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Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Ian White bounced back from a first round exit on Saturday to win Players Championship 11 at the Barnsley Metrodome on Sunday.

The world number 12 had lost 6-5 to Cristo Reyes in the last 128 of Players Championship 10, but produced the perfect response to beat Joe Cullen 6-3 in Sunday’s final.

It was White’s second PDC title of 2016, with the 45-year-old having whitewashed world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-0 in the final of Players Championship Five in April.

The Stoke ace saw off Steve McNally, Jeffrey de Zwaan and Jason Marriott for the loss of only four legs in the early rounds, before a 6-3 triumph over Daryl Gurney secured his place in the quarter-finals.

Victories over the Belgian brothers Ronny and Km Huybrechts in successive matches booked White’s place in his second final of the year, where he got the better of Cullen 6-3 to scoop the £10,000 prize.

Cullen’s run to the final was the second time he had got to the last game in the last three Players Championship events, with the Yorkshireman having been whitewashed 6-0 by Benito van de Pas in the final of Players Championship Nine only six weeks ago.

The world number 36 began his march to the final with wins over James Wilson, Lee Evans, Mark Webster and Nathan Aspinall, before ending both Joe Murnan and Cristo Reyes’ hopes of qualifying for the BetVictor World Matchplay later this month.

Following Sunday’s Players Championship 11, the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit and 16 qualifiers from the One-Year Pro Tour Order of Merit will make up the field for the World Matchplay.

The World Matchplay will take place from July 16-24 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with the first round draw taking place on Sky Sports News this Thursday at 9.45am.

Click here to see all the results from Players Championship 11

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