Peter Wright admits he “just ran out of steam” after losing the Paddy Power Champions League final.
Snakebite lost out 11-4 to fellow Scot Gary Anderson in Brighton after an outstanding day of form that saw him KO Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.
Wright had come from 4-1 down to dump MVG but had nothing left in the tank to overcome The Flying Scotsman.
Wright said: “I think I just ran out of steam. I just had nothing left in the final, I lost to the best player. Gary is the man to beat at the moment. I want to be World Champion and that will happen.”
Anderson admitted he’ll give trophy to his son after taking home the £100,000 title - his third major of the year after the UK Open and World Matchplay.
Anderson admitted: “I tried to get the nine-darter for the fans but it just didn’t happen. I’ve done alright with what I’ve won in the game.
“The fans have been amazing. I should know, I’ve not slept with the noise outside my window for the last two nights. They’re a bunch of party animals.
“Two days home now and then it’s off to Ireland for the Grand Prix. I might actually see my kids for a few hours for a change.
“By my little man Tai will love this trophy so I can’t wait to see him.”
Earlier in the day Anderson only qualified for the semis with a last-gasp 140 finish to beat Michael van Gerwen.
Sunday afternoon's final group matches had seen Wright join Suljovic in progressing from Group B with a 10-3 win over World Champion Rob Cross.
Cross said: “I didn't play anywhere near my best. I was so determined to play well but it didn't happen for me.
“It wasn't good enough this weekend and I've got to take it on the chin. We've got lots of big events coming up and I know what I've got to work on to put it right."
Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, meanwhile, agonisingly missed out in Group A, with his 10-7 win over Dave Chisnall coming in vain when Anderson edged past Van Gerwen by taking out 140 in the deciding leg of their contest.
Gurney conceded: “I couldn't have done much more. I gave it my all and to win two games out of three in a group like that is a good achievement.”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)