William O’Connor won his first PDC ranking title at Pro Tour 13 in Barnsley today after an 8-4 win over UK Open holder Nathan Aspinall in the final.
The man from Limerick best run in the PDC had been the runner up to MVG in the European Matchplay last year, but he didn’t let the occasion get the better of him this time and held his nerve for the win.
William has been plying his trade in the PDC since 2011 and this has been a long time coming. Again another Irish winner on the PDC circuit, shows that the Irish are in a bit of an upsurge in their fortunes with Gurney, Mansell, Dolan and new additions Steve Lennon, Gavin Carlin and Kevin Burness joining the fray – it’s a great time all round for the Irish.
William started out against Rowby John Rodriguez with a 6-5 win and then took out Luke Woodhouse 6-2. Thereafter he beat recent 9 dart hero Steve Beaton 6-4 with a 105.8 average.
Into the quarter final stages he took on the new Dutch whizz kid Jeffrey de Zwann and won out a last leg decider again!
Then the all Irish affair with Daryl Gurney in the semi final. William was steady throughout and saw Gurney miss some doubles and took advantage. He missed a 9 darter in the seventh leg and it went to 5-5 with Gurney, but at the end Gurney didnt take his chances and William took his to win 7-5 to go on to the final.
The final was a bit of mismatch, Aspinall didnt really perform at his top level and William saw the game out 8-4 for £10,000 pounds into the bank account. Yes an Irish winner again. Great news for Irish darts.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed by it but I’m so happy to have won my first title.”
“I’ve been playing well all year but haven’t had any good results, so maybe I’ve used all my luck in one day.
“I’m happy to move up the rankings a bit and now I want to add a couple more titles to my name and see where it takes me.
“I have the game to win more, I just need to be more consistent and produce a lot better than I have been doing over the years, but the same can be said for many players on tour.”
Well done William O’Connor!