Fermanagh's Brendan Dolan beat world champion Gerwyn Price and recorded a personal best highest average on his way to his eighth PDC title yesterday.
The 'History Maker' averaged 111.2 in his opening round win over Jason Lowe and ended the day with a 102.19 three dart score, the sixth highest in Players Championship history.
The 47-year-old beat world number one Price 6-2 in the last 32 and then saw off Scott Mitchell and Joe Cullen before recording an 8-6 victory over former World Championship finalist Michael Smith in Milton Keynes.
𝗗𝗢𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗦 🏆— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) March 16, 2021
Brendan Dolan beats Michael Smith 8-6 to win on day one of PDC Super Series II and picks up his eighth PDC title.
What a day for the Northern Irishman! pic.twitter.com/HDCoAOFjO0
"I felt today that my performance level, my scoring was a lot better," said Dolan, who moves to 33 in the PDC's Order of Merit, after winning a title for the first times on tour since 2019.
"I've won ProTours before and my finishing was clinical but today I thought I thoroughly deserved it.
"The standard was good at the top when I first started, but now it's that good at the bottom so you have to raise your game.
"I want to win more. I'm fed up of just taking part, and for a few years I was happy just to be here with the best in the world. Now I'm not happy to do that, I want to be better than them."
"I've changed a few things.
"I want to win tournaments and you need a bit of luck on the day, and possibly somewhere along the line I've had a bit of luck.
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Brendan Dolan responds immediately with a 180 setting up an 82 checkout to level things at 4-4! pic.twitter.com/P3TE9GDSuh
"I know I've played well to beat these people [today] but that's what I do in practice.
"People don't believe you because you can't produce it where it counts, and I'm trying to do what I do in practice here."
Players Championship 6, 7 and 8 take place over the next three days.
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Here's Brendan Dolan making history in Ireland at the World Grand Prix in 2011 🎯🔥 pic.twitter.com/g2Ww5BWPzt