Peter 'Snakebite' Wright beats Gerwyn Price to win UK Open
Scottish thrower Wright continues superb form with long-awaited TV title
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 05/03/17 11:36pm
A tearful Peter 'Snakebite' Wright ended his long wait for a televised title, defeating Gerwyn Price 11-6 to win the UK Open at the Butlins Minehead Resort in Somerset.
Wright, who was beaten by Michael van Gerwen in the final for the past two years, made it third time lucky as he lifted the trophy and took home a £70,000 first prize.
The world No 3 produced some exceptional darts, not least his 110 average in a 10-8 quarter-final victory over Raymond van Barneveld.
Wright also produced a clinical 144 checkout in moving 4-1 up as he took command of his semi-final against Daryl Gurney, which he secured with an 11-5 victory before seeing off Price in the decider.
"The fans have given me fantastic support, not just this year but also for the last two years," Wright told the official PDC website.
"The game against Barney was one of the best games I've ever played against anybody. He kept coming back at me and it must have made great TV.
"Hats off to Gerwyn Price too because what he's done in darts so far is brilliant. He's a great guy and he's going to go a lot further.
"I don't want to put a downer on it, we had no Michael here and no Phil Taylor, but I still had the pressure of being favourite when you had Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and all the other fantastic players in the tournament.
"It was a lot of pressure and I was happy just to get to the final, three years on the trot in one of the hardest tournaments. To win it is brilliant."
Finishes of 110 and 104 helped Wright into an early 3-0 lead, and he extended that to 7-2 before Wright claimed four of the next five to rally and reduce the gap to 8-6.
A key 86 checkout from Wright, however, proved crucial as he regained a three-leg cushion before he punished missed doubles from Price to lead 10-6, and an 85 finish on the bull saw him claim glory over the emerging Welsh star.
"Fair play to Peter," said Gurney. "What separates the men from the boys was his finishing, and week-in week-out playing on TV in the Premier League like he does showed there. That's where I need to improve and that's the standard."
Wright is the PDC's form player, having recorded the second highest televised average in history with a thrilling 7-2 defeat of Adrian Lewis in Exeter, as he joined Phil Taylor at the top of the Premier League table last Thursday.
Coral UK Open - Sunday March 5
Alan Norris 10-9 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 10-8 Raymond van Barneveld
Best of 19 legs
Gerwyn Price 11-9 Alan Norris
Peter Wright 11-5 Daryl Gurney
Best of 21 legs
Peter Wright 11-6 Gerwyn Price
Best of 21 legs
Watch Premier League Darts this Thursday, from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7pm as Peter Wright takes on James Wade.
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