VIDEO: Van Gerwen and Price look back on World Matchplay memories
The last edition of the World Matchplay was won by Michael van Gerwen. Mighty Mike defeated Gerwyn Price in the final 18-14 with both looking back at their memories from previous tournaments with the PDC.
"It's a phenomenal tournament to play in especially as a beginner in darts, everyone wants to qualify for this one. It's one of the biggest of the year.
Van Gerwen made his debut at the World Matchplay in 2007 defeating Peter Manley in the opening round and he couldn't believe that it was that long ago. "I knew there would be a lot more World Matchplay tournaments to come but I didn't think it would have gone this quick."
Hitting his nine-dart finish against Steve Beaton back in 2012 holds a lot of good memories for MVG as the start of his darting dominance following that.
"The nine-darter against Steve Beaton was probably the start of everything. From there I start to build my game to get better all the time and I think that was the tournament where it all started."
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Gerwyn Price on the other hand made his debut at the World Matchplay in 2015, it was his first appearance at a TV tournament. After wins in the first two rounds against Michael Smith and Adrian Lewis, he went down 16-7 against Peter Wright in the quarter-finals. In subsequent years, however, he often lost in the first round.
"It's not very good memories of the past but it seems to be getting better," said Price.
"My ding dong battle against Adrian Lewis which was my first ever time on the big stage against one of the biggest players in Adrian Lewis over a long format, a good memory for me."
But Price had a nine-dart finish of his own only a day before the recording of this video against Danny Noppert.
"I just found a spell in that game where I just felt like I couldn't miss."