Gerwyn Price won the TAB New Zealand Darts Masters in Hamilton on Saturday after winning six consecutive legs against fellow countryman Jonny Clayton.
The world number one was defeated by Michael van Gerwen in the final of the Queensland Darts Masters a fortnight ago, but he made amends by winning in New Zealand.
Clayton was attempting to make it back-to-back World Series titles after winning in Wollongong last weekend, and he got off to a strong start, with an 11-dart hold in leg four sparking a run of three straight legs.
However, in a crucial seventh leg, Price pinned double five to stop the rot, and he was indebted to the same target moments later, closing a 12-dart break to restore parity at four apiece.
Price extended his lead to 7-4 with legs of 15, 14, and 15 darts, and after Clayton fluffed his lines on the outer ring, he converted a clinical 92 on double 12 to complete the comeback.
“It feels fantastic,” said Price, celebrating his 26th PDC title and his second World Series of Darts triumph.
“Fair play to Jonny. I think he upped his game in the final, but thankfully I improved after the break and showed why I’m world number one.
“I think I was quite fortunate to win the last leg before the break, and I knew if I upped my scoring game I would have a chance.
“The crowd were absolutely awesome. They supported both of us tonight and they were magnificent. Thank you New Zealand!”
Clayton, who dumped out defending champion Van Gerwen in a heavyweight quarter-final tussle, said: “Gezzy is lucky I missed those three darts at double 18.
“Fair play to Gerwyn. He came out of the blocks after the break and I can have no complaints. He was fantastic.
“I have loved every second of my time in New Zealand. We had two Welshmen in the final, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Clayton will attempt to defend his World Series of Darts Finals title in Amsterdam next month, from September 16 to 18.
At the World Matchplay, Price was seen carefully placing his water bottle on the table.