Sunday night at 8 p.m. the final of the 2023 World Grand Prix begins. This year it is Gerwyn Price and Luke Humphries who will compete for the overall victory at the double-in double-out tournament in Leicester.
For Price, it will be his third final at the World Grand Prix. 'The Iceman' won the tournament in 2020, and made it to the final match again in 2021. However, the Welshman lost his second final to Jonny Clayton. For Humphries, it will be his first final at the World Grand Prix. 'Cool Hand Luke' had never even made it past the second round at this tournament.
Route to the final
Price was really only really tested in one match during this event. Against Danny Noppert (2-0), Krzysztof Ratajski (3-0) and Martin Schindler (3-0) in the first three rounds, no set was lost. In the semi-final match against Michael Smith, 'The Iceman' fell 1-2 behind in sets, but the former world champion eventually prevailed 4-2 to reach the final.
Humphries also finished three matches in which he did not lose a set. The former World Youth Champion had started the tournament with wins over Daryl Gurney (2-0) and Luke Woodhouse (3-0). In the quarterfinals, Peter Wright had three chances to knock Humphries out of the tournament, but 'Snakebite' missed his match darts. Humphries then won the match 3-2, and then managed to deal with Joe Cullen (4-0) in the semifinals.
It will be the twelfth meeting between Price and Humphries between them. Three of the previous 11 clashes have been on television, with the spoils being neatly divided.
In 2019, Humphries played as a contender in the Premier League Darts, playing a draw against Price. At the 2020 Players Championship Finals, Price prevailed, while Humphries managed to win the encounter at the 2023 US Darts Masters. In the overall head-to-head, Price leads 7-3, supplemented thus by that one draw in the Premier League.
Price also has much more experience playing TV finals. 'The Iceman' has already played 22 of them, ten of which he won. Humphries has only played one major television final. That was at the 2021 UK Open, but 'Cool Hand Luke' did lose that one. So Humphries can take his first major title Sunday night.
Sunday, Oct. 8 (from 8 p.m.)
Gerwyn Price v Luke Humphries