Gerwyn Price fulfilled his darting destiny by defeating Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to become World Champion for the…
Gerwyn Price fulfilled his darting destiny by defeating Gary Anderson 7-3 in the final to become World Champion for the first time and secure world number one status.
Price produced an astonishing display of finishing for the majority of the final, and despite a late blip on the doubles, closed out victory to become the latest new name on the Sid Waddell Trophy.
He becomes the first Welsh winner of a PDC world title, with the £500,000 top prize elevating him to the world number one spot, ending Michael van Gerwen’s seven-year stint at the top.
The damage was done early in the final as ‘The Ice Man’ won five of the first six sets with the aid of some flawless double top hitting, leaving Anderson unable to recover despite Price squandering several opportunities to wrap up the victory before eventually getting over the line.
“This means the world to me, I’m over the moon,” said Price, who averaged 100 and missed double 12 for a nine-darter at one stage.
“I bombed numerous opportunities to win it towards the end but I knew that I had put myself in such a good position that I would have another chance.
“I’ve never felt pressure like that in my life, it was so tough to hit that winning double but the feeling after doing it is so difficult to explain.
“I’m the World Champion – it’s unbelievable.
“I’m proud to be world number one too, it’s probably even tougher to achieve that than it is to become World Champion. To manage both is incredible for me.”
“The way I’ve played all year, I think I deserve this trophy.”
From 2-0 up, Anderson squandered four darts to take the opening set and Price punished by reeling off three straight legs to draw first blood.
The Welshman took the first leg in set two, but a 180 followed by a 128 checkout sparked a three leg burst that saw Anderson level the match.
Price won the third set 3-1 with 12, 13 and 14-dart legs, shrugging off a sensational 170 checkout from Anderson, before finishes of 84 and 120 helped the former professional rugby player take set four by the same margin.
Checkouts of 83, 97 and 76 saw Price continue an incredible run of finishes to open up a three set lead.
He then produced the best set of darts in William Hill World Championship history when he took out 100 for an 11-dart leg, 161 for a 12-darter and double 12 to go out in ten darts, after missing the bed to complete a nine-darter – posting an astonishing set average of 136.64.
Back-to-back double top finishes saw Price take his success rate on that target to 13 landed from as many attempts, but when he finally missed the bed Anderson pounced to take the seventh set in a decider.
Price moved 6-2 ahead when he landed double top to win the fifth leg in set eight, before claiming the following two legs to move within a leg of glory – but he went on to miss nine match darts across two legs to allow Anderson to steal the set and stay in the contest.
The Scot punished Price for more missed doubles to make it five legs on the spin, but Price came from behind to claim the title on double five after Anderson had missed six darts to keep his hopes alive.
“Getting beaten in the final is disappointing but I’ll give myself a pat on the back for getting this far,” said Anderson, who has moved up five places to eighth in the Order of Merit.
“I couldn’t get near the treble 20, I think if I’d have had a step ladder I’d have still missed it. Gerwyn had a walkover.
“What I’ve done over the last few weeks has been a big bonus for me. I started the final alright but I started to struggle and you can’t do that against players like Gerwyn.”
Price becomes the tenth different PDC World Champion and the first to have achieved the feat as a product of Qualifying School, having earned his Tour Card in 2014 – just two weeks after Van Gerwen’s spell as world number one had begun.
He succeeds Peter Wright as World Champion and becomes the tenth different world number one in PDC history.
William Hill World Darts Championship 2020/21 Result
Sunday January 3
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Gary Anderson
Set Scores: 3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-2, 2-3, 3-2