Gerwyn Price
Personal information
Nickname"The Iceman"
Born (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 36)
Markham, Wales[1]
Home townMarkham, Wales
Darts information
Playing darts since2012
Darts24 Gram Red Dragon
LateralityRight-handed
Walk-on music"Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice
Organisation (see split in darts)
PDC2014–
Current world ranking1 Steady (12 September 2021)[2]
PDC premier events – best performances
World Ch'shipWinner (1): 2021
World MatchplayQuarter Final: 2015, 2021
World Grand PrixWinner (1): 2020
Grand SlamWinner (2): 2018, 2019
Premier League5th: 2019, 2020
European Ch'shipRunner Up: 2019
UK OpenRunner Up: 2017, 2020
Players Ch'ship FinalsRunner Up: 2019
MastersSemi Final: 2021
Champions LeagueSemi Final: 2019
World Series FinalsWinner (1): 2020
Other tournament wins
PDC World Cup of Darts (team event) 2020
Worthingtons Darts Champion of Champions 2015

European Tour Events

Belgian Darts Championship 2020
Hungarian Darts Trophy 2021
International Darts Open 2018, 2019

Players Championships

Players Championship (BAR) 2016, 2019 (x2), 2021
Players Championship (COV) 2016, 2020
Players Championship (DUB) 2019
Players Championship (MK) 2021
Players Championship (NIE) 2020 (x2)
Players Championship (WIG) 2020
Other achievements
2015 Breaks into the top 64 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time

2016 Breaks into the top 32 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time
2017 Breaks into the top 16 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time
2018 First Welshman to win a PDC televised major by winning the Grand Slam of Darts
2018 Breaks into the top 8 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time, being ranked at number 6
2019 Breaks into the worlds top 4 on the PDC Order of Merit for the first time, the first Welsh player to do so, being World number 3

2021 Becomes first Welshman to win the PDC World Darts Championship and becomes World number 1

Gerwyn Price (born 7 March 1985) is a Welsh professional darts player and former professional rugby union and rugby league player. Nicknamed "The Iceman", he competes in events of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), where he is the current world champion, after winning the 2021 PDC World Darts Championship, to become the first ever Welshman to win the tournament. Price's victory saw him overtake Michael van Gerwen in the world rankings, becoming the new world number 1.

He broke into the top 32 on the PDC Order of Merit in 2016 and soon afterwards won his first Pro Tour title. In 2017, he was the runner-up at the UK Open, Price's first major event final, and has also competed in the prestigious Premier League Darts tournament on three occasions, finishing 10th, 5th, and 5th, in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively. Price took his first major win in controversial fashion at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts tournament. He retained the title at the 2019 tournament.

Price has also played rugby union for Welsh Premier Division sides Neath and Cross Keys, Pro12 with Glasgow Warriors and rugby league with South Wales Scorpions.[3]

Rugby

Price played as a hooker for Welsh Premier Division sides Neath and Cross Keys as well as rugby league with South Wales Scorpions.[4] He also had a brief spell at Pro12 side Glasgow Warriors as injury cover for their first choice players.[5] He ended his rugby career in 2014 in order to concentrate on playing darts full-time.[6]

Darts

Price began playing darts for his local side Markham Welfare, before playing in the Super League for Aberbargoed. Welsh darts professional Barrie Bates advised him to enter Qualifying School to join the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in January 2014 and Price was successful in the second event.[7] He won six matches on the day concluding with a 5–3 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez to earn a two-year tour card.[8] He qualified for the 2014 UK Open, and lost 5–2 to Aden Kirk in the second round.[9] He twice reached the last 16 stage of Players Championship events during the first half of 2014, losing to Michael van Gerwen and Stephen Bunting. In July, Price averaged 98.32 in beating former world number one Colin Lloyd 6–2 at the European Darts Open. In the second round he led Gary Anderson 2–0 but went on to lose 6–3.[10] At the 13th Players Championship, Price saw off Lloyd, Kirk, James Wade and Wayne Jones to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time, where he was edged out 6–5 by Adrian Lewis.[11]

Price qualified for the European Darts Trophy in Leipzig during mid September. There, he beat Bernd Roith 6–3 in the first round to face Steve Beaton in the second round. Thanks to a great performance, which included the tournament's highest finish of 167, he saw off Beaton 6–3 and won against Vincent van der Voort in the following round. He nearly qualified for the 2014 World Grand Prix, for which a place in the semi-finals was needed, but was beaten 6–3 in the quarter-finals by Andy Hamilton.[12] Price's impressive start to his darting career continued by reaching his first semi-final at the 19th Players Championship where he lost 6–3 to Ian White.[13]

2015

Price in 2015
Price in 2015

The £12,750 he earned in Pro Tour events during 2014 saw him finish 39th on the Order of Merit to claim the eighth of sixteen places that were on offer to non-qualified players for the 2015 World Championship.[14] Price missed one dart at tops to level at one set all against Peter Wright in the first round and was beaten 3–0.[15] His successful year saw him start 2015 ranked world number 59.[16]

Price was knocked out of the preliminary round of the 2015 UK Open 5–2 by Matt Padgett.[17] On his way to his first quarter-final of the year, Price eliminated Adrian Lewis 6–4 with an average of 105.78 at the second Players Championship event, but he went on to lose 6–2 to James Wade.[18] At the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, Price defeated two top 16 players in Robert Thornton and Simon Whitlock to play in his second career European Tour quarter-final, where compatriot Jamie Lewis narrowly won 6–5.[19] In total during the first half of 2015 Price lost in four quarter-finals on the Pro Tour, and reached the semi-finals of the eighth Players Championship where he lost 6–4 to Adrian Lewis.[20] These results sealed his qualification for the World Matchplay through the Pro Tour Order of Merit, with Price seeing off Michael Smith 10–4 in his debut in the event. He then produced the performance of his career to date as he defeated two-time world champion Lewis 13–10, but could only average 88.17 in his first major quarter-final during a 16–7 defeat by Peter Wright.[21] Price met Smith again in the first round of the World Grand Prix with the tie going to a deciding set in which Price established a 2–0 leg lead. He would miss two match darts as Smith levelled and in the final leg Price was unable to score a point as he missed a total of 15 darts at doubles in the double-start event.[22] He led Ian White 9–8 in the second round of the Players Championship Finals, but went on to lose 10–9.[23]

2016

Andrew Gilding won each set in the first round of the 2016 World Championship by three legs to one in beating Price 3–0.[24] In February at the fifth UK Open Qualifier, Price defeated Mark Webster 6–1 and Mensur Suljović 6–3 to reach his first PDC final, but he was denied the title by world number one Michael van Gerwen who triumphed 6–2.[25] In the seventh Players Championship, Price won through to another final and this time took the title by coming back from 3–0 down against Peter Wright to win 6–3.[26] He also took the eighth event as he averaged 108 in the final during a 6–1 victory over Jamie Caven.[27] After knocking out Kim Huybrechts 10–8 at the World Matchplay, Price would face Adrian Lewis in the second round for the second year in a row. Before the match Lewis stated that Price's win over him 12 months ago was lucky and that Price was a "big mouth who's never won anything and never will win anything".[28] The pre-match tension seemed to affect both players as both averaged in the 80s with Lewis prevailing 11–5.[29] Price lost 2–0 in the first round of the World Grand Prix to Benito van de Pas, and 10–2 to Michael van Gerwen in the second round of the European Championship. Wins over Scott Waites and Robert Thornton saw him top his group on his debut at the Grand Slam of Darts.[30] He missed one match dart against Brendan Dolan in the last 16 in a 10–9 defeat.[31]

2017

After taking the opening set against Jonny Clayton in their first round match at the 2017 World Championship, Price lost three in a row to be beaten 3–1.[32] He was ranked 20th on the Order of Merit afterwards.[33] He defeated Justin Pipe 10–5, David Pallett 10–4 and Paul Hogan 10–6 at the UK Open to reach the quarter-finals. Ian White was on 20 to win 10–9, but hit a double 15 to burst his score and Price stepped in with a 160 checkout to progress through to the semi-finals where he was locked at 9–9 with Alan Norris. Norris missed three darts to take the 19th leg and Price finished 100 with two double tops, before breaking throw in the next to win 11–9. In his first major final he was 7–2 down to Peter Wright, before reducing his deficit to 8–6. However, Price then lost the last three legs to be beaten 11–6.[34][35]

Victories over Finland, Ireland and Russia helped Price and Mark Webster into the semi-finals of the World Cup. A pair of 4–2 wins over the Belgian team of Kim and Ronny Huybrechts saw them play in the final, where their only point came courtesy of a Webster win over Raymond van Barneveld as they went down 3–1 to the Dutch.[36]

2018

In the 2018 World Championship, Price won in the first round of the World Championship for the first time when he beat Ted Evetts 3–0. In the second round Price beat Ian White 4–1. In the third round Price faced the defending World Champion Michael van Gerwen. Van Gerwen won the first two sets but then Price won seven legs in a row to go two sets all and ahead in the fifth set. Van Gerwen won the fifth and sixth set which meant Price lost the match 2–4.

Following good performances over 2017 Price was selected as a wildcard for the 2018 Premier League Darts tournament. Despite good draws against world number 2 Peter Wright and 2017 World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney, Price failed to register a victory and was eliminated on week nine's judgement night at the Echo Arena Liverpool.

Price started to show some consistency in the televised majors in 2018, reaching the quarter finals of the Masters, UK Open, World Grand Prix and European Championship. He also won a European Tour event in September, the International Darts Open in Germany, just 2 months after having an operation to repair a broken achilles heel. In November, Price, as a 40/1 outsider at the start of the event, won his first televised PDC major by winning the Grand Slam of Darts, with come from behind wins against Simon Whitlock in the quarter finals and surviving match darts to win 16–15, against Mensur Suljović by 16–12 in the semi finals, and against Gary Anderson by 16–13 in the final. With his controversial Grand Slam of Darts victory, Price was the first Welshman to win a PDC televised major.[37]

2019

Price during the 2019 European Darts Matchplay
Price during the 2019 European Darts Matchplay

In the 2019 World Championship, Price lost 3-2 to Nathan Aspinall in the second round despite leading 2-0 in sets. In January 2019, Gerwyn Price was hit with a record fine by the Darts Regulation Authority due to his actions at the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts. In total he was fined £21,500 for his actions during his victory at the Grand Slam of Darts. He was fined £12,000 for gamesmanship in the final of the Grand Slam of Darts against Gary Anderson. He was fined £8,000 for gamesmanship in his quarter-final game against Simon Whitlock. He was also fined £1,500 for social media posts following his events, which were directed towards the beaten finalist Gary Anderson. His fine was reduced on appeal to a total of £11,500.[38]

Gerwyn's second Premier League Darts campaign saw him just miss out on a play-off spot, as he finished 5th.

In October 2019, Price reached the final of the European Championship beating Ted Evetts, Nathan Aspinall, Vincent van der Voort and Michael Smith on the way. However, he lost the final to Rob Cross 11–6.

In November 2019, Price successfully defended his Grand Slam of Darts title beating Peter Wright 16–6 in the final after defeating Gary Anderson in the quarter-final and recording his first career win over Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final. Price then reached the final of the Players Championship, where he was the top seed due to his performances on the Pro Tour. He was narrowly beaten 11-9 by van Gerwen after missing four darts to take the match into a deciding leg.

2020

Price's 2019 season meant he entered the 2020 World Championship as the second favourite behind van Gerwen. He reached the semi-finals by defeating three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant, but he was eventually defeated, in a heated encounter 6–3 by Peter Wright, who went on to win the title.

In March Price reached the 2020 UK Open final, his second UK Open final, losing to Michael van Gerwen 11–9.[39] Price won two televised titles for the first time in 2020; winning the World Series of Darts Finals with a win over Rob Cross[40] and winning the World Grand Prix by beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 5–2 in the final.[41]

2021

Price went into the 2021 World Championship as third seed. He came thorough a last set decider against fellow Welshman Jamie Lewis[42] and a sudden death last leg decider against 30th seed Brendan Dolan[43] to reach the fourth round, where he won 4–1 against Mervyn King to reach the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year.[44] He then beat Daryl Gurney in another last leg decider[45] and beat Stephen Bunting 6–4 to set up a final clash with Gary Anderson.[46] Price beat Anderson 7–3 to win his first PDC World Championship, and replaced Michael van Gerwen as world number one.[47][48][49] He also became the first Welshman ever to win the tournament.[50]

In April, Price was ruled out of the Premier League due to testing positive for Covid-19. At the 2021 World Matchplay, he lost in the quarter-finals to Dimitri Van den Bergh.

World Championship results

PDC

Career finals

PDC major finals: 8 (4 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend
World Championship (1–0)
World Grand Prix (1–0)
Grand Slam (2–0)
UK Open (0–2)
European Championship (0–1)
Players Championship Finals (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2017 UK Open Scotland Peter Wright 6–11 (l)
Winner 1. 2018 Grand Slam of Darts Scotland Gary Anderson 16–13 (l)
Runner-up 2. 2019 European Championship England Rob Cross 6–11 (l)
Winner 2. 2019 Grand Slam of Darts Scotland Peter Wright 16–6 (l)
Runner-up 3. 2019 Players Championship Finals Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 9–11 (l)
Runner-up 4. 2020 UK Open Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 9–11 (l)
Winner 3. 2020 World Grand Prix Netherlands Dirk van Duijvenbode 5–2 (s)
Winner 4. 2021 World Championship Scotland Gary Anderson 7–3 (s)

PDC world series finals: 1 (1 title)

Legend
World Series of Darts Finals (1–0)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[N 1]
Winner 1. 2020 World Series of Darts Finals England Rob Cross 11–9 (l)

PDC team finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Teammate Opponents in the final Score[N 1]
Runner-up 1. 2017 World Cup of Darts  Wales Mark Webster  Netherlands Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 1–3 (m)
Winner 2. 2020 Jonny Clayton  England Michael Smith and Rob Cross 3–0 (m)

Performance timeline

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Ranked televised events
PDC World Championship DNP 1R 1R 1R 3R 2R SF W
UK Open 2R Prel. 3R F QF SF F SF
World Matchplay DNQ QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R QF
World Grand Prix DNQ 1R 1R 2R QF 1R W
European Championship DNQ 1R 2R 2R QF F 2R
Grand Slam of Darts DNQ 2R RR W W 2R
Players Championship Finals DNQ 2R 1R 2R 1R F SF
Non-ranked televised events
Premier League Darts Did not participate 10th 5th 5th WD
The Masters Did not qualify QF 1R QF SF
Champions League of Darts Not held Did not qualify SF NH
World Cup of Darts DNQ 2R F QF 1R W SF
World Series of Darts Finals NH DNQ 2R QF SF 2R W
Career statistics
Year-end ranking NR 33 19 16 6 3 3
Performance timeline legend
DNP Did not play in the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = Round robin)
(Prel. = Preliminary round)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

Personal life

In 2010, Price was punched outside a pub in Bargoed which required 42 stitches to his forehead and five to his chin, as well as suffering a brain haemorrhage and nerve damage to an eyebrow. His attacker, Owen Body, received a 12-month jail term. Price also received a suspended jail sentence for assaulting Body on the same evening.[51]

Following Price's controversial victory in the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final, he spoke out about how his then-12-year-old daughter, Emily, had received online abuse on Twitter, in relation to his antics in the Grand Slam final. He called on his own followers to report the troll, and said that he wanted the culprit "kicked off of Twitter".[52]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c (l) = score in legs, (s) = score in sets, (m) = score in matches.

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Sporting positions Preceded byMichael van Gerwen PDC World Number One3 January 2021 – present Succeeded by— Awards Preceded byMichael van Gerwen PDC Player of the Year2020 Succeeded by—