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Peter Wright: I’m only third in the world because I play in all the tournaments

Peter Wright says his ranking of number three in the world is only down to playing in all of the tournaments.

The Scot was beaten 18-8 by Phil Taylor in his first World Matchplay final in Blackpool on Sunday, with Taylor winning a record 16th title on the Winter Gardens stage.

A victory for Wright would have seen him climb above Gary Anderson into second spot on the PDC Order of Merit, but the UK Open champion believes his high ranking is a false representation of where he ranks among the sport’s elite.

“I know I’m not number three in the world,” Wright told Sky Sports after Sunday’s final. “It’s only because I choose to do every tournament, that’s why I’m number three in the world.

“If this guy (Taylor) decides to do every tournament he’d be number one in the world, Gary Anderson number two in the world, Michael van Gerwen number three, Adrian Lewis number four.

“I’d be number five, I know that, but I choose to do every single tournament, that’s why I’m number three.

“I’ve got a lot to learn and I learned a lesson today, and I’m grateful to be in the final.”

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