Lewis misses out on Players Championship Finals
World Champion Adrian Lewis will not compete in the Players Championship Finals having failed to finish the season inside the top 32 in the Order of Merit.
Lewis missed a number of floor events throughout the year, largely due to the commitments that come with being a world champion. However, he went into this weekend’s events in Wigan still with a chance of breaking into the top 32.
Having made an early exit in Saturday’s event Lewis needed to win the title on Sunday in order to qualify for the finals in Doncaster next month. He gave himself a chance of doing so in qualifying for the semi-finals but was thwarted by the circuit’s in-form player, Justin Pipe, who cruised to a 6-1 victory.
Pipe, however, couldn’t go on to add a fourth title to his roster as he fell 6-4 to Phil Taylor in a high-quality final. The Power winning back-to-back titles on the tour for the first time this year.
Michael van Gerwen snuck in to the Finals by virtue of his run to the quarter-finals on Saturday. Steve Brown, Richie Burnett and Wayne Jones also qualified with little to spare. John Henderson was the unlucky player to miss out in 33rd place, but may still be given a reprieve if Simon Whitlock is forced to withdraw due to injury, as he did at the Grand Slam of Darts.