Template - Date: Players Championship 20
MENSUR SULJOVIC enjoyed a fitting end to his stunning September as he claimed glory in Players Championship 20 with a thrilling final victory against Stephen Bunting at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel.
The Austrian ace, who had won his first televised title at the Champions League of Darts just a fortnight earlier, produced a string of fantastic performances and knocked out World Champion Michael Van Gerwen on the way clinching his third PDC title.
Suljovic fired in a nine-darter in Friday’s run to the semi-finals, when he lost out to eventual Players Championship 19 winner Rob Cross – but the world number seven refused to be denied 24 hours later, despite trailing Bunting 3-0 in Saturday’s decider.
Bunting, appearing in his first PDC final for 18 months, opened up that three leg cushion with the aid of a brilliant 160 checkout in the first leg. But Suljovic hit back, using just 55 darts to win the next four legs, including a superb 121 checkout on the bullseye.
Former Lakeside Champion Bunting levelled up at four apiece but Suljovic won the next two legs as he secured the £10,000 first prize with a 112 finish.
“I feel brilliant,” said Suljovic, who takes on Ian White in the first of the Unibet World Grand Prix, which begins on Sunday.
“I felt like I played better darts yesterday but I am very happy with how everything is going at the moment. I’m playing well but tomorrow is a different day and a different tournament.”
Suljovic had started the day with a 6-0 win against Ted Evetts, which he followed up with a 6-2 defeat of Richie Corner. He then edged out Justin Pipe 6-5 before seeing off Alan Norris with a 6-1 success to set up a quarter-final clash with Van Gerwen.
Suljovic proved too strong for the world number one as he enjoyed a 6-3 triumph to reach the semi-finals, where he defeated James Wilson 6-4. Bunting’s charge to the final saw him continue a mini resurgence of late, following runs to the quarter-finals and semi-finals in Barnsley in August.
The former World Grand Prix semi-finalist enjoyed early victories against John Bowles, James Richardson and White, before a 6-4 win over Yordi Meeuwisse saw him reach the last eight. There, he defeated Vincent van der Voort 6-1 to move into the semi-finals, where he claimed a 6-3 success over Latvia’s Madars Razma.
PDC Players Championship 20
Saturday 30th September 2017
City West Hotel, Dublin
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Madars Razma 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Stephen Bunting 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
James Wilson 6-3 John Henderson
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Madars Razma
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 James Wilson
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Stephen Bunting