Michael van Gerwen retained his Grand Slam of Darts title on Sunday, beating James Wade 16-8 in the 2016 final.
The Order of Merit leader didn't hit the sensational heights he did in the semi-final against Peter Wright, but a solid performance on the doubles was enough for the title. Wade qualified for the final by beating World Champion Gary Anderson.
Here's a look at the final scores from Sunday:
|Grand Slam of Darts Results|
|Michael van Gerwen||16-8||James Wade|
|Michael van Gerwen||16-10||Peter Wright|
|Gary Anderson||14-16||James Wade|
Per Dartsdatabase.co.uk, Mighty Mike will pocket £100.000 in prize money.
Wade grabbed the first break of throw of the final in the third leg and took momentum with a 112 checkout, but a few misses in the final leg before the interval allowed Van Gerwen to close the gap to just a single leg by taking out double five.
Mighty Mike carried that momentum into the second session, winning four straight to take a 6-3 lead. The Machine took out double four to stop the rut, but per Live Darts, it was clear he was unhappy with his performance:
A tops finish and a fourth break of throw saw Van Gerwen expand his lead, and he produced a superb 127 finish to put Wade in even deeper trouble, per PDC Darts:
Wade reduced the deficit to five legs with a 76 finish and took the next two legs as well, but another ton finish saw Van Gerwen move within four legs of the title.
Once again, he came out of the interval on fire, and per PDC Darts, he quickly started to close in on the title:
Wade's confidence seemed to waver, and he hardly troubled Van Gerwen in the final legs, losing 16-8.
Per Live Darts, Van Gerwen felt it was a difficult final, despite the lopsided score:
Mighty Mike booked his spot in the final with a superb win over Wright, averaging 111.17 and landing no less than 17 maximums.
The Order of Merit leader twice came close to landing a nine-darter, finishing in 10 each time. Snakebite did his part to make the match into a contest, averaging 102.13, but there was no keeping up with Van Gerwen. PDC Darts were impressed:
Wade survived a thriller against Anderson in a match that saw just seven breaks of throw. The two kept things close throughout the semi-final, with the Flying Scotsman edging ahead with an 11-darter and a 12-darter, but Wade did well on the doubles and took the advantage late.
He produced finishes of 69 and 68 to knock out the World Champion and book his date with Van Gerwen.
The top players in the world will gear up for the finals of the Players Championship next, the final major tournament before the start of the World Championship.