Chuck Puleo returned to winning ways as the USA World-Cup representative battled through a tough field to win event five on the 2019 Dart Players Los Angeles (DPLA) series.
For Puleo, who made the 423-mile haul from Arizona to Agoura Hills, California found some spirited form to lift the title. In his opening match, Puleo made light work of Doug Siperly in a 7-1 victory to kick things off.
in the Quarter-Finals, Puleo was faced with a mouth-watering clash with Christopher Lim. And, it didn’t disappoint as Puleo really had to produce some of his best darts to claw back from 6-4 behind to run out an 8-7 winner over Lim.
Lim kicked things off with a fantastic 12-dart leg which really set the tone for the rest of the contest. From 6-4 behind, Puleo won his last four legs in 16, 16, 16 & 15 darts in an enthralling battle. Just to put things into prespective, in those final five legs, Puleo averaged 93.49 in what was a thrilling exchange between the pair which also featured back-to-back ton-plus finishes of 127 and 120.
In the Semi-Finals, Puleo produced his finest performance of the event as the Boston-born star produced an average of 93 in a 9-3 victory over Ruben Herrera. But, it didn’t all go Puleo’s way as he found himself 2-0 behind early on. But, the multiple CDC champion extinguished the deficit in quick-fire time as he produced back-to-back 14-dart legs to tie up the contest.
Puleo continued to stamp his authority on the match with some excellent power scoring as he left Herrera trailing in his wake. Puleo took seven out of the last eight legs to secure his place in the final.
In the final, Puleo faced a familiar foe in the shape of good friend David Fatum who also resides in Arizona. As a matter of fact, in Puleo’s very first DPLA event, he went on to defeat Fatum to claim the title.
In Saturday’s final, we expected a high-quality battle, and we weren’t left disappointed. Fatum started the final the better of the pair as he moved into a 2-1 lead early on, but Puleo came back firing as he reeled off three legs on-the-spin to move into a 4-2 lead. But, after taking the next two legs in just 35 darts, Fatum levelled up the final at 4-4.
With the final poised in the direction of Chuck Puleo as he edged 7-6 ahead, the standard was increased from the Boston-born ace as he fired in legs of 13 and 15 darts to move 9-6 ahead, with the finishing line in sight. Fatum did prolong the contest with a 17-darter as he pinned D20, but Puleo confirmed a well-earned victory with a 16-dart leg.
As for Fatum’s run to the final, ‘The Scorpion’ completed a string over impressive victories over the likes of Dominic Ghan (7-1), John Denich (8-1) & Shad Newton (9-6).