MICHAEL VAN GERWEN won his fifth Unibet Premier League title at The O2 in London on Thursday, defeating Rob Cross 11-5 in the final.
World number one Van Gerwen recorded a 10-7 win over Play-Offs debutant Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals to make it through to his seventh successive Premier League final.
There, the reigning World Champion got the better of Cross in the battle of the world’s top two to win a record-equalling fourth consecutive Premier League crown and the £250,000 top prize.
“This feeling of winning the Premier League never changes, it means a lot to me,”said Van Gerwen, who had already secured the £25,000 league leader’s bonus after topping the league table for a seventh straight year.
“This year has been an amazing tournament, and at times a difficult tournament for myself, but in the end I came through and that’s all that matters.
“It’s really tough because you have to perform week-in week-out for 17 nights, travelling every week and keep preparing yourself for the next game.
“The last few months have been hard for me but to lift this trophy at the end of it makes it all worthwhile.
“Rob is a gentleman and a top player who pushed me all the way. He’s been chasing me all year but it wasn’t quite enough for him this time but he is a strong rival for the future.”