Gary Anderson won the the first UK Open title of his illustrious career after defeating Australian sensation Corey Cadby 11-7 in Sunday's final in Minehead.
The two-time world champion, who has also won a pair of Premier League titles, last reached the final in this tournament back in 2010 but now finally adds this prestigious tournament to his trophy cabinet.
It's a great achievement for Anderson, 47, considering he nearly pulled out of this season's Premier League due to injury but his body held up throughout a hectic weekend at the Butlin's Minehead Resort to take the £70,000 top prize.
Anderson's triumph also ends his growing wait for another big TV title which dates back to when he claimed the second of his two world crowns at the start of 2016. This was his sixth final at the highest level since that glorious night at the Ally Pally so he'll now be confident of picking up a few more.
The Flying Scotsman won't have lifted a trophy in more unusual circumstances, with the event being played behind closed doors all weekend without spectators due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Emma.
An unforgettable weekend will also be remembered for the incredible underdog stories of John Part, David Pallett and Robert Owen as well as the shock exits of Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright on opening night.
Former world youth champion Cadby, who was backed at 28/1 each-way by our darts expert Chris Hammer pre-tournament, was playing in his first major televised ranking final having only turned professional in January after winning hisPDC Tour card at Q School - so to run Anderson this close in just his ninth event since then underlines his rich potential in the sport.
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Anderson had earlier defeated world champion Rob Cross 10-5 in the quarter-finals before overcoming David Pallett 11-7 in the evening's semi-finals but found himself 4-1 down against the confident 22-year-old.
He hit back to lead 5-4 with a four-leg burst of his own, before finishing a key 108 to lead 8-6.
Cadby, who beat Gerwyn Price and Robert Owen earlier in the day, hit back before finishes of 70 and 91 moved Anderson to the brink of a victory which he sealed with a 14-dart leg on double 18.
Anderson said: "It's fantastic for me. I've come here to win the tournament and managed to do it, and it's great. In the last three games I've been lucky - it's been a struggle. Corey is good and I've got a lot of time for him, he's a class act.
"I knew exactly what to expect and he's going to be about for a long, long time. It's getting harder every year with all the youngsters coming through and they'll take it in their stride."
The Tasmania-born Cadby will now return to Melbourne ahead of his wedding to fiancee Breana in a fortnight - on his 23rd birthday - and said: "What a year 2018 has been and I'm looking forward to the rest. I'm only young, I've got a lot to learn and I'm pretty happy to make the final. I'm not happy to be runner up but I'll take it.
"I gave everything but you've got to hit the doubles at crucial times, you can't afford to miss and Gary came through and won."
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Gary Anderson booked his place in the UK Open final after defeating 1000/1 pre-tournament outsider David Pallett in Minehead.
The Flying Scotsman is bidding to win his first TV major since claiming the second of his two world titles at the start of 2016 and will start as marginal favourite against Corey Cadby, who is appearing in his first big final just weeks after turning progressional.
Anderson was highly-expected to see off the world number 89 but he had to come from 3-1 and 5-3 down before finding another gear to triumph 11-7.
The 47-year-old, who earlier won six legs on the trot to defeat world champion Rob Cross 10-5, hit four 180s, averaged 95.31 and hit 47.83% of his doubles.
Victory tonight would not only be Anderson's first UK Open crown but he would also become only the seventh player to win 10 major darts tournaments behind Phil Taylor (77) Michael van Gerwen (28), Eric Bristow (24), Raymond van Barneveld (21), Trina Gulliver (18) and John Lowe (10) (Stat from Burton DeWitt).
Cadby averaged 100 as he romped to an 11-3 victory over surprise semi-finalist Robert Owen although it could have been a severe whitewash, with the Australian sensation missing a dart to go 10-0 up.
The result was great news for followers of our Chris Hammer's darts tips as he backed the 22-year-old at 28/1 each-way in his pre-tournament preview (Click here to read) so profits are now guaranteed regardless of the final result.
The former world youth champion only earned his PDC Tour card back at Q School in January but he does already have experience of landing a senior title after winning the fifth of the six UK Open Qualifying events.
And although this is unchartered territory for Cadby, who is currently ranked 70 in the world, he's brimming with confidence and victory against Anderson will firmly underline his potential to reach the very top of the game.
Meanwhile the stunning runs of Pallett and Owen, have been one of the success stories of an unforgettable weekend of shocks at Butlin's Minehead resort which will also be remembered for being played behind closed doors without spectators due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Emma.
Pallet, who beat Steve West in his first televised quarter-final earlier on Sunday, hasn't even got a PDC Tour card having failed to earn one at Q School earlier this year but the prize money of £17,500 earned this weekend will see the 28-year-old from Shropshire shoot up the rankings.
Welshman Owen was 400/1 before a dart was thrown on Friday but enjoyed a terrific journey which also saw him end the fairytale run of three-time world champion John Part, who was another 1000/1 outsider like Pallett, in the quarter-finals.
UK Open Results
- Gary Anderson 11-7 Corey Cadby
- Gary Anderson 11-7 David Pallett
- Corey Cadby 11-3 Robert Owen
- David Pallett 10-5 Steve West
- Robert Owen 10-3 John Part
- Corey Cadby 10-6 Gerwyn Price
- Gary Anderson 10-5 Rob Cross
- John Part 10-8 Mervyn King
- Gerwyn Price 10-9 Paul Hogan
- Gary Anderson 10-6 Jermaine Wattimena
- Rob Cross 10-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
- Corey Cadby 10-7 Chris Dobey
- Dave Pallett 10-7 Kim Huybrechts
- Steve West 10-9 Michael Smith
- Robert Owen 10-7 Ian White
- Paul Hogan 10-8 Jeffrey de Zwaan
- Rob Cross 10-7 Kyle Anderson
- John Part 10-9 Ron Meulenkamp
- Robert Owen 10-9 Nathan Rafferty
- Chris Dobey 10-5 Jason Lowe
- Krzysztof Ratajski 10-5 Keegan Brown
- Gerwyn Price 10-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Steve West 10-7 Matthew Edgar
- Gary Anderson 10-3 Ricky Evans
- Jermaine Wattimena 10-8 Stephen Bunting
- Mervyn King 10-8 Jonny Clayton
- Corey Cadby 10-7 Martin Schindler
- Ian White 10-8 Jamie Hughes
- Kim Huybrechts 10-5 Daryl Gurney
- Michael Smith 10-4 Ryan Meikle
- David Pallett 10-6 James Wade
- Jason Lowe 10-3 David Airey
- John Part 10-2 Dave Evans
- David Pallett 10-8 Robert Thornton
- Ricky Evans 10-6 Luke Humphries
- Jermaine Wattimena 10-8 Steve Beaton
- Robert Owen 10-2 Jamie Lewis
- Kim Huybrechts 10-8 Gabriel Clemens
- Steve West 10-9 Darryl Pilgrim
- Krzysztof Ratajski 10-7 Darren Webster
- James Wade 10-6 Simon Stevenson
- Nathan Rafferty 10-9 Peter Wright
- Chris Dobey 10-2 Harry Ward
- Matthew Edgar 10-4 John Henderson
- Paul Hogan 10-6 Paul Nicholson
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 10-8 Michael van Gerwen
- Gary Anderson 10-3 Robert Rickwood
- Michael Smith 10-5 Kirk Shepherd
- Ian White 10-7 Simon Whitlock
- Mervyn King 10-4 Raymond van Barneveld
- Rob Cross 10-8 Nathan Aspinall
- Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
- Martin Schindler 10-7 Ryan Harrington
- Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-5 Adrian Lewis
- Gerwyn Price 10-6 Alex Roy
- Stephen Bunting 10-3 Justin Pipe
- Ryan Meikle 10-6 Dave Chisnall
- Jonny Clayton 10-6 Michael Barnard
- Ron Meulenkamp 10-4 Dave Prins
- Kyle Anderson 10-7 Vincent van der Voort
- Keegan Brown 10-8 Joe Cullen
- Corey Cadby 10-5 Michael Rasztovits
- Jamie Hughes BYE
- Alex Roy 6-4 Toni Alcinas
- Gerwyn Price 6-2 James Wilson
- Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Alan Norris
- Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Mike Norton
- Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Martin Biggs
- Paul Nicholson 6-5 Richard North
- David Evans 6-4 Benito van de Pas
- Chris Dobey 6-5 Lee Evans
- Paul Hogan Bye (John Goldie withdrew)
- Ryan Harrington 6-3 Danny Noppert
- David Airey 6-1 Stuart Kellett
- Dave Chisnall 6-2 Rene Eidams
- Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Vincent Kamphuis
- Nathan Rafferty 6-3 Jason Mold
- Robert Owen 6-4 Michael Burgoine
- Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 Andy Hamilton
- Luke Humphries 6-3 Wayne Jones
- Stephen Bunting 6-2 Bradley Brooks
- Joe Cullen 6-2 Jose Justicia
- Keegan Brown 6-3 George Killington
- Gabriel Clemens 6-0 Andrew Gilding
- Jason Lowe 6-4 John Scott
- Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Andrew Pullen
- Ricky Evans 6-2 Carl Wilkinson
- Michael Barnard 6-2 Cody Harris
- Ron Meulenkamp 6-1 Joe Davis
- John Part 6-0 Paul Whitworth
- Harry Ward 6-1 Ted Evetts
- Michael Rasztovits Bye (Maik Langendorf withdrew)
- Ryan Meikle 6-4 Mark Craddock
- Robert Rickwood 6-0 James Richardson
- Darryl Pilgrim 6-4 Geert Nentjes
- Paul Nicholson 6-5 Terry Jenkins
- Ryan Harrington 6-5 Richie Burnett
- Lee Evans 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
- John Part 6-2 John Morris
- Alex Roy 6-2 Mark Walsh
- Michael Burgoine Bye (Andrew Davidson withdrew)
- Rene Eidams 6-4 Andrew Johnson
- Michael Barnard Bye (Scott Robertson withdrew)
- Bradley Brooks 6-4 Chris Quantock
- Benito van de Pas 6-5 Cristo Reyes
- Andrew Pullen Bye (Mark Rice withdrew)
- Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Simon Tate
- Luke Humphries 6-0 Liam Kelly
- Robert Rickwood Bye (Rene Berndt withdrew)
- Dirk van Duijvenbode Bye (Mick McGowan withdrew)
- Harry Ward 6-0 Daniel Lee
- Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Adam Hunt
- Ryan Meikle 6-5 Mickey Mansell
- Darryl Pilgrim 6-2 Ian Jopling
- Joe Davis 6-5 Dan Read
- David Airey 6-4 Benjamin McClelland
- Martin Biggs Bye (Chris Lacey withdrew)
- Ricky Evans 6-1 Andreas Hajiminia
- Cody Harris 6-1 Tony Mitchell
- Mark Craddock Bye (Craig Winstanley withdrew)
- Andy Hamilton Bye (William O'Connor withdrew)
- Paul Whitworth 6-3 Martin Atkins
- Paul Hogan 6-5 Darren Brown
- Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Andy Hibbert
- George Killington 6-4 Andy Jenkins
- Jason Mold 6-5 Prakash Jiwa
- John Scott 6-4 Darren Johnson
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