Nathan Aspinall displayed the courage of a champion as he battled through a wrist injury to win the Players Championship 13 title.
The 30-year-old - who had problems with his wrist since 2021 - won his first ranking title in two years with an 8-6 win over Matt Campbell in the final.
The injury Aspinall sustained meant he was in significant pain when throwing his darts and it forced him to have some time away from the sport in a bid to return, although there were fears he would never play again at the highest level.
However, Aspinall's determination was on a show in Barnsley and he was delighted to win a ranking title and take the £12,000 prize.
"I feel so emotional, I've had a terrible six months with so much going on. It was only a few weeks ago I was wondering if I would ever play at the same standard again," said Aspinall.
"I have put so much work in over the last few weeks to try and get back to the level I know I could play, and it's all come together today.
"Two years since I've won a tournament, you start to doubt yourself if you belong with the big boys. But over the last couple of weeks I have put the time in and I am reaping the rewards, and today I am the winner.
"It is still an issue, the tears are still there and you have to let them heal for maybe 12-18 months," Aspinall added.
"I got the good news that I might not require surgery and I am having an injection a week on Tuesday and that should help it.
"I know I am a Premier League player, a top eight in the world player, but I have had a lot of stuff going on.
"Now my mentality and my head is so clear, and I need to get back to where I was in 2019, winning tournaments, TV Tournaments and be back in that Premier League. I just need to keep trying my hardest, and put myself in that position."
Aspinall's journey to the final started with comfortable wins over Joe Murnan and Nathan Rafferty, before a huge average of 105.95 against Andy Boulton.
His high average continued with a 6-1 win against Scott Mitchell before defeating Rob Cross and Brendan Dolan 6-3 and 7-3, respectively, to reach the final.
The Players Championship returns on May 10-11 with events 14 and 15 taking place in Wigan.
2022 Players Championship 13
Martin Lukeman 6-5 Jake Jones
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 John Henderson
Matt Campbell 6-4 Peter Hudson
Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Adam Gawlas
Scott Waites 6-2 Mickey Mansell
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Scott Mitchell
Rob Cross 6-0 Kim Huybrechts
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Matt Campbell 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Scott Waites
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Rob Cross
Matt Campbell 7-2 Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall 7-3 Brendan Dolan
Nathan Aspinall 8-6 Matt Campbell