Match Report: Peter Wright wins his first major PDC title

Peter Wright has won his first major PDC title after an 11-6 victory over Gerwyn Price in the final of the UK Open.

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Wright, who has made the last three UK Open finals, raced into a 4-1 lead, taking out checkouts of 104 and 87 in the process.

Price got himself back in the match with a 117 finish but Snakebite reeled off three straight legs to lead 7-2 and pile the pressure on his opponent.

The Ice Man had a brief fight back, getting the score to 8-6 but he wasn’t to win another leg in the final. Wright reeled off three straight legs once more, taking out 86 on the bull to finally bag a major PDC title.

The first leg of the final got off to a slow start and ended with Wright taking out a 110 checkout. He followed it with a three dart 65 kill and was 2-0 up in double quick time. Price missed double ten to get his first leg on the board and Wright was on hand once more to smash in a 104 finish and hold throw to go 3-0 up.

Price had another chance in the fourth leg but missed the single number and denied himself a shot at double. Wright couldn’t capitalise and a clutch double five from the Ice Man gave him his first leg of the final. Normal service resumed for Snakebite though who took out 87 to lead 4-1 at the first break.

The Ice Man resumed with a 117 checkout after the break which was almost followed by a 120, with Price missing double tops. Wright, who himself missed bull for a 17, cleaned up and reinstalled a three leg lead. Price missed single 10 in the next leg which gave him just one dart at double 20. He missed and Wright cleared 57 in two darts to move four legs in front.

The Welshman’s scoring was suffering and Wright won a third straight league to go five legs in front of his opponent at 7-2. Price just about kept himself alive with a hold in the next leg but still trailed by four legs at the second break.

Both players missed the bull to take the leg when the player’s returned, Wright for a 161 and Price for a 130, allowing to Wright to come back and clean up double eight to go five legs in front and within three of victory.

Wright missed double 10 for a 100 checkout to go within two of victory but Price came back for the same target and took it out to stay alive. Snakebite missed the bull for a 124 in the next leg and the Price revival continued, breaking to move within three of his opponent.  Three on the spin from the Ice Man made it 8-6 but Wright steadied the ship and took out 86 to move within two legs of victory.

Wright had the chance to break straight away after the break and eventually took it after missing the bull for a 124. Price then missed two darts to take the leg and was made to pay as Wright found double eight and went within one leg of victory.

Wright was not to be denied and reeled of his third consecutive leg to win his maiden major PDC title. Single 19 was followed by single 16 and then the bull to complete the 85 checkout and win the UK Open at the third time of asking.

Wright becomes the oldest ever first-time PDC major winner and also the first maiden winner in almost five years, since Michael van Gerwen won the World Grand Prix in 2012.

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