UPDATED: Wright copes with pressure to land first major
After several near misses, Peter 'Snakebite' Wright finally ended his wait for a first televised PDC major title at the Coral UK Open this evening courtesy of an 11-6 triumph over Gerwyn Price.
The Mendham ace had reached the final at Minehead in each of the previous two years, only to find his bid for glory halted by world number one Michael van Gerwen.
However, with the Dutchman sidelined through injury on this occasion, the favourite tag shifted on to Wright's shoulders and he coped with the pressure admirably, swatting aside all that was put before him over the course of the weekend.
"I don't want to put a downer on it, we had no Michael here and no Phil Taylor, but I still had the pressure of being favourite when you had Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and all the other fantastic players in the tournament," said the champion.
"It was a lot of pressure and I was happy just to get to the final, three years on the trot in one of the hardest tournaments. To win it is brilliant.
"Hats off to Gerwyn Price too because what he's done in darts so far is brilliant. He's a great guy and he's going to go a lot further."
The Scot opened up with a 10-3 third-round win over James Richardson on Friday evening, followed by victories at the expense of Dave Chisnell (10-5), Rob Cross (10-6), Raymond van Barneveld (10-8) and Daryl Gurney (11-5).
Those results set up a showpiece shoot-out with Price, who himself was also hunting a maiden major title, for the £70,000 first prize.
For Welshman Price, playing a match of such magnitude in front of the cameras was uncharted territory, whereas Wright - the 2014 World Championship finalist - had been in that position eight times before and it was that experience which ultimately shone through.
World number three Wright was 4-1 up after the first session - a lead that was stretched to 7-3 as the two players headed off for the second interval.
To Price's credit, he rallied in the third session and at one stage had cut the deficit down to 8-6, but Wright landed a crucial double 16 to leave him just two legs away from glory.
Price - a former rugby professional - missed darts at double 20 and 10 at the start of the fourth session and was duly punished by Wright, who took out 25 to edge even closer to the trophy.
Wright's magic moment came in the next leg as he wrapped the encounter up in style by taking out 85 via the bullseye to become the oldest first winner of a major PDC title at the age of 46.