Michael van Gerwen ended his title drought at the 2019 Melbourne Darts Masters thanks to an 8-3 victory over Daryl Gurney in the final.
Van Gerwen had gone 86 days without a PDC title, dating back to May’s Premier League triumph, but returned to the winner’s circle in style by claiming his first World Series title on Australian soil since 2016.
The world number one began the final day at the Melbourne Arena by edging out rival Gary Anderson 8-6 in a high quality Quarter-Final, before going on to whitewash a below-par Peter Wright and power past Gurney in the final.
The victory marks his 13th World Series title and tenth individual PDC title of the year.
“It is good to be back and winning titles again,” said Van Gerwen. “People have been talking a little bit because they are used to seeing me win all the time.
“Form is temporary and class is permanent, nobody should doubt my talent.
“To beat Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and then Daryl in the final it shows that I am still the man to beat and I want to make it two out of three when we go to Hamilton next week.”
Van Gerwen started the final brightly and sunk a 110 checkout in the third leg to move 2-1 ahead.
He then broke throw for the first time in the game to move two clear, but Gurney responded strongly to break back and level at 3-3 at the interval.
But that was as good as it got for the former World Grand Prix champion, as Van Gerwen rattled off five straight legs to clinch the title.
Gurney suffered a second World Series final defeat after he lost to MVG in the 2017 US Masters, and the Northern Irishman admitted: “I had my chances and if I had managed to hit my doubles I might have been able to win tonight.
“I’m playing well and giving myself good opportunities so to make it to another final shows I am still competing at the highest level.
“There are a lot of big events coming up in the rest of the year and I hope to be lifting at least one of the big ones.”
Van Gerwen’s 100.6 average in his Quarter-Final win over Anderson was his first ton-plus average in 15 games, followed by a 97 in thrashing an out of sorts Wright.
Gurney’s run to the final on Saturday started with a convincing 8-4 over home favourite Simon Whitlock, in which he landed a stunning 132 checkout on the bull.
This was then followed by a tense 8-5 victory over World Matchplay champion Rob Cross.
The World Series continues from August 23-24 as the PDC and Oceanic stars head to Hamilton for the New Zealand Darts Masters.
Melbourne Darts Masters 2019 Results
Saturday August 17
Peter Wright 8-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 8-6 Gary Anderson
Rob Cross 8-3 Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney 8-4 Simon Whitlock
Peter Wright 0-8 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 5-7 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Daryl Gurney