MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed glory at the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts Finals for the third successive year as he defeated Gary Anderson 11-6 in Sunday’s decider in Glasgow.
The world number one remains unbeaten since the tournament was introduced in 2015 after a string of stunning performances at the Braehead Arena, where he scooped the £50,000 first prize.
“I’m really glad that I won this trophy again,” said Van Gerwen. “Gary always makes you work hard and you know what you’re going to get from him.
“Every tournament is special and this is fantastic. Around this period you want to perform close to your best and I want to win every tournament.
“I have that extra gear when I have to and you always have to believe in yourself. I always want to perform and you always need to be hungry, otherwise you can’t win.”
Van Gerwen swept past Max Hopp on Saturday and then averaged almost 109 in Sunday afternoon’s quarter-final success over Rob Cross, winning 10-4 in a repeat of the previous weekend’s European Championship final.
The Dutch phenomenon then completed an 11-8 victory against World Grand Prix Champion Daryl Gurney to set up a final showdown with Anderson.
Van Gerwen kicked off with 103 checkout and went on to pull clear to 4-1 as he followed up successive 12-darters with an 82 finish.
Anderson claimed three of the next four legs to reduce the gap to 6-4 only but the World Champion hit back with four in a row to move to the brink of victory at 10-4.
Anderson landed tops and double four to pull back two legs, but Van Gerwen cleaned up 87 to retain the title once again.