Michael van Gerwen wins Dutch Darts Masters ahead of Belfast Premier League
Michael van Gerwen delighted his home crowd with a brilliant display against Mervyn King to win the Dutch Darts Masters.
Last Updated: 02/03/14 11:00am
The World Champion produced four ton-plus averages on the final day of the £100,000 tournament as he left Kevin Painter, Wes Newton, Brendan Dolan and Mervyn King defeated to claim the win.
His triumph, earning the 24-year-old a £20,000 first prize in the process, saw van Gerwen overcome King in yet another big final after defeating the same opponent in the 2012 World Grand Prix decider and in last year's Austrian Darts Open, as he picked up his first title since winning the World Championship on New Year's Day.
"This feels great," said van Gerwen, who lives only half an hour away from the NH Hotel Koningshof in Veldhoven which staged the event. "I've played so many tournaments in Holland over the last ten years but this is the biggest I've won here.
"The crowd were awesome and I loved the tournament, and it was a great final too. We both had to push ourselves to the limit and both Mervyn and myself were very good in the final, but that's what we had to do to win this tournament."
The Dutchman has won his opening two matches of the Betway Premier League Darts and now plays Dave Chisnall in Belfast on Thursday as he seeks to continue his winning run.
"I'll enjoy this win and have a couple of days of rest before I go to the Premier League in Belfast, and I'm really looking forward to it now," added van Gerwen.
"This win has given me even more confidence and I want to keep my good start to the Premier League going now."
King was forced to settle for the £8,000 runner-up prize as he lost in a third European Tour final inside 12 months, but was full of praise for his rival afterwards.
"Michael's a phenomenal player and he showed today why he deserves to be the World Champion and world number one," said King. "He's a great champion.
"I gave it everything I've got but he still made me look silly! He was too good today and he deserved to win."