Jose De Sousa has made history by becoming the first Portuguese player ever to win a PDC title, defeating Gerwyn Price 8-1.
The Lisbon born star took victory in today’s Players Championship 23 final and pocketed a cool £10,000 for his troubles. De Sousa came close to lifting his first title in July but narrowly lost to James Wade 8-5 at Players Championship 18. However the Madrid based thrower showed no signs of being the unlucky bridesmaid on this occasion, handing the world number 7 an 8-1 smashing in the final.
The day started in good fashion for Jose as he defeated Nathan Rafferty 6-4 and Steve Beaton 6-1 on the way to his board final. There he faced off with development tour prospect Ryan Meikle, claiming a last leg decider win. John Henderson and Jermaine Wattimena also put up good fights but both exited losing 6-4 and 6-5 respectively.
De Sousa then showed his class in the semis finals, brushing aside world number 6 Peter Wright 7-3. Snakebite himself had just accounted for MvG with a classy 116 finish in a last leg shoot out to progress.
In the final ‘El Triple 20’ started brightly taking the first leg against the throw, and just seemed to grow in strength as the match went on. A pair of 13 dart legs, either side of Price’s solitary double hit, the real highlight as the Iceman just couldn’t match the scoring of De Sousa.
Jose now climbs to number 15 on the Pro Tour order of merit and has put himself in contention for World Grand Prix with just 4 events left until the cut off.Gerwyn Price, Jose de Sousa, PDC Pro Tour 2019, Players Championship 23
Author: Jack Garwood