Brendan Dolan said he was on the verge of quitting darts just the day before winning his first ranking title in five years.

The Fermanagh man claimed Players Championship 22 in Hildesheim, Germany yesterday after beating Jermaine Wattimena 8-5 in the final.

The previous day, Dolan, who was in the PDC top 10 in 2015 but had dropped to number 40 in the rankings, lost out in the opening round of Players Championship 21 and said he almost walked away.

"The way I played [on Saturday] was unbelievably bad and I just felt like quitting and I sent my wife a text. She told me to wise up," an emotional Dolan, a World Grand Prix finalist in 2011, told the PDC.

"I just can't believe it. It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

"I've worked so hard and I haven't got results out of it.

"I used to always say that if I get past the first round then I'm dangerous. I've tried really hard this last 18 months and not got the results, but I've performed really well.

"I think I've got the luck on the day today and it's just great to get a win."

Dolan's last title came in October 2014 in Dublin and he added: "To be honest, I can't remember five years ago. I really couldn't remember how to win and today it was about saving face.

"This game's all about pressure, mental pressure. I pressurise myself all the time, and that's what my wife did today with the text message, she took all the pressure off me and told me just to play darts."

Dolan's run to the final included wins over Jeffrey de Zwaan, Alan Norris, Chris Dobey, Dave Chisnall, Glen Durrant and Cody Harris.

The win moves the 46-year-old up to 38 in the rankings.

In April Limerick's Willie O’Connor won Players Championship 13.