Brendan Dolan had a welcome return to the winners circle on Sunday claiming victory in Players Championship 22 to win his first title in almost five years.

Dolan was understandably emotional afterwards and he said that he can’t believe it. He added that this was especially the case given that he texted his wife after Saturday saying about potentially packing it up.

He was texted back saying to wise up and from there he has gone on to win in a victory that he said he was lucky at parts but was glad to get the win.

“I just can’t believe it. It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” said an emotional Dolan.

“I’ve worked so hard and I haven’t got results out of it. Yesterday, the way I played was unbelievably bad and I sent my wife a text. She told me to wise up.

“I used to always say that if I get past the first round then I’m dangerous. I’ve tried really hard this last 18 months and not got the results, but I’ve performed really well.

“I think I’ve got the luck on the day today and it’s just great to get a win.”

Dolan added about his last title win in October 2014: “To be honest, I can’t remember five years ago! I really couldn’t remember how to win and today it was about saving face.

“This game’s all about pressure, mental pressure. I pressurise myself all the time, and my wife told took all the pressure off me and told me just to play darts.”

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Author: Samuel Gill