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Van Gerwen completes Players Championship Finals treble to continue blistering run

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 28 Nov 2016
Van Gerwen clutches the trophy on the Minehead stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen picked up the Players Championship Finals trophy for a third time on Sunday night, thrashing Dave Chisnall 11-3 with a ruthless display in the final at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
 
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Van Gerwen's incredible 2016 continued with a 25th tournament win and a third televised triumph of November as he followed up his victories in the World Series Finals and Grand Slam by taking the £75,000 first prize.
 
The world number one began the final day with a fantastic 108 average as he saw off fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld 10-5, before overcoming a huge scare to edge past Darren Webster 11-8 in the Semi-Finals.
 
Webster raced into a 6-0 lead to leave the Dutch sensation stunned, but van Gerwen stormed back to level before sealing the win with a terrific 144 checkout.
 
With that fright out of the way, van Gerwen then proved unstoppable in the final as he again averaged 108 to retain the Players Championship Finals trophy.
 
A 13-darter set the tone for van Gerwen, and though Chisnall recorded a 121 checkout in leg three and traded 13-darters with the Dutchman to stay in touch at 3-2, the reigning champion proved too strong with a mid-game surge.
 
Van Gerwen took five straight legs to move out to 8-2, including a ten-darter and legs of 12 and 13 darts, and though Chisnall responded to claim his third leg, further finishes of 13, 14 and 11 darts sealed the Dutchman's triumph.
 
"It's an amazing feeling for me and I'm a happy man," said van Gerwen. "It wasn't easy for me today and I had to work really hard, but I'm really glad that I won this trophy again.

"Darren gave me a scare and Dave had a chance to make it three-all, and Dave's a dangerous player but I punished him when he let me in.
 
"Going into the World Championship this is a big confidence boost for me. What I've done this year is phenomenal and I'm really proud of myself because nobody has won as many tournaments as this before."
 
Chisnall pocketed £35,000 as the runner-up after defeating Robbie Green and Peter Wright on Sunday, but he again missed out on claiming a televised title.
 
"I'm trying and I played quite well all week, but Michael did the business against me," said Chisnall. "I've had a good weekend and it's another step forward for me to reach the final but I'm determined to one day get that win."
 
Webster's wins over Jonny Clayton, Simon Whitlock, Alan Norris and Christian Kist had put him into his first televised semi-final, and the Norwich ace had been on course for a huge upset when he led van Gerwen 6-0.
 
"I gave him a game but he's fantastic," said Webster, who scooped £20,000 in prize money. "When I was 6-0 up I started thinking about 11-0, but then he came back.
 
"You have to destroy people. I should have buried him, but he isn't world number one for nothing and he came back at me. Maybe it was inexperience and my mind wandered, but I still thought I was going to have him at the end and I didn't stop fighting.
 
"I've enjoyed this weekend. Everyone thought Michael was going to annihilate me but I've got confidence now and a bit more stage experience and I'll look forward to the World Championship."
 
Wright had edged out Kim Huybrechts 10-9 in a thrilling quarter-final, with the Belgian ace missing one match dart before the world number three prevailed in a deciding leg.
 
"In a way I'm happy to be in the semi-final but then again I'm not because I didn't give Chizzy the game that I should do," said Wright. "I missed a few doubles early on but it will be a different story in the World Championship."
 
Dutch duo van Barneveld and Kist and Wallasey's Robbie Green were the other quarter-finalists after winning through from the original 64-player field, with play across two stages on the opening two days at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
 
Players Championship Finals 2016 Results

Sunday November 27

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
Christian Kist 6-10 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 10-5 Robbie Green
Kim Huybrechts 9-10 Peter Wright
 
Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Darren Webster
Peter Wright 8-11 Dave Chisnall

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Peter Wright


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Van Gerwen completes Players Championship Finals treble to continue blistering run

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