Van Gerwen wins his second European Tour title in a week as he beats Peter Wright in Munich
Michael Van Gerwen was victorious once again on the European Tour as he saw off Peter Wright in a sub-standard final in Munich.
Van Gerwen lifted his 105th career title and his 22nd European Tour title in front of a 3,000 strong German crowd at the Zenith Arena.
“Peter is a phenomenal player and he works so hard, it’s always a great game between us and I’m really glad to win this one.
“I’m really proud of myself, I didn’t play brilliant but I did enough to win and to annoy Peter again,” said the winner once again in Germany.
‘Mighty Mike’ began his weekend in unconvincing style as he edged past Steve Lennon 6-5 before producing a much better display as the Bank Holiday Monday session began as he thrashed Alan Norris 6-1.
Two more solid performances followed as the world number one and former World Champion whitewashed Keegan Brown 6-0 before sending Daryl Gurney packing with a 7-3 demolition of the Northern Irishman – who will be competing at the World Cup of Darts next month. ‘Mighty Mike’ fired in a 124 finish to take his place in the final.
The final was nothing like the exciting affair in last week’s European Darts Open in Leverkusen as it took a while for either player to get going.
Van Gerwen opened up an early 5-3 lead in the encounter with a superb 116 checkout but Wright fought back, taking out 106 and 161 finishes to complete the comeback in just 27 darts.
Van Gerwen steamrolled the former UK Open winner from there, winning the last three legs in 14, 14 and 17 darts, respectively.
Another solid weekend for Peter Wright in Europe as he reached his third final of the year.
“Im a great runner-up! He said to me a couple of years ago that I would be number two in the world and he would be number one. He was correct. I hate him!”
Wright’s standout display was undoubtedly in his quarter-final encounter with Englishman Joe Cullen, where ‘Snakebite’ averaged just under 109, pinned four maximums and took out six of his eight attempts at the outer ring.
Thanks to Dan Dawson, Chris Murphy and the team behind the scenes in Germany for their brilliant coverage once again and the European Tour will return in a few weeks time with the German Darts Open in Saarbrücken from the 13th to the 15th of April.
European Darts Open
Monday April 2
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
James Wade 6-1 Michael Smith
Max Hopp 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen 6-0 Steve West
Peter Wright 6-0 Alan Tabern
Rob Cross 6-5 Luke Humphries
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Ian White
Keegan Brown 6-5 Darren Webster
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Alan Norris
Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
James Wade 6-3 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-1 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Keegan Brown
Peter Wright 7-3 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Peter Wright
Photography courtesy of Kelly Deckers and PDC Europe