Jonny Clayton picked up his second Pro Tour title of 2021 on day three of the second PDC Super Series.
The Ferret dropped just 20 legs all day, coming through UK Open winner James Wade 8-5 in the Players Championship 7 Final.
It moves Clayton closer to Joe Cullen for the 16th spot on the main PDC Order of Merit. He’s also the only man to win multiple titles so far on the Pro Tour this year.
Clayton cruises to second ranking title of the year
After winning The Masters, and the fourth Players Championship of the year, The Ferret continued his excellent start to the year with the PC7 title.
He was hardly challenged all day, with his tightest win coming in the quarter final against Jose De Sousa before beating Jason Heaver 7-0 in the semi final.
Wade however was tested more, coming through tight matches against Gordon Mathers and Darius Labanauskas to make the semi finals. He then beat Gabriel Clemens 7-5, despite being 4-0 up at one stage.
Clayton started the final brilliantly, winning four of the first five legs to go 4-1 in front. He then followed it up with a 116 checkout in the sixth leg, to go 5-1 ahead with Wade sitting on tops.
Wade then responded with back to back 14 darters, followed by an 18 darter to cut the gap to 5-4. However, with 32 left to level, The Ferret cleaned up 72 with his final dart in hand to restore the two leg cushion.
The Machine then found with a 15 dart break to cut the gap to one, but once again Clayton punished with his opponent on a one dart outshot. He cleaned up 25 to take a 7-5 lead, before hitting double 12 in the next leg to win the contest and seal his third tournament win of the year.
What else happened on day three of the PDC Super Series?
Jason Heaver reached his first ever PDC semi final before losing to Clayton. Heaver, who only picked up his tour card at Q-School, saw off Vincent van der Voort in the last eight.
Chas Barstow, who missed out on a Tour Card this year, was the surprise of the day. Barstow beat yesterday’s winner and World Champion Gerwyn Price en route to a quarter final. Sadly for him, he lost 6-3 to Clemens to end his spectacular run.
On a wide open day, Jose De Sousa also got back in form before he makes his Premier League debut. He lost to Clayton in the last eight, but beat Dimitri Van den Bergh and Jeff Smith en route.
There were no changes in the race for the World Matchplay, as Ryan Searle stayed ahead of Stephen Bunting by £250 in the final provisional qualification spot.
Finally, it was another day of huge shocks in Milton Keynes. Peter Wright, Ian White and Devon Petersen were among the big names to go out in round one. Nathan Aspinall, Simon Whitlock, Mensur Suljovic and World Champion Price all went in round two.