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The Masters: Marvellous Mighty Mike is the Master!

World number one Michael van Gerwen bounced back from his World Championship heartache by winning the first televised tournament since he lost his crown.

The Dutch sensation reinforced his status as the best player in the world with a string of stunning performances, which saw him lift The Masters trophy.

van Gerwen produced a remarkable display in the final, where he averaged 112 in an 11-6 triumph over countryman Raymond van Barneveld.

That followed earlier triumphs against Wes Newton, Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis.

After Friday night’s success over Newton, ‘Mighty Mike’ edged Chisnall in an incredible game on Sunday afternoon, which saw the St Helens ace hit 13 180s in an attempt to topple van Gerwen, who averaged 110 and won 10-9.

He then saw off Lewis 11-6 to reach the final, missing double twelve for a nine-dart-finish in the process.

van Gerwen found himself trailing ‘Barney’ by three legs to two in the final but a 157 checkout kick-started his charge to glory.

After his opponent edged back in front, van Gerwen produced an unstoppable burst as he finished 161 to launch a run of winning five straight legs to lead 8-4.

van Barneveld won two of the next three but his challenge was all but ended in the 16th leg when the reigning World Grand Prix and European Champion again missed double twelve for a nine-darter before moving within a leg of his first title of 2015.

And he sealed his eighth PDC major title on double eighteen.

 

 

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