In a stunning turn of events, Michael Smith emerged victorious as the champion of the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship. Facing off against the formidable Michael van Gerwen in the final, Smith showcased his prowess, prevailing with a scoreline of 7-4. What truly set this match apart was the electrifying moment when Smith achieved the tournament’s sole nine-dart finish. The audience erupted in awe as he accomplished this feat during a crucial juncture of the final.
Smith’s triumph held profound significance as it marked his inaugural world title and propelled him to the esteemed position of world number one on the PDC Order of Merit. Notably, he became the first player in history to clinch the World Darts Championship after experiencing a first-round defeat the previous year. This remarkable achievement solidified Smith’s name in darting history.
The final clash between Smith and van Gerwen epitomised an extraordinary display of skill and drama, leading broadcasters and commentators to hail it as the greatest leg ever witnessed in the annals of darts. Smith’s remarkable nine-dart finish in the final echoed the reminiscent brilliance of Phil Taylor’s historic achievement in 2010.
Prior to this landmark victory, Smith had come close to securing major titles in the past, most notably reaching the final of the World Matchplay in 2019, only to be denied by Peter Wright. Consequently, his triumph at the World Darts Championship represented a long-awaited breakthrough.
While Michael van Gerwen had reigned for some time, Smith’s performance knocked him off his perch. This victory was massive, especially given that he was ranked 11th in the world at the time.
Beyond the individual triumph, Smith’s victory reverberated throughout British darts, igniting a renewed sense of pride and enthusiasm. This is a title that has not been won by a British player since 2015, that title was won by Gary Anderson. What this means is that Smith firmly put his name up in lights with his win.
Smith’s remarkable journey to claim the 2023 PDC World Darts Championship will be remembered as a captivating underdog story and a testament to his unwavering dedication and talent. His accomplishment is sure to inspire aspiring players across the nation, as British darts looks toward an exciting future filled with possibilities.