Butlins, Minehead witnessed an historic event Sunday evening as Peter Wright won his 1st
ever televised PDC title, the Coral UK Open. Snakebite put on a comprehensive display of darts on the final day, triumphing 11-6 over Welshman Gerwyn Price in the UK Open Final. Wright was handed a tough Quarter-Final match-up with fellow Premier League player Raymond Van Barneveld, both men putting on a World Class display. The fixture was back and forth between both players, when at 7-8 down Peter Wright put in some heavy hitting scores combined with clinical finishing to win 10-8 and set-up a Semi-Final match-up with Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney. After posting a strong 110 average, Wright didn’t look back after beating Barney, seeing off Gurney comfortably 11-5 to set-up an all Red Dragon Final with Gerwyn ‘Iceman’ Price. Gurney couldn’t cope with Wright’s high scoring, but can hold his head up high after strong performance throughout the 3 days.
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Runner-up Gerwyn Price[/caption]
Price himself took out some high-profile names on his way to the Final, including a dramatic 160 checkout in the final leg to defeat Ian White 10-9 in the Quarters. The Iceman then came-up against an in-form Alan Norris, fresh off his PDC Player’s Championship win the weekend prior. Price kept his cool however, putting on some fabulous darts to defeat ‘Chuck’ Norris 11-9. In front of a packed crowd, Peter Wright was in a buoyant mood as he took to the stage for his 3rd
UK Open Final in 3 years. On both previous occasions Wright lost-out to Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen, who missed out on this weekend’s Finals with a back-injury. The final saw some great darts but Wright over-powered his opponent despite a mini-comeback being mounted at 8-3 up, Gerwyn Price putting in some strong finishes to pull the fixture back to 8-6. Wright rallied and kicked-on though to seal the title 11-6 with a fitting 130 checkout in the final leg, finishing on the bull. Gerwyn’s runner-up finish sees him shoot up the PDC Order of Merit into 17th
, the Welsh ace can be proud of his achievement reaching first TV Final just 3 years after turning professional.
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