Snakebite’s runner-up no more
PeTeR Wright said he cannot wait for the first time he is introduced as darts’ new world champion.
‘Snakebite’ Wright clinched his first title at the Alexandra Palace by beating favourite Michael Van Gerwen 7-3.
The 49-year-old, who had lost in 10 previous major televised finals, said it had been a triumph for patience and perseverance.
When asked how he felt having slept on his career-changing victory, Wright told PDC Darts: “On top of the world. World champion! It’s got a good ring to it, hasn’t it?
“I can’t wait for the first place I go to when they announce me champion of the world.
It’s going to be goose-bumps all over. I’ll have to try and keep the emotions in, for the first time. I’m really happy.”
Wright, based in Mendham, Suffolk, but who represents Scotland after being born in Livingston, could count the UK Open in 2017 as his only major title before holding his nerve against world number one Van Gerwen.
“Instead of people saying: ‘The crazy guy with the crazy hair, all he is is a runner-up, he’s only won the UK Open’, they can’t say that anymore, can they?” Wright said.
“I can’t wait for (PDC master of ceremonies) John McDonald to announce me as world champion. That’s going to be cool.”
New champ Peter Wright with his trophy