COMEBACK KING Michael Van Gerwen claimed his first Champions League of Darts title with a stunning final fightback against Peter Wright on a dramatic weekend in Leicester.
Van Gerwen won the last four legs of the tournament decider – after surviving three missed match-darts by Wright – to complete a clean sweep of PDC Premier titles in his illustrious career.
After winning all three Group games against James Wade, Michael Smith and Gary Anderson, the world number one defeated Gerwyn Price 11-10 by winning the last two-legs in a nail-biting semi-final.
But there was more drama to come in the final when Wright squandered three darts at double 12 to win 11-7 before van Gerwen roared back to snatch victory.
“It’s incredible for me,” said Van Gerwen. “This tournament was on my bucket list and it’s a really important one for me to win.
“This was a phenomenal weekend for me with a high standard of darts. Peter put me under pressure and I made it difficult for myself in the final.
“I missed a few darts on doubles here and there and I shouldn’t have put myself in that position, but Peter missed a couple of clear darts to win the game and I took great advantage of that.
“I played well all the way through the weekend and did everything I had to do. I averaged over 100 in every match but I know I can improve and there’s more in the tank.
“It gives me a lot of confidence because we have lots of big events coming up. It’s nice to have so many tournaments on the calendar and I love to perform on stage, especially when I’m playing well and winning.”