MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his third European Tour title of 2017 with a marvellous victory in the Austrian Darts Open on Sunday.
The World Champion defeated Michael Smith 6-5 in a thrilling final in Vienna to make it back-to-back glories, following his triumph in Hamburg earlier this month.
Van Gerwen recovered from a 2-0 deficit and the blow of a brilliant 170 checkout, which saw his opponent lead 4-3, to seal the win with a 100 finish in the deciding leg.
The world number one had reached the final thanks to a stunning semi-final display, in which he averaged over 115 against Spain’s Cristo Reyes.
He had earlier seen off Austrian Christian Kallinger, Dutch compatriot Vincent van der Meer and Germany’s Martin Schindler.
“This means a lot to me,” said Van Gerwen, who had warmed up for the event with a visit to Rapid Vienna football club on Friday. “I came here to win and I’m glad I could do that, but I played well, especially today.
“Michael is getting back in form, he is a fantastic player and he kept me under pressure. The 170 finish was great and he put me under a lot of pressure, but I was really glad to win.”