Gerwyn Price has withdrawn from the 2022 German Darts Grand Prix in Munich through illness.
The world number two was due to face Keane Barry in the Second Round at The Zenith on Sunday evening.
However, after feeling unwell with suspected tonsillitis, Price has opted to withdraw from the German Darts Grand Prix, meaning Barry receives a bye into the Last 16 on Monday.
The Irish youngster will await the winner of the tie between German number one Gabriel Clemens and Martin Lukeman.
He began the weekend by defeating Host Nation qualifier Lukas Wenig 6-4 in the opening round.
Price was the number one seed, having won the International Open title in Riesa in February and had the opportunity to reclaim the world number one spot from Peter Wright.
The Welshman will now turn his attention to recovering in time for Thursday’s Premier League trip to Aberdeen – where he is due to face Michael van Gerwen in the Quarter-Finals.
The 37-year-old has already missed one night of the Premier League due to a fractured bone in his throwing hand and finds himself seven points adrift of the play-off places.
Price changed his walk-on music to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ for the first time ahead of last Thursday’s Premier League night in Manchester, having used ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice since joining the PDC in 2014.
Just received news that @Gezzyprice pulled out of the tournament and I received a bye into the last 16 of the PDC German Grand Prix!
— Keane Barry (@KBarry180) April 17, 2022
Gerwyn Price has revealed he has changed his walk-on music as he embarks on a Play-Off push in the second half of the Premier League Darts season.
Price, whose signature walk-on track has been ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice since he joined the PDC circuit in 2014, will walk on to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ at the AO Arena in Manchester for the first time.
The world number two faces world number one Peter Wright in a crucial Premier League clash on Thursday and hopes the change of entrance music will inspire him to a resurgence in form.
Price revealed the inspiration for the new track came from a recent family outing, explaining: “I was just driving home with the family after we’d been out for a meal in Cardiff and ‘Roar’ came on.
“We were all singing along to it and I liked the beat of the music, so I thought ‘why not make the change?’
“I listened to the lyrics and I think they suit me and my game, hopefully it can give me a good fresh start in the Premier League.”
Price currently occupies sixth position in the Premier League, four points adrift of the Play-Off places after a hit and miss first half of the campaign which has seen him struggle with a fractured bone in his throwing hand.
“We’re only half-way through the season and nobody has been stand-out,” added Price, who landed two nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast.
“It’s the second half of the season now so it’s time for me to kick on and reach the Play-Offs, which I’m confident of doing,.
“It will only take a couple of night wins to move into the top four.
“My form is coming back and I’m feeling confident in how I’m playing.
“My wrist injury only has two more weeks to go, which I’m looking forward to being fully healed so I can get back to playing every week.”
Price changed his walk-on music at the 2020 World Matchplay behind closed doors in Milton Keynes, opting for ‘Dakota’ by legendary Welsh band Stereophonics, but soon ditched the track after suffering a First Round exit.
Gerwyn Price has vowed to continue competing in the 2022 Premier League despite receiving confirmation of a fractured bone in his throwing hand.
The world number two suffered a hand injury earlier this month following the UK Open, and missing the Premier League night in Brighton on March 10.
Despite the pain in his throwing hand, Price reached the Semi-Final of Night Six in Nottingham a fortnight ago and won a Players Championship in Germany last weekend.
However, further hospital checks have revealed a small fracture to a bone in his right hand, and he will wear a supportive splint in the coming weeks whilst the injury heals.
Price will remove the splint whilst competing, and will take on Joe Cullen on Night Eight of the Premier League at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham on Thursday.
“I was still in discomfort with my hand so I went back to the hospital and the X-ray showed a small fracture,” said Price.
“The usual course of action would be to be put in plaster for four weeks, but with the Premier League and other events that’s not something I wanted.
“I’ll be wearing the splint now other than when I’m playing darts, and making sure that I rest the hand enough when I’m not to allow it to heal properly.
“I’ve shown that I can still play good darts despite the injury and I’ll be trying my hardest to get the win in Birmingham on Thursday.”
The injury means that Price’s planned charity boxing fight, which had been scheduled for April 9, will now be postponed to May 13.
The bout against Rhys Evans has been planned as part of a fundraising night in aid of Cancer Research Wales, St David’s Hospice Care and the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.
Gerwyn Price claimed his third International Darts Open title courtesy of an 8-4 victory over Peter Wright in the final, maintaining the world number one spot in the process.
The final of the year’s first European Tour event saw the world’s top two collide, with the winner taking the world number one spot on the PDC Order of Merit, as well as the £25,000 title.
Price came into the final day of action in Riesa knowing he had to win the title in order to live to fight another week at the top of the rankings, and he did just that with a series of blistering displays.
A high-quality final saw both players average above 106, but Price’s deadly accuracy on the outer ring saw him miss just one attempt at double as he clinched victory with a 130 checkout in front of 2,000 fans at the Sachsenarena.
“I told Peter he will have to wait another week [to become world number one],” joked Price, who last suffered defeat in a European Tour event in 2020.
“There was a lot of pressure on me in that final with the world number one spot resting on it, so I’m proud of myself tonight.
“I’ve played here four times and won three of them; I thank the crowd immensely for the reception they gave me and the way they supported both players in the final.”
Price continued the merciless vein of form which saw him hit two nine-darters on his way to winning Premier League Night Three in Belfast ten days ago.
The Welshman saw off Australia’s Damon Heta in Sunday afternoon’s Last 16 before victories over Danny Noppert and the returning Nathan Aspinall in the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals respectively.
Wright remains on the verge of becoming world number one for the first time in his career, but will have to wait at least until next weekend’s UK Open.
An impressive weekend from the reigning World Champion saw him come through a last-leg shoot-out with Michael Smith in the Quarter-Finals, before enjoying a 7-3 success over Jonny Clayton in the Semi-Finals – in which he recovered from 3-0 down to reel off seven consecutive legs.
“I’ve got to fight to become world number one, I know it won’t just be given to me,” said Wright.
“Gerwyn showed tonight why he is world number one and a former World Champion; he never gives up, he always fights.
“But I’m after him, and hopefully I can do enough over the next few weeks.”
The afternoon’s Last 16 saw Danny Noppert pull off a 6-4 victory over Dutch rival Michael van Gerwen, while Aspinall marked an impressive return to action by defeating Masters Champion Joe Cullen en route to the Semi-Finals.
Sunday February 27
Joe Cullen 3-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-1 Brian Raman
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Lewy Williams
Peter Wright 6-2 Niko Springer
Michael Smith 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 James Wade
Danny Noppert 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 6-5 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 7-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price produced two sensational nine-dart finishes en route to claiming the Premier League Night Three title in Belfast on Thursday.
An unforgettable night at the SSE Arena in Belfast saw the world number one strike perfection twice and land a 170 checkout on his way to sealing the £10,000 weekly bonus.
Price registered three averages in excess of 105, as well as 12 maximums and four ton-plus finishes in a blistering trio of displays.
“Tonight I felt like I couldn’t miss,” Price reflected. “I feel on top of the world right now.
“I’m back to almost my best… well I think I might be there!”
“I told James in the practice room [before the final] I was going to hit another one, I just fancied it tonight.
“But, as well as I played tonight, I could’ve possibly lost in two games which shows how high the standard is at the moment.
“That’s how well I’ve been playing recently, I’m feeling good in myself.
“I put it down to being been back in the gym and looking after myself. The last two-and-a-half weeks I’ve been putting some hard work in at the gym.”
The Welshman began the night with a 6-3 victory over Michael Smith in the Quarter-Finals, averaging 108.5 and closing out the win with a show-stopping 170 checkout.
He then edged out Michael van Gerwen in a pulsating last-leg Semi-Final with a 109 average to the Dutchman’s 106.5.
After the pair had exchanged the first four legs, Price kicked off leg five with a 177, before following up with an unorthodox 180 in which he dropped his third dart before planting it in the treble 20.
He then sent the packed Belfast crowd into raptures by taking out 144 for the perfect leg – his first in the Premier League.
Van Gerwen rallied back to force a deciding leg at five-all, but only for Price to start the decider with back-to-back 180s and a treble 19 as he threatened perfection again before narrowly missing the eighth dart.
Nonetheless, he duly closed out victory and a place in the final with tops for an 11-darter.
The reigning Grand Slam champion came up against a defiant James Wade in the final and needed to be at his brilliant best to deny the left-hander glory.
Wade took out 76 for the opening leg but missed three darts at doubles in the second as Price drew level.
Price then landed his second nine-darter of the night in leg three via the conventional route of 180, 180, 141 out as he became only the second player in Premier League history, behind Phil Taylor, to achieve the feat of two perfect legs in one evening.
Wade, though, shrugged it off to move 4-3 ahead, but a 105 checkout in leg nine from ‘The Ice Man’ saw him wrestle back the upper-hand at 5-4.
After Wade had squandered three darts at doubles to force a decider, Price sealed the deal with an 82 checkout to move up to second in the table on seven points.
The world’s top four featured in the Semi-Finals, as 2009 Premier League champion Wade defied a 105.2 average from Wright to reach his first final of the campaign and pick up three points.
Losing semi-finalists Van Gerwen and Wright leave Belfast with two points each thanks to their respective Quarter-Final victories over Joe Cullen and Gary Anderson.
The Premier League roadshow returns to The Westpoint in Exeter on Thursday March 3 for Night Four of the league phase.
Thursday February 17
Michael Smith 3-6 Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen 3-6 Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson 4-6 Peter Wright
James Wade 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael van Gerwen – *Price hits a nine-darter*
Peter Wright 4-6 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-4 James Wade – *Price hits a nine-darter*
𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗜𝗡 𝗕𝗘𝗟𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗧 9️⃣
— Live Darts (@livedarts) February 17, 2022
𝗧𝗪𝗢 𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗘-𝗗𝗔𝗥𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗦 𝗜𝗡 𝗢𝗡𝗘 𝗡𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧! 🤯
— Live Darts (@livedarts) February 17, 2022
World number one Gerwyn Price will swap arrows for uppercuts as he steps into the ring for a charity boxing match at his local pub in April.
Price, a former professional rugby player, will turn his hand to yet another new sport as he dons the gloves in his home town of Markham.
Price will take on former professional boxer Rhys Evans on Saturday April 9 at the Valley Tavern pub in Fleur-de-Lis and has vowed to lose 10 kilograms in preparation for the fight.
The 36-year-old announced the news on his Instagram story on Thursday ahead of his latest Premier League Darts outing in Belfast.
His opponent, nicknamed ‘Cool Fly & Flashy’, hails from nearby Blackwood and is unbeaten in three previous bouts as a super lightweight, though he has not fought professionally since 2014.
The fight has been billed as the ‘Tearup at the Tav’ and falls on the same day as Players Championship 12 in Barnsley.
Price, who is also facing a fight to retain the world number one spot amid a close challenge from Peter Wright, has reached the final of Players Championship Two and the Semi-Finals of Players Championship Four in recent weeks.
He is due to defend title-winning prize money from two years ago (2020 Belgian Darts Championship – ET1) at the upcoming International Darts Open in Riesa from February 25-27.
I will be taking part in a charity boxing match to raise funds for 3 chosen charity’s one very close to my heart St David’s hospice who cared for my mother in law for a short while with her battle with cancer they were incredible let’s raise has much as possible ❤️ https://t.co/BPccyJtktL
— Gerwyn Price (@Gezzyprice) February 17, 2022
Gerwyn Price’s sights are firmly set on marking his Premier League return with a first appearance in the play-offs.
The world number one is back in the elite invitational event, having missed out 12 months ago after testing positive for COVID-19.
The bitter disappointment that Price subsequently endured left him unable to bring himself to even watch most of the competition, which was eventually won by his compatriot Jonny Clayton.
Nevertheless, the Iceman is back among the eight-man field for the new-look event for a fourth time as it returns to arenas across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany.
He is excited to launch his return on Thursday – and what he hopes will culminate in a first play-off appearance – with the support of his home crowd at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
Price takes on James Wade in his opening match and could set up a potential all-Welsh showdown with Clayton in the semis.
“It’s nice to be back in the Premier League having missed out last year, and to kick it off in Cardiff – there’s not a better place really for a Welshman,” he told Live Darts.
“I didn’t watch many games [last year]; I couldn’t put myself through it.
“I was gutted I couldn’t take part, but I’m back in this year and hopefully I can have a good run.
“I’ve not reached the top four since I’ve been in this competition, so it’s one of my main goals for the season.
“Not just because I’m Welsh, but I think Cardiff is probably one of the best venues for atmosphere.
“It’s nice to be here and have the support of the Welsh crowd; I’m looking forward to it.”
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.
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
World number one Gerwyn Price has been ruled out of the 2021 Premier League Darts season after testing positive for Covid-19.
As with all players and officials, Price was tested on arrival at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Sunday before heading to his hotel room to await the test result.
It was confirmed that the reigning World Champion had returned a positive test result and as such will now return home to enter a period of self-isolation in line with government guidelines.
Price has been replaced in the field for the 17-night major by reigning UK Open champion James Wade – who was on standby at the venue.
Wade was the next highest-ranked player from the PDC Order of Merit not previously selected for the 2021 Premier League and will now make his eleventh appearance in the competition.
Wade claimed the Premier League title in 2009 and was a beaten finalist in 2008 and 2010.
The Aldershot left-hander will now take on Gary Anderson on Night One on Easter Monday before facing Rob Cross on Tuesday evening.
All other players and officials tested on Sunday returned negative test results.
The entire tournament is to be staged behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena, with the first half held across two blocks – from April 5-9 and 19-22 – as players face each other once in the league phase, before the bottom two are eliminated following Judgement Night.
Nights 10-12 will be staged from May 5-7, with Nights 13-16 then being held from Monday May 24 to Thursday May 27.
The Play-Offs, which feature the top four players from the league table contesting the Semi-Finals and final, will then take place on Friday May 28.
Gerwyn Price secured his tenth Players Championship title at the PDC Super Series with an 8-5 victory over Luke Humphries in the final in Milton Keynes.
The world number one was in imperious form as he produced his best day of darts since winning the World Championship title at the beginning of the year.
The Welshman averaged 102.89 across the day, with six ton-plus averages in his seven wins en route to glory.
He overcame Chris Dobey 6-2 in Round One and was taken all the way to a deciding leg by Andrew Gilding in Round Two, before seeing off Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1, Scott Mitchell 6-3 and Michael Smith 6-3 to reach the Semi-Finals.
There, he ended Brendan Dolan’s bid for back-to-back ProTour titles in a high-quality contest, surviving a missed match dart at the bullseye from Tuesday’s champion before taking the deciding leg in 14 darts to avenge his defeat to the Northern Irishman 24 hours earlier.
A 12-dart break of throw from Price in the opening leg of the final set the tone for another pulsating affair, with Humphries responding with a 13-darter before edging ahead.
Price took the next two to lead 3-2, and after Humphries finished 79 to level in leg six, four in a row for the World Champion – as he reeled off legs of 14, 13, 15 and 13 darts – stamped his authority on the game at 7-3.
Humphries hit back with a 13-darter and took out 126 on the bull for a 12-darter to keep his hopes alive, but Price found a key 174 score to leave 20 in the next before a third-dart double ten sealed the title.
“I’m enjoying darts and playing well,” admitted Price. “Every game I play is really tough because everyone’s raising their game against me.
“It brings the best out of me and it’s another win for me, so hopefully I can push on from here and pick up a couple more.
“I’ve been playing pretty decent – sometimes I miss a couple of doubles, if you give people chances they’re going to take them and Brendan did exactly that yesterday.
“Obviously everyone’s out to beat you and I’ve got a big target on my back, but it’s nice to get another win under my belt. I’m playing well but people are playing well against me as well.”
Humphries’ run to the decider followed up his recent appearance in the UK Open final ten days ago, as he narrowly missed out on a maiden ProTour triumph.
The former World Youth Champion knocked out former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright as well as Ian White, Gordon Mathers and World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode, before pinning a 122 checkout in the deciding leg of his Semi-Final against Jamie Hughes.
Hughes’ run to the Last Four was an encouraging return to form following his elbow surgery earlier this year and included wins over the likes of Mensur Suljovic and Mervyn King.
Van Duijvenbode was appearing in a second successive Quarter-Final, with fellow countryman Niels Zonneveld, UK Open champion James Wade and Tuesday’s runner-up Michael Smith also reaching the Last Eight.
The PDC Super Series 2 continues on Thursday with Players Championship 7 as the 128 players return to compete for a further £75,000 in prize money.
Wednesday March 17
Joe Cullen 6-1 James Wilson
Keane Barry 6-4 Luc Peters
Ricky Evans 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-2 Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Martin Atkins
Alan Soutar 6-3 Steve Lennon
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Geert De Vos
Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Aaron Beeney
James Wade 6-3 Darren Webster
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Maik Kuivenhoven
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-5 Martin Thomas
Jason Heaver 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
John Brown 6-3 Keegan Brown
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Steve West
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Jake Jones
Michael Smith 6-2 Ciaran Teehan
John Henderson 6-5 Steffen Siepmann
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Ross Smith
Adam Hunt 6-5 Lorenzo Pronk
Danny Noppert 6-5 Danny Baggish
Andy Hamilton 6-1 Berry van Peer
Glen Durrant 6-5 Chas Barstow
Gino Vos 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Chris Dobey
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Martin Schindler
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Justin Pipe
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Damon Heta 6-3 Jason Lowe
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Lisa Ashton
Peter Jacques 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Gary Blades
Eddie Lovely 6-4 José de Sousa
Gavin Carlin 6-4 Ted Evetts
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 William O’Connor
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Boris Koltsov
Dave Chisnall 6-3 William Borland
Andy Boulton 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Rob Cross
Josh Payne 6-3 David Evans
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Steve Beaton
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Mervyn King 6-1 Martin Lukeman
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Nick Kenny
Madars Razma 6-0 Michael Rasztovits
Ryan Murray 6-4 Wayne Jones
Peter Wright 6-5 Jack Main
Lewis Williams 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Ryan Searle 6-2 Peter Hudson
Scott Waites 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Ian White 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Luke Humphries 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gordon Mathers 6-5 Callan Rydz
Jon Worsley 6-4 Daniel Larsson
Devon Petersen 6-2 Adam Gawlas
Jeff Smith 6-2 John Michael
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Alan Tabern
Gary Anderson 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Mike De Decker
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Steve Brown
Joe Murnan 6-1 Brett Claydon
Joe Cullen 6-3 Keane Barry
Ricky Evans 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Alan Soutar 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Jason Heaver 6-3 John Brown
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Michael Smith 6-1 John Henderson
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Adam Hunt
Danny Noppert 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Gino Vos 6-4 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Damon Heta
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Peter Jacques
Eddie Lovely 6-0 Gavin Carlin
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Boulton
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Josh Payne
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Kai Fan Leung
Mervyn King 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Ryan Murray 6-5 Madars Razma
Peter Wright 6-3 Lewis Williams
Ryan Searle 6-1 Scott Waites
Luke Humphries 6-5 Ian White
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Jon Worsley
Devon Petersen 6-3 Jeff Smith
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Gary Anderson
Karel Sedlacek 6-1 Ritchie Edhouse
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Joe Murnan
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ricky Evans
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Alan Soutar
James Wade 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Jason Heaver 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael Smith 6-1 Ryan Meikle
Gino Vos 6-3 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Darius Labanauskas 6-0 Eddie Lovely
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Mervyn King 6-1 Jonny Clayton
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Ryan Murray
Peter Wright 6-5 Ryan Searle
Luke Humphries 6-1 Gordon Mathers
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Devon Petersen
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Joe Cullen
James Wade 6-4 Jason Heaver
Michael Smith 6-2 Gino Vos
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Niels Zonneveld 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Mervyn King
Luke Humphries 6-4 Peter Wright
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brendan Dolan 6-3 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Michael Smith
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Luke Humphries 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Brendan Dolan
Luke Humphries 7-6 Jamie Hughes
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Luke Humphries
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.
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