Van Gerwen ends 339 day PDC ranking title drought with Players Championship 29 (PDC Super Series 8) win over Aspinall
He defeated Nathan Aspinall 8-5 in the final with a 102.3 average and 8/15 on the doubles.
Bemoaning his luck at times this season, it has finally turned onto his side as he joins Chris Dobey in winning a title so far this week.
Van Gerwen surged into the lead to begin the final but Aspinall found his range to break and hold and go 3-1 up after two misses from MVG to break straight back.
But the deficit was reduced by Van Gerwen with an 11-darter on double 16 to go 3-2 down and after costly misses from Aspinall, he made it parity.
It was three legs on the spin as he regained the lead at 4-3 up and another break saw him move two clear and closer to the finishing line at 5-3.
Aspinall though wasn't done and stayed in touch at 5-4 down averaging 105 but it was once again, it was four missed darts at double and this allowed a 6-4 lead for Van Gerwen.
Van Gerwen went one away and after Aspinall claimed a hold back, it was now or never for the Stockport ace who needed a break to send it towards a decider.
But despite a 180, Van Gerwen ended his drought on double 16 letting out a relieved roar.
Jelle Klaasen (95.29) 0 | 6 (101.33) Damon Heta
Krzysztof Ratajski (101.20) 2 | 6 (107.21) Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall (109.23) 6 | 4 (100.59) Ryan Searle
Kim Huybrechts (89.46) 3 | 6 (93.43) William O'Connor
Damon Heta (89.90) 3 | 7 (96.89) Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall (100.64) 7 | 4 (94.29) William O'Connor
Michael van Gerwen (102.30) 8 | 5 (102.57) Nathan Aspinall