Premier League play-off heartbreak for wasteful Wright

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Michael van Gerwen came from 7-2 down in a dramatic final to beat Peter Wright at London's O2 Arena and win his third Premier League title.

The Dutchman took home the £250,000 top prize by beating Wright 11-10 after the Scot missed six match darts.

Wright, who beat Phil Taylor 10-9 in their semi on this fantastic play-off evening, collects £120,000 after a game where he led 3-0 and 7-2 before Van Gerwen stormed back.

Wright, 47, who won the UK Open in March after Van Gerwen pulled out of the tournament with a back problem, said: "I've got to learn, go back to the practice board and get him next time". "I think that was a great final and I'm really glad I can walk away with this trophy again".

"I missed a few chances and Peter finished well, he did what he had to do but after the break I played really well and I had a great comeback. Peter was the better player, I can't fault him; he held his bottle and hit the right shot at the right time". I don't know how he missed six darts for the match - and sooner or later he is going to win a big major.

"What I've learnt over the years playing Michael, I used to rush it, but I've learnt play your own rhythm". This was a really insane game.

But, despite a fast start in the showpiece, the 49-year-old wasted a glorious opportunity to claim the eighth trophy of a year that has seen him take his darts to another level.

The Scot, who also finished second in the table behind Van Gerwen after 15 weeks of the regular season, said: "You can not have six darts at a double to beat the number one in the world, a double world champion".

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