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Michael van Gerwen, PDC EuropeMICHAEL VAN GERWEN eased to victory with a string of ruthless performances as he claimed his 15th career European Tour title on Easter weekend. 

The Dutchman was in unstoppable form as he clinched a third consecutive German Darts Masters crown, bouncing back from a final defeat to Peter Wright in the first European Tour event of the year with some sublime displays.

Van Gerwen averaged 110 in his last 32 and last 16 wins against John Michael and Cristo Reyes, before following them up with a brilliant quarter-final win against Raymond van Barneveld.

In the last four, van Gerwen defeated Simon Whitlock 6-2 to set up a tournament decider against fellow Dutch Jelle Klaasen.

There, the world number one continued his dominance with another 6-2 win, maintaining his record of averaging over 100 in each match on his way to the £25,000 title.

“It’s lovely,” said Van Gerwen. “I think I played phenomenally here in Jena – I had two games of 110 average and one game of 108, you can’t really as for any more.

“When you play this well it feels great, but I’ve worked really hard for this and I make a lot of sacrifices, so I’m really glad it paid off.

“I love what I do and I love to perform for the great crowds like we have here in Germany.”

Van Gerwen returns to Premier League action in Belfast on Thursday, where he again takes on van Barneveld.