Dave Chisnall’s wait for a major title goes on after defeat to Michael van Gerwen in the Unibet Masters final on Sunday night.
The world number one was in imperious form as he retained his title with an 11-6 victory at ArenaMK in Milton Keynes having initially raced into a 5-0 lead.
Chisnall had earlier hit back from 8-0 down to win his first round tie with Robert Thornton before also defeating Vincent van der Voort and James Wade to reach the fourth televised final of his career.
The Morecambe ace said: “After being 8-0 down in the first round I didn’t expect to get through that, so it’s a great weekend to reach the final.
“I’m not happy with how I played in the final but there were a few tired darts.
“I beat Michael in the World Grand Prix a couple of years ago and he’s punished me for it ever since!
“You can’t give him a head start like I did but he was too good there and he showed why he’s the world number one.
“I’m playing really well but it wasn’t meant to be and I’ll try again in the next tournament.”
Van Gerwen took the opening five legs without giving Chisnall a dart at a double, hitting four 180s in the process, and went on to finish 110 as he led 7-1.
Chisnall took three of the next four legs to threaten another comeback as he cut the gap to 8-4.
The next four were shared as Chisnall matched his rival’s tally of six 180s, but the resort’s world number 10 was unable to claim another break of throw as van Gerwen held on to hit double five for the title.
Van Gerwen, who survived seven missed darts in his semi-final against Phil Taylor on his way to glory, said: “I’m really happy to win this trophy.
“I really had to work for this and it was a hard day.
“I had a bit of luck but you can’t ask for anything more than to be holding the trophy at the end.
“Phil missed seven match darts, which he normally never does, and when someone gives you a chance like that you have to take it.
“At 5-0 in the final I knew the game was over. I had a couple of good finishes afterwards, held my own throw and it was enough to win the game.”
Chisnall, who picked up a £25,000 runners-up prize, now moves onto the opening night of the Betway Premier League in Leeds on Thursday where he faces Robert Thornton.