History Maker De Sousa Thrashes Price To Win PC23
Jose De Sousa made history and became the first Portuguese player to win a PDC Title with an emphatic 8-1 win against Gerwyn Price in the final of PC23 at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Lisbon born De Sousa broke new ground by capturing his first title in his second Pro Tour final, in what has been a stunning season for him so far. He also scooped £10,000 for his heroics.
De Sousa opened his account for the day with a 102.5 average to see off Nathan Rafferty 6-4, and then demolished Steve Beaton 6-1 to reach round three, where he edged out Ryan Meikle in a last leg decider. The Catalunya resident then defeated John Henderson 6-4, and Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 to advance to the last four, where, in a semi final line up that included Adrian Lewis, Peter Wright and Price, he must have been seen as the outsider of the quartet.
The 45 year old defied these odds though, comfortably beating Wright 7-3 to book a date with Grand Slam Champion Price in the final. He then established a 3-0 lead for which he never looked like losing, and from 3-1, he reeled off five straight legs to stun the Welshman, and truly arrive on the darting scene.
He later told PDC.tv “This is a dream for me, I am so, so happy,”
“I have fought for 25 years to come here and at last I can do this. It’s amazing for me to play against the best players in the world and prove I can play just like them.
“This is an incentive for me to continue my work and I think I can beat everybody if I continue to play this way.”
De Sousa now has two finals, a semi final and a quarter final to his name on the Pro Tour, as well as a last eight appearance at the Danish Open in June. If he can transfer this form to the big stage, he could be a major threat in the near future.
Price can be happy with his days work, as he returned to something approaching his best, with wins over Barrie Bates, Davy van Baelen, Dimitri van den Bergh, Rob Cross, Glen Durrant and Adrian Lewis to reach the final.
Top seed Michael Van Gerwen breezed into the quarter finals, but he was edged out by Peter Wright 6-5 and now hasn’t won a floor title since PC3 back in February.
Two time World Champion Adrian Lewis enjoyed a much needed return to form with a run to the semi finals, where Gerwyn Price took his scalp in a 7-4 victory.
In an incredible first round match, Justin Pipe posted a 112 average to beat Ryan Joyce 6-2, with the Newcastle man averaging 108.6 himself.
Gary Anderson found himself a tough second round opponent in Peter Wright, who sent him packing 6-3.
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Raymond Van Barneveld again found himself in a tough opener, and Simon Whitlock sent the Dutchman packing with a 6-4 win. James Richardson accounted for the Aussie, 6-2 in the next round.