World Grand Prix 2020: Gerwyn Price beats Dirk van Duijvenbode in the final | Darts News

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Gerwyn Price won the World Grand Prix with a victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

Gerwyn Price won the World Grand Prix with a victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

Gerwyn Price ended Dirk van Duijvenbode’s fairy tale at the World Grand Prix with a ruthless 5-2 victory in the final to add a third major TV ranking title to his resume and move up to second in the world rankings.

‘The Iceman’ world champion Peter Wright comes behind only Michael van Gerwen in the table after winning his fourth title in the last five tournaments he has played, underscoring his claim to be the best player in the world. world at the moment.

Price’s victory ends the dream run of Van Duijvenbode, the 28-year-old eggplant farmer who will return to work in the Netherlands on Tuesday after becoming the first rookie to reach the single event final double start since the inauguration. competition.

Van Duijvenbode can console himself with a place in the world top 64 and the biggest paycheck of his career, but it was The Iceman who lifted the trophy and took home the £ 110,000 top prize as he continued a winning streak ruthless with style.

Quick start for Iceman clinic

Van Duijvenbode was forced to watch much of the opening set as he was only allowed one dart in a final double as Price quickly took the lead.

After missing a double-top dart for a hasty 105 rooftop finish, the Welshman returned to clinically mop up for a first-set sweep, having been little concerned with the Dutchman playing in the biggest game of his life of darts. .

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Relive Gerwyn Price’s moment of victory at the World Grand Prix after beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 in the final.

Relive Gerwyn Price’s moment of victory at the World Grand Prix after beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 in the final.

“The Titan” calmed his nerves with a clinical 70’s finish to start a high quality second set. The two traded excellent combination finishes with Van Duijvenbode stacking three 180s along the way, but The Iceman got used to staying cool at crucial moments and a brilliant 87 finish on target saw him make two. sleeves.

A 15 straight darts showed Van Duijvenbode wasn’t about to be intimidated by his more experienced opponent, effectively stealing Price’s darts in the third set to secure the set.

However, after opening a window to the fight and just as a revival of the underdog stared at the cards, Price again marked his authority throughout the match.

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Gerwyn Price is considering future titles after winning the World Grand Prix.

Gerwyn Price is considering future titles after winning the World Grand Prix.

A 14-dart break set the tone as he averaged 90 for the fourth set against the Dutchman’s 60, and the winning post started to loom for the Markham man in South Wales .

Van Duijvenbode left to street missed chances

For the second set in a row, Van Duijvenbode could barely get his average above 60 in the fifth set and Price forged a 2-0 lead only for the Dutchman to stop the rot in spectacular fashion.

A dazzling 135 on-target finish kicked off the Titan, who also won Game 4, forcing Price to step into a decisive step for the 10th time in the tournament. Having won the previous nine sets to go the distance, Price delivered again but only after his opponent missed a double-top dart for a 114 finish that would have made him 3-2.

Van Duijvenbode was left out on the streets a few key moments when the opportunity to return to the game was pleading

Van Duijvenbode was left out on the streets a few key moments when the opportunity to return to the game was pleading

Instead, Price pinned the double four and had a three-set advantage.

Prior to this week, Van Duijvenbode’s experience on the longer formats was limited, but with the shackles he started to relax, throwing at a faster pace, he was able to pinch the sixth set, ending the streak. of 10 successive wins for Price in the last game. -all through the week.

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Van Duijvenbode punished Price for his missed darts, hitting the target to remove 135

Van Duijvenbode punished Price for his missed darts, hitting the target to remove 135

A 12-dart leg helped the Dutchman pass two points in the seventh set, but Price reclaimed the advantage, forcing another last-leg decider and rightly so in a tournament where he led the key moments he did. did it again, this time with a Class 102 finish, to get his hands on the trophy.

The darts are back Sky Sports Thursday night with the exciting conclusion of the Premier League Play-Offs, while the big tournaments continue in November with the Darts World Cup and Darts Grand Slam

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