Michael van Gerwen finally sealed victory in Australia as he became Perth Darts Masters Champion in the the final leg of this year’s World Series of Darts on Saturday.
The world number one, who had lost out to Phil Taylor in the final of the Sydney Darts Masters a week earlier, bounced back to win his first career title down under.
van Gerwen, who had also lost two finals in Australia in previous years, emerged victorious with an 11-4 defeat of Dave Chisnall to pick up his 14th tournament triumph of 2016.
Having seen off Kyle Anderson, James Wade and Peter Wright to reach the decider, the Dutchman dominated the final and – despite Chisnall reducing his lead to 5-3 at one stage – surged to glory.
“This is my first World Series win in Australia so it’s a great victory,” said van Gerwen. “Dave’s such a good player and you have to produce your best game but I went into the final with a lot of confidence because I had a fantastic record against him.
“I found it hard and didn’t play my best game, but think I did well to win this trophy and I’m glad I did.
“I think tonight I played well; against Peter Wright I didn’t give him any chances and against Dave I did the right thing at the right moments, and if you want to win the tournament you have to do that.”
That win was van Gerwen’s second on the 2016 World Series this year and he will head to to the Braehead Arena Glasgow in November to defend his title in the finals.