Dave Chisnall picked up his first title on the PDC circuit in over a year with victory in Players Championship 10 in Barnsley on Saturday.
The world number nine, who had been beaten in five finals since winning a Players Championship event in May of last year, defeated Steve Beaton 6-2 in the final to claim the £10,000 prize.
With Chisnall being the only player involved in the World Series of Darts tour to enter the tournament, many players would have been targeting a good run to boost their chances of qualifying for the BetVictor World Matchplay.
At the end of play it was Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez who still held on to the last place up for grabs in the Pro Tour Order of Merit, and with just one tournament left before the cut off, 27 players are guaranteed to be at Blackpool later this month.
Chisnall’s run to his 11th PDC title began with 6-2 triumphs over Jamie Robinson and Jonathan Worsley, before he was pushed all the way by John Henderson as he came through a 6-5 winner to progress to the last 16.
A whitewash 6-0 victory over recent Challenge Tour finalist Lee Evans kept the 35-year-old on course for the title, with a 6-3 win against Kyle Anderson taking him into the semi-finals.
Chizzy then produced his second whitewash of the day, beating Andrew Gilding 6-0, before getting the better of Beaton 6-2 in the final.
The latest Pro Tour weekend concludes on Sunday with Players Championship 11, the last chance for players to affect the Order of Merit and Pro Tour Order of Merit before the cut off for the World Matchplay field.