MICHAEL VAN GERWEN is World Champion once again.
The world number one completed a glorious 2017 William Hill World Darts Championship campaign with a brilliant final performance to end Gary Anderson’s two-year hold on the Sid Waddell Trophy.
Van Gerwen won a record-breaking final 7-3 as the pair shared 42 180s and the Dutch ace average over 108 on the way to a spectacular triumph.
“This feels absolutely phenomenal,” said Van Gerwen, who also hit five finishes of over 100 in winning a classic final and ended the £1.65 million tournament with an overall average of 106.96.
“I think it was a special game of darts for everyone who saw it. I’m a really happy man because I’ve worked so hard for this all year.
“Everyone wants this trophy and I’m really glad that it is me holding it – and to win it against Gary makes it even more special. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of class and I had to play like that to beat him.
“I’ve got great support from my wife, family and all the people around me and winning this means a lot to me. Everyone said that I would have to win a second World Championship to be one of the big boys. Well I’ve done it now and it means everything to me.”