Michael van Gerwen took his 100th PDC singles title, and 102nd overall – but still wasn’t happy.

Bar the 2014 and 2017 World Cup, every accolade the Dutchman has collected his been self-earned. Van Gerwen took home the top prize for the fifth time in 2018 by winning Players Championship 2 in Barnsley. He has lost just two games since the World Championships – against Michael Smith at UK Open Qualifying 3, and Peter Wright in the Premier League. His PC2 win came a day after picking up the £10,000 top prize at PC1.

It was a rollercoaster of a day for the Dutchman. Steve Lennon and Jamie Lewis were easily dispatched, but Ryan Searle and Luke Woodhouse took their games to the last leg. Woodhouse even missed four match darts, but van Gerwen survived. A 110 average against Adrian Lewis and an 87.5 average against Simon Stevenson both yielded 6-2 wins.

“I didn’t have a good day, I played poorly, but I’m still really glad that I won to take tournament win number 102,” he admitted.

Mighty Mike battered Corey Cadby 6-1 in the final. He had some kind words to say about the young Australian, following their first ever competitive meeting.

He said: “Every time I had a chance I took it and I didn’t make a lot of mistakes.

“Corey is a very good player. I think he was trying too hard in the final, but I’m sure he can do some really good things in the future. With his quality, he could easily become a top ten player. He is a great talent and has a great throw.”

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Author: Edward McCosh