Belfast Telegraph

Van Gerwen is feeling on top of the world after stunning success

By Robert Jones

Michael van Gerwen said he felt "phenomenal" after completing a remarkable 12 months by claiming his second PDC World title with a stunning 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson - who set a 180s record with 22 in the match - at Alexandra Palace last night.

The Dutchman - who bagged a cheque for £350,000 - was in a league of his own as he came from behind to beat Anderson, who was aiming for a third world crown on the bounce, and claim a 26th title of a remarkable year.

The match, as expected, started at a frantic pace, with the two scoring heavily before Van Gerwen took out 122 in the first leg.

After taking the first set, Van Gerwen let his standards slip in the second and third, missing a succession of doubles, but a run of five successive legs took him into a 3-2 lead.

Van Gerwen's consistently heavy scoring proved too much for Anderson as he raced further ahead and closed out the match with an 85 checkout, sealing the title with a bullseye.

Anderson maintained a high standard throughout, notching 22 maximums to set a new record for the number of 180s in a single match, but he could not get near Van Gerwen.

"This feels absolutely phenomenal," said Van Gerwen, who also hit five finishes of over 100 in winning a classic final.

"I think it was a special game of darts for everyone who saw it. I'm a really happy man. I've worked so hard for this all year.

"Everyone wants this trophy and I'm really glad that it is me holding it and to win it against Gary makes it even more special. He is a phenomenal player with a lot of class and I had to play like that to beat him.

"I've got great support from my wife, family and all the people around me and winning this means a lot to me.

"Everyone said that I would have to win a second World Championship to be one of the big boys. Well I've done it now and it means everything to me."

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