José de Sousa caused a stunt on Tuesday by capturing the title at the Grand Slam of Darts.

The Portuguese, who took part in the tournament for the first time, was surprisingly too strong for James Wade in the final in Coventry with 16-12.

The 46-year-old De Sousa lost the first three legs, but equalized the score at 5-5 via a finish of 130.

'The Special One' then hit a gap itself and ran to 12-8.

37-year-old Wade then cleared one break behind, but returned his own leg on 14-11.

De Sousa immediately failed to decide the match, but he finished the job in the following leg with an impressive finish of 158.

For De Sousa it is his first title in a major television tournament.

Before the Grand Slam of Darts, his best performance at that level was the third round of the UK Open.

He will receive a cash prize of 125,000 British pounds (more than 139,000 euros) for his overall victory.

On the way to the final, the number 34 in the world already surprised Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock.

He lost to Smith in the group stage.


🇵🇹🏆 JOSE WINS THE TITLE 🏆🇵🇹Jose De Sousa joins the elite in world darts as he is crowned the 2020 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts CHAMPION! Sheer emotion on the face of Jose as he wins the biggest match of his life in sensational fashion! Congratulations Jose 👏


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Wade seizes first title in two years

Wade, the global number eight, was at The Masters for the last time in the final battle of a TV tournament early last year.

He then lost to Michael van Gerwen.

The Englishman last won a major tournament in the World Series of Darts Finals at the end of 2018.

For Van Gerwen, the curtain fell on the Grand Slam of Darts in the quarterfinals.

De Brabander, who won the tournament in 2015, 2016 and 2017, lost after eight missed match darts from Whitlock.

The Grand Slam of Darts was organized in Coventry because of the corona pandemic.

Normally, the only television tournament with a group stage takes place in Wolverhampton.