PDC Pro Tour 2021: Super Series 5 kicks off with victory for Stephen Bunting | Darts News
Stephen Bunting wins his first PDC title in five years with a victory over Dimitri Van den Bergh in the final of Players Championship 17 – the second of four Pro Tour events continues on Tuesday
Last updated: 05/07/21 22:21
Super Series 5 kicked off in Coventry on Monday – the first of five straight days of action on the PDC Pro Tour and Stephen Bunting emerged victorious to give his World Matchplay hopes a huge boost.
A busy week in Coventry has started with the first of four Players’ Championship events and on Thursday the 32 spots in the next major TV ranking event will be confirmed and The Bullet has all but confirmed a return to Blackpool.
Former BDO World Champion started the day outside the qualifying spots for the Summer Showcase at Winter Gardens, but an 8-4 victory over defending Matchplay Champion Van den Bergh catapulted him to seventh place in the Pro Tour standings.
This almost secures a place in the prestigious Lancashire Coast tournament, but more importantly for Bunting it was a return to the winner’s circle for the first time in 2016 – the last of two Pro Tour titles since he rose to the ranks of the PDC.
Super Series 5 – This week’s Players’ Championship Finals
|Players Championship 17||Stephen Bunting 8-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh|
“It’s an amazing feeling to be here as a winner again,” said Bunting, who also took home the £ 10,000 top prize for his day’s work.
“A lot of people know I was just about to pack my bags a few years ago, but since then I’ve worked so hard behind the scenes, I’ve got it all in place.
“Trying to qualify for World Matchplay was my priority this week, so coming here and winning the title on day one is beyond my dreams.
“I know I’m playing well, but I honestly believe there’s a lot more in the locker and I can relax now knowing I’m going to Blackpool.”
2021 Player Championship Titles
|3||José De Sousa|
|2||Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen, Peter Wright|
|1||Brendan Dolan, Gerwyn Price, Callan Rydz, Michael Smith|
|Raymond van Barneveld, Dimitri Van den Bergh|
|Dirk van Duijvenbode, Stephen Bunting|
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After victories over Martin Lukeman, Sean Fisher and Aaron Beeney, Bunting beat Richie Edhouse to set up a showdown with Raymond van Barneveld who had taken advantage of a great day’s work to reach the quarter-finals.
After Bunting passed Barney, the man from St Helen’s put on a brilliant performance to beat world No.1 and world champion Gerwyn Price in the last four before his final triumph over Van den Bergh.
The Belgian was aiming for a second Pro Tour victory of the season after making his breakthrough in the Pro Tour earlier this year. The Dreammaker has averaged over 100 in five of their games, including 110 in a 6-1 win over Keane Barry.
Elsewhere, players continued to vie for a spot in the race to qualify for the July World Matchplay as Brendan Dolan and Mervyn King solidified their place in the ProTour Order of Merit qualifying positions with moves to the quarterfinals. final.
However, the wait for a title from Michael van Gerwen continues. The Dutchman has won the tournament since the Players’ Championship final in November and he was beaten in a thriller against Price.
Van Gerwen led 5-2 against the Welshman, but the Iceman roared to win 6-5 despite MvG’s 109 average.
17 Players Championship, Coventry
Stephen Bunting 8-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Stephen Bunting 7-5 Gerwyn Award
Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-4 José De Sousa
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
José De Sousa 6-3 Mervyn Roi
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Brendan Dolan
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