MICHAEL VAN GERWEN has earmarked a fourth Unibet World Grand Prix title as the potential catalyst for a glory charge at the end of 2018.
The Dutchman, wounded by a semi-final defeat to Peter Wright at last weekend’s Champions League of Darts, believes a that triumph in Dublin would spark a surge of successes to remedy that and other disappointments this year.
“I’ve always played my best stuff at this time of year,” said the world number one.
“This year it is important that I do even better because I’m not happy with some of my results so far, especially in the TV events.
“I’m still doing really well and winning more than anybody else but I want to dominate. I do not think it is possible to win every tournament these days but I go into every tournament seeing anything less than winning as a failure.
“The World Grand Prix is special to me because it was my first big PDC title and I have won it three times. I know how winning feels and what it does – it makes you win more – so I am heading to Dublin to win and start something special for the end of this season.”
Van Gerwen takes on Steve Lennon in the first round on Sunday.