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Van Gerwen Reaches Milestones In Latest Tournament Triumph

Mighty Mike picked up his 50th ProTour win and landed a 15th nine-darter

Michael van Gerwen, 2017 Premier League Darts, Rotterdam

Michael van Gerwen latest victory saw the world number one reach a couple of milestones.

The dominant Dutchman defeated Robert Thornton in the final of Players Championship Nine in Wigan on Saturday to clinch his 50th PDC ProTour event success.

Van Gerwen also produced a perfect leg in that decider, taking his career tally of nine-darters to 15. 

He is now six behind Phil Taylor, who boasts a record of 21 nine-dart-finishes.

Van Gerwen defeated Chris Quantock Paul Nicholson, and Wayne Jonesto reach the last 16, where he took on world number two Gary Anderson.

He came from 4-3 down with a stunning run of three legs to win, before seeing off another former World Champion, Adrian Lewis, in a deciding leg in a superb quarter-final.

The world number one then whitewashed Jan Dekker in the semi-finals, and produced another moment of magic during a brilliant victory in the final.

Two 11-darters from Van Gerwen had shared the opening four legs, with Thornton finishing double 18 and 84 to remain level before double eight moved the Dutchman 3-2 up.

Van Gerwen then scored 180 and 177 to open leg six, before taking out 144 with two further treble 20s and double 12 to complete a perfect leg – his third on the PDC ProTour this year.

Van Gerwen also opened the seventh leg with a maximum before double eight moved him 5-2 up, and a 13-darter ended on tops completed a comprehensive victory.

“I played phenomenal and I’m a very happy man,” said Van Gerwen. “The nine-darter was great and I had an incredible day.

“I did it game after game, not only in a one-off game, and I want to do it again tomorrow. I played really well today and I hope I can continue this good performance because I want to win more titles.

“I’m doing well and things like this keep me motivated. It’s difficult to win constantly but I love what I do that makes it a little bit easier.”