Michael van Gerwen denies Gerwyn Price to secure hat-trick of World Matchplay titles

Michael van Gerwen produced a supreme late surge to deny Gerwyn Price 18-14 in the final and claim a third World Matchplay title in Blackpool.

Van Gerwen recovered from a sluggish start to record a breath-taking victory over the Welshman, reeling off the last five legs without reply to scoop a record £200,000 top prize and the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy.

The Dutchman produced a timely late burst to defeat 2020 champion Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Semi-Finals and repeated the feat against Price to secure his first triumph at the Winter Gardens since 2016.

The world number three averaged 101 and landed a staggering 15 maximums and five ton-plus checkouts on his way to sealing glory.

“To put my hands on this trophy again means the world to me,” reflected an emotional Van Gerwen.

“I’ve come through a very difficult patch in my career. To come back and beat a player of Gerwyn’s quality means a lot to me. I am really proud.

“There was drama in the final, phenomenal darts, big scoring, great finishing. You cannot imagine how happy I am.

“The good times are coming again, I feel it. It’s the first time I’ve played a final against Gerwyn on Sky Sports, and to win feels incredible.

“I hope we can have a lot more battles like this. I think before this tournament a final would have been a dream for me, because I’ve been going through a tough period.”

Price was bidding to become the first Welshman to win the World Matchplay, and for large periods he appeared poised to make history.

The new world number one was in dreamland in the early exchanges, punishing a profligate start from Van Gerwen to race into a 4-0 lead, before the Dutchman came agonisingly close to opening his account with a sensational nine-darter in leg five.

Van Gerwen missed double 12 for his second perfect leg at the Winter Gardens, but a ten-darter provided the catalyst for a stunning three-leg burst, which saw him follow up a 13-darter with a spectacular 160 checkout to reduce the arrears to 4-3.

The world number three was firing in maximums with alarming regularity, but his outer ring woes resurfaced in leg eight, with six more misses at double – taking his tally to 17 – enabling Price to regain control at 6-4.

The third session was littered with quality, as Price established a four-leg buffer with legs of 11, 12 and 14 darts, but a brilliant 82 finish on the bull from Van Gerwen, coupled with a tenth 180 and a 12-dart break in leg 15, saw him cut the deficit to 9-6.

Van Gerwen maintained his relentless assault on the treble 20, firing in back-to-back 180s and taking out 97 in two darts for an 11-dart hold, before pinning an effortless 140 combination to stay two legs adrift.

Price, who finished superbly in the opening exchanges, was beginning to display fallibility in the doubling department and Van Gerwen capitalised by winning three of the next four legs to level at 12-12.

The tension was tangible in the Winter Gardens, but following four straight holds, Van Gerwen struck the decisive blow in leg 29, producing a magnificent 130 finish to secure the lead for the first time.

The 33-year-old cemented his advantage with a comfortable hold, before moving to within a leg of glory with a nerveless 114 outshot – his fourth ton-plus finish of the contest.

The Welshman replied with a ninth 180 as he looked to preserve his hopes, but an inspired Van Gerwen wasn’t to be denied, wrapping up a landmark victory with a brilliant 121 checkout on the bullseye.

Price pocketed £100,000 as runner-up following a superb campaign, which included a 104 average against Jose De Sousa, and a nine-darter in his Semi-Final success against Danny Noppert.

The 37-year-old was unable to cap off a brilliant week with his eighth PDC televised triumph, but he does reclaim the world number one spot following Peter Wright’s quarter-final exit.

“I was fortunate to be 9-6 up. Michael is a fantastic player and once he gets on a roll like that, it’s hard to contain him,” admitted the 2021 World Champion.

“I didn’t have a purple patch which I needed in this game, and I think Michael had it all game!

“Michael was fantastic. He’s a deserving winner. He is a great player and a great friend.

“I’m definitely proud of myself, especially with the way I’ve been playing in the last couple of months. It just didn’t happen for me today.”

World Matchplay 2022 Final Result

Sunday July 25

Michael van Gerwen 18-14 Gerwyn Price

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Michael van Gerwen to miss the World Cup of Darts through injury

Michael van Gerwen has revealed that he will undergo surgery in his throwing arm and will miss the 2022 World Cup of Darts.

Van Gerwen has picked up three European Tour titles and two Players Championship titles this season, as well as finishing second in the Premier League with three night wins to his name.

However, the Dutchman has revealed that he has been playing through the pain of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in his throwing arm whilst receiving treatment.

The injury will now require an operation, which he will undergo on Tuesday June 14 following the Premier League Play-Offs in Berlin.

Van Gerwen will therefore not compete in that week’s Players Championship double-header in Niedernhausen nor the World Cup of Darts from June 16-19, and will assess his recovery ahead of the Dutch Masters in Amsterdam later in the month.

The world number three has previously won three World Cup titles in nine appearances in the event, and had been set to line up alongside Danny Noppert in Frankfurt next month.

The news means that the new-look Dutch pairing for June’s World Cup of Darts is set to see reigning UK Open champion Noppert partnered by 2020 World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Van Gerwen said: “For some time now I have been experiencing a tingling sensation in my throwing hand and arm. Following medical assessment, I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

“I have been receiving treatment for a while in order to ease the symptoms, enabling me to continue to play to a good level. However, it has become clear that I will require an operation for this problem to go away permanently.

“This operation will take place on 14 June, following the Premier League Play-Offs. Unfortunately, this means I will be unable to play in Players Championships 16-17 and the World Cup of Darts.

“It is disappointing to miss the World Cup, but myself, my management, family and medical advisors agree that it is the right time to fix the problem.

“I will make decisions on other events in June and July based on how my recovery progresses. It is my goal to be back to one hundred percent ahead of the World Matchplay.

“I want to thank those around me for their support and understanding. Having this operation now means I will miss some events but should be at full strength for all the big televised tournaments for the rest of the year.

“I would also like to wish the Netherlands team the best of luck at the World Cup of Darts.”

Michael van Gerwen continues European Tour dominance with Austrian Darts Open triumph

Michael van Gerwen secured his second European Tour title of the season at the 2022 Austrian Darts Open in Graz with an 8-5 defeat of Danny Noppert in the final.

Van Gerwen followed up his German Darts Championship triumph in March by adding a second £25,000 title of the campaign and a 34th on the Euro Tour in total.

The world number three overcame fellow Dutchman Noppert in front of a capacity crowd at the Premstättner Halle on Sunday night to continue his emphatic resurgence.

“I always want to win, I always put pressure on my shoulders so to win this title means a lot,” said Van Gerwen.

“We all had to wait a long time to play this tournament again but this crowd made it worth the wait; they were phenomenal, not just for me but for everyone in the tournament.

“It was really hard to perform on stage because of the heat which makes me even more proud of myself to get this win.”

Van Gerwen avenged Thursday’s Premier League Quarter-Final defeat to James Wade in Dublin with a narrow 6-5 victory, having recovered from 4-2 down with the aid of a 170 checkout.

Van Gerwen’s most impressive display of the weekend saw him average 106 in a 6-1 demolition of Dirk van Duijvenbode, before seeing off Stephen Bunting 7-5 in the Semi-Finals.

The final saw Noppert hit back from 3-0 down with a 120 checkout on the way to level at 3-3, and the pair remained all square four legs later.

The 12th leg proved decisive as Van Gerwen landed a 14-dart break of throw to open up daylight at 7-5, before following up with another 14-darter to seal victory.

The wait for a maiden European Tour title goes on for Noppert, who reached his first final having previously made the Semi-Finals on three occasions.

The reigning UK Open champion enjoyed victories over Premier League leader Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen and Nathan Aspinall en route to the final.

It was another encouraging weekend for Aspinall on his return from injury, defeating Madars Razma and Ricky Evans on Sunday to reach the Last Four.

Bunting began the day by defeating Callan Rydz 6-4 and overcame European Champion Rob Cross by the same scoreline in the Quarter-Finals before eventually being halted by MVG.

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Austrian Darts Open 2022 – Day Three Results

Sunday May 1

Afternoon Session

Third Round
Danny Noppert 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Danny Jansen 0-6 Ricky Evans
Madars Razma 2-6 Nathan Aspinall
Zoran Lerchbacher 1-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Rob Cross
Callan Rydz 4-6 Stephen Bunting

Evening Session

Quarter-Finals
Danny Noppert 6-1 Joe Cullen
Ricky Evans 5-6 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-6 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 4-6 Stephen Bunting

Semi-Finals
Danny Noppert 7-2 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Stephen Bunting

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Danny Noppert

Michael van Gerwen hits out at “lazy” rivals following Players Championship success

Michael van Gerwen has branded a number of his rivals “lazy” after they opted out of entering the weekend’s ProTour double-header in Germany.

Van Gerwen secured his first ProTour title of the year at Players Championship 8 in Niedernhausen on Sunday, doubling his ranking title tally for 2022 after recently winning the German Championship.

The double-header of floor events were the first to be held outside of the UK this season and featured a depleted field after a host of Tour Card holders opted out of making the trip.

Van Gerwen was one of only three current Premier League players to compete, and the Dutchman took a swipe at his rivals in his post-match interview after defeating Martin Schindler in the final.

“I’m not here to win a few rounds, I’m here to win these tournaments, otherwise I wouldn’t compete in them,” said the Dutchman.

“The only medicine for getting back on track is winning games and winning tournaments.

“Gerwyn Price is here, James Wade, Daryl Gurney – there are a lot of top players still here.

“Of course, they [absent players] cannot be bothered to travel abroad but I have to travel abroad every week. They are a bit lazy.”

Van Gerwen saw his seven-year spell as world number one ended in January 2021 when Price’s World Championship triumph moved him to the top of the rankings.

While Van Gerwen failed to pick up a televised ranking title last year, Wright’s successes in the World Matchplay and World Championship moved him into a position that saw him recently surpass Price at the top of the Order of Merit.

MVG had won a combined 12 European Tour titles in 2018 and 2019 – each worth £25,000 in prize money – and saw just six events held during the past two years, before a positive Covid-19 test saw him eliminated from the 2021/22 World Championship when he was defending runner-up prize money of £200,000.

The three-time World Champion, who has also won two Premier League nights so far in 2022, is enjoying a return to form on the big stage and has sent out a warning to his rivals, insisting: “I will be top soon, don’t worry.

“Last year was, of course, a disaster for me. If you look towards the ranking system, I lost £200,000 in my world ranking because of Covid, which you can’t do anything against.

“There was £250,000 probably in Euro Tours, so that’s £450,000 off the ranking that I couldn’t do anything against. So if you look towards that perspective, there’s not really a lot you can do – but I always want to aim for more, and I keep believing in myself.

“I’m still favourite with the bookies. People have their own opinion, but if I still play my game it’s still tough to beat me and they all know that. They don’t admit it but that’s how life is.”

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“The control has not been strong enough” blasts Van Gerwen after World Championship withdrawal

Michael van Gerwen has hit out at the PDC’s Covid protocols following his withdrawal from the World Darts Championship due to a positive test.

The three-time World Champion was removed from the competition after returning a positive Covid-19 test ahead of his scheduled Third Round match with Chris Dobey on Tuesday.

Van Gerwen joins Vincent van der Voort in departing Ally Pally without throwing a dart following the Christmas break after his Dutch compatriot also tested positive on Monday.

MVG had spent Christmas Eve with Van der Voort, Dirk van Duijvenbode and their manager, though all had tested negative.

Van Gerwen and Van der Voort are now both in quarantine at the players’ hotel in London’s Hilton Islington.

The world number three gave his first reaction to AD Sportwereld, and admitted: “It’s the biggest nightmare you can imagine.

“Of course our health is the most important thing, but you’re here to win the tournament.

”We get to sit here together now, but we had imagined this very differently. Again, this is really the biggest nightmare.”

“They [family] are all sad too. They know what I have done for them. That it has to end like this, unbelievable.

“I could have fooled everyone, but I won’t. I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror. People die from corona, so you don’t do that. It is my moral duty.”

Van Gerwen was heavily critical of the tournament organisers for ‘not doing enough’ to minimise the risk of spreading of the virus and feels the measures could have been more stringent.

Fans and event staff are required to show either proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow upon arrival at Alexandra Palace and masks must be worn when moving around the venue.

Van Gerwen added: “They should check everyone at the door every day, they didn’t do it. According to the British government they don’t have to. But to protect your own organisation and the World Championship, it would have been handy.

“The PDC will always say they followed the rules of the government, but they could have looked at it more closely. The control has not been strong enough.

“It’s as leaky as a sieve, now I pay a high price. I didn’t do anything, that makes it even more sour. It’s just awful. It’s going to take a while to come to terms with this.”

The 32-year-old admits he had taken the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of contracting the virus and is baffled as to how he ended up testing positive.

“Vincent [Van der Voort] and I didn’t even go to the breakfast room because we thought it was too crowded there,” added Van Gerwen.

“We were all tested negative. I test myself here every day, I don’t know where I got it. Yet we are the losers.”

As a result of MVG’s withdrawal, Dobey will receive a bye into the Last 16 – where he will face Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries.

Raymond van Barneveld revealed he had tested positive following his Second Round defeat to Rob Cross last week, while Spain’s Juan Rodriguez withdrew prior to the tournament following a positive test.

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Michael van Gerwen ruled out of the World Darts Championship with Covid

Michael van Gerwen has been withdrawn from the 2021/22 World Darts Championship after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van Gerwen was due to face Chris Dobey in the Third Round on Tuesday evening, but has returned a positive Covid test and is therefore out of the competition.

As a result, Dobey will receive a bye into the Last 16 – where he will face Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries.

Van Gerwen had defeated Chas Barstow 3-1 in his opening contest on Saturday December 18.

The Dutchman, who remained in the UK over Christmas, has become the third player to test positive for Covid-19 during the tournament, with Raymond van Barneveld having tested positive following his Second Round defeat to Rob Cross last week and Vincent van der Voort being withdrawn from the tournament 24 hours ago.

Van Gerwen came into close contact with Van der Voort during the Christmas period.

The three-time World Champion tweeted:

Spain’s Juan Rodriguez withdrew prior to the tournament following a positive test.

Tuesday’s evening session at Alexandra Palace will now feature just two matches as Rob Cross plays Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright meets Damon Heta.

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Van Gerwen returns to Ally Pally as the number three seed and is vying to win his first televised ranking title of the season.

The green machine first lifted the Sid Waddell trophy in 2014 and went on to repeat the feat in 2017 and 2019.

The William Hill World Championship runs from December 15 to January 3 as 96 players compete for £2.5 million in prize money and the sport’s ultimate silverware.

Winner of the Nordic Masters and a Players Championship title in recent months, MVG has shown signs of his blistering best and will be determined to start 2022 with a bang by displacing rival Gerwyn Price as World Champion.

Only Phil Taylor has won more PDC World Championship titles than ‘Mighty Mike’ – who has registered 33 ton-plus averages in the event, including the tournament record of 114.05 in 2017.

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Van Gerwen blasts “ridiculous” playing conditions in Minehead

Michael van Gerwen has branded the playing conditions at the Players Championship Finals as “ridiculous” as he battles the freezing temperatures in Minehead.

Reigning and six-time Players Championship Finals winner Van Gerwen continued the defence of his title by booking his place in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday, but slammed the playing conditions inside the main arena.

The UK has been hit by strong winds and icy temperatures in recent days, and the seaside resort of Minehead has been no exception, with the vast tent-style arena proving a tough environment for the players to perform in.

Van Gerwen began the day by defeating former World Cup winning teammate Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 in the Second Round and ended it with a 10-6 win over rival Gary Anderson in the Last 16, averaging 95 in both matches.

The world number three then let rip in his post-match television interview, fuming: “At the end of the day it’s a good win, but the conditions we’re playing in at the moment are absolutely ridiculous.

“If you look at the performances of the top players, no one is hitting their A game because the conditions for us as players are not very good.

“It’s quite cold, there is a lot of wind and that doesn’t do you any favours. It doesn’t make you a better player.

“Then you’re trying too hard, you want to do better and you make it really difficult for yourself.

“It’s not about testing myself, it’s trying to compete against the conditions.

“The standard of this tournament has not been good enough and that’s to do with the conditions we have to play in here.

“No one is allowed to say anything, no one has the balls to say anything, but I say it.”

Van Gerwen, whose most recent major ranking title came in this event in Coventry 12 months ago, will now face rival Peter Wright in the Quarter-Finals on Sunday afternoon.

The Dutchman vented his frustration at not being able to perform to his optimum as a result of the baltic conditions.

He added: “It’s not about me winning the game. I didn’t feel comfortable, Gary didn’t feel comfortable and a lot of the other players are not feeling comfortable. That’s not what you want.

“You have to deal with the circumstances, I know it makes it difficult, but on the other side when you winning games that’s the most important thing.

“But still, it makes you a little bit angry and I don’t like things like that.

“It’s a big tent, they can put 20 heaters in here.

“The weather is quite bad over here so it’s quite windy, you can’t do anything against that and venues like this aren’t really prepared for that.

“They keep playing here in winter time, we play here in March when the weather’s normally bad as well and now at the end of November.

“Let us play here in the summer or something, then it’s a bit different.

“I know it’s the same for everyone, but you want to show the crowd your best performance and when you’re not able to, you can blame yourself but this is nothing to do with myself, it’s to do with the circumstances.”

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Van Gerwen “gutted” after World Championship whitewash defeat to Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen admits his shock whitewash defeat to Dave Chisnall in the Quarter-Finals of the World Darts Championship has left him “hurt” and “gutted”.

The world number one was thrashed 5-0 at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day as he saw his hopes of a fourth world title crushed by an inspired Chizzy.

Chisnall averaged 107.3 and hit fourteen 180s in his most prolific performance to date, ending a run of 27 games without a win over Van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen walked away from a match at the William Hill World Championship without a set to his name for the first time since 2009 and now faces the prospect of surrendering his world number one spot to Gerwyn Price if the Welshman goes on to lift the trophy.

A dejected Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: “It was a difficult match, I knew that before and when Dave is in form you have to work really hard if you want to beat him but I didn’t show up.

“The scoring power wasn’t there, I only can blame myself for this, no one else.

“Dave took every opportunity he had to make it as difficult as possible and fair play to him.

“I let myself down and I’m gutted, it’s something to think about in the next few days.

“It is the best Dave’s ever played, I know that by fact.

“When you win it’s nice to talk after about how great you played but today you’ve also got to admit, I wasn’t there.

“Well done Dave and I played crap.”

Chisnall missed double 12 for a nine-darter en route to taking the fourth set, with Van Gerwen providing a bizarre but brilliant moment when he hit treble 20, treble 19 and then double 12 immediately after his opponent missed his attempt at the finish – despite the Dutchman not being on a checkout.

Two of the five sets went to a deciding leg, but MVG was unable to find the breakthrough and was resigned to his earliest exit at Ally Pally since the 2015/16 event.

He added: “I need to reflect a bit on this game and think ‘where did things go wrong?’

“The only thing that wasn’t too bad was my doubles but if you score that badly against someone who’s playing really well like Dave did, then you only can blame yourself.

“When you’re a winner, you have to stand in front of the microphone as well and when you lose you have to do it as well.

“Of course it hurts and I wanted to do a lot more in this tournament, but that’s the price you pay when you lose.

“Everyone played their nuts off against me from the First Round to today, they all played better than I’ve ever seen them play.

“I need to make sure I go back to the practice board and get ready for the next tournament.”

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Van Gerwen returns to winning ways in the PDC Autumn Series

Michael van Gerwen returned to the winner’s enclosure on Day Three of the PDC Autumn Series in Niederhausen, thrashing Mensur Suljovic 8-1 in the final on Monday.

The world number one had failed to qualify for the Premier League play-offs less than a fortnight ago and was beaten by both eventual champions in the opening two days of the Autumn Series.

However, he bounced back emphatically at the third time of asking, dropping just 13 legs en route to claiming his fourth ranking title of the season.

Van Gerwen recorded four consecutive ton-plus averages in his run to the final before powering past Suljovic to seal the £10,000 top prize.

“You have to play your A-game to win tournaments like this,” said Van Gerwen.

“I had some tough games today. I played Damon Heta again after he beat me yesterday.

“Apart from yesterday, the last few days I have felt a lot more comfortable than I did before.

“Of course it was nice to beat Glen Durrant for first time. He’s a phenomenal player but I should’ve beaten him last time.

“There’s always pressure on my back. I didn’t perform how I can in the Premier League but that’s how darts goes sometimes.

“I’m human but I will come back stronger, everyone knows that and I believe in my own ability.”

The world number one began the day with a 6-4 victory over former world finalist Andy Hamilton, before recording his first of four ton-plus averages in a 6-2 defeat of Reece Robinson.

Whitewash wins over fellow Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode and his Day Two conqueror Damon Heta were sandwiched either side of a 6-2 victory over Glen Durrant, his first against the Premier League table-topper.

A 7-4 triumph over Welshman Nick Kenny saw him progress to the final where he blew away Mensur Suljovic 8-1 with checkouts of 96 and 113 in the process.

Suljovic’s sole contribution to the scoreline came courtesy of a spectacular 170 checkout in the fourth leg.

The Austrian had defeated the likes of Jeffrey De Zwaan, Daryl Gurney, Luke Humphries and Ian White on his way to reaching the final.

Kenny, a Tour Card winner at Q School in January, reached his first PDC Semi-Final, while Australia’s Heta backed up his Day Two title win with a run to the Last Eight.

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PDC Autumn Series 2020 Day Three Results

Monday September 14

First Round
Peter Wright 6-4 Ryan Meikle
Scott Waites 6-1 Daniel Larsson
Keegan Brown 6-1 Barrie Bates
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Peter Jacques
Rob Cross 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Max Hopp 6-1 Yordi Meeuwisse
Luke Humphries 6-1 Ryan Joyce
Steffen Siepmann 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Marko Kantele
Jan Dekker 6-2 Scott Baker
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-3 Harry Ward
Justin Pipe 6-2 Robert Collins
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Maikel Verberk
Niels Zonneveld 6-1 Harald Leitinger
Kim Huybrechts 6-0 Ryan Murray
Brian Raman 6-1 Martijn Kleermaker
Nathan Aspinall 6-0 Karel Sedlacek
Kai Fan Leung 6-3 Scott Mitchell
Madars Razma 6-4 Graham Usher
Ricky Evans 6-2 Jeff Smith
Danny Noppert 6-1 Geert Nentjes
Conan Whitehead 6-1 Gary Blades
Ted Evetts 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Mark McGeeney
Ian White 6-0 Nathan Derry
Mike De Decker 6-3 Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Scott Taylor
William Borland 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Jose De Sousa 6-1 Robert Thornton
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Bradley Brooks
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 David Pallett
Adam Hunt 6-4 Carl Wilkinson
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 Joe Murnan
Steve Beaton 6-5 John Henderson
Ross Smith 6-1 Jamie Lewis
James Wilson 6-5 Brendan Dolan
Gavin Carlin 6-4 Krzysztof Kciuk
Joe Cullen 6-2 Steve Lennon
Matthew Edgar 6-5 Chris Dobey
James Wade 6-3 Jitse Van der Wal
Josh Payne 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Nick Kenny 6-5 Devon Petersen
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Martin Schindler
Michael Smith 6-5 Justin Hood
Boris Krcmar 6-3 Matt Clark
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Jamie Hughes
Alan Tabern 6-4 Jesus Noguera
Damon Heta 6-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-0 Derk Telnekes
Mervyn King 6-1 Vincent Van der Meer
William O’Connor 6-2 Adrian Gray
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Steve Brown
Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Benito van de Pas
Callan Rydz 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Aaron Beeney 6-3 Christian Bunse
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Reece Robinson 6-1 Wayne Jones
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Maik Kuivenhoven
Andy Boulton 6-3 Jason Lowe
Glen Durrant 6-2 Ryan Hogarth
Arjan Konterman 6-5 Richard North
Ryan Searle 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
John Michael 6-2 Steve West

Second Round
Peter Wright 6-1 Scott Waites
Keegan Brown 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Rob Cross 6-2 Max Hopp
Luke Humphries 6-1 Steffen Siepmann
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jan Dekker
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-5 Justin Pipe
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Brian Raman
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Kai Fan Leung
Ricky Evans 6-3 Madars Razma
Danny Noppert 6-5 Conan Whitehead
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Ted Evetts
Ian White 6-5 Mike De Decker
William Borland 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Adam Hunt
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Ron Meulenkamp
Ross Smith 6-4 Steve Beaton
Gavin Carlin 6-4 James Wilson
Joe Cullen 6-2 Matthew Edgar
James Wade 6-3 Josh Payne
Nick Kenny 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Boris Krcmar 6-5 Michael Smith
Lisa Ashton 6-2 Alan Tabern
Damon Heta 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Mervyn King 6-2 William O’Connor
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
Callan Rydz 6-3 Aaron Beeney
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Reece Robinson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Andy Boulton
Glen Durrant 6-1 Arjan Konterman
John Michael 6-2 Ryan Searle
Losers: £500

Last 32
Keegan Brown 6-5 Peter Wright
Luke Humphries 6-3 Rob Cross
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Ricky Evans
Danny Noppert 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 6-2 William Borland
Jose De Sousa 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Ross Smith 6-4 Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen 6-0 Gavin Carlin
Nick Kenny 6-5 James Wade
Lisa Ashton 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Damon Heta 6-4 Mervyn King
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Callan Rydz
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Glen Durrant 6-3 John Michael
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Luke Humphries 6-0 Keegan Brown
Mensur Suljovic 6-0 Daryl Gurney
Danny Noppert 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Ian White 6-3 Jose De Sousa
Ross Smith 6-4 Joe Cullen
Nick Kenny 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Damon Heta 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Glen Durrant
Losers: £1,500

Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Luke Humphries
Ian White 6-3 Danny Noppert
Nick Kenny 6-2 Ross Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Damon Heta
Losers: £2,250

Semi-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 7-3 Ian White
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Nick Kenny
Losers: £3,000

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Mensur Suljovic
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

Nine-dart Van Gerwen returns to winning ways by claiming third UK Open title

Michael van Gerwen claimed his first ranking title of 2020 in style at the 2020 UK Open as he landed a nine-darter en route to glory in Minehead.

The world number one had gone more than 100 days without winning a PDC tournament but opened his account for the new season superbly by coming from 5-1 down to defeat Gerwyn Price 11-9 in the final.

Van Gerwen produced a roof-raising nine-dart finish on his way to an 11-3 rout of Daryl Gurney in the Semi-Finals, the second perfect leg of the weekend after Jonny Clayton’s effort on Saturday.

The Dutchman punished a series of fatal missed doubles from Price at the business end of the final to clinch the £100,000 title and become only the second player to win the UK Open on three or more occasions.

“It’s an incredible win and it means a lot to me to win this tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “I’ve had a phenomenal tournament and the pressure was on me.

“It was a hard day for me, I had to play three Premier League players and it was not easy but I played really good darts and didn’t do a lot wrong.

“The nine-darter was fantastic but with the way I was playing it was just a matter of time. That’s just one leg though and I had to keep my focus.

“Gerwyn had his chances in the final but I took good advantage and I never missed a chance. That was important, so I only can be happy with this.”

Price, who was beaten by Van Gerwen in last November’s Players Championship final at the same venue, began the final strongly by racing into a 5-1 lead with the aid of a 105 checkout.

Van Gerwen took the next two legs before missing the bull for a 124 checkout and allowing the Welshman to move 6-3 ahead.

Price then missed one dart at double 16 to extend his advantage and MVG seized his reprieve on double 11 before taking out 76 in the following leg to trail 6-5.

Price re-established a two-leg cushion but was left to rue ten missed darts in the next three legs as Van Gerwen turned the tables to move in front.

The three-time World Champion dealt another crushing blow with a 136 checkout before finishing 96 for an 11-darter to move within a leg of victory at 10-7.

Price rallied back with a 94 checkout before surviving a match dart from the Dutchman in the following leg to peg back to just one behind.

However, Van Gerwen averted the need for a nail-biting decider with a 66 finish on double 18 to return to the winner’s circle.

Price was forced to settle for the runner-up spot for the second time at the Ladbrokes UK Open, and admitted: “I bombed numerous opportunities and possibly could have been 9-6 up, but that’s the way darts goes.

“It’s just battling against myself when I go for doubles. If I hit my doubles, I probably am the best player in the world.”

Van Gerwen began the day by thrashing Rob Cross 10-4 with a blistering 110.8 average in a repeat of the 2019 Premier League final.

He then averaged 110.3 in thrashing Gurney 11-3 with a stunning nine-darter in the process – the seventh of his career in televised competition.

Price dispatched Dimitri van den Bergh 10-5 in the Quarter-Finals with a 102 average and went on to sustain that level in brushing aside fellow Welsh ace Jonny Clayton 11-4 in the Semi-Finals.

Ladbrokes UK Open 2020 Results

Sunday March 8

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
Dimitri van den Bergh 5-10 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 10-9 Jelle Klaasen
Jamie Hughes 9-10 Jonny Clayton

Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price 11-4 Jonny Clayton
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Daryl Gurney – *Van Gerwen hits a nine-darter*

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Gerwyn Price

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