James Wade became The Masters champion after an incredible day of darts in Edinburgh on Sunday, when he defeated Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor and Mervyn King to take glory.
Wade produced a sensational comeback from being 9-2 down against King in a dramatic final to clinch his eighth major PDC title – a triumph which he sealed with a fabulous 135 finish.
The recent World Grand Prix finalist reached the last four by winning a brilliant quarter-final contest against Lewis, in which both players averaged over 104.
Wade ran out as the 10-6 victor by winning the last four legs of what was arguably the highest quality match of the tournament.
The left-hander then continued his exceptional form to defeat Taylor in a thrilling semi-final, which he won 11-9 with an average of 105.6.
He grabbed a crucial break of throw with the match poised at nine legs apiece, hitting his ninth 180 and a clinical 120 finish before closing out his second consecutive televised victory over the 16-time World Champion.
But it looked as if ‘The Machine’ would be denied his first major title for over three years when King raced into a 5-0 lead in the decider.
And Wade could only take two of the next six legs, as ‘The King’ opened up a 9-2 advantage, needing only two more legs to win the tournament.
The Aldershot ace began to fight back, winning four legs on the spin but King looked to have stemmed the tide when he took out a spectacular 158 finish.
In the following leg, King missed six darts for the championship and Wade capitalised, pegging double top reduce the deficit to 10-7.
He then pinned double eight after his opponent had missed a further match dart, before a 68 checkout moved him within a leg of parity.
And, after King missed a dart at the bull for the victory, Wade sank double ten to set up an unlikely last leg decider, which he won in style with a magnificent 135 finish.
“I’m really happy and really grateful to have come back from where I was,” said Wade, whose last major success came in 2011.
“I feel guilty because I’ve never won a game like this before and I know how much it hurts.
“Two years ago I was considering giving up the game because I wasn’t sure if I was good enough anymore but this year I’ve been hurting my opponents and I think this has been coming. I’m so happy.”
Triumphant Wade will be back in action at the Grand Slam of Darts, which kicks off next weekend.