An emotional Peter Wright won his first PDC major at the weekend, Snakebite was crowned Coral UK Open champion. Wright couldn’t hold back the tears after beating Gerwyn Price 11-6 at Butlins Minehead. The world number three has been talked about as a PDC major winner over the last three years, but had fallen short. Wight had been in the final of the previous two UK Open, so it was third time lucky for Snakebite.
Wright headed to Minehead knowing he was at the top of his game, only the night before Wright had recorded the second highest televised average in history, Wright beat Adrian Lewis 7-2 with a staggering 119.50 average. After he joked that the average should’ve been higher than that. The world number one Michael van Gerwen was forced to pull out of the UK Open due to a back injury. MvG was forced to miss the Premier League at Exeter withy the same problem, after Wright’s fireworks many couldn’t look past him for the UK Open. On the final day, Wright would have to beat Raymond van Barneveld and two of the young rising stars in Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price. Wright wasn’t to be denied a defining landmark in his career.
“The fans have given me fantastic support, not just this year but also for the last two years.
“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.”
By Phill Barrs