Gerwyn Price won his eighth title of 2020 on day three of the PDC Winter Series.

The Iceman battled hard all day, eventually prevailing 8-6 in the final against Australian Damon Heta at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Price, having won the World Cup of Darts on Sunday alongside Welsh teammate Jonny Clayton, will have the day off tomorrow before playing in Saturday’s event. He’s now moved back to the number one seed position for the Players Championship Finals later this month.

Elsewhere, day three of the Winter Series saw:

  • A maiden semi final for Callan Rydz
  • Vincent van der Voort close the gap to Jermaine Wattimena for the Grand Slam spot
  • A whole host of big names fall in round one again
  • Another nine darter at the event
Gerwyn Price battled to claim his eighth title of the year on day three of the Winter Series.

Iceman victorious despite not being at his best

After going out early in the first two days, Gerwyn Price was determined to put things right on day three of the Winter Series. After receiving a bye in round one, he opened his campaign with a tight 6-5 win over Reece Robinson. He won board one with a 6-1 victory against Gavin Carlin.

Price then picked up the pace in the next two rounds. A 6-0 win against Jeff Smith, and then a 6-4 victory over Stephen Bunting, saw him into the semi finals against William O’Connor. There, Price broke in the first leg and never looked back, cruising to a 7-3 win.

That set up a final against Heta, who had averaged below 95 just once during the day prior in his 7-5 semi final victory over Callan Rydz. Price seized advantage in the first leg, breaking to go 1-0 up. However, The Iceman missed three darts to hold his throw, allowing the Heat to immediately break back to level at 1-1.

Heta had won his previous two finals before this one, and looked at home in this match. He held throw well, but could not take the opportunities presented to him on Price’s throw as the match reached to 3-3. Price then started to find his scoring, as both players continued to hold solidly to get the game to 5-5.

Price thought he found the crucial break in the 11th leg. Leaving 40 after 12, he hit tops to go 6-5 up. However, once again he missed darts to consolidate the break, allowing Heta to hit double 19 to level once again at 6-6.

The Heat though could not find a finish from 100 in the next leg, allowing the Welshman to break once again with a 66 checkout. The 14th leg saw both players miss multiple darts, but Price eventually hit double five to seal an 8-6 win and take home Players Championship 21.

Damon Heta just came up short in a final for the first time in his PDC senior career. Credit Lawrence Lustig/PDC

What else happened?

A first senior semi final run for Callan Rydz saw him all but secure his place in the Players Championship Finals later this month. He needs one win tomorrow to move onto £10,000 in the Order of Merit, which will be enough to get back to Coventry.

Vincent van der Voort made the last 16 on day three of the Winter Series, but could not beat Ian White to move into the quarter finals. This leaves him £250 behind Jermaine Wattimena in the race for the 2020 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts spot on the Winter Series Order of Merit.

Krzysztof Kciuk made a maiden PDC Pro Tour quarter final, becoming the 300th different player to do so. He’s had an excellent week so far, and continues to push for a potential Grand Slam and Players Championship Finals place.

For the second day running, a number of big names fell in round one. These included:

  • Gabriel Clemens
  • Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Devon Petersen
  • Jose De Sousa
  • Rob Cross
  • Joe Cullen
  • Dave Chisnall

In addition, Peter Wright and James Wade both suffered exits in round two.

Finally, congratulations to Nick Kenny, who became the third player to hit a nine darter at the event. He achieved the feat in his 6-3 defeat to World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh.

View the Players Championship Order of Merit. The top 64 will qualify for the Players Championship Finals.

Day Two Results


Gerwyn Price 8-6 Damon Heta

Semi Final

Gerwyn Price 7-3 William O’Connor

Damon Heta 7-5 Callan Rydz

Quarter Final

Gerwyn Price 6-4 Stephen Bunting

William O’Connor 6-3 Ryan Searle

Callan Rydz 6-2 Ian White

Damon Heta 6-2 Krzysztof Kciuk

Round Four

Gerwyn Price 6-0 Jeff Smith

Stephen Bunting 6-4 Jan Dekker

Ryan Searle 6-4 Madars Razma

William O’Connor 6-5 Jonny Clayton

Callan Rydz 6-5 Simon Whitlock

Ian White 6-3 Vincent van der Voort

Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Nathan Aspinall

Damon Heta 6-4 Ross Smith

Round Three

Gerwyn Price 6-1 Gavin Carlin

Jeff Smith 6-2 Ryan Murray

Jan Dekker 6-5 Steve Brown

Stephen Bunting 6-3 Scott Taylor

Madars Razma 6-1 Ted Evetts

Ryan Searle 6-4 Glen Durrant

William O’Connor 6-4 Martijn Kleermaker

Jonny Clayton 6-4 Keane Barry

Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jim Williams

Callan Rydz 6-2 Brendan Dolan

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Andy Boulton

Ian White 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse

Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Ryan Joyce

Krzysztof Kciuk v Mervyn King

Ross Smith 6-4 Michael Smith

Damon Heta 6-3 Justin Pipe

Round Two

Gerwyn Price 6-5 Reece Robinson

Gavin Carlin 6-5 John Michael

Ryan Murray 6-5 Ciaran Teehan

Jeff Smith 6-0 Aaron Beeney

Jan Dekker 6-2 Matthew Dennant

Steve Brown 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena

Scott Taylor 6-4 Martin Schindler

Stephen Bunting 6-4 David Pallett

Ted Evetts 6-4 Darren Webster

Madars Razma 6-3 Jitse Van der Wal

Glen Durrant 6-5 Scott Mitchell

Ryan Searle 6-3 Christian Bunse

William O’Connor 6-5 James Wade

Martijn Kleermaker 6-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Keane Barry 6-3 William Borland

Jonny Clayton 6-4 Jeffrey De Zwaan

Simon Whitlock 6-1 Peter Wright

Jim Williams 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Jelle Klaasen

Callan Rydz 6-5 Daryl Gurney

Andy Boulton 6-5 Max Hopp

Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Josh Payne

Ian White 6-1 Robert Thornton

Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Nathan Aspinall 6-3 David Evans

Ryan Joyce 6-2 Carl Wilkinson

Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 Mike De Decker

Mervyn King 6-1 Daniel Larsson

Michael 6-1 Wayne Jones

Ross Smith 6-3 Matt Clark

Justin Pipe 6-2 Danny Noppert

Damon Heta 6-5 Niels Zonneveld

Round One

Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Reece Robinson

Gavin Carlin 6-3 Chris Dobey

John Michael 6-4 Boris Krcmar

Ryan Murray 6-2 Gabriel Clemens

Ciaran Teehan 6-3 Steve West

Jeff Smith 6-4 Jamie Hughes

Aaron Beeney 6-5 Joe Murnan

Jan Dekker 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski

Matthew Dennant 6-5 Darius Labanauskas

Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Robert Collins

Steve Brown 6-4 Mickey Mansell

Martin Schindler 6-2 Devon Petersen

Scott Taylor 6-4 Darren Penhall

Stephen Bunting 6-3 Luke Woodhouse

David Pallett 6-5 Michael Barnard

Ted Evetts 6-1 Jose De Sousa

Darren Webster 6-2 Adam Hunt

Madars Razma 6-5 Peter Jacques

Jitse Van der Wal 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse

Glen Durrant 6-5 Kai Fan Leung

Scott Mitchell 6-1 Jonathan Worsley

Ryan Searle 6-1 Bradley Brooks

Christian Bunse 6-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez

James Wade 6-2 Simon Stevenson

William O’Connor 6-3 James Wilson

Martijn Kleermaker 6-4 Richard North

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Nick Kenny

William Borland 6-4 Rob Cross

Keane Barry 6-4 Ryan Meikle

Jonny Clayton 6-1 Kirk Shepherd

Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-5 Jason Lowe

Peter Wright 6-0 Ron Meulenkamp

Simon Whitlock 6-0 Derk Telnekes

Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4 Mark McGeeney

Jim Williams 6-2 Gary Blades

Brendan Dolan 6-2 Richie Burnett

Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Matthew Edgar

Daryl Gurney 6-4 Luke Humphries

Callan Rydz 6-3 Marko Kantele

Andy Boulton 6-2 Joe Cullen

Max Hopp 6-0 Barrie Bates

Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Scott Baker

Josh Payne 6-4 Scott Waites

Ian White 6-5 Martin Atkins (Wigan)

Robert Thornton 6-5 Toni Alcinas

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Steve Lennon

Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Steve Beaton

Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Adrian Gray

David Evans 6-5 Ricky Evans

Ryan Joyce 6-1 Conan Whitehead

Carl Wilkinson 6-4 Maikel Verberk

Mike De Decker 6-3 Dave Chisnall

Krzysztof Kciuk 6-1 Benito van de Pas

Mervyn King 6-4 Alan Tabern

Daniel Larsson 6-5 John Henderson

Michael Smith 6-1 Harald Leitinger

Wayne Jones 6-5 Kevin Doets

Ross Smith 6-2 Keegan Brown

Matt Clark 6-2 Kim Huybrechts

Danny Noppert 6-3 Lisa Ashton

Justin Pipe 6-5 Jesus Noguera

Damon Heta 6-5 Adrian Lewis

Niels Zonneveld 6-2 Andy Hamilton


Gerwyn Price received a bye into round two, as Gary Anderson withdrew due to a knee injury.