England's Luke Humphries clinched his maiden PDC World Championship title in a gripping final against 16-year-old sensation Luke Littler, securing victory with a 7-4 triumph at Alexandra Palace. Humphries, the pre-event favorite and world number one, initially trailed 4-2 but staged a remarkable comeback, winning five consecutive sets to claim the coveted title and the £500,000 prize.
Expressing his elation, Humphries told Sky Sports of the overwhelming feeling of becoming world champion and world number one simultaneously. Despite acknowledging Littler's exceptional talent and relentless play, Humphries managed to clinch the decisive double eight, sealing his historic win and the pinnacle of his career.
Although Littler demonstrated extraordinary composure and skill throughout the tournament, Humphries' brilliance denied the 16-year-old the opportunity to become the youngest world darts champion. Reflecting on his performance, Littler acknowledged the pivotal moments that led to his defeat, highlighting his loss of crucial legs on his throw that allowed Humphries to dominate the game.
Humphries' exceptional performance, marked by 23 maximums and an average of 103.67 in the final, solidified his position as the sport's top player. His remarkable journey through the World Championship showcased his tenacity, evident in his thrilling wins over top contenders, ultimately establishing his reign as the new world champion and world number one.
Meanwhile, Littler's incredible run to the final, despite ending in second place, captivated audiences worldwide, propelling him into the limelight and securing a place in darts history as the youngest ever world darts finalist.