Fantastic four for Gerwyn Price at the annual PDC Awards

Gerwyn Price scooped a quartet of trophies at the 2020 PDC Annual Awards, while Barry Hearn was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame.

Price capped a remarkable 12 months in his career with World Championship glory earlier this month, becoming the new world number one spot in the process.

He also won the World Cup of Darts for Wales alongside Jonny Clayton, picked up the World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals titles and took victory in the Belgian Darts Championship and four Players Championships.

Price scooped the top honour of being named as Player of the Year ahead of nominees Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Jose de Sousa to mark his achievements last season.

He was also voted as the PDPA Players’ Player of the Year with over 75% of the votes, ahead of Grand Slam champion De Sousa in second.

Price also picked up over 32% of the vote as he won the Fans’ Player of the Year award ahead of Dirk van Duijvenbode (26%) and Dimitri Van den Bergh (14%).

The 35-year-old completed a quartet of awards by being named ProTour Player of the Year, having earned £96,750 from his five wins on the European Tour and Players Championship circuit, topping the one-year rankings ahead of Peter Wright and Van Gerwen.

“It means the world to have a clean sweep and to know that I have played well over the last 12 months,” said Price. “It’s been a decent year!

“The fans’ award means more to me than anything I think. I’ve had them on my back for the last two-and-a-half years but that means everything. I’ve played pretty well this year but it’s something I didn’t think I’d win and I appreciate it.

“To have the top pros all voting for you, showing the respect that I probably deserve for the way I’ve played over the last 12 months [is] an important one to win.

“I’ve been playing pretty consistently this year. I tapered off I think in the Grand Slam and Players Championship Finals, I wasn’t 100 percent, but I still got to the latter stages and was still playing half-decent, but overall over the 12 months I’ve played pretty decent.

“I think I won the most tournaments this year, which if you’d told me seven years ago that I’d be doing that and getting to world number one and winning the World Championship – dreams come true.

“It’s something I never even thought of, let alone dreamed about.

“I need to try and back this up as well, I’m not resting now that I’ve won the Worlds. I’ve reflected and it’s made me a big hungrier.”

Damon Heta saw his maiden season on the PDC circuit recognised with the Best Newcomer award, with the Australian having won a Players Championship and reached quarter-finals at the World Cup, Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals.

“I’m pumped – it’s ace!” said Heta. “It obviously means a lot and I believe I could have done more – and I’m going to do my best again [this year].”

Callan Rydz was named as the Young Player of the Year following a strong debut season on the PDC ProTour, a victory on the Development Tour and runs to the Last 16 of the Players Championship Finals and Last 64 of the World Championship.

“For me to win this award, it’s unbelievable,” said Rydz. “It was surreal just to be nominated, never mind to win the award. It gives me a bit more confidence going into the year.

“I got on the tour this year and I didn’t have a good start but towards the end of the year I really did play some good stuff.”

Dave Chisnall’s outstanding performance to thrash Van Gerwen 5-0 in the World Championship Quarter-Finals was named Televised Performance of the Year.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn OBE becomes the 17th inductee into the PDC Hall of Fame to recognised his contribution across over two decades in the sport.

Hearn’s arrival as PDC chairman in 2001 has been followed by a huge period of worldwide growth for the sport and record growth of prize funds in the professional game.

“It’s lovely and as I suppose as you get older you treasure these moments even more,” said Hearn. “I’m happy to be there with some of those legends who have already been inducted, and it gives you a good feeling.

“To stand alongside those other legends is a source of pride, of course, and I think they would agree that it’s not the individuals, it’s the collective attitude of the PDC, the family, that really believes in what we’re doing.

“If I look back on my life, my involvement in the PDC has probably been one of, if not the most successful sides of my promotional sporting life.

“To have the opportunity to take a game ridiculed in some quarters and to make it into this major international global sport, where TV viewing figures are generally only beaten by football, is huge.

“Where we’ve come from as individuals and as a sport is a testament on what hard work and discipline and sacrifice can do, and there’s a message there for everyone.

“We’ve been on a wonderful journey; the journey is still in progress but we’ve changed the world of sport through darts.

“Twenty years ago that journey began, and I think the induction into the PDC Hall of Fame is a pat on the back that we all share.”

The PDC Awards also welcomes into the Nine-Dart Club any player to achieve a nine-darter in a PDC event during the previous year, with televised perfect legs recognised with a gold pin badge and players who hit a non-televised nine-darter receiving a silver pin badge.

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PDC Annual Awards 2020

PDC Hall of Fame: Barry Hearn OBE

Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pin Badges

Michael Smith – Premier League
Jonny Clayton – UK Open
Michael van Gerwen –  UK Open
Peter Wright – Premier League
Jose de Sousa – European Championship
James Wade – William Hill World Championship

Silver Pin Badges

Andy Jenkins – Challenge Tour Event Three
Mickey Mansell – Players Championship One
Mike van Duivenbode – Players Championship One
Keegan Brown – Players Championship Two
Scott Baker – Players Championship Two
Nathan Aspinall – Players Championship Two
Steve West – ET2 TCH Qualifier
Mensur Suljovic – Players Championship Three
Danny Noppert – Players Championship Three
Steve Lennon – Players Championship Five
Michael van Gerwen – Players Championship Six
Luke Woodhouse – Unibet Home Tour Group Two
Rob Cross – PDC Summer Series Day Four (PC12)
Darren Webster – PDC Summer Series Day Five (PC13)
Carl Wilkinson – PDC Autumn Series Day One (PC14)
James Wade – PDC Autumn Series Day Four (PC17)
Devon Petersen – PDC Autumn Series Day Five (PC18)
Moreno Blom – PDC Development Tour Event Eight
Robbie Ellis – Challenge Tour Event Eight
Daniel Larsson – PDC Home Tour III Group Two
Andy Hamilton – PDC Winter Series Day Two (PC20)
Rowby-John Rodriguez – PDC Winter Series Day Two (PC20)
Nick Kenny – PDC Winter Series Day Three (PC21)

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Gerwyn Price

Best Newcomer

Winner: Damon Heta
Nominated: Jason Lowe, Callan Rydz, Martijn Kleermaker

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen, World Championship
Nominated: Peter Wright – Premier League (Exeter), Michael van Gerwen – UK Open Semi-Finals, Simon Whitlock – World Grand Prix Quarter-Finals, Jose de Sousa – Grand Slam final

Fans’ Player of the Year

Winner: Gerwyn Price
Second: Dirk van Duijvenbode
Third: Dimitri Van den Bergh

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year

Winner Gerwyn Price
Second: Jose de Sousa
Joint Third: Dirk van Duijvenbode & Dimitri Van den Bergh

Unicorn Young Player of the Year

Winner: Callan Rydz
Nominated: Ryan Meikle, Bradley Brooks, Keane Barry

PDC Player of the Year

Winner: Gerwyn Price
Nominated: Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, Jose de Sousa

Van Gerwen named PDC Player of the Year for 2019 as Wright claims hat-trick of awards

Michael van Gerwen has been named PDC Player of the Year for a fifth consecutive year, while Peter Wright picks up a trio of awards.

Van Gerwen enjoyed another superb year of success in 2019, picking up 14 titles including a fourth successive Premier League crown.

The world number one also retained his World Grand Prix and Masters titles, along with other televised triumphs at the Champions League of Darts, World Series Finals, Melbourne Masters and New Zealand Masters.

The 30-year-old also won the ProTour player of the year award in recognition of his consistency throughout the year away from the TV cameras.

Newly-crowned World Champion Peter Wright scooped a hat-trick of awards, including Televised Performance of the Year for his stunning victory over Van Gerwen to win the World Championship Final on New Year’s Day.

The Scot has also been recognised by fans and fellow-players alike for his achievements by winning the Fans’ Player of the Year and PDPA Players’ Player of the Year awards.

The Best Newcomer Award went to Glen Durrant, whose stellar first year in the PDC saw him reach the Semi-Finals of three televised events, including a memorable week in Blackpool at the World Matchplay.

Luke Humphries was awarded Young Player of the Year after becoming World Youth Champion for the first time and reaching the World Championship Quarter-Finals for a second successive year.

Players who achieved a perfect leg in PDC tournaments during 2019 were recognised with places in the PDC Nine-Dart Club, with Van Gerwen’s televised perfect leg at the Players Championship Finals earning him a commemorative gold pin badge.

Silver pin badges are awarded to recognise the record-breaking 46 perfect legs hit away from the TV cameras on the PDC circuit last year.

In contrast to recent years, no award ceremony was held and the awards were presented to the winners privately.

PDC Awards 2019

Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated: Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Rob Cross

Fans’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Runner-up: Gerwyn Price

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright

Runner-up: Gerwyn Price, Nathan Aspinall (joint-second)

Televised Performance of the Year

Winner: Peter Wright (World Championship Final v Michael van Gerwen)

Nominated: Gerwyn Price (Grand Slam of Darts Final v Peter Wright), Michael van Gerwen (World Grand Prix Final v Dave Chisnall), Glen Durrant (World Matchplay Last 16 v Michael van Gerwen)

Best Newcomer

Winner: Glen Durrant

Nominated: Jamie Hughes, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa

ProTour Player of the Year

Winner: Michael van Gerwen

Nominated: Ian White, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright

Young Player of the Year

Winner: Luke Humphries

Nominated: Ted Evetts, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Max Hopp

PDC Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pins: Michael van Gerwen

Silver Pins: Dave Chisnall, Geert Nentjes, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Ritchie Edhouse, Ted Evetts, Peter Jacques, Chris Dobey, Ricky Evans, Scott Baker, Danny Noppert, Brian Raman, James Wade, Mark McGeeney, Harry Ward, Callan Rydz, Steve Beaton, Geert De Vos, Michael Rasztovits, Robert Thornton, Madars Razma, Lourence Ilagan, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Andy Jenkins, Kyle Anderson, Boris Koltsov, Simon Preston, John Henderson, Matt Clark, Jose De Sousa, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Rob Cross, Ian White, Cody Harris, Mensur Suljovic James Beeton, Keane Barry