Portugal’s darting sensation Jose De Sousa has made quite an impact since joining winning his PDC tour-card at European Qualifying School back in January.
And since moving onto the PDC tour, De Sousa has really eased into life as a PDC professional. The Portuguese-born star has recorded some consistently strong performances and some impressively high averages on the Players Championship series.
This past weekend in Copenhagen at the Danish Darts Open, De Sousa made it all the way to the Quarter-Finals in what was his debut event on the PDC European Tour. De Sousa saw off the likes of Scott Taylor, Darren Webster in a thriller and the World no.3 Daryl Gurney before losing out to Chris Dobey who made it to the final in Copenhagen.
In terms of his levels of consistency, De Sousa is averaging 93.55 across 16 events and 37 matches. The Lisbon-based ace can compete with some of the Worlds best as he’s shown already so far in 2019.
De Sousa’s fired in 78 maximums in those 37 matches, and as for the averages that he’s been posting, De Sousa’s recorded five 100+ averages on the Pro-Tour. The highest of those averages was a 105.5 in a 6-4 victory over Geert Nentjes at Players Championship 16 just a few weeks ago in Barnsley.
On that particular day, De Sousa enjoyed his best run so far since joining the PDC as he reached the Semi-Finals before losing out to the eventual winner Harry Ward. In that particular match, a complete miscount from the Portuguese star probably cost him a place in the final.
There’s been three or four ‘incidents’ so far on the tour where De Sousa has miscounted on a potential checkout and elected for the wrong double. The most rememberable occurence of De Sousa’s poor counting came in his run at the Danish Darts Open as he attempted a 39 outshot.
De Sousa hit a single five with is first dart, which left 34. He then pinned D16 which in his own mind was correct, but George Noble the official didn’t call ‘game shot’, which completely threw De Sousa’s head, but he recomposed himself as he pinned D1 to take the leg, much to the annoyance of Daryl Gurney.
De Sousa has played soft-tip darts for many years in Spain and Europe, soft-tip machines do calculate any scores thrown and automatically subtract to leave you a potential checkout, so as for De Sousa, he’s never really had to work out any particular outshots.
As for De Sousa’s start to life in the PDC, he’s most definitely in a rich vein of form heading into the second half of the year. In terms of playing on big stages, De Sousa made his return to the PDC World Darts Championship last December as he narrowly lost out to Michael Barnard in sudden death. Prior to that, De Sousa participated in the 2012 PDC World Championship as he lost out to South Africa’s Devon Petersen in a preliminary round encounter.
In terms of De Sousa’s early career,it all really started in 2012 when he qualified for the World Championships after coming through the Western European qualifying event. In doing so, De Sousa became the first Portuguese player to qualify for either World Championship.
Despite being born in Lisbon, De Sousa resides in Tarragona, Catalunya and he actually represented Spain in 2011 at the WDF World Cup. I mentioned previously about De Sousa’s soft-tip background, in 2013, he claimed the Soft Tip Bullshooter European Championship following a victory over Franck Guillermont.
In 2016, De Sousa picked up the FCD Anniversary Open following a convincing 6-1 victory over Willem Mandigers who has been playing some good stuff in the BDO as of late. In 2017, De Sousa had his first attempt at PDC Q-School, and he came mightily close on day two, but he suffered an unforunate 5-2 defeat to Royden Lam in the final qualifying round.
As for the pro-tour order of merit, De Sousa currently sits in 57th position with £17,250 to his name, and if he can finish 2019 in a similar fashion, then it’s going to be a strong year for the Portuguese star.