Michael van Gerwen finished a terrific-year-old struggle by claiming his second PDC World Championship title with a seamless 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace, London.
Earlier, MvG made the highest ever World Championship average as he dispatched Barney in the semis.
The world number one averaged 114.05. This is the highest ever three-dart average in a World Championship match. A 6-2 defeat of his Dutch rival in the semifinal had set up a showdown with defending champion, Gary Anderson.
Evidently, the Dutchman was in a league of his own as he advanced towards the final. Gary was aiming for a third world crown and claim the 26th title of an otherwise great year.
The game, as hyped, started at a berserk pace, with the two scoring heavily before Van Gerwen led 122 in the first leg.
After an energetic first set, MvG’s form slipped in the second and third, missing a succession of doubles. However, a run of five consecutive legs took him into a 3-2 lead.
Van Gerwen’s consistent heavy scoring proved too much for Anderson as he raced further ahead and ended the match with an 85 checkout. Moreover, taking the title with a bullseye.
Although, Anderson maintained a high standard throughout the match, scoring 22 maximums to set a new record for the number of 180s in a single match. However, he could not catch up with bullish Van Gerwen.
180s thrown: Van Gerwen-20, Anderson-22
Average (3 darts): Van Gerwen-107.79, Anderson-104.93
Highest checkout: Van Gerwen-125, Anderson-81
Checkout percentage: Van Gerwen-44.26%, Anderson-37.78%
Checkouts 100+: Van Gerwen- 5, Anderson-Nil
100+ thrown: Van Gerwen-57, Anderson-47
Here is a video of the Final Bullseye shot by MvG: