Van Gerwen who hasn't been at his best over the past two days has as ever been saving some of his best darts and surged past Joe Cullen in a 7-5 win.
'The Rockstar' went 4-3 up but after the interval, Van Gerwen surged ahead and had a finishing masterclass with 7/7 on the outer ring putting his troubles during his ties against Bailey Marsh and Haupai Puha behind him.
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Van Gerwen had a superb start and after losing the opening leg, he surged into a 3-1 lead with a break of throw.
But Cullen surged back breaking throw after Van Gerwen couldn’t get a shot at 96 and he hit 39 to make it 3-3. At the break, he smashed in a 145 checkout to go 4-3 up and take control.
Under threat of another break, Van Gerwen pinned double 20 twice for a 100 checkout and hit the front again with a break in a 127 checkout on the bull.
Van Gerwen continued to surge towards the finishing line consolidating the break with a 56 checkout. An 81 checkout saw Cullen hold as he looked to force a decider.
A 140 from Cullen saw him suddenly on a finish after a poor start to the leg but he couldn’t get a shot and Van Gerwen took aim at 80 nestling it into the corner of double 20.