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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN took victory at the first European Tour event of the year after a thrilling comeback victory in Sunday’s European Darts Open final against Peter Wright in Leverkusen.

The world number one clinched the title for the third time after fighting back from 5-1 down to claim an 8-7 victory against world number two Wright.

The Dutchman had seen off Cameron Menzies, Alan Norris, Simon Whitlock and Richard North in his run to the final.

“I love the European Tour tournaments – all the people coming to watch all the time is phenomenal,” said Van Gerwen. “I’m just glad to win.

“I played terrible in the first part of the game, I missed lots of doubles and needed to improve. Luckily for me I did exactly that and it was enough to clinch the win.

“I love these titles, the crowd were fantastic and really gave me a lift throughout.”