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Euro King van Gerwen Defends Gibraltar Trophy

Euro King van Gerwen Defends Gibraltar Trophy

Michael on the European TourMichael van Gerwen continued his dominance on the European Tour by winning his third consecutive title with a brilliant defence of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

The world number one won the first four events on last year’s European Tour and has now picked up this season’s first three titles after a final victory against Dave Chisnall on Sunday evening.

The triumph followed the Dutch star’s impressive Premier League win against countryman Raymond van Barneveld in Manchester on Thursday, which left van Gerwen in pole position to finish top of the table ahead of his decisive clash with Phil Taylor in Rotterdam this week.

“I’m very happy to win this title,” said van Gerwen who survived match-darts against Gibraltarian Dyson Parody before seeing off Kim Huybrechts and Chisnall to prevail.

“A lot of the talk has been about who will finish top of the Premier League. The match against Phil in Rotterdam will decide that and I am looking forward to it of course, but only now because I had a job to do here first.

“I kept my focus well, even at times when I was struggling a bit and managed to keep the trophy in the end. I’m absolutely delighted with that.

“I played well on Thursday against Raymond and I’ve done the job here so now Phil knows I’m in good form and so do the other players in the play-offs.’

van Gerwen, who defeated Mervyn King in the last 16, was almost on the receiving end of a huge shock when he fell 5-3 behind against Parody in an eventful affair.

‘Mighty Mike’ won the last three legs to move into the semi-finals though, and there he demolished Belgian ace Huybrechts 6-0 before earning a 6-2 victory against Chisnall to take the crown.

The winner of van Gerwen’s showdown with Taylor on Thursday evening will finish top of the Premier League table and scoop a £25,000 bonus, however a draw on the first ever Premier League night in his homeland would be enough for van Gerwen.

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