Peter Wright claimed the Players Championship Finals title for the first time after a thrilling 11-10 win over Ryan Searle in the final in Minehead.
The world number two secured his fifth major ranking title in dramatic fashion as he denied Searle a famous first triumph on the televised stage.
Searle had battled back from 10-8 down to force a decider after Wright had bust 129 in the 19th leg before missing three match darts.
The Somerset star piled on the pressure with a 177 to leave 24 against the throw in the deciding leg, but only for Wright to produce a nerveless 62 checkout to seal the £100,000 top prize.
“It’s the only final I’ve never played in – I enjoyed it,” said Wright.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game against Ryan; it’s taken a little while for him to settle and show what he can do on TV. He’s an immense player.
“In the second half of the match I was going at Ryan’s pace and I was thinking ‘I’m running out of energy here’. I took a breather and lucky enough I got through.
“The guys who normally do well in this tournament do okay in the next one so it’s nice to do well in this one.
“Obviously, I’ve got to back my big mouth up because I said I’m going to win the Worlds, so I’ve got to get back on the practice board and make sure I’m sharp. I believe I will be World Champion come January 3.”
Wright had cruised past Jonny Clayton 11-6 in the Semi-Finals, having also defeated reigning and six-time champion Michael van Gerwen 10-6 in the Quarter-Finals earlier in the day.
The first ten legs of the final all went with throw as the pair were locked at five apiece before Searle secured the first break after the second interval.
Wright, though, broke back immediately in leg 12 with a 96 checkout and took out 141 to extend his lead to 8-6.
Three missed darts at doubles from ‘Snakebite’ in leg 15 allowed Searle a reprieve as he cleaned up 96 to stay in touch, before landing double one to restore parity at eight-all.
Wright then won back-to-back legs to move to the verge of victory before incredibly busting 129 then missing double six at the second attempt, allowing Searle in to take out 103 and stay alive.
Wright missed a third match dart in the following leg and Searle landed double ten for a 13-darter to set up a grand-stand finish at 10-10.
World Matchplay champion Wright kicked off the decider with a maximum before Searle set up double 12 after a 177, but he was never afforded a match dart as the Scot coolly converted double 16 to seal victory.
A memorable weekend for Searle saw him twice survive match darts in the first two rounds and edge out Daryl Gurney 10-9 in the Quarter-Finals, before ending the charge of Brendan Dolan in the Semi-Finals.
“I’d have felt like I robbed that game if I’d have won it at the end there,” admitted Searle. “Fair play to Peter, he took out the double and he fully deserved that.
“I learned a lot from this experience and we move forward from here.”
Searle’s run to the final sees him move into the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time going into next month’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Sunday November 28
Jose de Sousa 4-10 Brendan Dolan
Daryl Gurney 9-10 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright 10-6 Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Vincent van der Voort
Brendan Dolan 6-11 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright 11-6 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-10 Ryan Searle
Peter Wright admits he is “not looking forward” to the Players Championship Finals as he prepares to make the arduous journey to Minehead.
The world number two heads into the penultimate event of the season on the back of a heavy defeat to Gerwyn Price in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts last Sunday.
His resurgent run in Wolverhampton ended a poor spell of results which had included back-to-back First Round exits at the World Grand Prix and European Championship.
Wright, however, was not in optimistic mood ahead of the 300-mile trip from his home in Suffolk to the Butlins Minehead Resort – where he won the UK Open in 2017 and reached the Semi-Finals of the Players Championship Finals a year earlier.
“I’m not looking forward to it. I don’t like Minehead,” admitted Wright. “It’s too far away.
“It’s just stupid roads all the way down when it says ’30 miles’ and it takes you two hours.
“The last 30 miles is just absolutely ridiculous, will the people down there get some decent roads? It’d be quicker to get a boat.
“It’s a great place for all the darts fans, which is the main thing. I’ll be there to upset a few people.
“All the players are looking forward to the World Championship, and I am especially.”
Wright is defending £500,000 against his ranking at Ally Pally, having claimed World Championship glory in January 2020.
The colourful Scot warms up for the sport’s show-piece with a clash against Irish youngster Keane Barry on the main stage in Minehead on Friday night.
Scotland secured World Cup of Darts glory for a second time as Peter Wright and John Henderson defeated Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the final in Jena.
Wright partnered Gary Anderson to victory two years ago and this time helped ensure the greatest moment of Henderson’s career as they scooped the trophy.
The pair had seen off China and Poland to win through to Sunday’s final stages, and overcame two former champions to continue their title bid.
The Scots firstly came from one point behind to win their Quarter-Final against the Netherlands in a dramatic sudden-death leg of their pairs decider against Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The duo then ended Wales’ title defence in an epic Semi-Final which also went to a sudden-death leg in their doubles contest.
Austria, meanwhile, survived three missed match darts from Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan in a sudden-death leg in their Quarter-Final and then defeated England 2-0 to reach their first World Cup final.
Suljovic got Austria off to a flying start in the final by defeating Henderson 4-1 – hitting a 160 finish along the way – only for Wright to overcome Rodriguez by the same scoreline to level.
A dramatic Doubles tie saw Austria open up a 3-0 lead, only to miss five match darts as Scotland pulled back level.
Suljovic then missed two darts at tops in the deciding leg as Henderson held his nerve on double ten to put Scotland 2-1 up and one tie away from victory.
That came in the next Singles clash, as Wright opened up a 2-0 lead over Suljovic and also took out 156 before holding off his rival’s fightback to finish double 16 and seal glory for the Scots.
“To go back home as World Cup champions, I’m speechless,” admitted Henderson. “To win this means everything – it’s my first PDC title and it’s been an honour to play with Peter.
“How he kept his nerve in that last game I don’t know. It’s been a team effort but I think we’ve been the best side throughout the whole tournament.
“It’s a team game but he’s a legend. I’ve got to thank Peter for everything he’s done this week and all the advice.
“He has mentored me and I can’t thank him enough. He’s captained me so well and looked after me this weekend, and I believe his captaincy won this for us.”
The victory was the biggest of Henderson’s ten-year PDC career and also secures him a spot in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
“It’s fantastic for Scotland and I’m going to enjoy this,” said an emotional Henderson. “Hopefully I can kick-start my own career and this is the start of many things to come.”
Wright, who won the World Matchplay in July, made it back-to-back TV titles to continue his memorable season so far.
“It means so much to me,” said Wright. “Every time I play I’m putting everything on the line.
“We had the hardest draw but John helped to carry me through. He stood up proud and hit the doubles to get us into the final.
“It was a privilege to play with him – John’s going to take over the world now like Jonny Clayton did after winning it last year.”
The Austrian duo have also put themselves in provisional qualifying places for the Grand Slam after they enjoyed their country’s best-ever World Cup campaign.
For Suljovic, the weekend in Jena was a successful return to the big stage after missing the World Matchplay through illness.
“It’s a brilliant feeling,” said Suljovic. “I’m so happy I’m back.
“After three months out I said I would give my best but asked Rowby to help me. I’m so happy to be in the final with my best friend.”
Rodriguez, meanwhile, was appearing in his first televised final since the 2014 World Youth Championship and is hoping to use the success as a springboard for his career.
“Of course if you lose the final you’re disappointed, but for me there’s happiness to get to the final,” said Rodriguez.
“We didn’t expect anything – we were not seeded and we went to the final. If you’re in the final you want to be the champion, but unfortunately we didn’t.
“I played really good in the semi-final but I didn’t play my game in the final. We shouldn’t have lost the Doubles game when we were 3-0 up.”
England’s James Wade and Dave Chisnall ended host nation Germany’s hopes in the Quarter-Finals with a 2-0 success as they dropped just one leg against Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.
Wales had continued their title defence with a 2-0 Quarter-Final defeat of Australia, although they required a 144 checkout from Clayton to snatch victory in the second Singles tie against Damon Heta.
Sunday September 12
Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Brendan Dolan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 Daryl Gurney
Suljovic/Rodriguez 4-3 Gurney/Dolan
England 2-0 Germany
James Wade 4-1 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 4-0 Max Hopp
Wales 2-0 Australia
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 4-3 Damon Heta
Netherlands 1-2 Scotland
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 John Henderson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-4 Peter Wright
Van Gerwen/Van Duijvenbode 3-4 Wright/Henderson
England 0-2 Austria
James Wade 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 1-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Wales 1-2 Scotland
Gerwyn Price 2-4 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 4-2 Peter Wright
Price/Clayton 3-4 Wright/Henderson
Austria 1-3 Scotland
Mensur Suljovic 4-1 John Henderson
Rowby-John Rodriguez 1-4 Peter Wright
Doubles – Suljovic/Rodriguez 3-4 Wright/Henderson
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Peter Wright
Peter Wright has unleashed a bullish prediction that rival Michael van Gerwen will not pick up a televised title in 2021.
Wright opened his account for the year with victory at Players Championship 8 in Milton Keynes on Friday, thrashing World Champion Gerwyn Price 8-3 in the final.
The world number three, who claimed European Championship glory in 2020, has reignited his rivalry with Van Gerwen by insisting the Dutchman will not claim major silverware this year.
Van Gerwen’s last TV triumph came at the Players Championship Finals in November and after a heavy defeat to Luke Humphries in the Semi-Finals of the recent UK Open, the three-time World Champion opted out of the second PDC Super Series.
“He won’t win a TV tournament this year,” said Wright, speaking after Friday’s Super Series triumph.
“He shouldn’t be on holiday now, he should be here practicing.
“He’s a fantastic player and obviously he knows what to do, but there’s too many good players around.”
Reacting to his Players Championship win, Wright admitted: “Coming to the venue I said that I felt it was coming.
“Today I felt on a different level to everyone else.
“After the First Round, it was going to take someone special to stop me.
“It’s really weird and it’s a great feeling, and if I could put it in a jar and then take it out for the next tournament it would be fantastic – but tomorrow I could pick up the darts and throw like I did in Bolton [Super Series 1] which was absolutely terrible.
“Every year I play poo for two weeks and that was Bolton and the UK Open, so I know that’s out of the way now, so watch out.”
The 2020 World Champion will kick off his latest Premier League campaign in a fortnight’s time and says he is out to reach debutant Jonny Clayton a harsh lesson when they face off on opening night.
Wright added: “Wait until we have the crowds back and we’ll sort out who’s good and who’s ok.
“There’s three newcomers [in the Premier League] this year and I’ve got Jonny Clayton first who just happens to be the guy who’s probably the best dart player there is at the moment.
“I always like to teach the newbies a lesson in the Premier League anyway.”
Peter Wright picked up his first title of the year with victory in Players Championship 8, defeating Gerwyn Price 8-3 in the final.
Wright had last tasted victory in November but the world number three showed his quality as he averaged 103 across seven matches in the fourth and final event of PDC Super Series 2.
The Scot dropped just four legs in his opening three games, defeating Jack Main, Adam Hunt and William O’Connor, before being taken the distance by Steve West in the Last 16.
Wright then averaged 108 in his 6-4 Quarter-Final win over Steve Lennon and proved too strong for Joe Cullen with a clinical 7-2 Semi-Final success.
He then ended Price’s run of seven successive final wins with a dominant display to claim the £10,000 top prize and head into next month’s Premier League in winning form.
The 2020 World Champion began the final with a 14-darter before breaking throw with a superb 161 checkout for a 12-darter.
Price hit back with a 14-darter, but Wright took the next two with tops and double eight before firing in six perfect darts en route to an 11-darter to make it 5-1.
Price took out 116 for a 12-darter to respond again, but the reigning European Champion broke on double 16 and finished tops to move 7-2 up, with a 12-darter from the Welshman stemming the tide before a 14-darter sealed victory for Snakebite.
“Coming to the venue I said that I felt it was coming,” admitted Wright. “Today I felt on a different level to everyone else.
“After the First Round, it was going to take someone special to stop me.
“It’s really weird and it’s a great feeling, and if I could put it in a jar and then take it out for the next tournament it would be fantastic – but tomorrow I could pick up the darts and throw absolutely terrible!”
Price was bidding to follow up Wednesday’s Players Championship 6 victory with a second ProTour win of the week and showed his World Champion class with averages of over 108 in a win over Joe Murnan and 107 in his Quarter-Final defeat of Jason Lowe.
He also whitewashed Luke Woodhouse 6-0 and overcame Tuesday’s champion Brendan Dolan 7-2 in the Semi-Finals.
Dolan’s run to a third Semi-Final in four days completed an outstanding week at the Super Series as he defeated former World Champion Rob Cross and current Grand Slam of Darts champion Jose de Sousa along the way.
Cullen was a semi-finalist for the second time this week and a fourth time in 2021 before losing out to Wright as he continued his consistent spell of form.
Lowe and Lennon were joined in the Quarter-Finals by Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Germany’s Martin Schindler – who produced an encouraging run only a month after regaining his PDC Tour Card.
Mickey Mansell achieved a nine-dart finish during his First Round tie with Jamie Hughes, although the Northern Irish star lost the tie 6-5.
The day also featured an hour-long suspension in play as Raymond van Barneveld required medical treatment after falling ill inside the venue, before the Dutchman returned to his hotel room at the Marshall Arena to be further monitored.
Friday March 19
Ricky Evans 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Ryan Searle 6-1 Raymond van Barneveld
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Scott Waites 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Michael Rasztovits 6-3 Keegan Brown
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Jesus Noguera
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Daniel Larsson
Devon Petersen 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 James Wilson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Martin Lukeman
Lewis Williams 6-0 Peter Hudson
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Lorenzo Pronk
Mike De Decker 6-5 Brett Claydon
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Mervyn King
Steve Beaton 6-3 John Brown
Peter Wright 6-1 Jack Main
Adam Hunt 6-5 Jake Jones
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Adrian Lewis
William O’Connor 6-3 Keane Barry
Danny Noppert 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Matthew Edgar 6-1 Eddie Lovely
Steve Brown 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Steve West 6-3 Ryan Murray
Steve Lennon 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Geert De Vos 6-4 Boris Koltsov
Darius Labanauskas 6-1 David Evans
Andy Hamilton 6-0 William Borland
Damon Heta 6-2 Chris Dobey
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Josh Payne
Callan Rydz 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Jason Heaver 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Darren Webster 6-5 Chas Barstow
Ross Smith 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Luke Humphries 6-2 Gary Blades
Brendan Dolan 6-0 Steffen Siepmann
Ryan Meikle 6-4 Alan Tabern
Rob Cross 6-4 Justin Pipe
Karel Sedlacek 6-3 Nick Kenny
James Wade 6-3 Andy Boulton
Bradley Brooks 6-4 Gordon Mathers
Martin Atkins 6-4 Madars Razma
Martin Thomas 6-4 Adam Gawlas
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Wayne Jones
Ritchie Edhouse 6-0 Gino Vos
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Martin Schindler 6-3 Danny Baggish
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Peter Jacques
Joe Murnan 6-3 Berry van Peer
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Mickey Mansell – *Mansell hits a nine-darter*
Scott Mitchell 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Jeff Smith 6-5 Ian White
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Ciaran Teehan
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Luc Peters
Aaron Beeney 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Michael Smith
Alan Soutar 6-5 Max Hopp
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Ted Evetts
John Henderson 6-4 Jon Worsley
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Andrew Gilding 6-3 John Michael
Jason Lowe 6-1 Glen Durrant
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Lisa Ashton
Joe Cullen 6-3 Ricky Evans
Ryan Searle 6-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Scott Waites 6-2 Michael Rasztovits
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Devon Petersen
Lewis Williams 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Mike De Decker
Steve Beaton 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright 6-2 Adam Hunt
William O’Connor 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert 6-1 Matthew Edgar
Steve West 6-3 Steve Brown
Steve Lennon 6-2 Geert De Vos
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta 6-1 Boris Krcmar
Jason Heaver 6-2 Callan Rydz
José de Sousa 6-2 Darren Webster
Luke Humphries 6-4 Ross Smith
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Rob Cross 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
James Wade 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Martin Atkins 6-4 Martin Thomas
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Martin Schindler 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Joe Murnan
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Jeff Smith
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Kai Fan Leung 6-2 Alan Soutar
Ryan Joyce 6-2 John Henderson
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Jason Lowe 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Joe Cullen 6-2 Ryan Searle
Scott Waites 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Lewis Williams
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Steve Beaton
Peter Wright 6-1 William O’Connor
Steve West 6-4 Danny Noppert
Steve Lennon 6-2 Andy Hamilton
Damon Heta 6-3 Jason Heaver
José de Sousa 6-4 Luke Humphries
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Rob Cross
Martin Atkins 6-4 James Wade
Martin Schindler 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Luke Woodhouse 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Kai Fan Leung 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Jason Lowe 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen 6-2 Scott Waites
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Peter Wright 6-5 Steve West
Steve Lennon 6-2 Damon Heta
Brendan Dolan 6-2 José de Sousa
Martin Schindler 6-3 Martin Atkins
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Luke Woodhouse
Jason Lowe 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Joe Cullen 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright 6-4 Steve Lennon
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Martin Schindler
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jason Lowe
Peter Wright 7-2 Joe Cullen
Gerwyn Price 7-2 Brendan Dolan
Peter Wright 8-3 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright has stoked the fire with Michael van Gerwen ahead the new darts season by admitting he is “glad” the Dutchman has lost his world number one spot.
Van Gerwen saw his seven-year reign at the top of the PDC Order of Merit brought to an end by Gerwyn Price – who leapfrogged the Dutch star after being crowned World Champion on January 3.
Price succeeded Wright as World Champion and became only the tenth different world number one in PDC history, having only secured a Tour Card at Qualifying School in 2014.
Wright dropped a place to world number three after his Last 32 defeat to Gabriel Clemens at Alexandra Palace and will start the new season by attempting to successfully defend The Ladbrokes Masters title in Milton Keynes.
Wright became embroiled in a war of words with Van Gerwen at the backend of last year and has sent out another message to the three-time World Champion ahead of the season opener.
“I’m looking forward to this year, especially after some of the comments MVG has made about me,” Wright told Ladbrokes.
“I’m glad he’s number two so now I get to play him in the Semi-Finals to knock him out before he gets to a final!
“Michael’s worked really hard to be world number one and he’s won everything you can possibly win in darts.
“To take over from Phil [Taylor] he’s done an amazing job, especially so at such a young age.
“But I think the standard Michael’s been setting, everyone’s coming up to now.
“They’re seeing all the titles that Phil and Michael have won and seen what that extra bit of practice and belief can do, that maybe you can do it.
“I’ve shown it can be done, Gezzy’s shown it too. I’ve got a bit fire in my belly for this year.”
Van Gerwen won The Masters title on five consecutive occasions between 2015 and 2019 before seeing his unbeaten run ended by Jonny Clayton in Round One 12 months ago.
Wright and Van Gerwen are on a collision course for a potential Semi-Final clash on Sunday, with the Ladbrokes Masters field having been expanded from 16 to 24 players this year.
Snakebite says he has taken time out since his early exit at Ally Pally and admits the uncertain schedule has affected his practice regime.
He added: “I’ve just been doing bits and bobs that have been building up around the house. Taking the tree down, putting the decorations away – that took about a week I think!
“It’s difficult because obviously we have The Masters this week but after that we haven’t got tournaments lined up for a few weeks.
“So I could have been practising as soon as I lost in the worlds up until now and wasted all my good darts. You’ve got to practice but I don’t want to overdo it.”
Peter Wright picked up his third televised title of the season at the 2020 European Championship courtesy of an 11-4 rout of James Wade in the final in Oberhausen.
Wright, who was crowned World Champion and Masters Champion in January, continued his memorable campaign by becoming the latest new name to lift the European Championship trophy.
The Scottish ace scooped the £120,000 top prize and returns to second spot on the PDC Order of Merit, jumping above Gerwyn Price, after claiming his fifth title of the year in total.
In the process, he denied Jonny Clayton a first televised title with an 11-8 Semi-Final triumph before ending Wade’s hopes of a second European Championship success in three years.
“I’m delighted to win, it’s great for me and it was good to have the fans here,” said Wright.
“It’s the first final I’ve got to in the event, I’ve had a couple and managed to win it.
“I struggled in the Semi-final, it was probably my toughest match and I couldn’t get going but I got away with it.
“James has won this before and is a quality player, so to get the win I’m really happy. He can reel off legs so you’ve got to try and keep him at bay, and luckily enough I did.”
Wright had withdrawn from the two European Tour events ahead of the European Championship, and added: “It was good to have a little rest and recharge the batteries, I knew what I needed to do to prepare for this.
“Everyone’s different but it worked for me. I believe I can be more consistent and I will be playing a lot better than that. I think I can hit some big averages.
“I feel good with my darts and with the way I’m standing but I think I can get better.
“World number one isn’t a target, to pick up the Sid Waddell trophy again is the main target and I think I can do it.”
Wright averaged over 102 in his Semi-Final success, but a tight contest hinged on leg 18 when Clayton miscounted on a 111 finish to level, and the Scot stepped in to take a crucial 10-8 lead before closing out the win.
Snakebite then carried that momentum into the final against Wade, opening with back-to-back 13-dart legs and taking a 4-1 advantage, only to see the left-hander take out 121 to cut the gap to one leg.
Wade, though, missed a dart at tops to level in leg eight as Wright took a 5-3 lead, with a 13-darter extending his advantage before the 2018 winner hit back in 14 to trail 6-4.
Wright found another gear to set up possible nine-darters by opening the next two legs with 180s, taking out legs of 12 and 11 darts to surge into an 8-4 advantage, before punishing two misses from Wade to move five clear.
He then finished 143 to move a leg away from victory as Wade again missed two darts at a double, before checking out 125 to secure the title in style.
Wright averaged in excess of 102 in each of his five games en route to the title, having defeated Gabriel Clemens, Price and Steve West in the early rounds.
Wade had come from 3-1 and 8-6 down in his Semi-Final with Devon Petersen to prevail 11-10, as the pair shared six ton-plus checkouts in a thrilling contest.
South Africa’s Petersen had won through to his first televised Semi-Final to continue his impressive progress in 2020, while Clayton was denied a second appearance in a TV final by Wright.
Sunday November 1
James Wade 11-10 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 11-8 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-4 James Wade
Peter Wright has revealed he will not be competing in this year’s World Cup of Darts due to travel concerns.
Wright partnered Gary Anderson to glory for Scotland in last year’s PDC World Cup of Darts but will not be making himself available to defend the title.
The 2020 World Cup of Darts is due to take place from November 6-8 in Graz, Austria, with 32 teams of two players competing in a mixture of doubles and singles formats.
Wright, 50, will not be making the trip to Austria due to concerns over travelling abroad during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is also understood his World Cup winning team-mate Anderson will also sit out the tournament due to travel concerns, having recently missed both the Autumn Series and World Series Finals.
Reigning World Champion Wright told The Weekly Dartscast: “Unfortunately, I’m not playing [in the World Cup] either.
“I can understand Gary when he says why he doesn’t travel, getting on a plane, and stuff like that.
“I thought about it a long time, and it’s another reason why I’ve pulled out of the two Europeans [events in Sindelfingen and Riesa] coming up.
“It’s not because of people not doing their jobs properly, but there’s a few idiots breaking the rules and you could pick it [the virus] up.
“Poor Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting missing out [on the World Grand Prix after positive Covid tests]. I think they probably caught that when we was in Germany.
“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve won the World Cup with Gary. I’ve achieved my dream of winning it for Scotland, but I won’t be playing in another World Cup.”
John Henderson (35th) and Robert Thornton (68th) are now in line to form the Scotland side for the World Cup, should they opt to travel.
Though he has also withdrawn from the two upcoming European Tour events in Germany, Wright admitted he will be competing in the European Championship in Oberhausen from October 29 to November 1.
He added: “You’ve got to think of your health and safety, and family.
“If the World Championships are abroad, then we’ll be driving there.
“That’s what we’re going to do for the European Championship.
“Fingers crossed things can change really quickly and we can get a vaccine out to help everybody.”
The line-ups for the upcoming World Cup of Darts are yet to be finalised, with the event set to be held in front of a limited capacity crowd.
Peter Wright secured the Players Championship 13 title with an 8-2 rout of Gerwyn Price to finish top of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit in Milton Keynes on Sunday.
The reigning World Champion went one better than his runner-up spot on Wednesday as he clinched the £10,000 title at the Marshall Arena, sweeping aside his fellow Premier League star in the final.
Wright’s success saw him leapfrog Michael van Gerwen to finish top of the PDC Summer Series Order of Merit, which was comprised of prize money won in the five events across the week.
“I’m pleased to win and it’s great for me,” said Wright. “It could have been two wins, but I wanted to be top of the Summer Series Order of Merit and I knew I had to win today, so I’ve done that.
“It’s ideal preparation for the World Matchplay and it’s good to be back playing.
“Just the last two weeks they [eyes] have started to go bad and I thought the best time to try [wearing glasses] was in the floor tournaments – it didn’t work out too badly!”
Wright began his charge to glory with a 6-4 victory over Jelle Klaasen in Round One before recording a second successive 98 average in defeating Darren Webster 6-2.
Webster had begun his day with a nine-darter in a 6-1 win over Kim Huybrects in the opening round.
Wright then averaged 102.6 in a 6-1 rout of Brendan Dolan, before edging out Nathan Aspinall in a tense last-leg decider in the Quarter-Finals.
The world number two then registered his highest average of the day (109) en route to a 7-2 mauling of Wayne Jones in the Semi-Finals.
After sharing the final’s opening two legs, Wright took four in a row to open up a 5-1 advantage, and through Price hit back briefly, it was the World Champion who closed out a commanding win with a 99.3 average.
Price was in sensational form as he enjoyed his best run of the week, averaging above 100 in wins over William O’Connor, Darius Labanauskas, Jose De Sousa, James Wade and Devon Petersen.
That included a blistering 113 average against Labanauskas as well as his dramatic 7-6 Semi-Final win over Petersen.
Petersen fell agonisingly short of gatecrashing the World Matchplay qualification places; the South African had to win Sunday’s event to force his way into the World Matchplay field.
He defeated world number one Michael van Gerwen in a last-leg decider, as well as Lisa Ashton, Christian Bunse, Daryl Gurney and John Henderson to reach the Semi-Finals for the second time this year.
Petersen landed a 170 checkout in an epic against Price but missed one dart at double 16 for victory as his hopes of glory on the day were shattered.
Jones also won through to the Semi-Finals in his best run on the ProTour since May 2016, seeing off current Unibet Premier League leader Glen Durrant as well as Adrian Gray, Robbie Collins, Mike De Decker and Scott Baker.
Scottish ace Henderson was a quarter-finalist as he also saw a late bid to qualify for the World Matchplay fall narrowly short, with Petersen winning their shoot-out in the last eight.
Saturday’s winner James Wade and former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall also reached the quarter-finals alongside Scott Baker, who enjoyed his best run for over a year.
Sunday July 12
William O’Connor 6-2 Nathan Rafferty
Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Steve Lennon 6-5 Ciaran Teehan
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Jan Dekker
Joe Murnan 6-1 Graham Usher
Danny Noppert 6-5 Jason Lowe
Matthew Dennant 6-1 Scott Waites
James Wade 6-5 Reece Robinson
Scott Mitchell 6-2 Ryan Murray
Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Alan Tabern 6-2 Mike van Duivenbode
Ross Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-4 Jeff Smith
Gary Anderson 6-5 James Wilson
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Kai Fan Leung
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Steve Brown
Callan Rydz 6-4 Martin Atkins
John Henderson 6-4 Ricky Evans
Matt Clark 6-2 Simon Stevenson
William Borland 6-3 Rob Cross
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-2 Jitse Van der Wal
Mickey Mansell 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Nick Kenny
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Devon Petersen 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Steve Beaton 6-3 Mark McGeeney
Christian Bunse 6-2 Michael Barnard
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Ted Evetts
Harry Ward 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Jamie Hughes (BYE) v Luke Humphries
Bradley Brooks 6-2 Conan Whitehead
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Adam Hunt
Darren Webster 6-1 Kim Huybrechts*Webster hits a nine-darter*
Andy Boulton (BYE) v Jamie Lewis
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Josh Payne
Gavin Carlin 6-4 Steve West
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Barrie Bates
Arjan Konterman 6-3 David Pallett
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Richard North 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Robert Thornton 6-4 Max Hopp
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Cameron Menzies
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Kirk Shepherd
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 Gary Blades
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-2 Nathan Derry
Geert Nentjes 6-0 Ryan Searle
Madars Razma 6-1 Mervyn King
Michael Smith 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Darren Penhall
Carl Wilkinson 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Scott Baker 6-5 Harald Leitinger
Ian White 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Jacques 6-3 Martin Schindler
Keegan Brown 6-1 James Hubbard
Mike De Decker 6-3 Jonathan Worsley
Glen Durrant 6-1 Derk Telnekes
Wayne Jones 6-3 Adrian Gray
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-5 Ryan Hogarth
Robert Collins 6-5 Aaron Beeney
Gerwyn Price 6-0 William O’Connor
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Steve Lennon
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Joe Murnan
Danny Noppert 6-4 Matthew Dennant
James Wade 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Alan Tabern 6-5 Karel Sedlacek
Chris Dobey 6-5 Ross Smith
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Gary Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Callan Rydz
John Henderson 6-4 Matt Clark
William Borland 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Simon Whitlock
Devon Petersen 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Christian Bunse 6-2 Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Harry Ward
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Bradley Brooks
Peter Wright 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Darren Webster 6-2 Andy Boulton
Brendan Dolan 6-5 Gavin Carlin
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Arjan Konterman
Nathan Aspinall 6-0 Ron Meulenkamp
Robert Thornton 6-3 Richard North
Martijn Kleermaker 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Ryan Joyce
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Madars Razma 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Michael Smith 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Scott Baker 6-5 Carl Wilkinson
Peter Jacques 6-4 Ian White
Mike De Decker 6-5 Keegan Brown
Wayne Jones 6-4 Glen Durrant
Robert Collins 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jose De Sousa 6-1 Danny Noppert
James Wade 6-4 Alan Tabern
Chris Dobey 6-1 Matthew Edgar
John Henderson 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Mickey Mansell 6-4 William Borland
Devon Petersen 6-1 Christian Bunse
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Jamie Hughes
Peter Wright 6-2 Darren Webster
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Robert Thornton
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Madars Razma 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Scott Baker 6-3 Michael Smith
Mike De Decker 6-5 Peter Jacques
Wayne Jones 6-3 Robert Collins
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jose De Sousa
James Wade 6-3 Chris Dobey
John Henderson 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Devon Petersen 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 6-1 Brendan Dolan
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Scott Baker 6-0 Madars Razma
Wayne Jones 6-4 Mike De Decker
Gerwyn Price 6-1 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-3 John Henderson
Peter Wright 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Wayne Jones 6-0 Scott Baker
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 7-2 Wayne Jones
Peter Wright 8-2 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright landed six ton-plus averages on his way to claiming the Players Championship Five title with a stunning victory over Gerwyn Price in the final.
The reigning World and Masters Champion produced a scintillating set of displays to claim his third title of 2020, culminating in a 170 checkout to clinch victory over his fellow Premier League star.
The world number two came within the width of the wire of breaking his own streamed record average in Round Two but was forced to settle for a sensational 120.5.
“It’s just the start,” said Wright. “I’m enjoying these darts and we’ve got something in the pipeline to improve them further.
“Who knows what I can win this year? I just take it a leg at a time and that’s all you can do.
“As World Champion, I’ve always got a target on my back but I feel like I’m giving some of the other players the belief that they too can win anything.”
Wright kick-started his run with a 106 average in defeating Darren Webster 6-2 before producing an astonishing display to whitewash Adrian Gray with a 120.5 average, falling narrowly short of a new world record.
He then averaged 106.6 in thrashing former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell 6-1 before seeing off Ryan Joyce 6-3 with a 103.5 average.
Wright’s only sub-100 average of the day came against three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant but he nonetheless stormed his way into the Semi-Finals with a 6-1 thrashing.
Snakebite then ended the resurgent run of Devon Petersen with a 7-5 success and a 105 average to boot.
The Scottish World Cup winner began the final with a 98 checkout and added a 76 finish to move 2-1 up before Price took out 101 for parity.
Twelve consecutive holds of throw saw the pair locked level at six apiece before Wright landed double nine to edge ahead and sealed victory in magnificent fashion with a 170 checkout.
Price was forced to settle for the runner-up spot for the second time on the ProTour this season, defeating the likes of Kirk Shepherd, Damon Heta, Jamie Lewis and Steve Lennon en route to the final.
Lennon had earlier landed a nine-dart finish in a 6-1 rout of Hong Kong’s Kai Fan Leung with a 110.6 average but was left to rue four missed match darts against Price in the Semi-Finals.
Germany’s Christian Bunse defied a 103 average to knock out world number one Michael van Gerwen in the Last 32 before bowing out to Rob Cross in the next round.
Having suffered four consecutive First Round defeats, South African star Petersen enjoyed a superb run to the Semi-Finals which included a 111.8 average along the way.
Saturday February 22
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Andrew Gilding
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Wayne Jones
Adam Hunt 6-3 Max Hopp
Christian Bunse 6-3 Josh Payne
Rob Cross 6-2 Carl Wilkinson
Joe Murnan 6-3 David Pallett
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Luke Humphries 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Callan Rydz
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-3 Martijn Kleermaker
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Ricky Evans
Gavin Carlin 6-2 Matt Clark
James Wade 6-2 Ted Evetts
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 Ciaran Teehan
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Michael Barnard
Devon Petersen 6-5 Harry Ward
Peter Wright 6-2 Darren Webster
Adrian Gray 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
John Henderson 6-2 Steve West
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Ryan Murray
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Gary Blades
Gary Anderson 6-2 Jesus Noguera
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Reece Robinson
Ryan Joyce 6-1 Kyle Anderson
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-1 John Michael
Vincent Van der Meer 6-1 Mike van Duivenbode
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Cristo Reyes
Harald Leitinger 6-2 Lisa Ashton
Glen Durrant 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mark McGeeney 6-4 Andy Boulton
Keegan Brown 6-5 Alan Tabern
Steve Brown 6-1 Ryan Searle
Ian White 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Benito van de Pas 6-0 Jan Dekker
Mervyn King 6-2 Martin Schindler
Jason Lowe 6-1 Nick Kenny
Kai Fan Leung 6-5 Jonny Clayton
Conan Whitehead 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Steve Lennon 6-3 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Scott Baker 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Matthew Dennant
Darren Penhall 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Derk Telnekes
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Ross Smith
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Wesley Harms
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 James Wilson
Danny Noppert 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Mike De Decker 6-1 Aaron Beeney
Gerwyn Price 6-0 Kirk Shepherd
Mickey Mansell 6-5 Adam Huckvale
Justin Pipe 6-5 Peter Jacques
Damon Heta 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Krzysztof Kciuk
Toni Alcinas 6-2 Maik Kuivenhoven
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Michael Smith
Jeff Smith 6-2 Madars Razma
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Geert Nentjes 6-0 Richard North
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Marko Kantele
William Borland 6-5 Bradley Brooks
Joe Cullen 6-1 Martin Atkins
William O’Connor 6-5 Scott Waites
Robert Collins 6-2 Steve Beaton
Jitse Van der Wal 6-3 Barrie Bates
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Andy Hamilton
Christian Bunse 6-5 Adam Hunt
Rob Cross 6-0 Joe Murnan
Luke Humphries 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Gavin Carlin
Niels Zonneveld 6-5 James Wade
Devon Petersen 6-0 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright 6-0 Adrian Gray
Scott Mitchell 6-3 John Henderson
Gary Anderson 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Jose De Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Vincent Van der Meer
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Harald Leitinger
Glen Durrant 6-1 Mark McGeeney
Keegan Brown 6-3 Steve Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Ian White
Jason Lowe 6-3 Mervyn King
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Conan Whitehead
Steve Lennon 6-1 Scott Baker
Darren Penhall 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Boris Krcmar
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Mike De Decker 6-4 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Damon Heta 6-3 Justin Pipe
Toni Alcinas 6-5 Jamie Hughes
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Jeff Smith
Geert Nentjes 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Brendan Dolan 6-2 William Borland
William O’Connor 6-0 Joe Cullen
Jitse Van der Wal 6-4 Robert Collins
Christian Bunse 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Luke Humphries
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Devon Petersen 6-3 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Wright 6-1 Scott Mitchell
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Gary Anderson
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Glen Durrant 6-2 Keegan Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Jason Lowe
Steve Lennon 6-1 Kai Fan Leung – *Lennon hits a nine-darter*
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Mike De Decker
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Toni Alcinas
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Geert Nentjes
William O’Connor 6-1 Jitse Van der Wal
Rob Cross 6-4 Christian Bunse
Devon Petersen 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Glen Durrant 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Steve Lennon 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Gabriel Clemens 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jamie Lewis
William O’Connor 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Devon Petersen 6-5 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-1 Glen Durrant
Steve Lennon 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price 6-2 William O’Connor
Peter Wright 7-5 Devon Petersen
Gerwyn Price 7-6 Steve Lennon
Peter Wright 8-6 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright continued his incredible winning run by securing the Masters title at the expense of a distraught Michael Smith in Milton Keynes.
A month on from his World Championship triumph at Alexandra Palace, Wright extended his winning streak to ten matches as he clinched a second successive televised title.
The world number two watched Smith squander three match darts in the deciding leg of a dramatic final before returning to seal the deal with his last dart in hand.
“I’m a very lucky player tonight, Michael should’ve won that,” admitted Wright, who pockets the £60,000 top prize.
“I’ve been in his position many times before, so I know how he’s feeling and it’s not nice.
“But, I’m obviously over the moon to win the first tournament of the year and hopefully there will be many more.
“I think my performance dipped at the end of the day, I started missing too many doubles so I need to cut that out.
“It’s very hard to carry on from the Worlds but I said I fancied this tournament and I did it.”
Wright began the final day by whitewashing a struggling Dave Chisnall 10-0 in the afternoon’s Quarter-Finals before seeing off his Scottish World Cup winning teammate Gary Anderson 11-7 in the Semi-Finals.
Smith overcame Adrian Lewis 10-6 in the Last Eight before coming through a tense last-leg decider with Nathan Aspinall.
The final began with Wright starting the stronger of the pair as he opened up 5-2 lead, only for a determined Smith to fight his way back into the contest at 6-4 despite not being at his fluent best.
A crucial break of throw followed for Smith, who then landed a 130 checkout to level it up at 8-8, and after the next four legs were shared the contest went all the way to a one-leg shoot-out.
Smith kicked off the decider with his eighth 180 of the match and followed up with a 140, but a timely 171 from Wright piled the pressure on the St Helens thrower – who missed two darts at tops and one at double ten to let victory slip through his grasp.
Wright then found double eight at the third time of asking to bring the curtain down on a dramatic final, leaving Smith to rue yet another agonisingly close bid for a second TV title.
“Peter could’ve easily buried me earlier in the game but when I gave myself a chance I missed it again,” admitted a frustrated Smith.
“It just looks like I bottle it but I’m not, I’m trying my hardest, it just won’t go.
“I wanted it so much – I think I threw too hard at the doubles for the match, but when they left my hand they felt like they were going in.
“It’s another runner-up trophy to add to my big collection but I’ll get over it and tomorrow I’ll be back on the board practicing double top.
“It is a positive start to 2020, even though I’m feeling so disappointed right now, but I’ve got the Premier League and UK Open to look forward to around the corner.”
Wright and Smith will now turn their attentions to Night One of the 2020 Premier League at Aberdeen’s new P&J Live on Thursday.
Anderson also enjoyed a strong start to the year ahead of the Premier League, with the two-time World Champion having averaged 102 in a 10-2 Quarter-Final rout of rival Gerwyn Price.
UK Open champion Aspinall also won through to the Semi-Finals after continuing his Masters debut with a 10-8 win over Jonny Clayton, who was unable to follow up his defeat of Michael van Gerwen despite a strong display.
Sunday February 2
Michael Smith 10-6 Adrian Lewis
Nathan Aspinall 10-8 Jonny Clayton
Gary Anderson 10-2 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 10-0 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 11-10 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 11-7 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 11-10 Michael Smith