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Article: PDC Media Release - Wizard Claims Title Hat-Trick

PDC Media Release - Wizard Claims Title Hat-Trick

COLIN OSBORNE won his third tournament of 2009 with a 6-4 defeat of Michael van Gerwen in the final of Sunday^s Players Championship at the Magnum Centre in Irvine.

Osborne added to his wins in a Players Championship in Barnsley and last month^s Championship League Darts with the £6,000 title in Scotland.

The Derby ace produced a consistent display throughout the tournament, overcoming youngsters Joe Cullen and Kevin McDine 6-1 and whitewashing Louis Blundell to reach the quarter-finals.

There, a ten-dart leg sealed a 6-2 win over Brendan Dolan, and he overcame Mark Walsh 6-4 in the semis, before repeating the scoreline against van Gerwen in the final.

Osborne took what proved to be a crucial break of throw in the final^s opening leg, on double 12, before hitting scores of 140 and 180 in doubling his advantage.

He also opened the third with a 171 score and should have moved 3-0 up, but four missed doubles allowed van Gerwen to take out 118 to get off the mark.

The two traded 180s in the fourth, which Osborne took, while a 116 checkout saw van Gerwen win the next to pull back to 3-2.

Leg six, through, summed up van Gerwen^s occasional inconsistency in scoring, as he hit 43, 180, 26 and 174, only for Osborne to take out double 16 for a 4-2 lead.

The Dutchman then hit two 180s to open leg seven, missing out on a possible nine-darter but landing double 16 for the leg - only to then be punished for one miss at double top to level, as Osborne took out double one to move 5-3 up.

Tops did give van Gerwen a fourth leg, but Osborne kicked off the next with a 180, and also added a 140 to punish slow scoring from the youngster, before landing double top for a 13-darter and the victory.

"I^m very pleased and it^s nice to win again," said Osborne. "I was pretty solid in the final and hit some important doubles at the right time.

"I thought I played well in Saturday^s event but didn^t take my chances, and today I hit my doubles and that proved crucial.

"It^s good to be playing well and with the Grand Slam of Darts coming up next week I^ll hopefully take this form into that tournament."

Van Gerwen^s display saw him reach a second Players Championship final of the year, and featured a high-quality 6-3 win over in-form Steve Beaton in the semi-finals.

He also defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova, Ray Farrell, Andy Hamilton, Adrian Gray and Steve Grubb on the day in claiming the £3,000 runners-up cheque.

Beaton followed up his runs to the final of the European Championship and Saturday^s Players Championship with a semi-final appearance, taking his prize money since the start of September to over £40,000.

Walsh^s run to the last four means he finishes third in the 2009 Players Championship Order of Merit, with Sunday^s event being the final Players Championship of the year.

Brendan Dolan^s quarter-final appearance and a last 16 finish for Steve Hine secured their places in the top 32 of the Players Championship Order of Merit, and with it spots in January^s Players Championship Finals event at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet.

The Players Championship Order of Merit will also provide 16 qualifiers for the World Darts Championship, which begins on December 18 at Alexandra Palace.

They will be confirmed following the German Darts Championship on November 28 and 29 in Halle, with £100,000 up for grabs in that tournament.

Players Championship (Sunday)

First Round

Mark Walsh (1) Bye

Chris Loudon 6-4 Steve Musson

Roland Scholten (32) 6-1 Tony Ayres

Dave Ladley 6-4 Alex Roy

Paul Nicholson (16) 6-2 Mark Stephenson

Darren Johnson 6-2 Stephen Hardy

Mark Dudbridge (17) 6-3 Par Riihonen

Danny Pinhorne 6-1 Jon Archer

Ronnie Baxter (8) Bye

Bryan de Hoog 6-0 Carl Minter

Peter Wright (25) 6-1 Chris Jackson

John Part 6-2 Billy Meakins

Dennis Priestley (9) Bye

Mark Lawrence 6-2 Toon Greebe

Peter Manley (24) 6-0 Steve Watts

Steve Evans 6-5 Arron Monk

Wes Newton (5) Bye

Tom Martin 6-0 Norman Fletcher

Brendan Dolan (28) 6-5 John Quantock

Ken Dobson 6-4 Geoff Wylie

Wayne Jones (12) 6-3 Rick Lowther

Trevor Frost 6-1 Ian MacFarlane

Colin McGarry 6-4 Denis Ovens (21)

Rocco Maes 6-4 Jan van der Rassel

Colin Osborne (4) v Bye

Joe Cullen 6-4 Alex Tinsley

Kevin McDine (29) 6-2 Paul Gudgeon

Mark Webster 6-5 Andy Callaby

Vincent van der Voort (13) 6-4 Justin Pipe

James Barton 6-3 Geoff Whitworth

Kevin Painter (20) 6-5 Richie Burnett

Louis Blundell 6-5 Barrie Bates

Adrian Lewis (2) Bye

Martyn Turner 6-3 Jacko Barry

Adrian Gray 6-5 Matt Clark (31)

Lee Williams 6-4 Shane O^Connor

Andy Hamilton (15) 6-0 Kevin Harris

Wayne Atwood 6-4 Andy Relf

Michael van Gerwen (18) 6-2 Anastasia Dobromyslova

Ray Farrell 6-3 Mark Frost

Robert Thornton (7) Bye

John MaGowan 6-1 Stuart Holden

Tony Eccles (26) 6-2 Stuart Bousfield

Steve Grubb 6-2 Michael Barnard

Alan Tabern (10) Bye

Colin Monk 6-2 Jason Clark

Andy Jenkins (23) 6-5 Darren Latham

Mark Carter 6-4 Nigel Birch

Colin Lloyd (6) Bye

Andy Fulton 6-5 Jim Leighton

Steve Hine (27) 6-0 Dave Ansell

Andy Pearson 6-5 Mark Jodrill

Jamie Caven (11) Bye

Dave Smith 6-3 Dylan Duo

Jelle Klaasen (22) 6-4 Gary Mawson

Nick Fullwell 6-4 Mick McGowan

Steve Beaton (3) Bye

Chris Allen 6-3 Gary Welding

Steve Brown (30) 6-5 Dennis Smith

Matt Padgett 6-3 Matt Jackson

Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Andy Smith (14)

Michael Smith 6-2 Ian Lever

Mervyn King (19) 6-2 Dave Honey

Steve Maish 6-3 Simon Whitlock

Second Round

Mark Walsh 6-3 Chris Loudon

Roland Scholten 6-3 Dave Ladley

Paul Nicholson 6-5 Darren Johnson

Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Danny Pinhorne

Ronnie Baxter 6-3 Bryan de Hoog

Peter Wright 6-4 John Part

Dennis Priestley 6-2 Mark Lawrence

Peter Manley 6-2 Steve Evans

Wes Newton 6-0 Tom Martin

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Ken Dobson

Wayne Jones 6-3 Trevor Frost

Colin McGarry 6-2 Rocco Maes

Colin Osborne 6-1 Joe Cullen

Kevin McDine 6-4 Mark Webster

James Barton 6-3 Vincent van der Voort

Louis Blundell 6-2 Kevin Painter

Martyn Turner 6-4 Adrian Lewis

Adrian Gray 6-4 Lee Williams

Andy Hamilton 6-3 Wayne Atwood

Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Ray Farrell

John MaGowan 6-3 Robert Thornton

Steve Grubb 6-5 Tony Eccles

Colin Monk 6-3 Alan Tabern

Andy Jenkins 6-4 Mark Carter

Colin Lloyd 6-0 Andy Fulton

Steve Hine 6-1 Andy Pearson

Dave Smith 6-4 Jamie Caven

Nick Fullwell 6-3 Jelle Klaasen

Steve Beaton 6-3 Chris Allen

Matt Padgett 6-5 Steve Brown

Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Michael Smith

Steve Maish 6-2 Mervyn King

Losers £200

Third Round

Mark Walsh 6-1 Roland Scholten

Mark Dudbridge 6-2 Paul Nicholson

Peter Wright 6-5 Ronnie Baxter

Dennis Priestley 6-1 Peter Manley

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Wes Newton

Wayne Jones 6-1 Colin McGarry

Colin Osborne 6-1 Kevin McDine

Louis Blundell 6-2 James Barton

Adrian Gray 6-5 Martyn Turner

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Andy Hamilton

Steve Grubb 6-2 John MaGowan

Colin Monk 6-1 Andy Jenkins

Steve Hine 6-5 Colin Lloyd

Dave Smith 6-3 Nick Fullwell

Steve Beaton 6-2 Matt Padgett

Kirk Shepherd 6-5 Steve Maish

Losers £300

Fourth Round

Mark Walsh 6-4 Mark Dudbridge

Dennis Priestley 6-4 Peter Wright

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Wayne Jones

Colin Osborne 6-0 Louis Blundell

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Adrian Gray

Steve Grubb 6-2 Colin Monk

Dave Smith 6-5 Steve Hine

Steve Beaton 6-5 Kirk Shepherd

Losers £400


Mark Walsh 6-1 Dennis Priestley

Colin Osborne 6-2 Brendan Dolan

Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Steve Grubb

Steve Beaton 6-3 Dave Smith

Losers £800


Colin Osborne 6-4 Mark Walsh

Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Steve Beaton

Losers £1,500


Colin Osborne 6-4 Michael van Gerwen

Winner £6,000

Runner-Up £3,000

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