Luke Woodhouse made history by becoming the first player to hit a nine-darter in a PDC Home Tour event on…
Luke Woodhouse made history by becoming the first player to hit a nine-darter in a PDC Home Tour event on his way to Group Two glory on Saturday.
The world number 57 cooked up a perfect leg from his kitchen en route to a remarkable 5-0 whitewash of Gerwyn Price in his second round-robin match.
The 31-year-old had earlier beaten Ted Evetts 5-2, and after averaging 113.8 in his historic win over Price, he clinched top spot in the table with a 5-2 defeat of Rowby-John Rodriguez.
The nine-darter from Woodhouse came in the fourth leg against Price and saw him open up with back-to-back 177s before producing a magnificent 147 checkout to complete the feat.
It is the first time a nine-dart finish has been achieved in a live-streamed ‘At Home’ competition and is the first of Woodhouse’s PDC career.
“It’s been unbelievable,” said Woodhouse. “Probably about 300 per cent more than I was expecting to be honest.
“I haven’t really been putting in the hours on the board, so to come and play a decent game tonight is nice.
“I know my ‘A’ game is up there with anyone in the world, it really is, you’ve only got to ask people that practice with me, I can put in those sort of numbers a lot.
“The main thing is consistency on the tour and finding a way of getting through games that sometimes don’t go your way.”
World number three Price entered the group as odds-on favourite but followed World Champion Peter Wright in crashing out of the unique invitational competition.
Price began the night with a 5-2 win over Rodriguez with a 97 average and a high checkout of 125, but his legs difference was dealt a lethal blow by a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Woodhouse.
Woodhouse’s win over Rodriguez ended Price’s hopes of topping the group, but the Welshman did return to record a 5-2 victory over Ted Evetts with an impressive 102 average and four 180s.
Rodriguez finished bottom of the table after three straight defeats, while Evetts took third spot.
Sunday sees Group Three of the PDC Home Tour take place from 7.30pm BST, featuring Dave Chisnall, Scott Waites, Jan Dekker and Jonathan Worsley.
— Live Darts (@livedarts) April 18, 2020
PDC Home Tour 2020 Results
Group Two – Saturday April 18
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Ted Evetts
Rowby-John Rodriguez 3-5 Ted Evetts
Gerwyn Price 0-5 Luke Woodhouse – *Woodhouse hits a nine-darter*
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ted Evetts 2-5 Gerwyn Price