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Gary Anderson bags 20th PDC Pro Tour title with victory in Players Championship 14 in Wigan

By Alex Moss
18 JUNE 2017 • 8:39PM

Gary Anderson claimed his 20th title on the PDC Pro Tour circuit after beating Ian White 6-1 in the final of Players Championship 14 today.

The world number two put the disappointment of losing in the final of Players Championship 13 behind him by going all the way in Wigan 24 hours later.

The Scot began the final by missing the bull for a 170 finish before returning to finish off 25 on double eight to take the first leg.

Anderson then hit a maximum and checked out 84 to break White’s throw in the next leg for a 2-0 lead.

White missed a dart at double 16 in the third leg to break straight back, which allowed the two-time world champion to land double nine and stretch his advantage even further.

In the fourth leg, Anderson missed tops for a 105 checkout for a double break before White hit double eight to get his first leg on the board.

After holding throw to regain his three-leg cushion, Anderson took out 118 on double 19 to move 5-1 up and one leg away from victory.

And the title was sealed in the next leg as Anderson finished off 60 on tops to complete a 6-1 win and clinch a third Players Championship title of the season.

“These tournaments are hard work and it’s absolutely baking in here, so it’s really great to get the win,” Anderson said.

“Steve (Beaton, Players Championship 13 winner) was fantastic yesterday and it was my turn today.

“I love it when the old boys stand up and show everyone what we can do. We are still doing the business and the young guns aren’t quite there yet.”

Anderson’s route to the title began with a 6-5 victory over Mickey Mansell, before another tough 6-4 win against Harry Robinson put him through to the last 32.

More straight forward 6-2 triumphs over Kyle Anderson, and then Dirk van Duijvenbode, sealed the Scot’s place in the last eight.

A 6-1 victory over Richard North set up a semi-final clash with the in-form Rob Cross, who was through to his second semi-final in as many days.

However, Cross was unable to topple Anderson, with a 113 checkout helping the recent Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters winner to a 6-4 win.

Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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