Daryl Gurney claimed the 2018 Players Championship Finals title with a dramatic 11-9 victory over Michael van Gerwen on Sunday in Minehead.
An incredible finish to the £460,000 tournament saw the Derry man show incredible resilience as he fought back from 9-8 down to win the final three legs for one of the biggest wins of his career.
There were tears of joy for emotional Gurney, who clinched the £100,000 title with a spectacular 85 checkout on the bullseye to end Van Gerwen's three-year reign as champion in the event.
"I'm over the moon with that win, it means to much to me," said former World Grand Prix champion Gurney.
DARYL GURNEY WINS THE 2018 LADBROKES PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 🏆 pic.twitter.com/9C1pssxw5t— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) November 25, 2018
"That was the best bullseye I've ever hit in my life, I was determined to make sure we didn't go to a deciding leg and I was relieved to see it go in.
"I knew I was playing well, I was hitting everything in practice and after a sticky start I straightened up my throw and I grew in confidence from there.
"To win this tournament is an unbelievable feeling and I'm going to enjoy this moment."
A tight opening to the final saw the first 12 legs all won on throw, before Van Gerwen took out 88 for a first break of the contest, only for a tenacious Gurney to break straight back.
World number one Van Gerwen broke throw once again to go 9-8 up, only for Gurney to show nerves of steel, taking out 88 in two darts to level at 9-9.
Gurney took out 32 to hold throw and go within a leg of the title, before a stunning 85 finish on the bull sealed a sensational win for the world number five.
For Van Gerwen it was a first televised ranking final defeat in 15 matches, but the Dutchman was keen to acknowledge the achievement of his rival.
"I think he played a phenomenal game," said Van Gerwen, who avenged his Grand Slam of Darts loss to Gary Anderson in the semi-finals.
"To be fair I think I let myself down and Daryl punished me because my performance was not 100 percent."
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