Jeffrey de Zwaan won his first senior PDC title with a 6-5 win over Jonny Clayton in the final of Players Championship Ten at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday.
The Dutchman held his nerve in a tense deciding leg against Clayton, who enjoyed another sensational run after victory at the Austrian Darts Open last weekend.
De Zwaan recorded wins over Zoran Lerchbacher, Michael Smith, Justin Pipe, Steve Beaton, James Wilson and Gabriel Clemens en route to clinching the £10,000 top prize.
"I feel wonderful, it means so much to me,” said De Zwaan, who won back his PDC Tour Card on the first day of Qualifying School in January.
"I’ve lost two finals so far this year so I was going into this game thinking ‘I don’t want to lose in the final again’."
Clayton broke the De Zwaan throw in the opening leg with an impressive 13-darter before the Dutchman broke straight back and then held throw to go 2-1 ahead.
The Welsh pinned double 12 to hold throw before De Zwaan hit back, taking out 80 in two darts to go back in front at 3-2.
Clayton continued his impressive form that saw him win his first European Tour event in Austria, firing in another 13-dart leg to level the match once again at 3-3.
The pair exchanged holds of throw once more to make it 4-4 before Clayton moved within one leg of the title with a crucial break of throw, pinning double 16 with one dart.
De Zwaan hit a vital double one with his last dart to break straight back and set up a tense deciding leg.
With Clayton ready to pounce sat on 64, De Zwaan hit double nine with his last dart to take out 36 to claim his first Pro Tour victory.
De Zwaan was in phenomenal form throughout the day at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, claiming a number of impressive scalps.
The 22-year-old edged out Lerchbacher 6-4 in his opening game of the day, before defeating Premier League star Smith 6-5 in a fast-paced thriller.
Growing in confidence, De Zwaan cruised past Pipe with a 6-2 win and then booked his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 triumph over Beaton.
The exciting Dutch star saw off Wilson and Clemens, both by a 6-3 score-line, as he booked his place in a third Pro Tour final of 2018.
Clayton, who reached the final of the Players Championship Finals in Minehead last November, claimed the scalp of Michael van Gerwen on his way to reaching a first Pro Tour final this year.
The Welshman kicked off the day in Wigan with two 6-4 wins over Ron Meulenkamp and Kevin Burness.
A comfortable 6-1 victory over Paul Rowley followed, before a 6-0 thrashing of Robert Owen in the last 16.
The Pontyberem ace produced a sensational display to defeat Players Championship Nine winner Van Gerwen 6-4 in the quarter-final before defeating Stephen Bunting 6-3 to reach the final.
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for Peter Wright who lost 6-3 to Clemens in the second round.
Rob Cross was stunned by a 6-0 loss at the hands of Martin Schindler, while Gary Anderson was edged out 6-5 by Wilson in the last 32.
Daryl Gurney, who still has hopes of reaching the Unibet Premier League play-offs, saw his run ended by a 6-4 defeat to Bunting in the last 16.
Mensur Suljovic suffered a shock first round exit at the hands of Brendan Dolan in a 6-3 loss, while Dave Chisnall went down 6-0 to Mickey Mansell in the last 32.
Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock lost 6-5 to Jamie Lewis in round one, James Wade went out to Clemens at the last 16 stage and Gerwyn Price lost 6-3 to Adrian Lewis in the last 32.
Players Championship 10 Results
- Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Ronny Huybrechts
- Robert Thornton 6-2 Ross Twell
- Cristo Reyes 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
- Gary Eastwood 6-3 Ryan Meikle
- Luke Woodhouse 6-2 John Henderson
- Harry Ward 6-3 Ritchie Edhouse
- Mark Webster 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
- Jason Lowe 6-5 Wayne Jones
- Jonny Clayton 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
- Kevin Burness 6-3 Bradley Brooks
- Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Michael Barnard
- Paul Rowley 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
- Robert Owen 6-4 Ian White
- Tytus Kanik 6-4 Ricky Evans
- Alan Norris 6-5 Jan Dekker
- Joe Murnan 6-5 Tony Newell
- Daryl Gurney 6-4 Scott Darbyshire
- Matthew Edgar 6-4 Terry Temple
- Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Devon Petersen
- Prakash Jiwa 6-3 Ryan Searle
- Darren Webster 6-2 Simon Stevenson
- Toni Alcinas 6-2 Dawson Murschell
- Stephen Bunting 6-4 Simon Preston
- Alan Tabern 6-4 Adam Hunt
- Rob Cross 6-2 Ryan Joyce
- Robert Rickwood 6-2 Martin Atkins (Wigan)
- Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Christian Kist
- Martin Schindler 6-1 Jose Justicia
- Gerwyn Price 6-4 Peter Hudson
- Richie Burnett 6-2 Darren Johnson
- Adrian Lewis 6-1 Jamie Bain
- Steve Hine 6-5 Aden Kirk
- Peter Wright 6-1 Vincent Kamphuis
- Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Jim Brown
- Ted Evetts 6-3 Benito van de Pas
- Ross Smith 6-5 William O'Connor
- Madars Razma 6-4 Mervyn King
- Jarred Cole 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
- James Wade 6-4 George Killington
- Jamie Caven 6-4 Davy Van Baelen
- Danny Noppert 6-4 Joe Cullen
- Peter Jacques 6-3 Kevin Painter
- Keegan Brown 6-3 Chris Quantock
- Scott Taylor 6-3 James Richardson
- Dave Chisnall 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Josh Payne 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
- Kyle Anderson 6-3 Stephen Burton
- Mickey Mansell 6-4 Diogo Portela
- Brendan Dolan 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
- John Davey 6-4 Mario Robbe
- Steve West 6-0Sven Groen
- Jason CullenBYE--John Part
- Gary Anderson 6-5 Ryan Harrington
- Jimmy Hendriks 6-4 Luke Humphries
- James Wilson 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
- Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
- Michael Smith 6-3 Arron Monk
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
- Justin Pipe 6-1 John Goldie
- Mark Wilson 6-2 Chris Dobey
- Jamie Lewis 6-5 Simon Whitlock
- Steve Lennon 6-2 Robert Marijanovic
- Steve Beaton 6-4 Paul Nicholson
- Andrew Gilding 6-5 Eddie Dootson
- Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Robert Thornton
- Gary Eastwood 6-2 Cristo Reyes
- Luke Woodhouse 6-4 Harry Ward
- Mark Webster 6-1 Jason Lowe
- Jonny Clayton 6-4 Kevin Burness
- Paul Rowley 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
- Robert Owen 6-5 Tytus Kanik
- Joe Murnan 6-3 Alan Norris
- Daryl Gurney 6-3 Matthew Edgar
- Prakash Jiwa 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
- Toni Alcinas 6-4 Darren Webster
- Stephen Bunting 6-3 Alan Tabern
- Rob Cross 6-2 Robert Rickwood
- Martin Schindler 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
- Gerwyn Price 6-3 Richie Burnett
- Adrian Lewis 6-4 Steve Hine
- Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Peter Wright
- Ted Evetts 6-5 Ross Smith
- Jarred Cole 6-4 Madars Razma
- James Wade 6-3 Jamie Caven
- Danny Noppert 6-3 Peter Jacques
- Keegan Brown 6-1 Scott Taylor
- Dave Chisnall 6-3 Josh Payne
- Mickey Mansell 6-3 Kyle Anderson
- John Davey 6-4 Brendan Dolan
- Steve West 6-3 Jason Cullen
- Gary Anderson 6-1 Jimmy Hendriks
- James Wilson 6-5 Ronnie Baxter
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Michael Smith
- Justin Pipe 6-1 Mark Wilson
- Jamie Lewis 6-1 Steve Lennon
- Steve Beaton 6-4 Andrew Gilding
- Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Gary Eastwood
- Mark Webster 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
- Jonny Clayton 6-1 Paul Rowley
- Robert Owen 6-5 Joe Murnan
- Daryl Gurney 6-2 Prakash Jiwa
- Stephen Bunting 6-2 Toni Alcinas
- Martin Schindler 6-0 Rob Cross
- Adrian Lewis 6-3 Gerwyn Price
- Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Ted Evetts
- James Wade 6-5 Jarred Cole
- Danny Noppert 6-3 Keegan Brown
- Mickey Mansell 6-0 Dave Chisnall
- Steve West 6-4 John Davey
- James Wilson 6-5 Gary Anderson
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 Justin Pipe
- Steve Beaton 6-3 Jamie Lewis
- Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Mark Webster
- Jonny Clayton 6-0 Robert Owen
- Stephen Bunting 6-4 Daryl Gurney
- Martin Schindler 6-4 Adrian Lewis
- Gabriel Clemens 6-2 James Wade
- Mickey Mansell 6-4 Danny Noppert
- James Wilson 6-4 Steve West
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Steve Beaton
- Jonny Clayton 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
- Stephen Bunting 6-4 Martin Schindler
- Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Mickey Mansell
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 James Wilson
- Jonny Clayton 6-3 Stephen Bunting
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
- Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Jonny Clayton