Gerwyn Price overturned a 6-2 deficit against Damon Heta in the PC21 Final to win day one of the sixth PDC Super Series events.
The Iceman was averaging 85 as The Heat turned up the pressure. However, the world champion and world number one produced some sensational stuff, winning five of the last six legs to take home his second Pro Tour title of the year.
After losing in the quarter finals of the Betfred World Matchplay in a fiery contest against Dimitri Van den Bergh, this is the perfect response for the Welshman, who threw new darts in Barnsley on day one.
Price prevails in classic day
After not winning a tournament since March, The Iceman came into this event with a bit of pressure on. However, he answered any critics with an astounding day, culminating in the sensational comeback against The Heat.
Price hit 104+ averages against William O’Connor, Lukas Wenig and Martin Schindler to win his board. A victory against Luke Humphries, followed by a last leg decider against Callan Rydz saw him into the semi finals, where he produced a fantastic 112.51 average to defeat Ian White.
Heta cruised past Ryan Murray, Luc Peters and Scott Waites to make the last 16. Victories over Max Hopp and Ritchie Edhouse got him into the last four, before he thrashed Krzysztof Ratajski 7-2 to meet The Iceman in the final.
It was The Heat who started the better, going 4-0 in front and taking two breaks of throw. A 16 darter in the fifth leg saw Price get on the board, before three further holds gave the Australian a 6-2 lead.
Heta could see his second Pro Tour title of his career in his sights. However, Price showed exactly why he is the world number one in the next seven legs. An 11 dart hold, followed by a 12 dart break, saw him cut the gap to 6-4, before an excellent 144 checkout saw him hold in 12 and make it 6-5. He then missed darts to level, and Heta, who’d missed bull for a 161 on the previous visit, hit 48 with the last dart in hand to go within one.
The Iceman though lived up to his moniker, as The Heat never got a dart for the match. Back to back 11 darters from Price forced a deciding leg, where he left tops after 12. He then took out double 20 for a 13 darter, to complete a comeback and average 107.82 to take the Players Championship 21.
What else happened on day one of the PDC Super Series?
Before losing to Price, Ian White put together his best day on the Pro Tour since March. He beat Geert Nentjes, Jason Heaver and Brendan Dolan to win his board, and battled past John Henderson and Lewis Williams, before coming up against an inspired Iceman.
Ratajski followed up his World Matchplay semi final appearance with a last four run in Barnsley. Victories over Ricky Evans, Luke Woodhouse and Florian Hempel saw him come through his board, and beat both Michael Smith and Rob Cross to make the last four, before falling to The Heat.
Edhouse once again impressed, making the last eight of a Pro Tour event for the third time in 2021. Williams however hit two ton plus averages, and beat Nathan Aspinall and Jose De Sousa en route to making the last eight.
The game of the day came in the third round between Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen. Gurney came through a last leg decider in which he averaged 108.68, while MvG averaged 112.58. Superchin’s last 16 run today also currently puts him into the final qualification spot for the World Grand Prix in October.