Mould
Ricky Evans 6-2 Luc Peters
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Berry van Peer
Rob Cross 6-2 Darren Webster
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Andy Hamilton
Peter Wright 6-5 Wayne Jones
Kevin McDine 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Luke Humphries 6-5 Jake Jones
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Danny Noppert 6-3 Jack Main
Kai Fan Leung 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Mervyn King 6-2 Steve Lennon
Martin Schindler 6-2 David Evans
Joe Cullen 6-1 William O’Connor
Ryan Searle 6-4 Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Chas Barstow
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-4 Ciaran Teehan
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Josh Payne
Alan Soutar 6-3 Jason Lowe
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Joe Murnan
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Mike De Decker
Adrian Lewis 6-3 William Borland
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Michael Smith
Geert De Vos 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta 6-4 James Wilson
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
José de Sousa 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kevin Doets 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Ian White – *White hits a nine-darter*
Jeff Smith 6-5 Jason Heaver
Jonny Clayton 6-2 José Justicia
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Martin Atkins
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Sean Fisher
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Alan Tabern
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Ricky Evans
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Rob Cross 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Peter Wright 6-5 Kevin McDine
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Luke Humphries
Danny Noppert 6-4 Kai Fan Leung
Mervyn King 6-2 Martin Schindler
Ryan Searle 6-5 Joe Cullen
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Boris Krcmar 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Niels Zonneveld 6-1 Alan Soutar
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Geert De Vos
Damon Heta 6-2 Bradley Brooks
José de Sousa 6-2 Kevin Doets
Jeff Smith 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Martijn Kleermaker
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Rob Cross 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Peter Wright 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Mervyn King 6-5 Danny Noppert
Ryan Searle 6-3 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Damon Heta
José de Sousa 6-3 Jeff Smith
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Rob Cross 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-2 Mervyn King
Ryan Searle 6-2 Boris Krcmar
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Adrian Lewis
José de Sousa 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Rob Cross 6-5 Peter Wright
Ryan Searle 7-4 Stephen Bunting
José de Sousa 7-2 Rob Cross
Jose De Sousa 8-7 Ryan Searle