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Van Gerwen scoops quartet of trophies at 2017 PDC Awards Dinner

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 5 Jan 2017
Van Gerwen picked up four accolades at the Annual Awards (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen picked up four trophies at the 2017 PDC Awards Dinner, including Player of the Year, while John Part was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
 
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Dutch superstar MVG won 25 tournaments during an amazing 2016 before recapturing the World Championship title on Monday with a stunning victory over Gary Anderson in the final.
 
Van Gerwen's dominance of the circuit was reflected in his haul of four trophies at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner, which was held at The Dorchester Hotel in London on Wednesday.
 
Having earlier been voted by his fellow competitors as the PDPA Players' Player of the Year and by fans worldwide as the PDC Fans' Player of the Year, van Gerwen later the scooped the top honour of PDC Player of the Year - which he had shared with Anderson 12 months ago.
 
The 27-year-old also took home the Best ProTour Player award after winning £270,000 in the PDC's non-televised events during 2016, taking victory in six European Tour events, five Players Championships and three UK Open Qualifiers.
 
"I love winning trophies and this is a memorable night for me," said Van Gerwen.
 
"Everyone keeps pushing each other and playing better and better, and we're happy that we are part of this game. We have a great sport and I hope we can have many more years like this.

"We all work really hard for it and people might not understand what we sacrifice but it's very difficult but I love it, I love what I do and I hope I can do much more in the future as well because I want to be number one and stay number one."
 
Three-time World Champion and former Las Vegas Desert Classic winner Part was recognised for his achievements as the sport's most successful North American player by becoming the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame.
 
"I love darts and I think there are a lot of great, fantastic things happening in the game," said Part. "It's been really wonderful, and I'm so happy to have been at the onset of the current game, and to get some acknowledgement of that is fantastic.
 
"All I've ever done is play a game I love, and I got to keep going to different places and do a lot more than play darts, and I've had a lot of good times. This means a great deal to me."

Benito van de Pas was named as the Young Player of the Year, having established himself among the world's top 16 over the past year and won three Players Championship events in the process.
 
Austrian star Mensur Suljovic was named as the Most Improved Player, after winning his first ranking title and reaching the European Championship final during his rise into the world's top ten.
 
Phil Taylor was awarded the Televised Performance of the Year for his display as he won the inaugural Champions League of Darts in September, where he defeated Van Gerwen in the final.
 
The night also saw the presentation of commemorative pin badges to the players who achieved a nine-dart finish in 2016, including to Van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Alan Norris for their televised perfect legs.
 

PDC Annual Awards 2017 


PDC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Michael van Gerwen

Nominated:
Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor
Peter Wright

PDC YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Benito van de Pas

Nominated:
Corey Cadby
Josh Payne
Chris Dobey

HALL OF FAME

John Part
 
NINE-DART CLUB

Gold Pin Badges (Televised Events)
Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, Alan Norris
Silver Pin Badges (Non-Televised Events)
Ross Smith, Jamie Caven, Mark Dudbridge, Richie Corner, Michael van Gerwen Stuart Kellett, Adrian Lewis, Alan Norris, Dave Chisnall, Devon Petersen, James Richardson, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Steve Brown, Daniel Cole, Rob Cross, Richard Baillie, Jeffrey de Graaf, Yordi Meeuwisse, Simon Whitlock.
 
BEST PROTOUR PLAYER

Michael van Gerwen
 
TELEVISED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Phil Taylor - Champions League of Darts Final

Nominated:
Michael van Gerwen - Premier League (Aberdeen)
Peter Wright - Grand Slam of Darts Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen - World Darts Championship
 
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER

Mensur Suljovic

Nominated:
Joe Cullen
James Wilson
Chris Dobey
 
PDC FANS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Michael van Gerwen
 
PDPA PLAYERS' PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Michael van Gerwen


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