Peter Wright wins PDC World Championship by avenging 2014 final loss to Van Gerwen

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At the age of 49, Peter Wright won the PDC World Championship for the first time, beating reigning champion Michael van Gerwen 7-3.

Peter Wright became the oldest first-time winner of the PDC World Championship as the 49-year-old avenged his 2014 loss to Michael van Gerwen in a 7-3 victory in Sunday’s final.

Van Gerwen beat Wright 7-4 six years ago for the first of his three world titles but on Wednesday the Scotsman exacted a measure of revenge over the reigning champion.

He went into a 2-0 lead and although Van Gerwen fought back to level, the Dutchman’s poor finishing allowed his opponent to retake control.

Wright hit double 10 at the third time of asking to seal the victory, becoming the second oldest PDC World Championship winner of all time behind Phil Taylor, whose last title came at the age of 52.

“You should never give up,” Wright told Sky Sports.

“I used to get beat by Michael, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson all the time. Gerwyn Price comes through, all these players kept getting in my way, but I’ve done it.”

 

It was Wright who claimed the opening set after Van Gerwen narrowly missed the bull for a 170 checkout, and the veteran broke in the next set to go 2-0 up.

Van Gerwen roared back in the third, opening with a 180 and winning the set in 37 darts, and he levelled the match at 2-2 after Wright had failed to hit tops to move 3-1 up.

In a crucial fifth set, Van Gerwen was punished for missing eight darts at doubles and Wright won the sixth without dropping a leg to seize the initiative.

More errant finishing from Van Gerwen allowed Wright to move with one set of victory, the pressure clearly telling as the defending champion tried to walk off when he incorrectly thought there was an interval.

In the 10th set, Van Gerwen missed double 12 for what would have been a nine-darter, yet for once this was not to be his night, Wright finally hitting double 10 after his first two darts just missed the target.

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