Joe Cullen maintained his maiden European Tour title to conquer Michael van Gerwen 8-5 from the Darts Matchplay closing in Mannheim on Sunday night.
As he conquered World Champion Van Gerwen with a showing the Bradford genius claimed that the name of his career in fashion.
Having never won past the semi-finals at the Tour, Cullen saw Glen Durrant William O’Connor and James Wade off on Sunday in the decider at the Maimarkthalle to reserve his spot.
He demonstrated no nerves claiming four of the opening five arms to transfer 4-1 up, including a 14-darter to break throw and opening the closing.
Van Gerwen reacted in the sixth to see power house a 170 voucher to deliver the German crowd as he started up a lead.
Van Gerwen showed his course with three legs at a row to measure the final, but Cullen regained the edge to lead 7-5 – penalizing misses to split – until an 88 end for a.
“To beat Michael in the final is great,” said Cullen, who averaged over 101 at the closing. “It is the greatest moment in my profession, it’s wonderful.
“Michael is the consummate professional, he’s so gracious in defeat and victory. Michael and me are buddies that are good and he uttered me wholeheartedly.
“It was merely one of those weekends. For us mere mortals, we’re not Michael, that the stage is where we play very poor or all play extremely well and the standard has been set by Michael.
“I have been threatening to win a championship for a while and that weekend I believed I was going to acquire it. It was thought by it. I couldn’t find that anybody could beat me now.”
It’s not long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway on Sunday, October 6 at Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12 and seven times of policy continues until the closing on Saturday.