2022 Masters Darts: Joe Cullen beats Dave Chisnall to claim first major title

Joe Cullen beat Dave Chisnall 11-9 on Sunday evening to claim his first major title.

On what was his first televised appearance in a major tournament, Joe Cullen managed to go all the way and win the 2022 Masters title on Sunday evening.

The 32-year-old came out on top in an all-English final against world No.13 Dave Chisnall, who was also chasing a first title win.

Cullen, seeded 11th in the tournament, started superbly and found himself 10-7 up on the night, before a nervy finish sealed the win.

Missing four match darts, Chisnall was able to close the gap to 10-8, and when Cullen continued to miss huge opportunities and another six match darts went astray, it looked as though anything could happen.

However Cullen, nicknamed 'the Rockstar', rallied with Chisnall just a leg behind, finishing on a double 16 to claim the £60,000 winners prize.

He finished with an average of 97, with Chisnall only managing 90.

After claiming the title, Cullen said "It feels amazing, I've dreamed of this moment for a long time and to get a TV win with that field, I can't ask for much more," he said.

He went on to dedicate the victory to his mother Pam who sadly passed away in October.

"It's amazing to win this and have my dad here by the side of me. Everyone knows what I've been through, I lost my mum in October, it's gut wrenching."

Cullen will hope he can follow up his Masters title in the same way that Jonny Clayton did after his maiden title win 12 months ago, and with the Premier League line-up expected to be announced this week, Cullen will hope his title win earns him a spot.

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