Chris Dobey finally won his first ever title on a dramatic day at the PDC Super Series.
Hollywood, appearing in his first final since 2019, was 4-1 up against Jose De Sousa in the final of the event, before surrendering the lead. However, he then survived eight match darts against The Special One, before eventually getting over the line 8-7.
The win also sees him move into the final qualification place for the Betfred World Matchplay, on a day which saw plenty of surprises in Coventry.
Dobey defies De Sousa comeback
After comfortable wins against Jeff Smith and Luke Humphries, Dobey survived match darts against William Borland to win his board. He then took out Jonny Clayton in the last 16, before averages of 105 and 107 saw him come through back to back last leg deciders against yesterday’s winner Stephen Bunting and Maik Kuivenhoven to reach the final.
It was a similar day for the number one Pro Tour seed De Sousa. Comfortable wins over Adam Gawlas, Jelle Klaasen and Steve Lennon saw him win his board. He then came through a last leg decider against Darius Labanauskas, before beating Mervyn King to reach the semi finals. He then fought back from 6-4 down, and survived match darts, before beating Ryan Searle 7-6 to join Dobey.
It was Hollywood who started the final best, taking 41 darts to go 3-0 up. After both held, De Sousa struck back, reeling off three legs in just 37 darts to level up at 4-4. Dobey went ahead again in the ninth, before missing bullseye for a 170 Big Fish checkout. The Special One then took out 96, to level the game back up at 5-5.
De Sousa then took advantage of a poor scoring from Hollywood, checking out in 12 darts to go ahead for the first time. Dobey would answer right back though, hitting a 15 darter to level again. The Special One would retake the lead with another break, but then missed five match darts in the 14th leg. Dobey then hit a 140, followed by 44, for an 18 dart break to force a decider.
In a fantastic finale, Dobey squandered two match darts, before De Sousa missed another three for the title. Eventually, it would be Dobey who’d find double top and claim his first ever PDC tournament win.
What else happened on day two of the Super Series?
On a day full of surprises, Kuivenhoven reached a semi final for the first time since regaining his tour card in 2019. He came through Aaron Beeney, Ian White and Jack Main to win his board, before beating Jesus Noguera and Scott Mitchell to make the semi finals. He then lost in the last leg to Dobey, but pushed himself into World Matchplay contention.
Searle all but secured his spot in Blackpool. With Dobey winning the title, Heavy Metal produced a day to help him move clear of the chasing pack. He comfortably beat Matt Jackson and Andy Boulton, before surviving match darts against Michael van Gerwen to win his board. He then hit averages of 110.5 and 111.3 to beat Chas Barstow and whitewash Boris Krcmar to reach the last four, where he fell just short against De Sousa.
Elsewhere, Mitchell, Bunting and Krcmar were joined by Mervyn King in the quarter finals as van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright all exited the competition before the last eight.
Noguera, De Zwaan and Ron Meulenkamp all had decent days as well, making the last 16.