48-year-old Ian White came from seemingly nowhere to claim his first ever European darts title in the Dutch city of Maastricht after defeating fellow Englishman Rickey Evans 8-5 in Sunday’s final.
It has been quite the journey for White who was left clearly emotional after clinching the Dutch Darts Championship title in his 63rd European Event to make him the third first-time winner this year.
It was no easy task either for White who quickly showed his mettle averaging 102.96 as he overcame Arron Monk in round two.
The last sixteen saw White up against the vastly experienced Mervyn King and once again averaged close to 100 in a dominant 6-2 win.
Adrian Jackpot Lewis was up next in the quarters and a 6-1 victory ensued and the belief started to build in the 48-year-old, but the on-form Peter Wright was up next.
Despite Snakebite averaging over 100, trouble on the doubles allowed White to swoop past and take the match 7-4.
Then it was time for the final and Ricky Rapid Evans the opponent. Despite Evans being 20-years White’s junior, the elder showed no signs of slowing down although neither Evans or White could break an average over 90, it was the elder stateman who came through 8-5.
The big shock of the tournament was home favourite Michael Van Gerwen’s defeat to Ireland’s William O’Connor in the second round.
MVG was well off the pace all evening and was punished heavily by the Magpie as he romped to a 6-1 defeat of the number one seed.
However, the tournament belonged to Ian White who told the PDC afterward:
“It’s been a long time coming, I’m getting older so it’s just magical to finally win one,”
The tournament was White’s first European Tour title but tenth PDC title in his career and boosts Diamond’s bank balance by a healthy £25,000.