Welshman Gerwyn Price wins his first PDC World Darts Championship Title
Updated: Jan 5
Gerwyn Price has become the first Welshman to win the PDC World Darts Championship after demolishing Gary Anderson in an electrifying final at Alexandra Palace, London.
The ‘Iceman’ prevailed with a 7-3 victory against two-time winner Gary Anderson to lift the Sid Waddell trophyand claim the £500,000 winner’s cheque.
“I think it’s going to take a couple of days to sink in. For someone from my background to win the world title… there is no words to explain it,” he said.
Price, from Markham, Caerphilly, only started competing on the PDC tour in 2014 after winning a place through the qualifying ‘Q School’ events. He is the first player from qualifying school to become world champion.
The 35-year-old former professional rugby player raced into a 5-1 lead, breaking the record for the highest set average in World Championship history along the way.
Price’s spectacular display of finishing, which once sat at 75 percent, deserted him when he needed it most as he missed eleven darts at a double to win the title.
He kept his cool and with his 12th match dart, hit double five to secure the title.
“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,” Price said.
The win secures his place as world number one, endingDutchman Michael Van Gerwen’s seven-year reign at the top of the rankings.
“I’m proud to be world number one,” Price said. “It’s probably even tougher to achieve that than it is to become World Champion. To manage both is incredible for me.”
It was the first time the two players had met in a major final since what is viewed as the most controversial final in the history of darts - the 2018 Grand Slam where Price won his first televised major title.
Anderson, 50, who was playing in his fifth Ally Pally final, said: “What I’ve done over the last few weeks has been a big bonus for me. I started the final good, but I started to struggle, and you can’t do that against players like Gerwyn.”
The Flying Scotsman missed four darts to win the opening set and Price punished him by taking the following three legs to take an early advantage.
Price won the third set 3-1, despite a stunning 170 checkout from Anderson.
He opened the fifth set breaking Anderson’s throw, and with an 11-dart leg followed by a 161 checkout against the throw, he extended his lead to 4-1.
Narrowly missing double 12 for a perfect nine-dart leg in the sixth, Price hit it with his 10th dart to take the set with an unbelievable 136.6 average, the highest set average ever recorded at the world darts championship.
Anderson reduced his deficit to just three sets after taking the seventh set to trail 5-2 but Price hit a double 20 finish for the 14th time in the eighth to restore his four-set advantage.
A tense ninth set saw the Iceman miss 10 match darts in the third leg which allowed Anderson to punish his mistakes to take the set.
A clearly distraught Price was then broken by Andersonin the 10th set before holding his nerve to force a deciding leg.
Anderson missed a golden opportunity to take out 134 to keep his title hopes alive, while further squandered darts from Price to take the leg were followed by Anderson making the same mistakes.
Left on double five, Price paused to collect himself and finally hit the winning double on his 12th attempt to become PDC world champion.
Gracious in defeat, Anderson said: “Getting beat in the final is disappointing but I’ll give myself a pat on the back for getting this far.”