Paul Hogan hit a sensational title-winning 164 checkout to win the 2017 Red Dragon Champion of Champions in Cardiff this evening.
The 53-year-old came through a field of 256 players to scoop the £5,000 top prize at St. David’s Hall today, beating last year’s winner Jonny Clayton 2-0 in the final.
The best of three legs tournament got underway this afternoon with 256 players, who had all won qualifying tournaments to qualify, battling it out for a share of the £20,000 prize fund up for grabs.
Hogan, who pulled off surprise wins against former world champions Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis in the UK Open earlier this year, defeated Rob Warman, Terry Temple, Craig Gilchrist, Carl Wilkinson, Barry Hawker, Chris Lacy and Rob Owen to reach the final.
After breaking Clayton’s throw in the first leg of the decider, Hogan then took out a brilliant 164 in the next leg to seal a 2-0 win and the title.
PDC tour card holder Clayton was bidding to win the title for a second successive year and came close to retaining his crown, with victories over Jeff Thomas, Brian Flew, James Bevan, AJ Urmston-Toft, Anthony Freeman, Mark Lawrence and Mark Layton putting him through to the final.