Van Gerwen secures fantastic fourth World Grand Prix title

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 6 Oct 2018
Van Gerwen claims his fifth TV title of the year (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen claimed a fourth World Grand Prix title after a 5-2 victory over Peter Wright in the final in Dublin on Saturday.

The world number one, who secured his first major title in this double-start tournament six years ago, struck gold on the Emerald Isle once again to roar back to winning ways.

Van Gerwen had gone almost 12 months without a televised ranking title but resumed normal service by reeling off three straight sets to deny Wright a first Dublin crown.

"I had to fight really hard to win that one," said Van Gerwen. "All credit to Peter, he made it difficult.

"At the start of this game I didn't play well but I showed winning instinct inside me to survive.

"Everyone wrote me off but I took the recent defeats on the chin and fought back even harder and played a phenomenal tournament.

"I'm building my preparation for the World Championship and I'm growing in confidence with every win - they should all be afraid of me."

A fascinating final, perhaps not for its consistent quality but twists and turns, began with Wright landing two 14-darters in taking a 2-1 lead in the first set.

The Scot then missed one set dart at the bullseye in the following leg to allow Van Gerwen to finish double 16 and power in a timely 110 checkout in the decider for first blood.

Wright then took advantage of some slack finishing from the Dutchman to storm to the second set without reply, taking out 86 on the bullseye in the process.

He then finished 68 to make it four consecutive legs before Van Gerwen hit back to set up another deciding leg, this time punishing nine missed starting doubles from his colorful rival to move 2-1 in front.

The first two legs of the fourth set were shared before Wright produced a 101 checkout to lead and went on to clinch the following leg to restore parity.

Wright then took out 79 to lead in set five, but after MVG had claimed back-to-back legs, 'Snakebite' piled in another 101 checkout to force a decider.

The world number two, though, was left to rue one missed dart at double 16 to wrap up the set as 'Mighty Mike' piled in a 101 checkout of his own to make it 3-2.

That moment proved the catalyst for a deadly spell of dominance for Van Gerwen as he raced to the next three legs to go two sets clear before taking out 92 to lead in set seven.

Van Gerwen then doubled his lead to move within a leg of victory, but Wright dug deep to produce a 78 checkout and stay alive.

Van Gerwen, however, wasted little time in closing out the job, blasting in his seventh 180 and tops for a 13-darter to seal the £100,000 title.

Wright, appearing in his first Grand Prix final, fell short of his first major title since last year's UK Open and admitted: "Michael is a fantastic player but he only won tonight because I let him off so much."

"My form this year has been up and down, I had an awesome game against Mensur on Friday but unfortunately I couldn't do it again in the final.

"I enjoy my darts and I mix it with the best, maybe next time I will go all the way."


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