Michael van Gerwen has withdrawn from the two Players Championship events in Wigan this weekend, sources have told Dartsnews.

The 29-year-old Dutchman played in Nottingham on Thursday evening for the sixth round of the Premier League Darts. The intention was to travel to Wigan on Friday for the Pro Tour double header, but Van Gerwen decided to go home.

The reason for his withdrawal is not confirmed. Van Gerwen produced – for his own standards – a below-par performance against Gerwyn Price on Thursday evening. The world number one was even averaging below 80 after four legs.

However the three-time world champion managed to increase his average to 96 and beat Price with 7-2. As a result, ‘MvG’ regained the lead in the Premier League Darts as James Wade was beaten by Mensur Suljovic.

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Author: Pieter