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Van Gerwen named PDC Player of the Year for 2019 as Wright claims hat-trick of awards

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 31 Jan 2020
Wright claims a hat-trick of awards (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen has been named PDC Player of the Year for a fifth consecutive year, while Peter Wright picks up a trio of awards.

Van Gerwen enjoyed another superb year of success in 2019, picking up 14 titles including a fourth successive Premier League crown.

The world number one also retained his World Grand Prix and Masters titles, along with other televised triumphs at the Champions League of Darts, World Series Finals, Melbourne Masters and New Zealand Masters.

The 30-year-old also won the ProTour player of the year award in recognition of his consistency throughout the year away from the TV cameras.

Newly-crowned World Champion Peter Wright scooped a hat-trick of awards, including Televised Performance of the Year for his stunning victory over Van Gerwen to win the World Championship Final on New Year’s Day.

The Scot has also been recognised by fans and fellow-players alike for his achievements by winning the Fans’ Player of the Year and PDPA Players’ Player of the Year awards.

The Best Newcomer Award went to Glen Durrant, whose stellar first year in the PDC saw him reach the Semi-Finals of three televised events, including a memorable week in Blackpool at the World Matchplay.

Luke Humphries was awarded Young Player of the Year after becoming World Youth Champion for the first time and reaching the World Championship Quarter-Finals for a second successive year.

Players who achieved a perfect leg in PDC tournaments during 2019 were recognised with places in the PDC Nine-Dart Club, with Van Gerwen’s televised perfect leg at the Players Championship Finals earning him a commemorative gold pin badge.

Silver pin badges are awarded to recognise the record-breaking 46 perfect legs hit away from the TV cameras on the PDC circuit last year.

In contrast to recent years, no award ceremony was held and the awards were presented to the winners privately.

PDC Awards 2019

Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated: Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross

Fans’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Runner-up: Gerwyn Price

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Runner-up: Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall (joint-second)

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright (World Championship Final v Michael van Gerwen)

Nominated: Gerwyn Price (Grand Slam of Darts Final v Peter Wright), Michael van Gerwen (World Grand Prix Final v Dave Chisnall), Glen Durrant (World Matchplay Last 16 v Michael van Gerwen)

Best Newcomer

Winner: Glen Durrant

Nominated: Jamie Hughes, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated: Ian White, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright

Young Player of the Year

Winner: Luke Humphries

Nominated: Ted Evetts, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Max Hopp

PDC Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pins: Michael van Gerwen

Silver Pins: Dave Chisnall, Geert Nentjes, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Ritchie Edhouse, Ted Evetts, Peter Jacques, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans, Scott Baker, Danny Noppert, Brian Raman, James Wade, Mark McGeeney, Harry Ward, Callan Rydz, Steve Beaton, Geert De Vos, Michael Rasztovits, Robert Thornton, Madars Razma, Lourence Ilagan, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Andy Jenkins, Kyle Anderson, Boris Koltsov, Simon Preston, John Henderson, Matt Clark, Jose De Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Rob Cross, Ian White, Cody Harris, Mensur Suljovic James Beeton, Keane Barry