Peter Wright could potentially dethrone Gerwyn Price as world No 1 this weekend, following the Scot’s sparkling start to 2022.
‘Snakebite’ closed to within touching distance of Price on the PDC Order of Merit by capturing his second World Championship crown in January; reducing the arrears further with an emphatic start to the new Pro Tour season.
Wright was beaten by Ryan Searle in the semi-finals of Saturday’s opening Players Championship event, but he responded by defeating Price in Sunday’s showpiece to scoop his 43rd PDC title.
The 51-year-old also made a blistering start to this year’s Premier League, accounting for Michael Smith, Gary Anderson and Jonny Clayton to claim the spoils on Night One of the revamped roadshow in Cardiff.
“I had a bad tournament at The Masters so I felt I had to show why I am World Champion. I’ve got a new feeling when I play now,” claimed Wright after his Premier League exploits.
“I used to wonder how Phil [Taylor] concentrated for each match but now I’ve got that feeling. I believe I can go on and win every single tournament I play, but I also know I can play better.“
Wright trails Price by just £5,500 on the Order of Merit ahead of this weekend’s Players Championship double-header in Wigan, although ‘The Iceman’ has no prize money to defend on the rolling two-year system, whereas Wright has £6,000 at stake.
The two-time world champion is bidding to become the 11th player in PDC history to be crowned world No 1, along with Alan Warriner-Little, Rod Harrington, Dennis Priestley, Peter Manley, John Part, Colin Lloyd, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Price.
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|3||Michael van Gerwen||£656,750|
|7||Jose de Sousa||£431,500|
|9||Dimitri Van den Bergh||£410,000|
|14||Dirk van Duijvenbode||£268,500|
|29||Vincent van der Voort||£178,000|
|45||Jeffrey De Zwaan||£82,250|
|56||Raymond van Barneveld||£55,000|
|61||Mike De Decker||£52,500|