MICHAEL VAN GERWEN picked up his first World Series title of 2018 with a string of dominant displays in New Zealand.
Van Gerwen defeated Raymond Van Barneveld 11-4 in Sunday’s final of the Auckland Darts Masters, presented by TAB and Burger King.
The world number one stormed past Cody Harris on Friday before producing a stunning display 24 hours later to defeat World Matchplay winner Gary Anderson 10-4 with an average of over 105.
In the semi-finals, Van Gerwen saw off world number two Peter Wright 10-3 before another convincing win in the decider against fellow Dutchman Van Barneveld.
“I’m delighted to win this title for the first time,” said Van Gerwen after his impressive victory.
“There have been a few tournaments since I have won and I know I don’t need to send any messages but sometimes it is nice to let everyone know who is boss.
“The standard of darts is getting better and better on this side of the world and it is important for the sport that it keeps growing,” added the 29-year-old.
“Now we head to Melbourne and it’s another chance for me to pick up a title, I feel good and ready to go.”
Van Gerwen now heads to Melbourne for the first of two World Series events in Australia.
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