By Alex Moss
11 FEBRUARY 2017 •9:45AM
Michael van Gerwen created history yesterday after becoming only the second player ever to achieve TWO nine-dart finishes in the same game.
The Dutchman achieved the feat during his third round win over Ryan Murray in the Coral UK Open Qualifiers in Wigan yesterday.
The world number one scored 180, 177 and finished 144 in the fourth leg of the match for his first nine darter.
And then he sealed a 6-2 triumph by scoring 177, 180 and then taking out 144 in leg eight to follow Phil Taylor as only the second player in history to hit two nine darters in a match.
Taylor’s incredible feat came in the 2010 Premier League final as he defeated James Wade at the Wembley Arena with the help of two nine-dart finishes.
Taylor also hit two nine darters during one day on the PDC Pro Tour during the 2014 UK Open Qualifiers, while van Gerwen missed double 12 to complete back-to-back nine-dart legs against James Wade in the 2013 World Championship.