Van Gerwen after ending PDC ranking title drought at Players Championship 29: "My hunger is back"

Michael van Gerwen made sure that his PDC ranking title drought wouldn't make into an unwanted record of no titles in a year for the first time in a decade by winning Players Championship 29 on Wednesday.

He defeated Nathan Aspinall 8-5 to join Chris Dobey in the victors this week in PDC Super Series 8 but he isn't resting on his laurels and while the confidence is coming back, it's only one notch on his route back to the top.

"In the last Super Series I lost three games with averages well over 100, of course that's annoying but you have to keep believing in yourself," Van Gerwen reflected.

"When that happens you have to work harder, and today was one of those hard days where you have to step up a bit and I did the right things at the right moments.

"A win like this is going to give me a lot of confidence but there's a lot of darts still to play this year and I always treat every game like a final.

"Overall, I feel good and that's the most important thing. My hunger is back and my performances are getting back to where they were."

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