Wright wins Player of the Year at 2021 PDC Awards

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Wright wins Player of the Year at 2021 PDC Awards

Peter Wright has been named PDC Player of the Year as part of the 2021 PDC Awards, which also saw Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price among players recognised.

Newly-crowned two-time World Champion Wright pipped Clayton, Price and James Wade to the Player of the Year award.

A vintage year for Wright also saw him win the World Matchplay and Players Championship Finals for the first time, whilst lifting a second World Cup title for Scotland alongside John Henderson.

"It feels great to win this award, it's nice to add another trophy to the cabinet," said Wright.

"Jonny [Clayton] had an amazing year but I think winning the two biggest ranking TV tournaments probably won me this award; thank you to the selection panel for selecting me.

"It's nice to get recognition for your achievements over the last year and now I want more in 2022.

"Phil [Taylor] always had that hunger to win more and a few years ago I couldn't understand it but now I've got that same hunger to add as many titles to my name as I can."

Jonny Clayton

A remarkable year for Clayton, which saw him pick up four TV titles including the Premier League in his debut campaign, was recognised with wins in the PDPA Players' Player of the Year and Selco Fans' Player of the Year categories.

Clayton received over half of the votes from fellow PDC Tour Card Holders and more than 25% of the votes in an online poll respectively as he scooped an awards double.

Michael Smith's defeat of Clayton in a pulsating World Championship fourth round contest was acknowledged with the Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the Year award.

Gerwyn Price

World number one Price's victories in both 2021 European Tour events, as well as in two Players Championships, helped him on his way to winning ProTour Player of the Year after claiming £98,000 during the season.

Scotland's Alan Soutar received the Moneybarn Best Newcomer award thanks to an impressive first year on the professional circuit, which included runs to the last 16 of the UK Open and World Championship as he moved up to 51st on the PDC Order of Merit.

Emerging Austrian Rusty-Jake Rodriguez took the Unicorn Young Player of the Year award thanks to a breakthrough year which saw the 21-year-old dominate the European Development Tour with five tournament wins as well as feature in the World Championship and Grand Slam of Darts.

The PDC Annual Awards also officially welcomes into the Nine-Dart Club any player to have achieved a nine-darter in a PDC event during the previous year.

Televised perfect legs are recognised with a gold pin badge, while players who hit a non-televised nine-darter receive a silver pin badge.

2021 PDC Annual Awards
PDC Player of the Year
WINNER:
Peter Wright
Nominated:
Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price
James Wade

PDPA Players’ Player of the Year
WINNER:
Jonny Clayton
Second: Peter Wright
Joint-Third: Gerwyn Price, Callan Rydz

Selco Fans’ Player of the Year
WINNER:
Jonny Clayton
Second: Peter Wright
Third: Dimitri Van den Bergh

Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the Year
WINNER:
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton - World Championship fourth round
Nominated:
Jonny Clayton v James Wade - Masters quarter-finals
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen - World Matchplay semi-finals
Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price - European Championship quarter-finals

ProTour Player of the Year
WINNER:
Gerwyn Price
Nominated:
Jose de Sousa
Michael Smith
Peter Wright

Moneybarn Best Newcomer
WINNER:
Alan Soutar
Nominated:
Florian Hempel
Keane Barry
Scott Mitchell

Unicorn Young Player of the Year
WINNER:
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Nominated:
Bradley Brooks
Ted Evetts
Keane Barry

Nine-Dart Club
Gold Pin Badges

Jonny Clayton - Unibet Premier League Night Three
Jose de Sousa - Unibet Premier League Night Four
Sebastian Bialecki - Ladbrokes UK Open
Jitse van der Wal - Ladbrokes UK Open
William Borland - William Hill World Championship Day Three
Darius Labanauskas - William Hill World Championship Day Four
Gerwyn Price - William Hill World Championship Quarter-Finals

Silver Pin Badges
Jose Marques - PDC Qualifying Schools Stage 1B Day One
Shane McGuirk - PDC Qualifying Schools Final Stage Day Two
Martin Schindler - PDC Qualifying Schools Final Stage Day Four
Michael Smith - Players Championship One
Adrian Lewis - Players Championship Two
Mensur Suljovic - Players Championship Three
Luke Woodhouse - Players Championship Four
Ritchie Edhouse - Players Championship Five\
Wayne Jones - Players Championship Five
Mickey Mansell - Players Championship Eight
Nathan Aspinall - Players Championship Nine
Stephen Bunting - Players Championship Ten
Jose de Sousa - Players Championship Ten
Krzysztof Ratajski - Players Championship 12
Niels Zonneveld - Players Championship 13
Jim McEwan - Players Championship 14
Geert Nentjes - Players Championship 14
Ian White - Players Championship 15
Christian Kist - Unicorn European Challenge Tour Event Two
Danny Noppert - Players Championship 18
Martin Atkins - Players Championship 18
Dimitri Van den Bergh - Players Championship 19
Kim Huybrechts - Players Championship 20
Gabriel Clemens - Players Championship 20
Ron Meulenkamp - ET1 Tour Card Holder Qualifier
Ron Meulenkamp - Players Championship 22
Ryan Harrington - Unicorn UK Challenge Tour Event 11
Nathan Aspinall - Players Championship 24
Callan Rydz - Players Championship 24
Madars Razma - Players Championship 26
Madars Razma - Players Championship 27
Scott Waites - Players Championship 28
Gabriel Clemens - Players Championship 28
Mickey Mansell - Players Championship 29
Steve West - Players Championship 29