Gerwyn Price beat Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-2 to win the 2020 BoyleSports World Grand Prix final.
The Iceman produced an excellent performance to win his second straight PDC TV title, and his fourth overall.
It’s the first ranked tournament Price has won apart from the Grand Slam. It also means the Welshman is now ranked number two in the world.
Tight start in final
Price came out firing in the opening set. Winning the bullseye, he held throw first up on double ten. After he missed three for a break, van Duijvenbode then nearly stole the leg, but missed double 16 for a 140 outshot. The Iceman then came back and pinged double five with his first dart for a 2-0 lead, before cleaning up the set on double 10 to win it 3-0 and go 1-0 ahead.
The second set was a more tense affair. After both held throw in the opening two legs, Price would find a break of throw on double five, after the Titan missed bullseye for a 126. The Welshman though could not get off in the next leg when throwing for the set, leading to a 12 dart break of throw for van Duijvenbode and a level set. For the Dutchman though, the deciding leg did not go to plan. A 180 from him left him on 92, but Price found a spectacular 87 finish on the bullseye to break throw once again and go 2-0 ahead in the final.
Van Duijvenbode was determined to make a game of it in the third set. After Price missed bull for a 92 finish, he took out double six to get an early break, and consolidated it with a 15 dart hold to lead 2-0. He could have whitewashed the set, but missed two at double 16 for it, allowing Price to hit double ten. It did not phase the Titan though, as he hit double 18 after a lovely 134 set up shot, to win the set 3-1 and trail 2-1.
Price takes control to win
Price put the third set quickly behind him. Hitting back to back 180s, he cleaned up a 57 outshot to break in the opening leg of the fourth, before van Duijvenbode missed seven darts to start in the next. This allowed Price to comfortably hold on double 16 to lead 2-0. After the Titan missed two to keep the set alive, The Iceman cleaned up 43 on tops after a magical 170, to whitewash the set 3-0 and restore a two set lead at 3-1.
The Iceman continued his good form, winning the first two legs of the fifth set comfortably. However, drama occurred when he missed two to whitewash the set, and then bust his score in his next visit. This allowed van Duijvenbode, previously miles back in the leg, to steal it with a sensational 135 outshot and trail 2-1. After pinging double 16 to hold, the Dutchman forced a decider, in which he missed tops for what would have been a game changing 114. Instead Price, who missed double nine on his previous turn, found double four to win the set 3-2 and go 4-1 ahead.
After both held throw in the first two legs of the sixth set, Price found tops again for another break of throw. Leading 2-1 in the set and throwing for the title, he took five darts to finally get in. This allowed van Duijvenbode to comfortably set up double 16, and find it to level the set at 2-2. There, the Titan did something no one had done before this week, beat The Iceman in a last leg set decider. A brilliant 174 set up double 16 for van Duijvenbode, which he hit to win the set 3-2 and trail 4-2.
The Dutchman continued his good form at the start of the seventh set. A 180 left him on 73, which he eventually took out on double four for a break of throw. After both held throw, Price found his trusty double ten to get the break back, setting up another last leg set decider. The Welshman then completed the match with a fabulous 102 checkout on tops, to win the set 3-2 and the match 5-2.