MICHAEL VAN GERWEN returned to the oche in style by winning the Dutch Darts Masters for a fourth consecutive year.
The world number one successfully defended his home European Tour event with a 6-1 final victory over Steve Beaton in Maastricht.
Van Gerwen had not played in a PDC tournament since his World Matchplay quarter-final defeat to Phil Taylor in July, opting to take a month off to spend with his family around the birth of his daughter.
The Dutchman beat compatriot Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-1 on Saturday before defeating Kyle Anderson by the same margin on Sunday afternoon, when he averaged 107.6.
In the quarter-finals, van Gerwen produced a stunning 12-darter to break in the deciding leg of his thrilling contest with Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney.
He then defeated Michael Smith 6-2 before seeing of Beaton in the decider to pick up the trophy and £25,000 winner’s cheque.
“I felt really good going into this tournament and it is the perfect way to come back,” said Van Gerwen, who will also compete in Mannheim, Germany next weekend.
“It has been great to spend time off with my wife and daughter and to win in Holland on my return is a very big bonus.
“I’m really pleased to have played well and won and am looking forward to the rest of the season.”