Peter Wright has claimed the 2020 Masters and back-to-back TV titles after his PDC World Championship triumph last month as he cruelly denies Michael Smith another opportunity to win his first TV title.
It went all the way to a deciding leg and Smith missed multiple match darts and Wright cleaned up to claim it 11-10 in a thrilling end to the first tournament of the new season in Milton Keynes.
Wright started off brilliantly going into the first interval at 4-1 up but Smith always kept with him going 4-2 behind.
Despite that Wright went 6-3 up to regain his three-leg cushion to ask the question already of Smith even at this early stage of the contest. He answered it going 6-4 behind as he continued to battle the tide of Wright who continued to lead.
A sixth 180 and double five from Smith saw him peg him back to 7-5 but he needed a break of throw. He gained this before the next interval going only 8-7 behind to close the gap to just one leg, could he do it?
He went back onto level terms with a 130 checkout to make it 8-8 as he looked to claim the lead but Wright nudged back in front as the match reached it’s conclusion.
Smith hit an 11-darter to send it all the way at 10-10 but he missed match darts to win his first TV title and Wright as a result picked up the pieces to claim the title.
Click here for more information on The Masters, the traditional season opener in Milton Keynes.
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Nathan Aspinall (92.4) 10-11 (92.48) Michael Smith
Peter Wright (98.86) 11-7 (96.85) Gary Anderson
Michael Smith (89.71) 10-11 (95.01) Peter Wright
Tags: 2020 Masters, Peter Wright
PETER WRIGHT IS THE MASTERS CHAMPION! 🏆
On the back of his World Championship win, Peter Wright survives three match darts to take the deciding leg and win the 2020 Ladbrokes Masters! pic.twitter.com/JV0K8Xc4xp
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 2, 2020
Author: Samuel Gill