Michael Smith took home his first title in two years on day one of the PDC Winter Series.

Bully Boy battled through a tough day, snapping a run of 10 straight losses in finals with an 8-6 victory over Jermaine Wattimena.

It puts Smith top of the PDC Winter Series Order of Merit, while Machine Gun becomes the highest player on the Winter Series Order of Merit to have not qualified for the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts after day one.

Elsewhere, day one of the PDC Winter Series saw:

  • stunning averages across the board
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh secure his place in the Players Championship Finals
  • Good runs from Ryan Murray and Andy Boulton push them into the top 64 in the race for Coventry in two weeks
Michael Smith battled to his first title in two years on day one of the PDC Winter Series.

Bully Boys battles for title

The early stages of day one of the Winter Series for Bully Boy were very comfortable. He won his opening game 6-3 against Callan Rydz, before two straight 6-2 victories over Boris Krcmar and Ryan Murray saw him into the last 16.

There, he produced one of the games of the day with the Rockstar Joe Cullen. He averaged 103.5, while Cullen averaged 108.6, as Bully Boy came out victorious 6-4. After a 6-2 win over Conan Whitehead in the quarter finals, he struggled early on in his semi final against Jose De Sousa.

De Sousa was leading 3-1, but missed five missed darts to win the leg. After a nonchalant 180, Smith cleaned up the 35 remaining to get the game back on throw, and then won four straight legs to take a 6-3 lead. Despite a fightback from the Portuguese number one, Smith held his nerve, taking the win 7-5 to move into the final against Wattimena.

Bully Boy started the final excellently, hitting a 170 checkout to take a 1-0 lead. Machine Gun, competing in his third PDC final, would not lie down, and got the game back to 4-5 with a chance to break and level. There, he bust his scored twice on 16, allowing Smith to eventually clean up 34 and go 6-4 ahead.

That turned out to be the crucial moment of the match. Despite Wattimena making Smith serve it out, the Bully Boy held his nerve, finding tops for a 13 dart hold to take home the Players Championship 19 title.

Third time is not the charm for Wattimena

Before the final, Jermaine Wattimena had also battled hard throughout day one of the Winter Series. He knocked out the seed on his board Ian White 6-5, before beating Jelle Klaasen 6-3 to move into the last 32. That set up a board final against Luke Humphries, where Machine Gun won 6-5 averaging 102.

After a 6-1 victory over Simon Stevenson in the last 16, he produced two stunning performances to reach his third PDC final. He beat fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort 6-3, averaging 104.5, before producing the highest average of the day, hitting a 112.2 in his 7-3 victory over Brendan Dolan.

Wattimena will rue his missed opportunities at double eight for 5-5, but after a tough summer, hopefully this will be the start of a good run of form for the Dutchman.

Jermaine Wattimena is still waiting for his first PDC title, after losing to Michael Smith on day one of the Winter Series. Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

What else happened?

There were solid runs for Brendan Dolan and Jose De Sousa to the semi finals on day one of the Winter Series. De Sousa knocked out Peter Wright in the quarter finals with a 107.6 average, but it was not all doom and gloom for Snakebite. Gerwyn Price was beaten by Martin Schindler in round two, meaning Wright continues to extend his lead in the race to be number one seed at the Players Championship Finals at the end of the month.

Elsewhere, Conan Whitehead put himself in contention for a Players Championship Finals spot with a quarter final run.

Ryan Murray and Andy Boulton’s runs to the last 32 saw them move them into the Players Championship Finals qualification places.

Dimitri Van den Bergh made the last 16, losing out to his lockdown landlord Wright, to all but secure his place in Coventry.

The current cut off is at £7,500, but will continue to increase as the week goes on. £10,000 should see a player into the event from 27-29 November.

View the Players Championship Order of Merit. The top 64 will qualify for the Players Championship Finals.

Day One Results


Michael Smith 8-6 Jermaine Wattimena

Semi final

Jermaine Wattimena 7-3 Brendan Dolan

Michael Smith 7-5 Jose De Sousa

Quarter final

Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Vincent van der Voort

Brendan Dolan 6-0 Damon Heta

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Peter Wright

Michael Smith 6-2 Conan Whitehead

Round four

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Jim Williams

Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Simon Stevenson

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Toni Alcinas

Damon Heta 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp

Peter Wright 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Danny Noppert

Conan Whitehead 6-2 William Borland

Michael Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen

Round three

Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Martin Schindler

Jim Williams 6-2 Gabriel Clemens

Simon Stevenson 6-4 Scott Waites

Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Luke Humphries

Toni Alcinas 6-2 James Wade

Brendan Dolan 6-2 Rob Cross

Damon Heta 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski

Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Peter Wright 6-2 Adam Hunt

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Gavin Carlin

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Andy Boulton

Danny Noppert 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode

William Borland 6-5 Scott Taylor

Conan Whitehead 6-5 Keane Barry

Joe Cullen 6-5 James Wilson

Michael Smith 6-2 Ryan Murray

Round Two

Martin Schindler 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Alan Tabern

Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Kevin Doets

Jim Williams 6-4 Steve Beaton

Scott Waites 6-2 Devon Petersen

Simon Stevenson v Mickey Mansell

Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Jelle Klaasen

Luke Humphries 6-5 Andy Hamilton

James Wade 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk

Toni Alcinas 6-4 Simon Whitlock

Rob Cross 6-4 Jason Lowe

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Kirk Shepherd

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 John Henderson

Damon Heta 6-3 Luke Woodhouse

Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Jan Dekker

Jonny Clayton 6-1 Derk Telenkes

Peter Wright 6-1 Neils Zonneveld

Adam Hunt 6-4 Chris Dobey

Gavin Carlin 6-4 Ricky Evans

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Daryl Gurney

Jose De Sousa 6-3 Keegan Brown

Andy Boulton 6-5 Ross Smith

Danny Noppert 6-5 Steve Lennon

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Christian Bunse

Scott Taylor 6-3 Nathan Aspinall

William Borland 6-5 William O’Connor

Keane Barry 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse

Conan Whitehead 6-4 Mervyn King

Joe Cullen 6-0 Mark McGeeney

James Wilson 6-3 Madars Razma

Michael Smith 6-3 Boris Krcmar

Ryan Murray 6-5 Stephen Bunting

Round One

Gerwyn Price 6-1 Harald Leitinger

Martin Schindler 6-5 David Pallett

Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Maikel Verberk

Alan Tabern 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse 

Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Adrian Lewis

Kevin Doets 6-1 Martin Atkins (Wigan)

Steve Beaton 6-2 Ryan Searle

Jim Williams 6-3 Josh Payne

Devon Petersen 6-3 Mike De Decker

Scott Waites 6-4 Darius Labanauskas

Simon Stevenson 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker

Mickey Mansell 6-1 Gary Blades

Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Ian White

Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Matthew Edgar

Andy Hamilton 6-5 Gary Anderson

Luke Humphries 6-1 Darren Penhall

James Wade 6-3 Karel Sedlacek

Krzysztof Kciuk 6-1 Jonathan Worsley

Toni Alcinas 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven

Simon Whitlock 6-3 Richard North

Rob Cross 6-5 Nick Kenny

Jason Lowe 6-1 Matt Clark

Brendan Dolan 6-3 Reece Robinson

Kirk Shepherd 6-0 Lisa Ashton 

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Bradley Brooks

John Henderson 6-0 Barrie Bates

Damon Heta 6-2 Justin Pipe

Luke Woodhouse 6-0 Steve Brown

Jan Dekker 6-5 Glen Durrant

Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Max Hopp

Derk Telenkes 6-2 David Evans

Peter Wright 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan

Neils Zonneveld 6-3 Kim Huybrechts

Chris Dobey 6-3 Ryan Meikle

Adam Hunt 6-4 Scott Mitchell

Ricky Evans 6-5 Jamie Hughes

Gavin Carlin 6-5 Daniel Larsson

Daryl Gurney 6-5 Steve West

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Aaron Beeney

Jose De Sousa 6-2 Jitse Van der Wal

Keegan Brown 6-3 Marko Kantele

Ross Smith 6-2 Darren Webster

Andy Boulton 6-3 Adrian Gray

Danny Noppert 6-4 Robert Thornton

Steve Lennon 6-4 Jesus Noguera

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Kai Fan Leung

Christian Bunse 6-5 Ted Evetts

Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Ciaran Teehan

Scott Taylor 6-3 Robert Collins

William O’Connor 6-0 Ryan Joyce

William Borland 6-5 Wayne Jones

Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Dave Chisnall

Keane Barry 6-1 Scott Baker

Mervyn King 6-3 Richie Burnett

Conan Whitehead 6-1 Michael Barnard

Joe Cullen 6-5 Joe Murnan

Mark McGeeney 6-1 Peter Jacques

Madars Razma 6-3 Matthew Dennant

James Wilson 6-2 John Michael

Michael Smith 6-3 Callan Rydz

Boris Krcmar 6-4 Carl Wilkinson

Stephen Bunting 6-3 Jeff Smith

Ryan Murray 6-2 Benito van de Pas