Luke Woodhouse landed a magnificent nine-dart finish from his own kitchen as he whitewashed world number three Gerwyn Price en route to securing Group Two glory on the second night of PDC Home Tour action on Saturday evening.
The innovative live streamed event began on Friday, with 128 players set to compete over 32 nights – bringing top-quality darts to fans across the world from their own homes, and Woodhouse made history by becoming the first player to land a streamed nine-darter in the competition.
Grand Slam champion Price was the overwhelming favourite to advance through to the last 32 stage as group winner, although after world champion Peter Wright missed out on top spot on Friday night, Price was also denied by an inspired Woodhouse.
The pair were joined by last year’s Development Tour winner Ted Evetts and former Austrian World Cup star Rowby-John Rodriguez in Group Two, who finished third and fourth respectively.
Woodhouse kicked off his campaign with a battling 5-2 win over Evetts, whilst Price defeated the mercurial Rodriguez by the same scoreline, averaging 97 and taking out a stylish 125 checkout en route to victory.
Nevertheless, ‘The Iceman’ was blown away by an imperious Woodhouse in his second fixture, as the 31-year-old rattled in a nine-darter and averaged an incredible 113.90 to demolish Price 5-0, despite the world number three averaging a respectable 95.
‘Woody’ drew first blood after capitalising on missed doubles from the Premier League star, before extending his lead courtesy of a delightful 11-dart hold, followed by a clinical 108 kill after further profligacy from Price.
Then came Woodhouse’ moment of history. He fired in successive visits of 177 to leave 147, which he duly converted to create a moment of sporting history. He wasn’t finished there however, as he conjured up a sublime 127 finish in leg five to complete the whitewash with a 12-darter.
The world number 57 needed just two legs from his third and final clash against Rodriguez to clinch top spot, although he sealed the deal by maintaining his 100% record in the group, posting legs of 15, 16, 16, 14 and 16 to prevail 5-2 with a solid 90.60 average.
This left Price and Evetts battling it out for second spot in the evening’s finale and two-time major winner Price ran out an impressive 5-2 winner, averaging 102.10, posting three maximums and taking out checkouts of 88,102 and 130 as he claimed the last four legs without reply.
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Unibet Home Tour
Group Two – Saturday April 18 (1930 BST)
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Ted Evetts
Ted Evetts 5-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Woodhouse 5-0 Gerwyn Price
Luke Woodhouse 5-2 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Gerwyn Price 5-2 Ted Evetts