Unibet European Championship Final
Peter Wright won the European Championship title for a first time by defeating James Wade 11-4 in Sunday’s final in Oberhausen.
The World Champion scooped the £120,000 top prize and returns to second spot on the PDC Order of Merit, jumping above Gerwyn Price, after claiming his fifth title of 2020.
In the process, he denied Jonny Clayton a first televised title with an 11-8 semi-final triumph and then ended Wade’s hopes of claiming his second European Championship win in three years.
Wright averaged over 102 in his semi-final tie, but a tight contest turned in leg 18 when Clayton miscounted on a 111 finish to level, and the Scot stepped in to take a crucial 10-8 lead before closing out the win.
Wright then carried that momentum into the final against Wade, opening with back-to-back 13-dart legs and taking a 4-1 advantage, only to see the left-hander take out 121 to cut the gap to one leg.
Wade, though, missed a dart at tops to level in leg eight as Wright took a 5-3 lead, with a 13-darter extending his advantage before the 2018 winner hit back in 14 to trail 6-4.
Wright found another gear to set up possible nine-darters by opening the next two legs with 180s, taking out legs of 12 and 11 darts to surge into an 8-4 advantage, before punishing two misses from Wade to move five clear.
He then finished 143 to move a leg away from victory as Wade again missed two darts at a double, before checking out 125 to secure the title in style.
Wade had come from 3-1 and 8-6 down in his semi-final with Devon Petersen to win 11-10 in a deciding leg, as the pair shared six ton-plus checkouts in an exciting contest.
Sunday November 1st
SEMI FINALS (21)
James Wade 11-10 Devon Petersen
Jonny Clayton 8-11 Peter Wright
James Wade 4-11 Peter Wright
The PDC reserves the right to change the schedule of play. Should any player withdraw, PDC Rule 3.7 would apply, and a replacement player would be found from the European Tour Order of Merit. The schedule for the second round onwards will be confirmed at the conclusion of the previous day’s play.
Winner – £120,000
Runner-up – £60,000
Semi-Finalists – £32,000
Quarter-Finalists – £20,000
Last 16 – £10,000
Last 32 – £6,000
Total – £500,000