MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a string of superb performances to clinch his 26th European Tour title on Sunday.
After hitting a nine-darter in Saturday’s success against Ryan Joyce, the world number one defeated Robert Thornton, Ian White and Stephen Bunting to reach the European Darts Matchplay final.
There, he saw off Ireland’s Willie O’Connor 8-2 to scoop the £25,000 first prize and 15th PDC title of 2018.
“I am delighted to win this trophy and I’m pleased with how I played this weekend,” said Van Gerwen, who will now head of for World Series of Darts events in Las Vegas and Shanghai.
“William played really well all weekend, it was a phenomenal performance from him but there can only be one winner and luckily it was me.
“Of course, it’s always hard to win titles like this but you need to have a strong mindset to beat these top players.
“It was a great feeling to hit the nine-darter in front of such a great crowd – it’s been well overdue on the European Tour and I’m glad it was me who hit it.”