Chuck Puleo completed a fantastic weekend double as the PDC World Cup debutant picked up both titles in a Dart Players Los Angeles (DPLA) double-header in Agoura Hills, California.
It was a highly impressive weekend from the Boston-born star, who now resides in Arizona in terms of performance. Over the entirety of the weekend across eight matches, Puleo had a tournament average of over 87, which is where he’d like to be in terms of consistency heading into the next CDC weekend in Chicago and of course the PDC World Cup of Darts in Hamburg, Germany.
After securing the double success, I managed to grab a quick chat with the 46-year old who made the 423-mile trip to Los Angeles.
“This weekend was exactly what I needed, Tom. We talked about getting some quality matches on a more consistent basis, and the DPLA events provide such an opportunity.
“I averaged 87 for the entirety of the weekend, and that’s over a long format (best of 11, 13, 15, 17 & 19). Can you imagine if I was doing this week in, week out?
“But, I’ll take what I can get, and keep building upon victory and defeat. It’s most definitely a confidence booster, and I’ll take that into the next CDC weekend in Chicago and the PDC World Cup of Darts in Hamburg, Germany.
En route to securing the second DPLA event of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, Puleo kicked the day off with a 7-1 victory over Mark Adams. I was a nice way for Puleo to settle into the event without being faced with too many problems.
Puleo’s finest performance of the event actually came in the Quarter-Finals as he saw off Russ Lyzak 8-0 with an average of 94.7. Puleo fired in five maximums which also included six perfect darts in the final leg. In terms of leg-by-leg performance, Puleo picked those eight legs in 14, 14, 20, 18, 13, 18, 15 & 15 darts.
In the Semi-Finals, Puleo once again faced off with good friend, David Fatum. The pair contested in Saturday’s final as Puleo went on to win the title. Yet agai, it was another fantastic performance from Puleo as he averaged 90.2 in a 9-4 victory over ‘The Scorpion’.
Puleo raced out of the blocks with legs of 14 and 13 to move 2-1 ahead, and although Fatum was continuing to fight back, Puleo’s levels of consistency were just too much for Fatum as he reeled off five consecutive legs to move 8-3 ahead. Fatum showed signs of a revival with a fantastic 14-dart leg to reduce the deficit to 8-4, but Puleo ended proceedings with a 14-darter of his own to book his place in the final.
In the final, Puleo took on Andrew Bennett, and it was all too easy for the World Cup debutant as he raced into a 5-0 lead within no time at all. Bennett produced a duo of 15-dart legs, but it was all too little, too late as Puleo recorded a 10-3 victory to complete a fantastic weekend double in Agoura Hills.
Dart Players Los Angeles – Event Six, Agoura Hills, California
Matt Smooke 8-0 Ryan Turner
Andrew Bennett 8-5 Ruben Herrera
Chuck Puleo 8-0 Russ Lyzak
David Fatum 8-2 John Denich
Andrew Bennett 9-4 Matt Smooke
Chuck Puleo 9-4 David Fatum
Chuck Puleo 10-3 Andrew Bennett