MICHAEL VAN GERWEN began his Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title defence with a comfortable victory over Matthew Edgar in Minehead on Friday evening.
The world number one, who is bidding for a fourth consecutive triumph in the event, cruised to a 6-1 triumph over Edgar to set up a second round meeting with Keegan Brown.
“I played pretty well in the end, said Van Gerwen.
“I felt like I got better as the game went on and I know I will need to keep improving as the tournament goes on.
“I feel like my best darts are not far away and if I play them I am sure I will win.”