Gerwyn Price claimed his second Players Championship title in as many days by defeating Krzysztof Ratajski in the Day Five final as the PDC Autumn Series drew to a close on Wednesday.
Price recovered from 7-4 down to deny Devon Petersen a maiden PDC title on Tuesday and he produced a terrific display in Niederhausen to clinch his 13th PDC title – wrapping up proceedings with a relatively comfortable win over ‘The Polish Eagle’.
The back-to-back Grand Slam champion boasted a remarkable tournament average of 104 across six matches, having received a bye in the opening round, and his second title of the week ensured that he topped the overall Autumn Series Order of Merit.
Price opened up his campaign with a high-quality 6-4 win over Vincent van der Voort, averaging 106 in the process. The Welshman backed this up with convincing victories over Madars Razma and Chris Dobey, before he produced his best performance of the afternoon to topple James Wade.
‘The Iceman’ averaged 107 as he edged out ‘The Machine’ in a dramatic decider to reach the semi-finals, where he swept aside Jose De Sousa 7-3, after the Portuguese star had registered his first career victory over Michael van Gerwen in the last eight.
Ratajski defeated World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and also whitewashed Simon Whitlock in his run to the final, but he was denied another Players Championship triumph by Price, who claimed the £10,000 top prize courtesy of an 8-5 success.
“Winning yesterday put me at ease today,” said Price. “There was less pressure, I was already happy with my week’s work. With the pressure off it shows the kind of game I can play. I played brilliant all day. The final was my worst game but I got over the line.
“I’m in a good place right now. I believe that my ‘A-game’ is better than anybody else’s. I’m going into the World Series Finals with confidence and I’m looking forward to playing in front of a crowd again.”
Elsewhere, Tuesday’s finalist Devon Petersen continued his sparkling form by landing a nine-darter in his second-round defeat to Van den Bergh, whilst Brendan Dolan enjoyed a profitable run to the semi-finals.
Lisa Ashton also rounded off an impressive Autumn Series by hitting a ten-dart leg in her victory over Luke Woodhouse, the best ever leg produced by a female player in PDC competition.
Van Gerwen finished second on the overall Autumn Series Order of Merit, whilst world champion Peter Wright, the Summer Series leader, occupied third spot after clinching Saturday’s opening event.
Sunday’s winner Damon Heta was in fourth spot, above Joe Cullen, who lost out to the Australian in the Players Championship 15 showpiece, before reaching the semi-finals of Tuesday’s event.
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PDC Autumn Series Day Five
Wednesday September 16
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Chris Dobey
James Wade 6-4 Jamie Hughes
Jose De Sousa 6-5 Callan Rydz
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Karel Sedlacek
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Scott Baker
Matt Clark 6-4 Danny Noppert
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Bradley Brooks
Gerwyn Price 6-5 James Wade
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Matt Clark
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Jose De Sousa
Krzysztof Ratajski 7-4 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 8-5 Krzysztof Ratajski