darts star Gary Anderson wins UK Open title
darts star Gary Anderson won the the first UK Open title of his
illustrious career by defeating Australian sensation Corey Cadby
11-7 in Sunday night's final.
two-time world champion, who has also won a pair of Premier League
titles, last reached the final of this tournament in 2010 but finally
added this major TV crown to his trophy cabinet.
is a big achievement for Gary, considering he nearly pulled out
of this season's Premier League due to injury. However, his body
help up during the event at Butlin's Minehead resort to take the
£70,000 first prize in front of the ITV4 TV cameras.
Burnham-On-Sea player's triumph ends his growing wait for another
big win, which dates back to when he claimed the second of his two
world titles at the start of 2016.
UK Open tournament was played behind closed doors all weekend without
spectators due to the adverse winter weather conditions caused by
had earlier defeated world champion Rob Cross 10-5 in the quarter-finals
before overcoming David Pallett 11-7 in the evening's semi-finals
but found himself 4-1 down against the confident 22-year-old opponent
hit back to lead 5-4 with a four-leg burst of his own, before finishing
a key 108 to lead 8-6.
who beat Gerwyn Price and Robert Owen earlier in the day, hit back
before finishes of 70 and 91 moved Anderson to the brink of a victory
which he sealed with a 14-dart leg on double 18.
said: "It's fantastic for me. I've come here to win the tournament
and managed to do it, and it's great."
the last three games I've been lucky - it's been a struggle. Corey
is good and I've got a lot of time for him, he's a class act."
knew exactly what to expect and he's going to be about for a long,
getting harder every year with all the youngsters coming through
and they'll take it in their stride."
Burnham's Gary Anderson playing in Sunday's UK Open final (ITV)