Cullen doubles up with Players Championship 4 success

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Cullen doubles up with Players Championship 4 success

Joe Cullen made it back-to-back ProTour titles with victory at Players Championship 4 in Wigan, comfortably defeating Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-1 in Sunday's final.

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

Victory at Players Championships 3 and 4 sees Cullen go 14 games unbeaten, scooping £24,000 in prize money and becoming one of the most in-form players in the sport.

"I've felt so much better today, a lot more comfortable," said Cullen.

"I'm just playing well at the minute and people know I can turn it on at any point.

"I won't get carried away but even when I'm playing poorly I seem to be winning.

"Things are going well but it might not last forever so I'm just taking it as it comes."

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

Cullen then showed even more quality, averaging 102.52 and 103.17 in defeating Keegan Brown and Rob Cross respectively to set up a semi-final clash with world number one Gerwyn Price.

He then defied Price's average of 102.29 and came from 4-2 down to defeat the former World Champion 7-5 to secure his second final in two consecutive days.

Cullen made a statement of intent in the opening stages of the final, taking out back-to-back ton-plus finishes of 104 and 121 respectively to lead Van den Bergh 2-0.

The Belgian then won what would be his only leg of the match before Cullen reeled off six legs on the spin to take home the title, sealing the win with a marvellous 127 checkout on the bull.

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

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

Live action will be broadcast across two streams on PDCTV.

2022 Players Championship 4
Sunday February 13
Last 16

Gerwyn Price 6-0 Ryan Meikle
Luke Humphries 6-4 George Killington
Joe Cullen 6-3 Keegan Brown
Rob Cross 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Ryan Joyce
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Adam Gawlas
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Cameron Menzies

Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Luke Humphries
Joe Cullen 6-5 Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Daryl Gurney

Semi-Finals
Joe Cullen 7-5 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

Final
Joe Cullen 8-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh