Michael van Gerwen wins THE PDC World Darts Championship
Van Gerwen had won 43 tournaments in the 2 years following his dethronement as world champion but never the one he really wanted to and would have to endure getting introduced before every match as the former champion of the world.
Before the latest tournament, even though Van Gerwen had won 25 trophies already, he said it would be a disaster if he didn’t win the worlds.
The beginning of the final saw an unyielding struggle from both players, with each of the first four sets going to a last-leg decider. Van Gerwen was a break down but with his last dart in hand, hit a crucial double 7 and made it 2-2. This sparked a vicious surge where he would go on to win 14 legs out of the 16 and go 6-2 ahead in sets.
This would lead to Anderson hitting back hard and both players were hitting barrages of 180s, eventually totalling 42 maximums smashing the current records of 34, but Van Gerwen would go on to hit the bull and win 7-3.
It was the biggest win in the final in five years despite concerns that Van Gerwen might have wanted the win too much. It was quite the opposite and his desire would fuel some of the best darts ever seen and leading him to win his 44th tournament win in two years and to take home the Sid Waddell Trophy which weights a whopping 25kg.