Players Championship Finals: More Glory for Van Gerwen

MVG’s winning streak continued with victory in Minehead

Michael Van Gerwen 2017 Players Championship Finals

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his incredible run of form by winning the Mr Green Sport Players Championship Finals in Minehead for third consecutive year.

The Dutch sensation defeated Welshman Jonny Clayton 11-2 in Sunday’s final to secure the £100,000 first prize and add another trophy to his impressive recent collection, having won the European Championship, World Series of Darts finals and Grand Slam of Darts in the last few weeks.

World number one Van Gerwen had begun his campaign on Friday with a 6-2 victory over former Players Champion Paul Nicholson.

He then saw off Steve West by the same scoreline on Saturday afternoon before defeating Darren Webster 10-5 in the evening to reach Sunday afternoon’s quarter-finals.

There he claimed a 10-7 success against Jan Dekker and followed it up by beating Justin Pipe 11-3 to reach the decider, where he overcame Clayton with another dominant display.

“It’s been a phenomenal weekend,” said Van Gerwen. “It was a great tournament, I think I played really well and I had to perform against new players round by round, so I had to keep my focus.

“Jonny did great to reach the final. It’s a big step for him because he wasn’t in the top 32, so it’s a massive step for his career. Fair play to him, he did really well but I’m glad I won the final.

“After not being here for the UK Open [in March] I’m really glad to be back here with this trophy.

“I’ve won the last four TV tournaments so this is great for my confidence going into the World Championship – but I’ll enjoy this title first.”

Van Gerwen will now turn his attention to defending his William Hill World Championship title. The first round draw takes place on Monday evening.