Record-Breaking Price Crowned 2021 PDC World Darts Champion
Gerwyn “The Iceman” Price won the PDC World Darts Championship in emphatic fashion, defeating Gary Anderson 7-3, becoming the first Welsh winner of the illustrious tournament and claiming the World No. 1 spot.
Gezzy picked up the £500,000 winners’ cheque in record-breaking fashion, hitting the best set in World Championship history with 136.64 average in set 6 along with becoming the first ever World Champion that has earned their Tour Card via Q-School.
Gerwyn’s triumph crowns an astonishing journey to the peak of World Darts as he becomes the first player to displace MvG as World no.1, just seven years after first picking up his Tour card at Q-school in 2014 – coincidently the same time Michael’s spell at the top began.
"This means everything to me. It means the world," said Price, who averaged 100.08 in the superb success.
"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. Gary missed to give it me and I'm glad I took it.
"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."
Despite some early nerves in the opening set, Price was relentless in his finishing as he raced away to a 5-1 lead, hitting 13 out of 13 attempts at D20 along the way.
It wasn’t until set seven where Anderson pounced on Gezzy’s first missed double at tops to win a deciding leg and hit back before Price rallied to move a set away from the title at 6-2.
Nerves then started to present themselves just before the finishing line in set nine, as Price missed nine match darts and Anderson snapped up another set.
A testament to the Iceman’s resolve and character under-pressure, Gezzy re-gathered himself from 2-0 down in set ten, pinning double 5 to seal the historic win.
It’s been a meteoric rise for Gezzy over the last 7 years, from Worthington’s Champion of Champions winner in 2015 to picking up his first PDC ranking titles in 2016, back-to-back Grand Slam of Darts champion in 2018-19 and now the first-ever Welsh PDC World Champion.
Throughout his journey Gezzy has shown tremendous ability, desire and determination on the oche whilst remaining a consummate professional and family man away from the oche.
From everyone at Red Dragon Darts – Congratulations Gerwyn.
William Hill World Darts Championship
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