Huddersfield’s Scott Waites is on top of the world – again!
The inspirational ‘Scotty 2 Hottie’ turned on the style when it mattered most to thrash unseeded Canadian Jeff Smith 7-1 and claim the BDO World Championship at Lakeside for a second time.
The 38-year-old regained the title he first won in 2013 and is the eighth player to win the crown more than once.
Waites dominated the final throughout and raced into a 5-0 lead.The 40-year-old Smith took the sixth set with a 161 checkout to spark hopes of a fightback.
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But Waites showed his world championship qualities to hit back with a 156 checkout in the penultimate leg and then notch a 180 on the way to finishing off his opponent.
It was a fantastic ending to Waites’ tournament, with the Yorkshireman having had to come from behind to win several of his early-round matches. And it was also a stunning return to action following shoulder surgery.
“I put my heart and soul into winning this, and it’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Waites.“It’s great to pick up the £100,000 prize-money, but for me it’s being world champion again that means everything. To be honest, the cash doesn’t matter.”
And beaten opponent Smith added: “Scott was incredible against me. I just had no answer to him.
“I’d obviously have loved to have won, but Scott was a very worthy winner.
“He had to dig in earlier in the tournament and got his reward.”