major PDC title has continued to allude him. He has gone incredibly close, reaching the final of the World Championship (twice), the Premier League, the World Matchplay, the UK Open and The Masters, only to fall at the final hurdle on each occasion.But if he can keep up his blistering recent form, that agonising run could end this year.
Smith was unstoppable as he swept to victory at Players Championship events 14 and 15 this week. On Wednesday, Smith produced a nine-dart finish in his quarter-final victory over Florian Hempel, before averaging 109.95 in an 8-3 final win over Callan Rydz to back up Tuesday's first title of the year.Smith hit 32 180s, even though his day began with unspectacular victories over Glen Durrant and John Michael, before a 107.10 average saw him edge out Ritchie Edhouse 6-5.
The last 16 saw Smith come through another last-leg decider with Mario Vandenbogaerde before averaging 114.90, his highest of the day, in a 6-2 victory over Hempel.A 7-3 win over Alan Soutar sent Smith through to the final where a clinical 81 per cent double accuracy saw him rack up his 14th win in two days to pocket the £12,000 top prize.And ahead of tonight’s (Thursday’s), Premier League action in Sheffield, Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle has said he believes a major title is within touching distance for Smith, comparing his wait to that of two-time world champion Gary Anderson. Do you agree with Wayne Mardle?
Have your say in the comments section below “Michael Smith is the modern Gary Anderson. Gary waited 14 years for his first world title,” tweeted Mardle. “Missed doubles / chances blighted him.Read more on dailystar.co.uk