Leonard Gates has clinched his first major TV title. The 52-year-old American defeated Richie Howson 13-10 in the final of the World Seniors Champion of Champions.
Gates also defeated Phil Taylor and Martin Adams on his way to the final in a superb run.
"The feeling right now is amazing. To come down here and to participate against some top notch talent, I'm over the moon right now and to come out on top is a plus," said Gates to Online Darts.
"You wake up and you think I'm going to play darts today but to think you become a champion, it's a whole other thought process.
"It makes you hungry, you ask yourself if I won this one how many more can I win. I'm gonna see."
Golden Ticket Qualifier Leonard Gates completes superb run, wins inaugural World Seniors Champion of Champions title
This run being under the story of him travelling 6000 miles from Dallas in order to play in the Golden Ticket Qualifier.
"When I jumped on that flight, I thought I need to get some sleep because you've got kids crying on the flight and you're just like I wanna sleep right now but once I got over here and got my feet on the ground, it's time to go to work."
But after previous attempts at Q-School, 'Soulger' believes it will help with an eventual tilt at the PDC.
"The thought is always there with that (PDC) but I look at this as get all the experience I can at playing these guys before I take that step to the PDC. But if I keep shooting how I'm shooting, I think I have a good run in the PDC."
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