Gary Anderson won the first PDC ranking event of 2020, Players Championship 1, on Saturday (8th Feb).

 ‘The Flying Scotsman’ fresh from his impressive victory over Daryl Gurney in Aberdeen (Premier League week 1), continued where he left off and produced quality darts over the course of the day.

He set the standard in the opening round, averaging 107.5 against Christian Bunse, he then went onto beat 5 players who are in the top 16: Simon Whitlock, Gerwyn Price (104.4 average), Rob Cross (106.1 average), Joe Cullen (99.2 average) and Adrian Lewis (102.2 average) It was not an easy opening day.

The Final saw him face new Tour Card holder- Canadian Jeff Smith. His 8-4 win with a 98 average claimed him the first crown of the Year.

Sunday was not as successful a day with a first round 6-5 defeat to Steve Beaton.

Up next for Gary is the Premier League week 2 in Nottingham where he will face fellow countryman and current world Champion Peter Wright.

Words:  Carter Guiney

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC