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Cullen earned his second ProTour title in as many days at Wigan; Michael van Gerwen lost in the second round to Cameron Menzies and world champion Peter Wright was shut out in the third round by Ryan Joyce

Last update: 02/13/22 9:02 p.m.

Joe Cullen won successive Players Championship tournaments at Wigan

Joe Cullen won back-to-back Pro Tour titles with victory at The Players Championship 4 in Wigan, comfortably beating Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-1 in Sunday’s final.

Cullen continued his incredible start to 2022 with a second The Players Championship success in as many days, adding to his first televised Masters title in January.

Victory at Players Championships 3 and 4 sees Cullen go 14 games unbeaten on the PDC Pro Tour, winning £24,000 in prize money and becoming one of the fittest players in the sport.

Cullen made an impressive start to 2022

Cullen made an impressive start to 2022

“I felt so much better today, much more comfortable,” Cullen said. “I just play well by the minute and people know that I can activate it at any time.

“I’m not going to get carried away, but even when I’m playing badly I feel like I’m winning. Things are going well, but it might not last forever, so I’m taking it as it comes.”

QuarterfinalsGerwyn Price 6-5 Luke HumphriesJoe Cullen 6-5 Rob CrossKrzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Dave ChisnallDimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Daryl Gurney

Semi-finalsJoe Cullen 7-5 Gerwyn PriceDimitri Van den Bergh 7-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

FinalJoe Cullen 8-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh

The Premier League star started the day with a 6-3 victory over Peter Hudson, before victories over Luke Woodhouse and Jermaine Wattimena.

Cullen then showed even more quality, averaging 102.52 and 103.17 as he beat Keegan Brown and Rob Cross respectively to set up a semi-final clash with world number 1 Gerwyn Price, a repeat of the action. from Thursday in the Premier League.

Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

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Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

He then defied Price’s average of 102.29 and came from 4-2 down to beat the former world champion 7-5 to secure his second final in two straight days.

Cullen made a statement of intent in the early stages of the final, winning consecutive over finishes of 104 and 121 respectively to lead Van den Bergh 2-0.

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The Belgian then won what would be his only round of the match before Cullen landed six rounds on the spin to claim the title, sealing victory with a marvelous 127 on the bull.

Elsewhere at The Players Championship 4, Michael van Gerwen had another early exit, losing in the second round to Cameron Menzies and world champion Peter Wright was whitewashed in the third round by Ryan Joyce.

What next for Cullen?

Cullen will take on Van Gerwen on Thursday in the final installment of Premier League action, with the Englishman looking to improve on last week’s second-place finish at Liverpool.

Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

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Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

Joe Cullen hits a crate of 121 against Gerwyn Price to set up a comeback win and reach his first Premier League Darts final

Wright takes on Gary Anderson and Price takes on Michael Smith, while last week’s winner Jonny Clayton opens against James Wade in Belfast.

The 2022 PDC ProTour season continues with the 5 and 6 Players Championships on March 19 and 20 at the Barnsley Metrodome.

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