MVG seals hat-trick of Dutch Masters titles in Venray


Michael van Gerwen sealed a hat-trick of Dutch Masters titles as he posted a stunning 112.26 average to beat Daryl Gurney 6-2 in the final.

The world number one, who won five of the nine PDC European Tour events last year, continued his fine start to the 2016 season by retaining the Dutch Masters in his home nation of the Netherlands this weekend.

Van Gerwen certainly saved his best for the final, as he began the clash with a 152 checkout to hold his throw in 15 darts.

Gurney, who was making his first appearance in a European Tour final, then responded with a 116 checkout to complete a 12 dart leg and level the final at 1-1.

However, that would prove to be as good as it got for the Northern Irishman, as MVG rattled off four legs in a row to establish a commanding 5-1 lead.

Van Gerwen’s hot spell saw him win legs in 13, 11, 12 and 14 darts as he moved one leg away from retaining the title he won in 2014 and 2015.

Gurney’s run to the final saw him pick up impressive wins over Premier League stars Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis, and the newly-nicknamed Super Chin won leg seven in 14 darts to keep the match alive.

But MVG wrapped up the victory in the very next leg with tops completing a 13 dart leg to secure a 6-2 win and also his second tournament success of 2016.

Gurney’sĀ run to the final this weekend has helped him climb into the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit for the first time, and has also virtually guaranteedĀ him a debut in the European Championship later this year.


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