Jonny Clayton Rises to No. 7 in the World after Delivering a Sensational Performance to Beat Gerwyn Price; “The Furet” wins its third television title of the year
By Paul Prenderville at Morningside Arena, Leicester
Last updated: 09/10/21 22:56
Jonny Clayton defeated compatriot Welsh and defending champion Gerwyn Price to win the World Grand Prix (Image: Lawrence Lustig / PDC)
Jonny Clayton produced a spectacular performance to end Gerwyn Price’s reign as the Grand Prix world champion, beating the Iceman 5-1 to claim the biggest ranking title of his career.
Ever since Clayton teamed up with Price to win the World Cup in November last year, the 47-year-old has grown steadily stronger and, having won two Pro Tour titles as well as the Masters and Premier League, he produced some of his best play to clinch the £ 110,000 top prize.
He was nearly flawless on his starting and ending doubles, averaging 94 and won five massive 100+ finishes en route to a title that stops Price’s winning streak in the nine-game tournament.
Le Ferret will also climb to seventh place in the world ranking. As the busiest time of the year approaches with a slew of major titles in the weeks and months to come, he is one of the best players in the game with a record five individual PDC titles this year. .
“That’s what dreams are made of. It feels good. We are all playing to win a big major tournament. It’s a classified major, it’s my first.
“I wouldn’t mind taking the fat off him at Christmas, too.” I am on the moon. “
“The respect I have for Gerwyn is absolutely second to none. He’s a fantastic player, he’s a fantastic guy.
“To be fair, this crowd tonight let us play. You can’t ask for better. Fantastic.”
Jonny Clayton, 2021 Grand Prix World Champion
Jonny Clayton was elated after beating Gerwyn Price 5-1 to win the World Grand Prix
World Grand Prix – Roll of Honor
|5||Michael van gerwen|
|1||Colin Lloyd, Alan Warriner-Little, Robert Thornton|
|Daryl Gurney, Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton|
Clayton credits his rise to World Cup triumph with the Iceman. However, his head-to-head record against Price is a bad read. The world No.1 has won each of the last eight games in between. Price’s first 14-dart break could have been bad omen.
But Clayton hit back right away by breaking the first of three successive stages that gave him the first set, much to the delight of the crowd, who made no secret of their favorite, and he responded in style.
Hitting the starting double with his first dart in all six legs, Clayton brought his successive leg tally to five for a 2-0 lead in the second set and while Price increased the bet to force a decider, Clayton was calm personified to pin the double 14 and double its advantage.
The Iceman again won the first leg of a set, but was helpless as Clayton equalized with a sizzling finish of 170, then knocked out 164 with Price at 24 after nine darts.
A spectacular stanza got the decision it deserved and despite scoring 115 for the set, Price watched Clayton pull out a double eight for a 13-dart leg and a barely believable 3-0 lead over the defending champion. .
Jonny Clayton knocked out 170 and then 164 in successive stages in an incredible third set of the World Grand Prix Final against Gerwyn Price
World Grand Prix 2021: The Stats
|Gerwyn Prize||Jonny clayton|
|102||100+ finishes||170, 164, 152, 116, 110|
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While Clayton was the junior head-to-head partner, he won the only final the pair played – at the Austrian Open in 2018 – and appeared to be heading within a set of the line. finish when he won the first two rounds of the fourth set.
Price is back to force a decider for the third set in a row and this time the world champion netted the crucial brace – but only after Clayton missed a dart on the bull’s-eye for a 4-0 lead.
Jonny Clayton triumphed at the World Grand Prix after beating World No.1 Gerwyn Price 5-1
As the pair went for a break statistics showed nothing between them in the averages – both men were playing at the 96 mark in a final played in good spirits, but Clayton’s 3-1 advantage meant the pressure was on Price.
It showed that Clayton moved 2-0 ahead again before wobbling for the first time – four missed darts for the set, with Price either side missing a few for the leg, gave the Iceman a chance to revive a comeback.
Wayne Mardle praised Jonny Clayton after winning World Grand Prix
But that wasn’t the case as The Ferret returned to claim their third triple-digit result of the game to restore their three-set advantage and crucially move away from a title set.
He crossed the finish line in style – adding a stunning 152 checkout to move to a trophy lifting stage and, rightly so, he won another huge finish to seal a breathtaking victory.
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