Dave Chisnall was beaten by eventual finalist Michael van Gerwen on Sunday night at the 2019 Dutch Darts Masters.
The Morecambe man ran out a comfortable 6-2 winner over Steve Beaton in the second round before seeing off German Darts Championship runner-up Ricky Evans 6-5 on Thursday afternoon.
However, Chisnall’s hopes of winning the tournament were ended on Sunday by Van Gerwen, with the Dutchman going on to win 6-4.
Van Gerwen then went on to beat Gerwyn Price 7-6 in the semi finals to set up a final against Ian White.
However, White backed up his European Darts Grand Prix triumph earlier in May by going all the way at the Ijsselhallen to rack up a third European Tour title in less than 12 months.
Van Gerwen was seeking a sixth successive Dutch Darts Masters crown in front of a partisan home crowd, but the world number one never led in the final of the £140,000 tournament as a gutsy White prevailed in a gripping contest.
“It’s a great feeling to win this title, I always wanted to play Michael and beat him in a final so this shows I can do it,” said White, who pocketed the £25,000 top prize for the victory and moves up to 10th in the Order of Merit.
“It was difficult playing in front of the Dutch crowd, but I understand they want Michael to win.
“I’ve been in quite a few finals lately, I’ve been playing well on the European Tour and this will help with my performances in TV events going forward.
“This is still a big stage and hopefully when I go to the World Matchplay I will do it up there as well, then I’ll be flying up the top 10.”