Luke Woodhouse reacts after hitting first ever PDC Home Tour nine-darter: ‘My phone has been going non-stop’
Luke Woodhouse created the course of history on Saturday as he pinned the first ever PDC Home Tour nine-darter from his kitchen in Bewdley.
Woodhouse, who completed the impressive feat in a whitewash win over world number three Gerwyn Price, prevailed to top Group Two and progress to the second phase of the new initiative.
Price, Ted Evetts and Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez were all swept aside by the 31-year-old as he breezed to the title, dropping a mere four legs en route.
“I think to went really well,” said Woodhouse, “and I think it’s great the PDC have managed to get something together for fans and players.
“It was amazing to top the group especially after being so nervous during my first game.”
A number of professionals who have already graced their practice boards in the 32-night innovative tournament have expressed nerves despite playing at home.
Nevertheless, there were seemingly no nerves from Woodhouse in his second match of the evening against the two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion, Price, as he completed an emphatic rout of the world number three.
? NINE-DARTER! ?
LUKE WOODHOUSE STRIKES PERFECTION IN THE UNIBET HOME TOUR!
177-177-147 seals Woodhouse a perfect leg against Gerwyn Price! pic.twitter.com/vNcIl78HZj
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) April 18, 2020
‘Woody’ recorded a blistering average of 113.86 and pinned an unprecedented nine-darter in the penultimate leg of the affair, hitting back-to-back 177s followed by a magnificent 147 outshot.
“If I’m honest, I was just concentrating on the first two trebles and the shot at the double luckily went in,” he added. “The reaction has been crazy my phone has been going non-stop and I’ve done a couple of interviews.”
Woodhouse remains arguably the performer of the tournament so far after the opening six evenings of coverage, however, the Bewdley man remains grateful to have any competitive darts at all.
“It’s amazing we have some sort of darts at all,” he said. “I think it’s been a really positive reaction to it overall. Hopefully, people enjoy the rest of the tour at home.”
The PDC Home Tour takes place every evening from 7.30pm and is streamed live via a number of bookmakers’ websites and PDCTV.
(Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)