Luke Littler: Teenager hits nine-dart finish on Players Championship debut

Luke Littler won the Bahrain Masters two days before his 17th birthday in January

The 17-year-old was cruising against Italian Turetta, 38, in the last-32 tie before he landed his second nine-darter of the season.

He also produced a perfect leg against Nathan Aspinall at the Bahrain Masters.

Littler went on to take the title in Bahrain with victory over Michael van Gerwen in the final last month.

A nine-darter is when a player scores 501 with the minimum number of darts required.

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Littler was not the only player to achieve the feat in Wigan on Monday, or even the only teenager.

Two fellow competitors managed nine-darters, with 18-year-old Englishman Leighton Bennett doing so against Lukas Wenig and 50-year-old Northern Irish player Mickey Mansell also pulling off the achievement against Krzysztof Ratajski.

England’s Littler has experienced a rapid rise in his career since reaching the World Championship final in January at the age of 16.

Following his first PDC senior trophy in Bahrain, Littler faced three-time world champion Van Gerwen, 34, in the final of the Dutch Masters, but was beaten 8-6 by the Dutchman.

The pair met again on night two of the Premier League in Berlin three days ago, with Van Gerwen beating Littler in the deciding leg of a thrilling final.

Gideon Canice

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