James Wade landed his third UK Open title in Milton Keynes on Sunday, defeating Luke Humphries 11-5 in the final.
Now a winner of ten televised ranking titles, Wade expanded his impressive trophy haul with a first UK Open crown since 2011 thanks to a weekend of consistent performances at the Marshall Arena.
Almost 13 years on from his first UK Open title, Wade's success sees him join Phil Taylor in winning televised PDC titles across three decades.
In addition, the £100,000 winner's prize sees him move up to fourth in the PDC Order of Merit, overtaking Rob Cross as the highest-ranked Englishman.
His first TV success since November 2018 was secured with a typically clinical display in the final against Humphries, who knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in the semis with a brilliant display but was unable to repeat the feat in the decider.
Experience won the day as Wade - who averaged 102.52 and was on target with 41% of his checkout attempts - made the former World Youth Champion pay for 20 missed doubles.
𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗘𝗥... 🏆— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) March 7, 2021
Here's the moment James Wade became the Ladbrokes UK Open Champion for the third time in his career! pic.twitter.com/Symoclxdzo
"To win TV titles across three decades is something I'm very proud of," said Wade. "I'm enjoying it again, I think I've reinvented myself.
"I'm very happy to be in the world of darts, it's a great place to be when you're winning.
"I'm here to provide stability for my son and winning these allows me to do that.
"Luke is quality, he's a gentleman and he showed his quality in the way he dismantled Michael in the semi-finals."
In reaching the final Wade was at his unflappable best in defeating world number one Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the semi-finals, having produced a 10-8 comeback win over Simon Whitlock in the afternoon's quarter-finals.
𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗣𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗦 𝗩𝗔𝗡 𝗚𝗘𝗥𝗪𝗘𝗡— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) March 7, 2021
Luke Humphries completes one of the best wins of his career, reaching the final of the 2021 Ladbrokes UK Open after dumping out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen!
James Wade stands between him and the title... pic.twitter.com/wHSJDnV99W
Wade's route to the title began with a scare from Ryan Joyce in round four as he came through a last-leg decider, before defeating Cross and Germany's Gabriel Clemens in rounds five and six on Saturday.
Despite coming up short in his first televised final, two-time World Youth Champion Humphries continued his progression and produced a sensational 107.41 average in his 11-5 semi-final win over Van Gerwen.
Humphries, who edged out Dave Chisnall 10-9 in the quarter-finals, pockets the £40,000 runners-up prize moves up eight places to 33rd on the PDC Order of Merit.
Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan was best of the Irish contingent, reaching the last 16 where he lost 10-9 to Whitlock.