Van Gerwen back in title-winning form

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Michael van Gerwen won his sixth Players Championship Finals, beating Mervyn King in the final
Michael van Gerwen won his sixth Players Championship Finals, beating Mervyn King in the final

Michael van Gerwen beat Mervyn King in a thrilling Players Championship Finals final to return to title-winning form, just in time for the PDC World Darts Championship.

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the world No 1, who before the weekend had won just four titles in total and one televised crown – the UK Open in March – but he put that right with an impressive display to win the Players Championship Finals for a sixth time – averaging 102 for the event and pipping King in a dramatic finale.

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Michael van Gerwen has become just the he second player in history, behind Phil Taylor, to win a televised event more than five times.

Van Gerwen stormed back from 8-6 down to beat Gerwyn Price 11-8 in the last four having averaged 110 in the quarter-final victory over fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Opponent King came from 7-2 down to beat Australia’s Damon Heta in the last eight before stunning world champion Peter Wright in the semi-final to earn a first televised final since the 2014 Masters.

Players Championship Finals 2020 – Sunday’s results

Quarter-Finals Peter Wright 10-6 Michael Smith
Mervyn King 10-8 Damon Heta
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Semi-Finals Mervyn King 11-4 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Gerwyn Price
Final Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Mervyn King

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Van Gerwen kicked off the final with a 96 finish only for King to take out 115 and 107 on his way to a 3-1 lead, but a three-leg burst took MvG back into the lead – a sensational 146 finish the highlight.

King capitalised on four Van Gerwen misses to square the final again, only for Van Gerwen to move 7-5 in front, two more 100+ finishes underlining the quality needed from the Dutchman to keep King at bay.

The pair traded huge finishes on the bullseye to stayed locked together at 9-9 before Van Gerwen moved within one of the title only to see King’s 13-darter set up a deciding leg where the Dutchman prevailed, but only after first missing three match darts.

“I’m proud of myself, I’ve worked hard for this, and to come back stronger and stronger like this means a lot to me.

“It’s been a long time since I won a tournament so I’m glad I played a very nice tournament. I played well and I’m glad to have my hands back on the trophy.

I’ve been out of form for a few months and you need to battle back. You have to fight back and I’m glad I did,”

Michael van Gerwen, Players Championship Finals Winner, 2020

2020 PDC televised champions

The Masters Peter Wright
UK Open Michael van Gerwen
World Matchplay Dimitri Van den Bergh
World Series of Darts Finals Gerwyn Price
World Grand Prix Gerwyn Price
Premier League Glen Durrant
European Championship Peter Wright
World Cup of Darts Wales (Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton)
Grand Slam of Darts Jose De Sousa
Players Championship Finals Michael van Gerwen

Sunday’s final session at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry also saw the PDC World Youth Championship final go to a sudden-death leg, as 20-year-old Bradley Brooks defeated Joe Davis to win the title, the £10,000 top prize and a place at the World Darts Championship.

The four-day event also saw the regular season come to a conclusion, with the top 32 seeds set for the World Championship, which has been confirmed for Alexandra Palace and gets underway on Tuesday December 15.

Steve Beaton’s first-round exit on Thursday means he will not be seeded and as he prepares to set a new record of 30 consecutive appearances at World Championships he will enter at the first round stage.

PDC Titles 2021 Season

8 Gerwyn Price
6 Peter Wright
5 Michael van Gerwen
2 Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen,
Michael Smith

The Worlds are coming…..

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The World Darts Championship is nearly here! It all starts on December 15th, live on Sky Sports.
The World Darts Championship is nearly here! It all starts on December 15th, live on Sky Sports.

The PDC World Darts Championship is on after the news on Monday that Alexandra Palace would host the event, and that the PDC has begun talks with the venue with the hope of fans being able to attend, in line with the latest UK government advice.

With the seeds now set, the 96-player field will be confirmed on Monday after the final two Tour Card holders qualifiers – one for the Rest of the Worlds which will offer two places and the other for the UK players that will offer four places.

The draw will take place on Sky Sports News on Thursday December 3.

You won’t miss a dart this Christmas thanks to the dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel which returns from December 15 until January 4 for every session from the World Darts Championship as Peter Wright defends the Sid Waddell Trophy

Source : Sky Sports