World number three Price credits KFC after PDC Winter Series Day Three triumph
Gerwyn Price praised fast food outlet KFC following his 8-6 victory over Damon Heta on Day Three of the PDC Winter Series in Coventry.
Following the scuppering of Michael Smith’s two-year absence from the winners’ circle on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, Price added his name to the Winter Series roll of honour.
World number 85 Reece Robinson came closest to overcoming a rampant Welshman in the second round, narrowly missing out at the hands of a 101.9 average from Price, compared to his meagre 99.
Price also landed victories over Gavin Carlin, Canada’s Jeff Smith, former world champion Stephen Bunting and Irishman William O’Connor during a triumphant campaign.
The two-time Grand Slam of Darts champion revealed that he almost travelled back to his hometown of Markham following early exits on the opening two days at the Ricoh Arena.
“I’ve gone home twice,” Price laughed in his post-tournament interview with the PDC’s Dan Dawson.
“I’ve had a really bad head all week. I’ve got on the dual carriageway, I had some KFC and then I thought ‘I feel alright now, I’ll go back’. I did that twice.
“I am actually going home today [Thursday]. I’m having a day off tomorrow and coming back Saturday. I need a little break, just one day.”
It was another closely contested final at the Winter Series as two crucial break of throws proved the decisive factor in Price’s 8-6 win over Australian Heta.
The reigning Brisbane Darts Masters champion was hoping to remain unbeaten in PDC finals, but world number three Price brought that record to an end to secure his eighth accolade of the season.
“I think I got myself in front and let myself down a little bit in that game. I was putting him under pressure and he just kept pinning last darts,” Price assessed.
“I felt I was in control of the game, but I thought he was going to pinch it at the end. But I’m happy to win.”
He added: “I knew I was going home so I just wanted to get a win, get home, refresh and come back Saturday. I probably wanted this one a little bit too much but I’m glad to get this win.
“I haven’t won much over the last two days but I’m still confident, I’m still playing well and that’s all that matters.”
Price will return for the final day of the Winter Series on Saturday, before commencing his Grand Slam of Darts defence early next week at the Ricoh Arena.
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