Awards quartet for Price as Hearn inducted into PDC Hall of Fame

Gerwyn Price scooped four Player of the Year trophies as he dominated the PDC Annual Awards, with Damon Heta, Dave Chisnall and Callan Rydz also recognised alongside Barry Hearn OBE’s induction into the PDC Hall of Fame.

Welshman Price capped a brilliant 12 months with World Championship glory earlier in January, claiming the world number one spot in the process.

Price, pictured, also won the World Cup of Darts for Wales alongside Jonny Clayton, picked up the World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals titles and took victory in the Belgian Darts Championship and four Players Championships.

Price scooped the top honour of being named as Selco Player of the Year ahead of nominees Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and Jose de Sousa to mark his achievements in a memorable 12 months.

He was also voted by an overwhelming majority of his fellow professionals as the PDPA Players’ Player of the Year with over 75% of the votes, with Grand Slam of Darts winner De Sousa finishing second.

Price also picked up over 32% of the vote as he won the Just Eat Fans’ Player of the Year award ahead of Dirk van Duijvenbode (26%) and Dimitri Van den Bergh (14%).

The 35-year-old completed a quartet of awards by being named ProTour Player of the Year, having earned £96,750 from his five wins on the European Tour and Players Championship circuit, topping the one-year rankings ahead of Peter Wright and Van Gerwen.

“It means the world to have a clean sweep and to know that I have played well over the last 12 months,” said Price. “It’s been a decent year!

“The fans’ award means more to me than anything I think. I’ve had them on my back for the last two-and-a-half years but that means everything. I’ve played pretty well this year but it’s something I didn’t think I’d win and I appreciate it.

“To have the top pros all voting for you [too], showing the respect that I probably deserve for the way I’ve played over the last 12 months [is] an important one to win.

“I’ve been playing pretty consistently this year. I tapered off I think in the Grand Slam and Players Championship Finals, I wasn’t 100 percent, but I still got to the latter stages and was still playing half-decent, but overall over the 12 months I’ve played pretty decent.

“I think I won the most tournaments this year, which if you’d told me seven years ago that I’d be doing that and getting to world number one and winning the World Championship – dreams come true. It’s something I never even thought of, let alone dreamed about.

“I need to try and back this up as well, I’m not resting now that I’ve won the Worlds. I’ve reflected and it’s made me a big hungrier.”

Heta saw his maiden season on the professional circuit recognised with the Moneybarn Best Newcomer award, with the Australian having won a Players Championship and reached quarter-finals at the World Cup, Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship Finals.

“I’m pumped – it’s ace!” said Heta. “It obviously means a lot and I believe I could have done more – and I’m going to do my best again [this year].”

Rydz was named as the Unicorn Young Player of the Year following a strong debut season on the PDC ProTour, a victory on the Development Tour and runs to the last 16 of the Players Championship Finals and last 64 of the World Championship.

“For me to win this award, it’s unbelievable,” said Rydz. “It was surreal just to be nominated, never mind to win the award. It gives me a bit more confidence going into the year.

“I got on the tour this year and I didn’t have a good start but towards the end of the year I really did play some good stuff.”

Chisnall’s outstanding performance to defeat Michael van Gerwen 5-0 in the World Championship quarter-finals was named as the Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the Year, recognising a stunning display in the sport’s biggest tournament.

PDC chairman Barry Hearn OBE becomes the 17th inductee into the PDC Hall of Fame to recognised his contribution across over two decades in the sport.

Hearn’s arrival as PDC chairman in 2001 has been followed by a huge period of worldwide growth for the sport and record growth of prize funds in the professional game.

“It’s lovely and as I suppose as you get older you treasure these moments even more,” said Hearn. “I’m happy to be there with some of those legends who have already been inducted, and it gives you a good feeling.

“To stand alongside those other legends is a source of pride, of course, and I think they would agree that it’s not the individuals, it’s the collective attitude of the PDC, the family, that really believes in what we’re doing.

“If I look back on my life, my involvement in the PDC has probably been one of, if not the most successful sides of my promotional sporting life.

“To have the opportunity to take a game ridiculed in some quarters and to make it into this major international global sport, where TV viewing figures are generally only beaten by football, is huge.

“Where we’ve come from as individuals and as a sport is a testament on what hard work and discipline and sacrifice can do, and there’s a message there for everyone.

“We’ve been on a wonderful journey; the journey is still in progress but we’ve changed the world of sport through darts. Twenty years ago that journey began, and I think the induction into the PDC Hall of Fame is a pat on the back that we all share.”

The PDC Annual Awards also welcomes into the Nine-Dart Club any player to achieve a nine-darter in a PDC event during the previous year, with televised perfect legs recognised with a gold pin badge and players who hit a non-televised nine-darter receiving a silver pin badge.

PDC Annual Awards

PDC Hall of Fame: Barry Hearn OBE

Nine-Dart Club

Gold Pin Badges

Michael Smith – Unibet Premier League

Jonny Clayton – Ladbrokes UK Open

Michael van Gerwen – Ladbrokes UK Open

Peter Wright – Unibet Premier League

Jose de Sousa – Unibet European Championship

James Wade – William Hill World Championship

Silver Pin Badges

Andy Jenkins – PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Three

Mickey Mansell – Players Championship One

Mike van Duivenbode – Players Championship One

Keegan Brown – Players Championship Two

Scott Baker – Players Championship Two

Nathan Aspinall – Players Championship Two

Steve West – ET2 TCH Qualifier

Mensur Suljovic – Players Championship Three

Danny Noppert – Players Championship Three

Steve Lennon – Players Championship Five

Michael van Gerwen – Players Championship Six

Luke Woodhouse – Unibet Home Tour Group Two

Rob Cross – PDC Summer Series Day Four (PC12)

Darren Webster – PDC Summer Series Day Five (PC13)

Carl Wilkinson – PDC Autumn Series Day One (PC14)

James Wade – PDC Autumn Series Day Four (PC17)

Devon Petersen – PDC Autumn Series Day Five (PC18)

Moreno Blom – PDC Unicorn Development Tour Event Eight

Robbie Ellis – PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Event Eight

Daniel Larsson – PDC Home Tour III Group Two

Andy Hamilton – PDC Winter Series Day Two (PC20)

Rowby-John Rodriguez – PDC Winter Series Day Two (PC20)

Nick Kenny – PDC Winter Series Day Three (PC21)

ProTour Player of the Year: Gerwyn Price

Moneybarn Best Newcomer: Damon Heta

Nominated: Jason Lowe, Callan Rydz, Martijn Kleermaker

Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the Year: Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen, World Championship


Peter Wright – Premier League (Exeter) 

Michael van Gerwen – UK Open semi-finals

Simon Whitlock – World Grand Prix quarter-finals

Jose de Sousa – Grand Slam final

Just Eat Fans’ Player of the Year: Gerwyn Price

Second: Dirk van Duijvenbode 

Third: Dimitri Van den Bergh

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year: Gerwyn Price

Second: Jose de Sousa

Joint Third: Dirk van Duijvenbode & Dimitri Van den Bergh

Unicorn Young Player of the Year: Callan Rydz

Nominated: Ryan Meikle, Bradley Brooks, Keane Barry

PDC Player of the Year: Gerwyn Price

Nominated: Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, Jose de Sousa

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