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
Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson renew their rivalry in the most important fixture of all as they face off in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship final on Sunday.
The box office duo are set to provide a fitting climax to what has been a unique and fascinating William Hill World Championship as they vie for the sport’s ultimate prize.
For Anderson, this marks his fifth appearance in a PDC World Championship final, while Price finds himself in a first as he looks to create a slice of history.
Price has gone one better than his run to the Semi-Finals last year, where he was beaten by eventual champion Peter Wright, and is out to culminate a sensational season by lifting the Sid Waddell Trophy.
The world number three has already claimed World Grand Prix, World Series Finals and World Cup of Darts glory this term and now stands on the cusp of becoming the first Welshman ever to win a PDC world title.
The 35-year-old has had to do it the hard way in reaching the final at Alexandra Palace, coming through two sudden death legs as well as mounting a superb Semi-Final fightback.
He began by edging out Welsh compatriot Jamie Lewis 3-2 in the Last 64 before narrowly denying Brendan Dolan in a last-leg shoot-out.
Price was then clinical in thrashing Mervyn King 4-1 in the Last 16, but again needed a sudden death decider to deny Daryl Gurney in the Quarter-Finals.
The Semi-Finals also saw him flirt with elimination after going 3-1 down to Stephen Bunting, only to reel off five of the next six sets to set up a date with destiny.
As well as the world title on the line, ‘The Ice Man’ also knows he that if he was to be crowned World Champion on Sunday night, he would also become the new world number one, ending MVG’s seven-year reign.
Anderson, meanwhile, is bidding for a third William Hill World Championship title, having reigned consecutively in 2015 and 2016.
He was also runner-up in 2011 and 2017 has continued his terrific run of consistency on the sport’s most iconic stage despite an indifferent year coming into the event.
Anderson, who celebrated his 50th birthday less than fortnight ago, headed to Ally Pally as a 33/1 outsider, having struggled with injury woes in recent months.
However, he has defied those odds and is now on the verge of becoming Scotland’s most decorated World Champion, eclipsing the joint tally he shares with the great Jocky Wilson.
Anderson kicked with a 3-1 win over Latvia’s Madars Razma, before edging out Mensur Suljovic 4-3 in a marathon contest, after which he launched a furious tirade on the Austrian in his post-match interview.
That appeared to fire up ‘The Flying Scotsman’ – who went on to whitewash Devon Petersen 4-0 before thrashing an in-form Dirk van Duijenbode 5-1 with a 101 average.
The World Matchplay finalist sealed his spot in the final by dispatching Dave Chisnall 6-3 with a 100 average on Saturday night.
There is little to choose between Price and Anderson in terms of their overall head-to-head record, with the Scotsman narrowly edging it 8-7, though ‘The Ice Man’ has won five of their last seven meetings.
The final signals a repeat of the infamous 2018 Grand Slam final, which Price won 16-13 after one of the most controversial matches ever contested.
Price was handed a record £21,500 in fines and a suspended three-month ban for his antics, while Anderson was given a formal warning by the DRA.
The pair have since buried the hatchet but will be fired-up in their quest to land the £500,000 first prize and stand on top of the world of darts.
The final gets underway from 7.30pm GMT and will be contested over the best of 13 sets, best of five legs per set.
In a change from previous World Darts Championship rules to reduce the possibility of sessions over-running, there will be no tie-break. Should the deciding set reach two-all, the fifth leg would be the final leg.
Price: “I’m here to win this and I’m in the final so I’ve got every chance now.
“I’m full of confidence after that game [Semi-Final]. I definitely improved for this match but there is a lot more in the tank.
“I always seem to find that bit of extra edge when I need to and I know I have got what it takes to win the final.
“The trophy’s coming home to the right place!”
Anderson: “I’ve come here with no expectations whatsoever but I’ve managed to make it through to the final so it can’t be bad.
“I feel like I’ve played alright for most of this tournament and I’ll give it a good go in the final.
“I think I need to play better against Gerwyn but I’ll just play my darts and he’ll play his. I’ll be quiet and he’ll be loud and we’ll see how it goes.
“If I can shut him out, he won’t be able to celebrate.
“For Wayne [Mardle] and Rod [Harrington] to call me a “three-time World Champion” – it’d be great.”
Gerwyn Price added the World Grand Prix title to his rapidly-growing haul after a 5-2 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode in the final in Coventry on Monday.
The rampant Welshman, who has also claimed successive Autumn Series wins and the World Series Finals crown in recent weeks, continued his remarkable winning run to land a fourth televised title.
Price entered the final as huge favourite against world number 73 Van Duijvenbode and ensured there would be no fairy-tale ending for the Dutch debutant.
Price powered his way into a 4-1 lead, and though Van Duijvenbode took the sixth set to threaten a fightback, the Premier League star produced a ton-plus finish in the seventh to seal the win in style.
“I’m over the moon,” said Price. “At the end I was thinking about the [Dave] Chisnall game again and how I almost threw that game away.
“I seem to punish myself all the time, I kept bombing opportunities and I need to cut that out of my game. I can’t let players like Dirk back in.
“I knew tonight whenever I put him under pressure he would struggle and for most of the game I did that.
“It was a difficult game and maybe it looked a little bit easier than it was, but I’m happy to get over the winning line.
“It was a good tournament for me but this one’s over now. I’ll enjoy it tonight but there’s a European Tour event coming up on the weekend to look forward to.
“I’ve got one eye on the Grand Slam of Darts in November. I’ve got good memories of that tournament and now good memories in Coventry too.
“Hopefully I will have a good back end of the year.”
The £110,000 winner’s cheque puts Price up to a career-high second on the PDC Order of Merit, continuing the incredible rise of the former rugby player in only his seventh year on the circuit.
While Van Duijvenbode fell short in the final, he has gained a new army of fans following a career-changing week which saw him become the first debutant to reach the final since 1998.
The 28-year-old Aubergine farmer climbs 19 places to 54th on the PDC Order of Merit, while also securing him a debut in November’s Boylesports Grand Slam.
“I feel very disappointed in myself,” said a distraught Van Duijvenbode. “I don’t mind losing. If I play my normal game I’m okay if I lose, but tonight I don’t know what happened.
“I didn’t show what I could until I was 4-1 down and from then I think I was the better player, but it was too late.
“I’m more disappointed about my game than losing the final.
“I don’t mind losing to Gerwyn. He is a great player, in the top two players in the world for sure.”
The final saw Price start strongly, taking the opening set without reply, before winning the set two decider to double his lead.
Van Duijvenbode began to find the form which saw him defeat Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock in the previous two rounds as he won the third set, only for Price to roar back in the fourth to restore his three-set cushion.
The Dutchman landed a 135 checkout out of the blue in the fifth set, only for Price to win his tenth deciding leg of the tournament from as many attempts to go 4-1 up.
Price seemed to be cruising to the finish line, but a dogged Van Duijvenbode showed class and determination to recover from 2-1 down to claim the sixth set.
Van Duijvenbode kicked on and looked likely to pull it back to 4-3 in sets as he led 2-0 in the seventh, but this time it was Price’s turn to turn a set around as he reeled off three consecutive legs, winning the title in style with a 102 checkout.
Price has now won four of his last five tournaments and 22 of his last 23 games, making him the most decorated player of the season so far.
Gerwyn Price claimed his third consecutive PDC title and a third career televised title at the World Series Finals in Salzburg thanks to a spirited 11-9 victory over Rob Cross.
Man of the moment Price had picked up back-to-back Autumn Series titles last Tuesday and Wednesday and extended his incredible unbeaten run to 17 games after a memorable weekend at the Salzburgarena.
The world number three, whose two previous televised titles had both come at the Grand Slam, dug deep to overturn an 8-4 deficit to Cross in a tense final.
Price had earlier survived a match dart from Nathan Aspinall in the Quarter-Finals before defying a 108 average from Peter Wright to prevail 11-6 in a thrilling Semi-Final contest.
“I’m really happy and a bit relieved,” said Price. “From 8-4 down I’m proud of myself, to dig deep once again like I have in a few games over the last couple of weeks.
“Early on in the final I thought I was playing brilliant – I should have been at least 4-1 up but I knew that Rob was going to come out firing and when he banged in that 144 I knew I was in for a tough game.
“In the middle part of the game I was beating myself up and let Rob get in front, but I stuck in there until the end and got over the winning line.
“I never give up any more and I always believe that as long as there’s one leg to go I can still win, and I stuck in there until the end.
“I’m playing well, practising well and giving 100 percent every single time. Whoever’s going to beat me is going to have to play really well and take their chances, because if not then I will.
“I’m looking forward to the European Tour next week and the World Grand Prix after that, and obviously I’ve got one eye on the World Championship.
“I wouldn’t say I’m the best player in the world now, but I believe that my A-game is better than anybody else’s. That’s all that matters, I’m confident with my own game.”
Cross had battled his way through a gruelling Semi-Final against James Wade in which both players averaged below 90, but appeared refocused for the final and started superbly with a 144 checkout in the first leg.
Price then produced legs of 11, 12 and 13 darts, including a 128 checkout, as he moved 3-2 up, but only to see the Hastings ace assume control with three straight legs.
Price responded in leg nine, but Cross took another three legs as a 110 checkout moved him 8-4 ahead.
The Welshman, though, kick-started his comeback with finishes of 74 and 79, and after Cross took out 100 it was Price who levelled by taking out 74 once again in leg 18.
Cross’ miss at the bullseye allowed Price to regain the lead – for the first time since leg five – by pinning a third-dart double five in leg 19, before hitting tops to clinch the title.
Cross had suffered elimination from the Premier League on Judgement Night last month but bounced back from that disappointment in style to reach his first final since last October’s European Championship.
He followed up Saturday’s confidence-boosting whitewash of Steve Beaton with a 10-8 Quarter-Final win over Michael Smith to open his challenge on Sunday.
He then overcame Wade 11-7 in the Semi-Finals, pulling clear from 7-6 to set up a repeat of the 2019 European Championship final with Price, only to this time end up on the losing end.
“It hurts,” admitted Cross, who turns 30 on Monday. “I lost to an in-form guy tonight and he’s been playing the darts of his life.
“Fair play to Gezzy for winning. Maybe with the lead I did have, I just got a little bit complacent.
“I’ve always got the game in the locker. I didn’t feel great when I played James and he never really got going, but it’s a step in the right direction.
“The darts are perfect for me and everything’s perfect, it’s just about Rob believing. I’m bitterly disappointed, but I’ll go back on the practice board, work harder and come back stronger.”
Wade had landed the tournament’s two maximum finishes, taking out 170 during his high-quality 10-8 Quarter-Final defeat of Glen Durrant before hitting the combination once more in his Semi-Final reverse to Cross.
Wright averaged above 100 in his Last Eight win over Daryl Gurney, but found himself on the end of a barrage from Price despite his own superb showing.
The tournament was the first PDC event since March to welcome a live crowd, with a limited capacity of 1,500 fans enjoying the action.
Sunday September 20
Peter Wright 10-5 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Nathan Aspinall
Glen Durrant 9-10 James Wade
Michael Smith 8-10 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-11 Gerwyn Price
James Wade 7-11 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 11-9 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price picked up a second successive Players Championship title at the PDC Autumn Series courtesy of an 8-5 victory over Krzysztof Ratajski in the final on Wednesday.
Price had reigned supreme in Niedernhausen on Tuesday, coming from 7-4 down to deny Devon Petersen in a last-leg decider, but enjoyed a much more comfortable passage to glory 24 hours later.
The world number three averaged 104 across six victories in a highly impressive day which ensures his place at the top of the final Autumn Series Order of Merit.
“Winning yesterday put me at ease today,” said Price. “There was less pressure, I was already happy with my week’s work.
“With the pressure off it shows the kind of game I can play. I played brilliant all day. The final was my worst game but I got over the line.
“I’m in a good place right now. I believe that my ‘A-game’ is better than anybody else’s.
“I’m going into the World Series Finals with confidence and I’m looking forward to playing in front of a crowd again.”
The first of five consecutive ton-plus averages saw price defeat Vincent van der Voort 6-4 with a 106.3 average before twice averaging 103 in overcoming Madars Razma and Chris Dobey 6-3 and 6-2 respectively.
The Welsh star then edged out James Wade in a last-leg decider with a blistering 107.2 average before seeing off Portugal’s Jose De Sosua 7-3 in the Semi-Finals with a 104.5 average.
The early stages of the final saw both players struggle to hold their throw, with Price taking out 117 to establish a 2-0 lead.
Ratajski finished 84 for an 11-darter to trail 3-2, and after Price had responded with an 85 checkout, the Polish ace produced a stunning 132 checkout on the bullseye to peg back to 4-3 behind.
The next two legs were shared, before Price punished a series of missed doubles from Ratajski to make it 6-4 and extended his lead by virtue of a 74 checkout in leg 11.
Ratajski landed a 13-darter to stay alive, but Price wasted no time in sealing the deal on double ten in the following leg.
Ratajski’s run to the final began with a 6-2 victory over compatriot Krzysztof Kciuk with a 103.2 average before wins over Adrian Gray, Peter Jacques, Dimitri van den Bergh, a 6-0 whitewash of Simon Whitlock and a 7-4 success over Brendan Dolan.
Damon Heta, who claimed the second Autumn Series title, hung on to fourth place in the Autumn Series Order of Merit to clinch a place in November’s Grand Slam.
Devon Petersen, Tuesday’s runner-up, produced a sensational nine-dart finish in Round Two against Dimitri van den Bergh, but it was not enough to prevent a 6-2 defeat.
De Sousa enjoyed a fine run to the Semi-Finals, defeating world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-3 along the way.
Wednesday September 16
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Derk Telnekes
Madars Razma 6-3 William Borland
Geert Nentjes (BYE) v Jamie Lewis
Rob Cross 6-3 Ryan Hogarth
Reece Robinson 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Mike De Decker 6-5 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-1 Steve Brown
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Boris Krcmar 6-4 Joe Murnan
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Steffen Siepmann
Adam Hunt 6-4 Scott Taylor
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Justin Pipe
Jason Lowe 6-2 Richard North
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Carl Wilkinson 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Scott Waites 6-2 Ross Smith
Callan Rydz 6-3 Ricky Evans
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Marko Kantele
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Aaron Beeney
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Steve Beaton 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Barrie Bates
Brian Raman 6-4 Jan Dekker
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
John Henderson 6-2 Graham Usher
Max Hopp 6-5 Michael Smith
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Mark McGeeney
Justin Hood 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Peter Wright 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-1 Ted Evetts
Steve West 6-4 Damon Heta
Scott Baker 6-2 Robert Collins
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Darren Webster
Andrew Gilding 6-2 Daniel Larsson
Ryan Murray 6-4 Ryan Searle
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Nathan Derry
Matt Clark 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Josh Payne 6-2 Christian Bunse
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Darius Labanauskas
Keegan Brown 6-2 Adrian Lewis
Danny Noppert 6-4 Robert Thornton
Andy Boulton 6-2 Nick Kenny
Stephen Bunting 6-2 Jeff Smith
Luke Humphries 6-4 Martin Schindler
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Adrian Gray 6-5 Alan Tabern
Harald Leitinger 6-2 Mervyn King
Peter Jacques 6-5 William O’Connor
Dave Chisnall 6-2 James Wilson
Niels Zonneveld 6-1 David Pallett
Devon Petersen 6-1 Steve Lennon
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 John Michael
Ian White 6-5 Arjan Konterman
Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Glen Durrant 6-2 Wayne Jones
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-3 Maikel Verberk
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Gary Blades
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Harry Ward
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Madars Razma 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Rob Cross 6-2 Reece Robinson
Chris Dobey 6-1 Mike De Decker
James Wade 6-4 Boris Krcmar
Adam Hunt 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Jason Lowe
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Carl Wilkinson 6-3 Kirk Shepherd
Callan Rydz 6-4 Scott Waites
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Steve Beaton
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Brian Raman
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 John Henderson
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Max Hopp
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Justin Hood
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Peter Wright
Scott Baker 6-4 Steve West
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Ryan Murray
Matt Clark 6-4 Josh Payne
Keegan Brown 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Danny Noppert 6-5 Andy Boulton
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Adrian Gray
Peter Jacques 6-5 Harald Leitinger
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Devon Petersen – *Petersen hits a nine-darter*
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Ian White
Bradley Brooks 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Glen Durrant 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Madars Razma
Chris Dobey 6-4 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Adam Hunt
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Callan Rydz 6-3 Carl Wilkinson
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Karel Sedlacek 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Scott Baker 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Matt Clark 6-3 Keegan Brown
Danny Noppert 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Peter Jacques
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Glen Durrant
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Chris Dobey
James Wade 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Callan Rydz
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Scott Baker
Matt Clark 6-4 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Bradley Brooks
Gerwyn Price 6-5 James Wade
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Matt Clark
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Jose De Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-4 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Gerwyn Price battled back from 7-4 down to deny Devon Petersen a first PDC title and claim glory on Day Four of the PDC Autumn Series in Niedernhausen.
Petersen looked to be heading for an historic first PDC ranking title, but was left to rue four missed match darts as Price punished to snatch a deciding leg victory.
Price, appearing in his seventh ranking final of the season, twice averaged 105 along the way and drew upon his vast experience to get over the line and seal the £10,000 top prize.
“I’m happy that I’ve won,” said the world number three. “Devon played well in the final and probably deserved to win.
“Every time I play Devon he plays well against me. I was up and down today and I wasn’t the best in the final, Devon flew out of the blocks but I hung in there.
“When he got to seven legs I just thought to keep digging in and if he missed chances I’ve got to pop them, and that’s what happened.
“The first three days I’ve been losing with high averages, today I didn’t play so well but I won.
“I wanted to get into the Play-Offs of the Premier League but that didn’t happen
“It’s been tough playing all those Premier League nights followed by another five tournaments here but I’m enjoying it.”
Price began his run by thrashing fellow Welshman Nick Kenny 6-1 before punishing multiple missed doubles from Martin Schindler to prevail 6-4.
He then overcame Event Two winner Damon Heta 6-4 before whitewashing Ryan Murray with a 105 average and battling his way past Monday’s runner-up Mensur Suljovic 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals.
A clinical 105.8 average then followed as The Ice Man brushed aside Ryan Searle 7-2 in the Semi-Finals.
The first four legs of the final were shared before Petersen went ahead in leg five and broke throw in the next to move 4-2 in front.
With a flurry of maximums to his name, ‘The African Warrior’ extended his lead in leg seven, and though Price stopped the rot, Petersen edged ever-closer to the winning line at 6-3.
After Petersen had wired the bullseye for a 130 checkout, Price closed the gap, before the South African star landed double ten in the next leg to move to the cusp of victory.
Price took out 68 to stay alive before surviving a match dart and finishing 78 to trail 7-6.
Three more missed darts at tops from Petersen allowed Price to force a decider – which he dominated to complete the comeback.
Petersen became the first African player to reach a PDC final, whitewashing world number one Michael van Gerwen 6-0 along the way.
He enjoyed one of his most impressive days of his nine years on the PDC ProTour, averaging 110 against Nathan Aspinall in the Quarter-Finals before defeating close friend Joe Cullen 7-2 in the Semis.
The run followed his Semi-Final appearance on Day One and effectively secures his qualification for next month’s World Grand Prix.
Cullen reached his second Semi-Final of the week to climb up to fifth on the Autumn Series Order of Merit, while Searle also continued his fine form to reach the Last Four.
Derk Telnekes defeated James Wade en route to the Quarter-Finals, with Wade having started the day with a nine-dart finish in his First Round win over Robert Collins.
Tuesday September 15
Peter Wright 6-2 Wayne Jones
Max Hopp 6-2 John Henderson
Keegan Brown 6-4 Geert Nentjes
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Steve Brown
Rob Cross 6-3 William Borland
Bradley Brooks 6-5 Steve West
Joe Cullen 6-1 Steffen Siepmann
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Luke Woodhouse
James Wade 6-3 Robert Collins – *Wade hits a nine-darter*
Jitse Van der Wal 6-4 Carl Wilkinson
Jamie Hughes 6-1 Mickey Mansell
Reece Robinson 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Josh Payne 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Andy Boulton 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Derk Telnekes 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Callan Rydz
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Benito van de Pas
Ted Evetts 6-4 Arjan Konterman
Devon Petersen 6-2 Robert Thornton
Joe Murnan 6-4 Daniel Larsson
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Darren Webster
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Brian Raman
Jermaine Wattimena BYE Jamie Lewis
Marko Kantele 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Justin Hood
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Darius Labanauskas
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Madars Razma
Ricky Evans 6-5 Kai Fan Leung
Danny Noppert 6-1 Alan Tabern
Mark McGeeney 6-2 Scott Taylor
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Christian Bunse 6-2 David Pallett
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Nick Kenny
Martin Schindler 6-1 Aaron Beeney
Damon Heta 6-3 Peter Jacques
Jelle Klaasen 6-2 Nathan Derry
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Steve Lennon
Scott Waites 6-3 Barrie Bates
Adam Hunt 6-2 Ryan Joyce
Ryan Murray 6-2 Ryan Hogarth
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Harald Leitinger
Conan Whitehead 6-2 Harry Ward
Justin Pipe 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Karel Sedlacek 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Michael Smith
Luke Humphries 6-4 Scott Baker
William O’Connor 6-2 Kim Huybrechts
Steve Beaton 6-5 Scott Mitchell
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Gavin Carlin
Jason Lowe 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Mervyn King 6-5 Maikel Verberk
John Michael 6-4 Vincent Van der Meer
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Ross Smith 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Chris Dobey 6-2 Graham Usher
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Ian White
Richard North 6-4 Mike De Decker
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Jeff Smith
Gary Blades 6-4 Jan Dekker
Glen Durrant 6-5 Adrian Gray
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-5 James Wilson
Ryan Searle 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Matt Clark
Peter Wright 6-0 Max Hopp
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Keegan Brown
Rob Cross 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Joe Cullen 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
James Wade 6-0 Jitse Van der Wal
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Reece Robinson
Andy Boulton 6-2 Josh Payne
Derk Telnekes 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ted Evetts
Devon Petersen 6-5 Joe Murnan
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Marko Kantele
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Ricky Evans 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven
Danny Noppert 6-0 Mark McGeeney
Christian Bunse 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Martin Schindler
Damon Heta 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Scott Waites 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Ryan Murray 6-4 Adam Hunt
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Conan Whitehead
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Justin Pipe
Luke Humphries 6-5 Boris Krcmar
William O’Connor 6-3 Steve Beaton
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Jason Lowe
Mervyn King 6-5 John Michael
Ross Smith 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Chris Dobey
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Richard North
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Gary Blades
Glen Durrant 6-3 Yordi Meeuwisse
Ryan Searle 6-0 Lisa Ashton
Peter Wright 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Joe Cullen 6-2 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Derk Telnekes 6-5 Andy Boulton
Devon Petersen 6-0 Michael van Gerwen
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Ricky Evans
Danny Noppert 6-3 Christian Bunse
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Damon Heta
Ryan Murray 6-5 Scott Waites
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Karel Sedlacek
William O’Connor 6-4 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Mervyn King
Ross Smith 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ryan Searle 6-5 Glen Durrant
Joe Cullen 6-4 Peter Wright
Derk Telnekes 6-4 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Ryan Murray
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 William O’Connor
Ross Smith 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-3 Derk Telnekes
Devon Petersen 6-2 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Mensur Suljovic
Ryan Searle 6-5 Ross Smith
Devon Petersen 7-2 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 7-2 Ryan Searle
Gerwyn Price 8-7 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price has issued an apology to Glen Durrant over comments he made on social media following defeat in the Premier League on Friday.
Price was beaten 8-4 by league leader Durrant in the opening match of the night at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
The Welshman took to Facebook shortly after coming off stage, posting:
He later deleted the post and tweeted a direct apology to Durrant on Saturday morning:
Want to publicly apologise to @Duzza180 the better man won I need to stay off socials for an hour after games. Playing day after day against the best 9 players in the world is high intensity and sometimes it gets too much. Onto tonight and a fresh start.
— Gerwyn Price (@Gezzyprice) August 29, 2020
The pair played out a frosty encounter in which they appeared to briefly exchange words during the latter stages of the contest.
Durrant, however, played down any possible needle between the two after the game, telling Live Darts: “People have said that there was an exchange between us, I’m not sure what people are talking about.
“There was nothing from my point of view.
“I totally enjoy playing him, you’re in the heat of battle with him.
“If I’ve roared and I’ve upset him then I’ll apologise but for 18 months I’ve talked really nice about Gerwyn and that’s not going to change.
“Hopefully there’s no problems from his point of view, because there’s none from mine.”
Durrant claimed his third straight win to remain four points clear at the top of the table and five clear of fifth spot as he looks to reach the play-offs in his debut campaign.
Despite averaging under 100 (98.5) for the first time since Tuesday’s restart, ‘Duzza’ kept his opponent at arm’s length throughout the contest.
Finishes of 140 and 116 from Price were not enough to spark a fire in the below-par Welshman as he suffered a second loss of the campaign to the Teessider.
Durrant now faces Gary Anderson on Saturday, while Price takes on defending champion Michael van Gerwen in another mouth-watering clash.
Gerwyn Price secured the first European Tour silverware of the season at the 2020 Belgian Darts Championship in Hasselt courtesy of an 8-3 rout of Michael Smith in the final.
Price followed up last Sunday’s Players Championship triumph to double his title tally for the season and claim the third European Tour trophy of his career.
The world number three, who is unbeaten in this season’s Premier League, began the final day in Hasselt by whitewashing Jamie Hughes 6-0 with a 103.6 average.
He then swept aside Mensur Suljovic 6-2 with a 100 average in the Quarter-Finals before recovering from 3-0 down to defeat Dirk van Duijvenbode 7-4 with three ton-plus checkouts along the way.
It was Smith who took the opening leg of the final before Price responded with an 81 checkout for a 12-darter to level.
Smith took out 85 to regain the lead, but Price turned on the style with a rampant run of six consecutive legs, which included checkouts of 112 and 126.
The Welshman missed one match dart in leg ten as Smith stopped the rot, but Price polished off victory with a fifth 180 and tops.
“The crowd were fantastic all weekend, I appreciate everything from them,” said Price.
“I think my checkouts this weekend kept me in the games.
“I hit some big shots when I needed them most to change the way some games were going.
“I think I played pretty well all the way through the tournament and hopefully I can keep this form going into the Premier League and UK Open next week.”
Smith was bidding for his first title of 2020, having also finished runner-up at The Masters last month, but failed to kick on from a promising start to the final.
He began the day by edging out world number one Michael van Gerwen thanks to a 105 checkout in the deciding leg, extending the Dutchman’s wait for a first title of the season.
Smith then thrashed Mervyn King 6-1 with a blistering 107.8 average before overcoming World Champion Peter Wright 7-5 with a 102 average.
Van Duijvenbode enjoyed a superb run to his first European Tour Semi-Final after regaining his Tour Card at European Qualifying School in January.
Van Duivenbode defeated Luke Woodhouse and Ian White in the opening two rounds and went on to pull off further wins over Jeffrey de Zwaan and UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall.
Mensur Suljovic came within the width of the wire of a nine-darter against Steve West in the Last 16 as he narrowly missed double 18 for the 141 checkout.
Sunday March 1
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Michel Smith
Mervyn King 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Peter Wright 6-3 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Rob Cross
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Jeffrey de Zwaan
James Wade 4-6 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jamie Hughes
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Steve West
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Michael Smith 6-1 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith 7-5 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gerwyn Price 8-3 Michael Smith