World number one Gerwyn Price goes into this year’s PDC World Darts Championship as the defending champion as he won the crown for the first time back in January.
It has been an incredible 12 months for the Welshman as he has risen to the position as the best player in the world thanks to his success at the Alexandra Palace in London. That was his fourth major title with the PDC.
Price is 5/1 in the darts betting to become the first back-to-back winner of the tournament since Gary Anderson in 2016. Victory this year would also elevate him into a club of six players who have won the event more than once.
The man from Markham in South Wales is already the greatest Welsh player in the sport’s history. Since his victory in the world championship, he has reached the semi-final in three major events. An elbow injury has caused him a few problems over the last couple of months, but he is expected to be fully fit for the defence of his world title.
Former Rugby Player Justified His Switch to the Oche
Darts is not the only sport Price has played at a professional level, he has also had spells in rugby league and rugby union.
The former hooker has featured for South Wales Scorpions in rugby league, while he also played for Glasgow Warriors in Pro12 rugby. Injuries during his rugby career persuaded him to concentrate on playing darts full time, and he has not regretted that decision.
It took Price a while to have success with the PDC. He was beaten in the first round in his opening three appearances at the PDC World Darts Championship. He reached his first major final in 2017, finishing runner-up at the UK Open, after losing to Peter Wright for the title.
In 2018, the Welshman lifted his first big trophy in the Grand Slam of Darts. He defeated Anderson 16-13 in the final in what was an excellent performance for the Iceman. Price has also been a regular member of the Premier League over the last few years.
Price Looks Locked in Battle for Number One Spot
The battle for the number one spot in the world rankings at the end of the 2021 season looks set to be a three-way race. Price needs to hold off Wright and Michael van Gerwen, as they are directly behind in the standing in second and third place respectively.
Wright was the winner of the world title in 2020. He prevailed in the World Matchplay earlier this season, while more recently, he tasted World Cup success when teaming up with John Henderson to represent Scotland. The pair defeated Austria in the final.
Van Gerwen knows all about success at the Alexandra Palace. He has won the event on three occasions, only Phil Taylor has been victorious more times. The Dutchman prevailed in the Nordic Masters in September. That was his first televised final in 2021.
Price will be dreaming of lifting the PDC World Championship trophy once again in January. If he is successful this season, it would rank as a great achievement than his maiden success.