Part ends title drought at UK Masters
John Part won his first PDC title in over 18 months when defeating Stuart Kellett in the final of the UK Masters in Minehead at the weekend.
The Canadian beat Kim Huybrechts, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Adrian Lewis en route to the final, before coming back from 3-2 behind to defeat Kellett in the final.
Kellett, meanwhile, was playing in his first ever PDC final as he his list of conquests included Dave Chisnall, Robert Thornton and Andy Hamilton over the course of the weekend.
Despite the two unlikely finalists this was a full-strength tournament with all of the game’s top players in action. Phil Taylor lost out to The Hammer, after beating Raymond van Barneveld, in a high quality quarter-final where both players averaged over 100, while James Wade eliminated Michael van Gerwen in the round of 16 before he was then beaten by Adrian Lewis in the quarters.
Part, a three-time world champion, had slipped to number 25 in the world rankings, but the £20,000 prize money gained this weekend move him back up to number 21 and considerably improve his chances of featuring in the televised majors this season.
“It feels awesome,” said Part after his win. “I've been working hard for the last couple of years and not had much luck but it's a hard tour, and it feels really good to get a win.
“It's huge for me but I'm still sticking to my plans and I'll be hitting every event because I want to prove that I'm still a force in the game - and this is a very good step towards that.
“I'm so happy and I'm glad the hard work has paid off. It was a packed venue and it was great to see so many fans here, and they made it worthwhile.”