Jose De Sousa Created history by Being the first Portuguese winner of a PDC event in Players Championship 23 in Barnsley on Tuesday.
De Sousa, who won a PDC Tour Card in January for the very first time, produced a series of impressive displays to achieve his next ProTour closing in 3 months.
There, the Darts Open quarter-finalist outplayed world number seven Gerwyn Price to claim a gorgeous hit on a milestone day for Portuguese darts.
“This is a dream for meI am so, so very happy,” said a psychological De Sousa. “I have struggled for 25 years to come here and in the beginning I can achieve this. It’s amazing for me to play against the top players in the world and prove I can play exactly like these.
“That can be a bonus for me to continue my job and I think I will beat everyone if I continue to play this way”
De Sousa’s day started with a 102.5 average in a 6-4 triumph over Nathan Rafferty, before successes within Steve Beaton, Ryan Meikle and John Henderson followed.
The maintained a deciding leg win over Jermaine Wattimena, which he followed with a triumph over Peter Wright from the semi-finals.
A one-fifth closing saw De Sousa average 95.7 into Price’s 84.8, as the Welshman fought to get the form which saw him beat Rob Cross, Adrian Lewis and Glen Durrant sooner in the afternoon.
The # prize improves De Sousa’s hopes of a World Grand Prix debut in October, since the young German reached his first ProTour quarter-final within 11 months while it was a substantial day for Martin Schindler.
It’s not very long to wait until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12, and seven times of policy continues until the closing on Saturday.