After eight lost finals, it's finally hit!  Michael Smith takes first major title in darts with Grand Slam of Darts

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Englishman Michael Smith took his first major victory with the Grand Slam of Darts (PDC/747,000 euros). In Wolverhampton, England, he defeated his compatriot Nathan Aspinall 16-5 in the final.

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Smith, who beat the Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld (PDC-50) 16-12 in the semi-final, left his compatriot Nathan Aspinall (PDC-12) no chance. After winning 3-2 in the first session, “The Bully Boy” won four of the next five legs. The 32-year-old from St Helens was also the best in the next session. Aspinall, who defeated compatriot Luke Humphries (PDC-8) 16-12 in the semifinals, now had his back against the wall, but Smith was clearly the better with 180 maximum throws and a checkout average of 50%. He won six more legs in a row for a signed 16-5 victory. Smith averaged 96.94 to 90.94 for Aspinall.

For Smith, it is his first Premier Event title after eight lost finals, including the 2022 World Cup final, the UK final and the European Championship final. Smith is left with 172,000 euros from the victory. For Aspinall there was 80,000 euros.

Smith remains number four in the PDC world ranking. Aspinall climbs from twelve to eight. Dimitri Van den Bergh drops from twelve to fourteen. Kim Huybrechts also has to give up a place and is now at 31. Mike De Decker drops from 60 to 61. The top 3 remains unchanged with Weshman Gerwyn Price at number 1, the Scotsman Peter Wright at two and the Dutchman Michael van Gerwen at three .

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