Van Gerwen runs riot in Sindelfingen as he claims the European Darts Grand Prix title
Michael Van Gerwen claimed his 23rd European Tour title as he beat James Wade in the final at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.
Michael Van Gerwen enjoyed a tenth tournament victory of the year at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen as he dropped just 14 legs on route to his 23rd career European Tour title.
Van Gerwen clinched the £25,000 in prize money with victories over Alan Tabern, Darren Webster and Dave Chisnall before whitewashing Michael Smith 7-0 and a win over James Wade in the final match of the competition at the European Darts Grand Prix.
Van Gerwen began his run to victory at the Glaspalast with a 6-2 win over Alan Tabern before surviving a scare in the third round, coming from 4-1 down to see off Darren Webster.
‘Mighty Mike’ ran riot from that stage in the tournament averaging 109 in a 6-4 win over Dave Chisnall before whitewashing Michael Smith 7-0 with another average of just under the 110 mark.
Van Gerwen was on fire from start to finish in a thrilling final – which featured a 121 checkout from Wade and a 161 outshot from the number one seed. At 4-3 up, Van Gerwen went into overdrive as he rattled off four legs in quick succession to wrap up his 10th PDC title of the year.
‘Mighty Mike’ made history once again in Europe as he became the first player to win multiple titles at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen since the inaugural event back in 2014.
“I think that was my best ever tournament,” said the Dutchman who picked up his 23rd European Tour crown.
“To average over 110 for three games in a row is special, what more can I do? said Van Gerwen.
“Other players always push me, and I have to do something special to win these games.
“James is back on track and playing consistently well again. He pushed me all the way especially at the start of the game.”
James Wade continued his resurgence with a solid weekend in Sindelfingen as he reached his first European Tour final since May 2016 – where he won the European Darts Matchplay beating Dave Chisnall in the final. Wade enjoyed wins over Max Hopp, John Henderson, Rob Cross, Simon Whitlock and Danny Noppert before suffering defeat to Van Gerwen in the final.
Wade said: “The first three or four legs I brought the game to him but after that I wasn’t good enough. I’m stepping in the right direction, it’s not there but it’s nearly there. Hats off to Michael, he played brilliantly all day.”
Van Gerwen hasn’t lost a PDC final since the European Darts Grand Prix last year – where he was whitewashed 6-0 by the reigning German Darts Masters champion Peter Wright.
Danny Noppert reached his maiden European Tour semi-final on only his fifth attempt at the Glaspalast as the Dutchman completed wins over Krzysztof Ratajski, Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen. ‘Noppie’ also defeated the defending champion in Sindelfingen Peter Wright – who is still without a title so far in 2018 after an outstanding start to the year last time around.
The European Tour will be back on our screens next weekend as the circuit takes the short journey over to The Netherlands and Zoelle as another venue makes its debut on the European Tour.
Photography courtesy of Kelly Deckers / PDC Europe
2018 European Darts Grand Prix
Sunday May 6
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Michael Van Gerwen 6-5 Darren Webster
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Ian White
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Michael Smith 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 5-6 Danny Noppert
Joe Cullen 6-3 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Rob Cross 5-6 James Wade
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Michael Van Gerwen 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Jamie Lewis 2-6 Michael Smith
Danny Noppert 6-5 Joe Cullen
Simon Whitlock 3-6 James Wade
Michael Van Gerwen 7-0 Michael Smith
Danny Noppert 3-7 James Wade
Michael Van Gerwen 8-3 James Wade