Jonny Clayton won his first televised individeual title, beating Mervyn King (image: Sven Mandel/wikicommons

Underdog Jonny Clayton won his first televised individual PDC title at the Marshall Arena, beating Mervyn King 11-8.

Clayton claimed his win over King by a score of 11-8 with an average score of 104, decisively winning the game in the final leg with only 12 darts.

The title win has also given him the final tenth place in the Premier League as well as the £60,000 prize pool.

Following his win ‘The Ferret’ said, “it may be time” to quit his job as a plasterer for Carmarthenshire Council to focus on his darts career full-time.

On the road to the final, Clayton claimed dramatic wins over five-time champion Michael van Gerwen and defending champion Peter Wright.

Before getting to the final, all of Clayton’s wins went down to the wire, with him taking the wins in the final leg.

He said he was worried the final would go down to the final leg as well, but he fought against a comeback, becoming the fifth different winner of The Master.

Speaking on twitter after the win, Clayton said, “Absolutely over the moon – lost for words – never felt so good, 31 years of hard work have paid off.”

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me from the start, family, friends, work colleagues, sponsors everyone and I mean everyone.”

He came back from a 5-3 deficit by winning six consecutive legs, going into the third break leading 9-6.

Mervyn King defeated PDC world ranking number one Gerwyn Price in the semi-final in a stunning game, but he fell at the final hurdle and stood as a runner-up once again and his wait for a Masters title continues.

Speaking after the game, King said, “I can’t tell you what happened in the final, I really can’t.

“It didn’t feel right, nothing felt right.”

King was gracious in defeat, saying, “I’m playing for my life trying to get into the Premier League and he’s got in by beating me”.