Van Gerwen reacts after lifting UK Open: ‘I showed I was the best’
Michael van Gerwen says he proved that he remains the best after the lifting his third Ladbrokes UK Open title at Butlin’s Minehead Resort.
Van Gerwen completed the nine-darter just an hour-and-a-half prior to lifting the prestigious trophy, battling back from 5-1 down against Gerwyn Price in a thrilling final.
The world number one denied five major champions in Nathan Aspinall, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross, James Wade and Price, however, it was West Midlands builder Jason Lowe who came closest to ousting the eventual champion.
Lowe, who became a first-time PDC tour card holder earlier this year at the age of 47, almost pulled off a sensational comeback from 5-0 behind, only to squander an 86 checkout for the match.
Van Gerwen ended his three-month long title drought, with his last title fittingly coming at the very same venue – where he lifted the Players Championship Finals with a win over Price.
“It’s an incredible win and it means a lot to me to win this tournament,” an elated van Gerwen told ITV Sport following the final. “I’ve had a phenomenal tournament and the pressure was on me.
“It was a hard day for me, I had to play three Premier League players and it was not easy, but I played really good darts and didn’t do a lot wrong.
“The nine-darter was fantastic but with the way I was playing it was just a matter of time. That’s just one leg through and I had to keep focus.
“Gerwyn had his chances in the final but I took good advantage and I never missed a chance. That was important, so I only can be happy with this.
“This was a really important win for me,” he added. “It’s nothing to do with my darts and everyone knows that.
“If I play my game, no one will beat me and I showed that today, but I need to do that more regularly. I can say whatever I want, but you have to show it on the dartboard.
“In this tournament, I showed I was the best. My strength is keeping players under pressure leg after leg, and I did that today.
“Of course you put extra pressure on yourself. I played four Premier League players in the tournament, and I didn’t have the most easy draw, but to do this well and win this title means a lot to me.”
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