Gerwyn Price claimed his fourth European Tour title with an 8-2 rout of Michael Smith in the final to be…
Gerwyn Price claimed his fourth European Tour title with an 8-2 rout of Michael Smith in the final to be crowned inaugural Hungarian Darts Trophy champion.
The world number one roared to victory in front of a 4,500-strong crowd in Budapest, becoming the PDC’s first winner on Hungarian soil.
Price saved his best for last on Day Three as he recorded back-to-back averages in excess of 107 in the Semi-Finals and final to sweep aside Luke Humphries and Michael Smith.
Price had missed double 12 for a nine-darter during his opening game of the tournament on Saturday, and showed flashes of his brilliant best in defeating Damon Heta and Brendan Dolan to reach the Last Four.
There, he averaged 107.2 as he ended Humphries’ hopes of reaching a first European Tour final with a 7-4 success which was secured with a 134 checkout to follow three 11-darters which helped him open up a 6-1 lead.
Price then continued that blistering form in the final, opening up with back-to-back 12-darters, the second sealed with a 130 checkout on the bull.
Smith punished missed doubles as he claimed the next two legs to level up, but Price regained the lead with another 12-darter before firing in four consecutive 14-darters to surge into a 7-2 advantage.
Price’s heavier scoring continued in the next leg, and though he initially missed three match darts, Smith was unable to capitalise and the Welshman returned to pin double ten for glory.
“To pick up the trophy in the first time here is fantastic,” said Price, who averaged 108.7 in the final as he claimed the £25,000 top prize.
“Michael played fantastic in the whole tournament – I was scraping through and played my best stuff in the semi-final and final, so I’m thankful for that.
“I played with my old darts and they seemed to work so I don’t know why I changed.
“It was a hostile reception on the first day but I appreciate the support today, everyone’s been fantastic.
“Playing behind closed doors is not the same, without the crowd, darts isn’t darts but thankfully they’re back.”
Smith had been bidding to claim a firth European Tour title and a first time since 2017 and defeated teenage star Keane Barry in Sunday afternoon’s Third Round before producing stellar displays to defeat World Matchplay champion Peter Wright and Grand Slam champion Jose de Sousa.
“He was relentless – it’s hard to break down when someone’s not missing,” admitted Smith. “He was fantastic against Luke and again in the final.”
Humphries saw off James Wade in the Last 16 before defeating top seed Joe Cullen to reach his first European Tour Semi-Final.
De Sousa enjoyed wins over Nathan Aspinall and Czech teenager Adam Gawlas as he secured a Semi-Final spot.
Gawlas’ win over fellow young gun Lewis Williams in Round Three saw him reach the Last Eight alongside Wright, Dolan and Cullen.
Dolan had ended Michael van Gerwen’s ongoing quest for a first title of 2021 with a 6-5 Third Round win over the world number three – who squandered four match darts.
The year’s second PDC European Tour event will be the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, which will take place from September 24-26.
Hungarian Darts Trophy 2021 Results
Sunday September 5
Joe Cullen 6-4 Rob Cross
James Wade 2-6 Luke Humphries
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Damon Heta
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
Adam Gawlas 6-2 Lewis Williams
Michael Smith 6-1 Keane Barry
Joe Cullen 4-6 Luke Humphries
Brendan Dolan 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Adam Gawlas
Peter Wright 2-6 Michael Smith
Luke Humphries 4-7 Gerwyn Price
Jose De Sousa 5-7 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 8-2 Michael Smith