Luke Littler throws a nine-darter on his PDC ProTour debut at Players Championship in


  • Luke Littler first beat Jim Williams and Luke Woodhouse in Players Championship
  • The 17-year-old threw a nine-darter to beat Michele Turetta in the last 32
  • Little went close to repeating the feat on his way to beating Cameron Menzies

Luke Littler continued his sensational run of form as he threw another stunning nine-darter on his PDC ProTour debut at the Players Championship in Wigan. 

The 17-year-old star, who shot to fame after reaching the final of the World Championship when he was just 16, had beaten Jim Williams and Luke Woodhouse in the first two rounds to set up a last-32 meeting with Michele Turetta. 

Little raced into a 5-1 lead against the first ever Italian Tour Card holder having broke his opponent in the third. 

And he finished off Turetta in style by sealing victory with a nine-darter, completing a 141 checkout to wrap up a dominant 6-1 victory. 

It was Littler’s second nine-darter of the year having also managed the feat in the opening leg of his first World Tour appearance against Nathan Aspinall at the Bahrain Darts Masters, a tournament which he went on to win.

Luke Littler threw a nine-darter on his PDC ProTour debut at Players Championship in Wigan

Luke Littler threw a nine-darter on his PDC ProTour debut at Players Championship in Wigan

Littler went close to getting another nine-darter in the next round against Cameron Menzies

Littler went close to getting another nine-darter in the next round against Cameron Menzies

Littler – who earned £250,000 for making it to the world final, which he lost to Luke Humphries – went close to achieving another perfect leg in the next round against Cameron Menzies.

He had a dart to record a second nine-darter but missed with double 12. 

Littler continued his dream start to his first Players Championship by beating the Scotsman, whose girlfriend is female darts star Fallon Sherrock, 6-2 with an average of 108.99 to book a place in the quarter-finals. 

He beat James Hurrell 6-3 in the quarters before being taken to a decider by Alan Soutar, which he won to set up a meeting with Ryan Searle in the final.

The winner of the tournament, the opening PDC ProTour event of the season, will pocket £15,000. 

Two other players – Leighton Bennett and Mickey Mansell – also hit nine-darters in Wigan today. 

Littler, the darts sensation who has taken the world by storm, recently told Mail Sport that he only practices for 20 minutes a day. 

‘I wake up at 1pm or 2pm and I do the same every day,’ he said. ‘I might need to get in a routine of going to bed at a normal time – I never see the morning. 

‘I get up, I go on my Xbox, when I get bored of that, I go on the practice board, and when I get bored of that, I go back on my Xbox.’

And that practice? What does it look like in a nuanced, capricious game where Phil Taylor, the 16-time world champion, would do upwards of 10 hours a day in his garage to stay on the wave? ‘Maybe 20 minutes or half an hour,’ he says. ‘Just to keep my arm loose.’ 

Littler is regularly supported at events and on social media by girlfriend Eloise Milburn, 21. 

Littler is regularly supported by girlfriend Eloise Milburn, 21 (pictured at the World Championship)

Littler is regularly supported by girlfriend Eloise Milburn, 21 (pictured at the World Championship)

Meanwhile, Gerwyn Price, who withdrew from Players Championship 1 on Monday, slammed the ‘pathetic’ playing conditions in Wigan. 

He wrote on Instagram: ‘Absolutely pathetic conditions.

‘Travel all the way to Wigan to play in a professional game and we have to play in less than amateur conditions.

‘Never have I ever given a game up, well that’s me out to tomorrow as well.

‘Gutted coz my game was really good today and I rely on these events so much.’



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