Joe Cullen maintained his maiden European Tour title to conquer Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in the Darts Matchplay in Mannheim on Sunday night.
As he conquered World Champion Van Gerwen with a confident and clinical revealing the Bradford genius asserted the title of his profession in style.
Having never won past the semi-finals at the European Tour, Cullen saw Glen Durrant, William O’Connor and James Wade off in the decider in the Maimarkthalle to reserve his place on Sunday.
He demonstrated no nerves from the World Champion, claiming four of their opening five legs to transfer 4-1 up, adding a and opening the closing.
Van Gerwen responded in the sixth, simply to see power house as he started up a lead, a 170 checkout to deliver the German crowd to their feet.
Van Gerwen revealed his course to measure the final, but Cullen regained the edge with success 13-darters to lead 7-5 – punishing misses to break – before an 88 end to get a.
“To beat Michael in the final is astonishing,” said Cullen, who averaged over 101 in the final. “It is the biggest moment in my profession, it’s wonderful.
“Michael is the consummate professional, he’s so gracious in defeat and victory. Me and Michael are friends that are good and he congratulated me wholeheartedly.
“It was merely one of the weekends. For us mere mortals, we’re not Michael, the point is where we all play very well or perform extremely bad and the standard has been set by Michael.
“I’ve been threatening to win a championship for a while and this weekend I believed I was going to win it. It was really believed by it. I could not see that anybody could beat me today.”
It is not long to wait patiently until darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena and seven times of coverage continues until the closing on Saturday, October 12.