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Peter Wright defeats Gerwyn Price to win UK Open


An emotional Peter Wright celebrated his first ever PDC televised title triumph after he overcame Gerwyn Price to win the UK Open.

World No. 3 Wright produced some stunning darts to defeat former rugby player Price 11-6 in Sunday's final and pick up the £70,000 top prize.

Wright, famous for his colourful hairstyles and on-stage persona, was reduced to tears during the trophy presentation in Minehead. The Scotsman had lost the two previous UK Open finals to world No. 1 Michael van Gerwen.

"I feels great to win my first one," Wright told the PDC's official website. "The fans have given me fantastic support, not just this year but also for the last two years.

"Hats off to Gerwyn Price too because what he's done in darts so far is brilliant. He's a great guy and he's going to go a lot further.

"I don't want to put a downer on it, we had no Michael [Van Gerwen] here and no Phil Taylor, but I still had the pressure of being favourite when you had Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and all the other fantastic players in the tournament.

"It was a lot of pressure and I was happy just to get to the final, three years on the trot in one of the hardest tournaments. To win it is brilliant."

Price enjoyed one of the moments of the tournament when he landed a 160 finish to win the deciding leg in his quarterfinal against Ian White. The Welshman then saw off Alan Norris 11-9 in Sunday's semifinal and will take home £35,000 as runner-up.

"It was my first TV final and it means a lot to me," Price said. "I was a bit nervous up there, but Peter has played brilliantly all weekend and he was the deserved winner.

"It's given me a lot of confidence and it's good to have a good run. Sometimes on the stage I try too hard and try to put too much effort in and put too much pressure on myself."

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