WORLDS BEST DART PLAYER
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN
WORLDS BEST DART PLAYER
(2014, 2017, 2019)
('13, '16, '17, '18, '19, '20, '22)
(2015, 2016, 2022)
UK OPEN (2020)
World Grand Prix
('12, '14, '16, '18, '19, '20, '22)
(2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) Grand Slam of Darts
(2015, 2016, 2017)
Players Championship Finals
(2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020)
(2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Champions League (2019)
Michael van Gerwen
is one of the biggest
stars of world
The Dutch sensation was the youngest player ever to win a major darts title, having won the World Masters in 2006, aged just 17.
‘Mighty Mike’ won several Open tournaments as a teenager as he took the darting world by storm.
In 2007, he defeated world number one Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in straight sets in a brilliant run to the of the Masters of Darts tournament, where he went on to hit an incredible nine-dart finish against Raymond van Barneveld.
Michael Van Gerwen was unable to fulfil his amazing potential immediately but, after reaching two PDC Youth World Championship finals, he has enjoyed an excellent resurgence, which has seen him overtake Taylor to become darts’ dominant force.
He was named as Young Player of the Year for 2011 at the PDC’s annual awards dinner, before embarking on a pivotal year of success in 2012.
‘Mighty Mike’ won seven Pro Tour events with some awesome performances, which included a perfect nine-dart finish.
He repeated the fantastic feat of a nine-dart leg live on TV on his run to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.
Michael van Gerwen clinched his first major PDC title in October 2012, when he took the £100,000 World Grand Prix title in Dublin, as he came back from four sets to one down in the final to defeat Mervyn King 6-4.
He followed it with another exciting run to the final of the next televised tournament, The Grand Slam of Darts, where he continued to delight his growing army of fans with some electrifying displays, none more so than his 10-5 triumph over then 15-time World Champion Taylor in the last 16, when he averaged over 108.
In the 2013 World Championships, van Gerwen knocked out defending champion Adrian Lewis before hitting a stunning nine-darter in his semi-final win over James Wade. Incredibly, he was one dart away from becoming the first player to achieve the feat in back to back legs.
Michael van Gerwen lost out to Taylor in the final despite averaging over 100.
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