Gary Anderson has won his first title of 2017 with a thumping 6-1 victory over Peter Wright in the final of Players Championship Two.
The two-time World Champion won his first three matches for the loss of just five legs, defeating ‘The History Maker’ Brendan Dolan, Berry van Peer and Steve West.
He faced quality opposition in the form of Benito van de Pas in the last 16 but brushed the Dutchman aside 6-4, before making short work of his prodigy Michael Smith, who he beat 6-1.
Jelle Klaasen, who defeated Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 in his quarter-final awaited Anderson in the semi-final. But ‘The Cobra’ was not to end a successful few days with a place in the final, as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ dispatched him 6-2 to set up a final against Wright.
Anderson seemingly had a final hoodoo in 2017, having lost the World Championship and Masters finals to Michael van Gerwen as well as losing two UK Open Qualifier finals.
But on this occasion, Anderson broke his duck, racing in to a 4-0 lead against the world number three. It could have been 5-0, as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ missed double 14 for a 121 checkout.
Wright snatched the leg to make it 4-1, but that was as good as it was to get for ‘Snakebite’as Anderson wrapped up the next two legs to seal a 6-1 victory and scoop the cheque for £10,000.
‘Snakebite’ who was the top seed, due to the absence of Michael van Gerwen (seeding based on the Pro Tour Order of Merit), couldn’t add to the three UK Open Qualifiers he has won in the last month and to settle for the £6000 runner-up prize.
Elsewhere, fellow two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis threw a nine-darter in his first round match against John Henderson but fell to a 6-3 defeat.