Darts star Gerwyn Price ‘punished’ himself after his humiliating defeat against Danny Noppert at the European Championships on Sunday.
The world number five was dumped out of the tournament in extraordinary fashion at the weekend after he surrendered a 7-0 lead in the first to 10 format. The Welshman was only able to win one of 11 legs as Noppert completed an incredible turnaround to win 10-8.
Price previously beat Keane Barry and Nathan Aspinall before meeting Noppert in the quarter-final. The Dutchman was beaten 11-8 by eventual winner Peter Wright in the semi-finals. Price revealed after winning Players Championship 29 on Wednesday that he only took part as a ‘punishment’
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Price was asked whether the manner of defeat against Noppert meant he wanted to return to action as soon as possible in an attempt to bury the ghost. Price replied: “I was going to take these two days off but I wanted to punish myself.
“I was absolutely rubbish towards the end of that game and you know as the game’s 7-0 up, you give me that 100 times, I’m probably winning 99 of them but that one time I managed to lose so I punished myself.
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“I didn’t need to come this week but I gave myself a kick up the backside and it worked. I came here and I won, I’m not playing tomorrow (Thursday), I’m going home. So I done the business and I’ve won this one. I’m going to go home now and prepare for the Grand Slam.”
The Grand Slam begins in Minehead on Saturday November, 11, where Gezzy will arrive top of the Players Championship Order of Merit. Price will be looking for his fourth Slam title in eight years and his eighth PDC title of 2023.
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