PC14: Jeffrey de Zwaan captures second Players Championship title to close in on top 32 debut

Jeffrey de Zwaan closed in on a debut in the PDC’s top 32 after winning Players Championship 14 in Barnsley on Wednesday.

The World Matchplay semi-finalist defeated Stephen Bunting 8-2 in the final to land the £10,000 top prize at the Barnsley Metrodome.

De Zwaan averaged 100.25 across the day to win his second Players Championship title, following on from his maiden victory in March of last year.

The Dutchman averaged over the 100 mark in five out of six matches on his way to the final, including a 106.5 average against Michael Smith in the last 32.

He also overcame Dave Chisnall and Ryan Joyce, before averaging close to 104 in a 7-3 victory against Arron Monk in the semi-finals.

“I played really well today – the feeling was that I was flying, every dart I was throwing was going straight in and that’s a great feeling,” said de Zwaan, who moves up to 36th on the PDC Order of Merit.

“I’m happy with the win. I’m feeling good, my confidence is there and the darts are going great and I’m really happy.

“Last year I reached the semi-final of the World Matchplay and the pressure grows on you. Now I’ve learned how that feels and I’m dealing with the pressure and playing well again.”

De Zwaan’s opponent in the final, Bunting, was also in good form, recording ton-plus averages in wins over Jamie Lewis, Corey Cadby and Jelle Klaasen, while he also got the better of Jamie Hughes and Joe Cullen, and battled back from 5-2 down to beat Darius Labanauskas 7-5.

It was Bunting’s first ProTour final for more than 18 months, while Monk’s run to the last four was his best performance in a Players Championship event since October 2012.

Meanwhile, Lithuania’s number one Labanauskas reached the semi-finals on the ProTour for the first time since winning his tour card in January, on a day which saw a number of outstanding performances.

Peter Wright averaged 114 in a 6-0 whitewash of Gary Anderson in the last 32, while earlier on Krzysztof Ratajski averaged 112 in his first-round win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Picture: PDC

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