Gerwin Price tasted glory in the Jack World Series Finals for the second time in three years, knocking out Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode 11-10 in a thrilling decision.
Price previously won the season finale in 2020, underpinning the success of TAB New Zealand Darts Masters last month by taking home the £70,000 grand prize.
Pushed all the way by home favorite Van Duijvenbode in a captivating final, he took the title with a dramatic 14-arrow leg.
A high-quality start saw the pair trade 14 quarters in the opening four legs before price broke out for a 3-2 advance, then pinned the tops to open a two-legged cushion.
Van Duijvenbode saw him with three straight legs lead again at 5-4, and added 12 darter while still holding the edge.
Price beat 146, 121 and 116 as he slipped from 7 to 6 to lead 9-8 – as he crossed an 18-time foul from Van Duijvenbaud in Round 17.
The Dutchman – who scored 112 in the 15th return leg – responded brilliantly with 11 bets and fired into a double quad to take a 10-9 lead, putting himself on the brink of a first title on a big stage.
Price showed his class with 12 bets to take the final to a decisive leg, and after being the first to reach the finish during a tense finale, he knocked out the Welshman 90 to claim glory.
“I’m happy to cross the streak,” said Price, who finished the final with an average of 100.14. “Dirk played really well but I think I played a little bit better.
“It was a great match but I made it really difficult for myself. There were two or three legs where I missed doubles, and in five times in the second half I was probably 7-3 up.
“I knew since then that it was going to be a tough fight; Dirk was playing well and obviously the fans were supporting him but I was working there until the end. I gave myself a chance in the first leg and scraped over the line.”
Price had earlier followed up on Saturday’s narrow win over Matt Campbell with an impressive 10-8 quarter-final win over Joe Cullen, before beating James Wade 11-9 in the semi-finals.
Wade had regressed from a 2-0 semi-final deficit to advance 6-5 after landing in 170 knockouts between three and 12 quarters, only for Price to lift five straight legs en route to victory.
Van Duijvenbaud’s arrival in the third televised final makes him qualify for November at the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts.
The Darts Masters runner-up in June had battled Hubai Buha and Gary Anderson to reach the final day of the action, before surviving a missed match throw from Ryan Joyce in the penultimate second leg of the quarter-finals.
He then finished Johnny Clayton’s title defense with a superb success in the semi-finals 11-8, but lost narrowly to Price.
Van Duijvenbode’s loss was a repeat of the 2020 World Grand Prix final, and provided more experience in the big game in his bid to claim major honors.
“I was a bit unfortunate at the last stop and he showed his class,” said Van Duijvenbode, who took home £30,000 as runner-up.
“It’s a little disappointing because apart from that class, I could have won it in the end if I had ridden myself better.”
Clayton had earlier won six of his last seven matches to defeat four-time champion Michael Van Gerwin 10-7 in the quarter-finals.
Wade was another quarterfinal winner on Sunday afternoon, finishing ten doubles from 18 attempts in a 10-5 clinical win over Christmas boy Michael Smith.