Michael van Gerwen successfully defended his Masters title in Milton Keynes at the weekend, while fellow ZWA ambassador Vincent van der Voort produced a stunning display to knock-out reigning World Champion Gary Anderson.
Michael van Gerwen picked up three honours at the PDC Awards Dinner on Thursday night at The Dorchester in London.
van Gerwen, who incredibly won 18 tournaments in 2015, collected awards for PDPA Players’ Player of the Year, ProTour Player of the Year and shared the prestigious PDC Player of the Year title with world number two Gary Anderson, who won the World Championship and Premier League in 2015. more
WORLD NUMBER ONE Michael van Gerwen revealed his pain following his third round exit from the World Darts Championship at the hands of Dutch rival Raymond van Barneveld but believes it will make him stronger.
The pre-tournament favourite, who was odds on to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy for the second time ahead of his clash with ‘Barney’, crashed out with a 4-3 defeat despite an average of almost 106 – the highest ever losing average in a World Championship match. more
Michael van Gerwen continued his perfect preparation for the World Darts Championship by collecting his fourth consecutive TV title with victory at the Players Championship Finals in Minehead on Sunday.
The world number one and 2014 World Champion is determined to recapture the title he surrendered to Gary Anderson in January and has responded to that defeat in sensational fashion.
He has reached the final of every major final this season and his Players Championship success followed glories in the Masters, UK Open, World Matchplay, European Championship, Grand Slam and World Series.
“I’ve been the best player of the year by far and I’m playing the best darts of my career but I need to continue that to win the World Championship,” said van Gerwen, who will meet the winner of a preliminary round game between Thanawat Gaweenuntawong and Rene Eidams in his first round match.
“It is really special to win four big tournaments in a row but the one I really want is the World Championship. This is the one we all want to win and it is the one we work all year for.
“When I did win it it was the best feeling of my life and I want to experience that again.”
van Gerwen proved unbeatable on his way to winning the Players Championship title, where he defeated Keegan Brown, Vincent van der Voort, Dave Chisnall, Daryl Gurney and Adrian Lewis to seal victory.
The world number one edged out Peter Wright in a thrilling final to clinch victory in the inaugural staging of the event, following wins in the European Championship and Grand Slam of Darts. more
Michael van Gerwen completed a full house of PDC major titles after adding the Grand Slam of Darts trophy to his career roll of honour.
The Dutch sensation, who won his first major just three years ago, sealed his 11th big success with a thrilling final win over defending champion Phil Taylor.
van Gerwen recovered from a nightmare start, having trailed 3-0, 4-1 and 7-3, by winning six straight legs in the middle of the contest before going on to clinch a 16-13 victory. more
The world number one successfully defended a major title for the first time in his career as he defeated Gary Anderson in a last-leg shoot-out at the Eithas Arena in Hasselt. more