Jose de Sousa
Jose de Sousa won his first PDC title on Tuesday (Picture: PDC)

Jose de Sousa became the first Portuguese player to win a PDC title by claiming Players Championship 23 on Tuesday and is now planning to ‘beat everybody.’

The 45-year-old has made quite an impact in his first year as a PDC Tour Card holder, having already made one ProTour final and now adding a first title to his CV.

De Sousa hammered Gerwyn Price 8-1 in the final in Barnsley, having also comfortably seen off Pteer Wright in the last four.

A memorable day for the Lisbon native also saw him beat the likes of Steve Beaton, Jermaine Wattimena and John Henderson to pick up the £10,000 winner’s prize.

‘This is a dream for me, I am so, so happy,’ said De Sousa after his dominant win over the Iceman.

‘I have fought for 25 years to come here and at last I can do this. It’s amazing for me to play against the best players in the world and prove I can play just like them.


‘This is an incentive for me to continue my work and I think I can beat everybody if I continue to play this way.’

The Portuguese star is now in contention to make his World Grand Prix debut in October as he looks to qualify through the ProTour Order of Merit.

Players Championship 24, on Wednesday, saw a more familiar name in the winner’s enclosure as James Wade picked up his fifth title of the season.

James Wade
James Wade continues his title-laden year (Picture: Getty Images)

Only Michael van Gerwen (10) has won more tournaments than Wade this year as he continues his solid form ahead of the run of majors at the back end of the year.

Wade beat Dave Chisnall 8-6 in the final, having beaten impressive newcomer Scott Taylor 7-4 in the semis.

The Machine really shone in the last 16, though, when he averaged a whopping 105 to see off Raymond van Barneveld 6-3.

‘It was a nerve-wracking final,’ said Wade. ‘I thought I was going to have it over and done with a lot quicker than I did but it’s onwards and upwards from here.’

Wade has cemented his place as number eight in the world, while De Sousa rises to number 73 as he quickly makes ground on the top 64 ahead of the World Championship.


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