Glen Durrant collected his first PDC title as he was crowned Premier League champion after seeing off Nathan Aspinall, having earlier survived four match darts to beat Gary Anderson in their semi-final.
Durrant, who qualified for the play-offs by topping the tournament table, let slip a 6-3 lead against Anderson as his Scottish opponent reeled off six of the next seven legs to establish a 9-7 advantage.
Anderson was unable to close out the match at 9-8 and in a dramatic deciding leg, the two-time world champion missed another three match darts, allowing Durrant to prevail 10-9 at Coventry's Ricoh Arena.
Aspinall defeated reigning world champion Peter Wright 10-7 to book his place alongside Durrant in the showpiece.
🏆 DURRANT IS THE PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPION 🏆— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 15, 2020
36 weeks ago, Glen Durrant made his Premier League debut and after topping the table, he now wins the title!
An 11-8 victory for Duzza sees the Teesside hero lift his first PDC televised title! pic.twitter.com/aTSXjN1gvp
The final between two players in their debut Premier League season was predictably a nip-and-tuck affair, with the first 13 legs going with the throw.
Aspinall missed five darts at a double to level at 7-7 and Durrant capitalised on his opponent’s profligacy before holding his own throw with a superb 127 checkout to establish a 9-6 lead.
It proved a pivotal few minutes in the match as Durrant, a three-time BDO world champion who switched to the PDC at the start of last year, secured an 11-8 victory with minimal fuss.
The Middlesbrough ace had claimed the £25,000 league winner's bonus last month, and scooped the £250,000 top prize for the biggest pay-day of his career.
His three BDO world crowns earned him a total of £300,000.
"It's unbelievable," said an emotional Durrant. "This supersedes everything I've achieved before.
"Tonight I feel like the best player in the world and I've never had that feeling before.
"I'm feeling absolutely fantastic, I'm ecstatic. This means an awful lot to my family, friends and supporters.
"It's a mammoth achievement and it makes my move over to the PDC worthwhile.
"The game against Gary will go down as one of the worst games in Premier League play-offs history but I knew I couldn't play that badly twice.
"I stepped my game up massively for the final and I knew I had to to beat Nathan, who is a consummate professional and will go on to achieve many great things in darts."
Your CHAMPION 🏆— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 15, 2020
Look at the pure emotion on Glen Durrant's face as he lifts the Unibet Premier League trophy aloft, as he is crowned the CHAMPION after 17 nights of action! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/sSC1kRCHML