Limerick’s Willie O’Connor won his first Professional Darts Corporation ranking title, claiming Players Championship 13 in Barnsley yesterday afternoon.
Cappamore's O’Connor, who has competed on the PDC ProTour circuit since 2011, edged out Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 in his opening game of the day, before seeing off Luke Humphires and Luke Woodhouse 6-2 to reach the last 16.
There, he produced a stunning display, averaging 105.8 in a 6-4 win over Steve Beaton, which the Irishman followed up with a 6-5 quarter-final triumph over Jeffrey de Zwaan. A 102.2 average was enough to overcome Daryl Gurney 7-5 in the semi-finals, before a convincing 8-4 victory over Aspinall saw O’Connor land the £10,000 top prize.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed by it but I’m so happy to have won my first title,” said O’Connor, who will represent the Republic of Ireland at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts in June