World No. 1 Michael van Gerwen reigned supreme in the second Players Championship tournament of the year with a 6-1 final victory over Dean Winstanley at the Barnsley Metrodome. The Professional Darts Corporation's official website announced the results.
After being knocked out in the third round of the first Players Championship by Darren Webster, per the official PDC website, Van Gerwen more than made amends by breezing through the field to take home the £10,000 first-place prize on Sunday.
The PDC Results Twitter page revealed MVG's victory over Winstanley, where "Mighty Mike" recorded a 95.64 average in his title-winning match:
(R): Players Championship 2, Final, Michael van Gerwen (95.64) 6 (11) 1 (94.95) Dean Winstanley #PC2— PDCResults (@PDCResults) March 16, 2014
It was looking like it would be an all-Dutch final, with Van Gerwen's fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld impressing throughout, though he was thwarted by Winstanley in the semi-finals despite recording a 101.14 average, according to PDC Results on Twitter:
(R): Players Championship 2, Semi-Final, Dean Winstanley (99.13) 6 (11) 4 (101.14) Raymond van Barneveld #PC2— PDCResults (@PDCResults) March 16, 2014
Van Gerwen began his road to the title with three consecutive 6-2 wins over Andy Parsons, Andy Jenkins and John Part before disposing of Welshman Gerwyn Price, 6-3, to secure a place in the quarter-finals, where he continued to dominate proceedings:
|Quarter-Final||Michael van Gerwen||6-4||Michael Smith|
|Quarter-Final||Kim Huybrechts||6-2||Christian Kist|
|Quarter-Final||Dean Winstanley||6-5||Gary Anderson|
|Quarter-Final||Raymond van Barneveld||6-1||Darren Webster|
|Semi-Final||Michael van Gerwen||6-3||Kim Huybrechts|
|Semi-Final||Dean Winstanley||6-4||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Final||Michael van Gerwen||6-1||Dean Winstanley|
|Michael van Gerwen||Winner|
|Raymond van Barneveld||Semi-Finalist|
According to Darts Database, the reigning world champion has now recorded three tournament victories this year and is second on the money list behind only Dave Chisnall.
Winstanley, who famously hit a nine darter during last year's World Championship, took out fan favourites Terry Jenkins and Gary Anderson before defeating Van Barneveld in the semi-finals, 6-4, but the green machine Van Gerwen proved a scalp too tough for the 33-year-old.
The player nicknamed "Over The Top" started the final well against the much-fancied Van Gerwen and could have broken his throw in the first leg had his doubles been a little sharper.
From then on, though, it was the Van Gerwen show. The Dutchman recorded some impressive checkouts, including a 125, a 104 and a 140, to romp to a 6-1 victory.
Winstanley wasn't bitter about his defeat, though, and he took to Twitter to congratulate Van Gerwen on a sensational performance:
Well played u animal great finishing @MvG180 great day— Dean Winstanley (@overthetop180) March 16, 2014
Elsewhere, world No. 3 Adrian Lewis—per dartsmad.com—crashed out to Ronnie Baxter in the third round, while fellow Premier League star Simon Whitlock fell to Christian Kist in the fourth.
It's yet another win for Van Gerwen who, at 24 years of age, is showing the world why he's the ultimate contender to eclipse Phil Taylor's record of 16 world titles—per darts501.com—just the 15 left to go to match him.
The way that Van Gerwen is dominating tournaments is reminiscent of the Taylor of old, and with more tournaments on the PDC schedule than ever before, Van Gerwen has enough talent and time to better the endless records set by The Power.
Next up for the Dutchman is Week 7 of the Betway Premier League in Leeds, where he takes on Scotsman Gary Anderson; and based on Sunday's performance, there's only going to be one winner on the First Direct Arena stage.