Van Gerwen denies Wright to win his second Pro Tour title in a week.
Michael van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright 8-4 in the Players Championship final in Barnsley on Saturday, claiming his second win in a week.
Van Gerwen had won in Niedernhausen the previous Sunday, and he added another £12,000 title to his collection at Players Championship 10 with some tenacious performances.
In the semi-finals against Jose de Sousa, the Dutchman reeled off four consecutive legs, and in the final, he bettered that with a spectacular comeback from 4-0 down against world number one Wright.
In round two, he was down 5-3 against Ryan Meikle before rallying to win 6-5 after surviving two missed match darts, and he went on to overcome Brett Clayton, Madars Razma, Brendan Dolan, and Adrian Lewis on his way to the title on Saturday.
“I know Peter, and when he’s throwing relaxed he’s a phenomenal player and we all know that, but when you put him under pressure and you get your chances, you have to take them.
“That’s what I did. I think I can do more but this was enough.
“In the final and the semi-final I had to wake up a few times! You want to make it a little bit easier for yourself but to win is the most important thing.
“You have to survive game by game – there are so many good darts players here on the tour and you have to beat them all. It’s not easy, but I managed to do it today.
“This is a third title of this year – I’ve won more tournaments already than I did all last year altogether, so that’s a good thing.”
"𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗜 𝘄𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀."
Michael van Gerwen reflects on his Players Championship Ten title win before making a quick getaway to fly home for his son's birthday! pic.twitter.com/lGDMhZFy0X
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) April 2, 2022
2022 Players Championship Ten
Saturday April 2, Barnsley Metrodome
Jeff Smith 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Damon Heta 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright 6-4 Keegan Brown
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Ross Smith
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Luke Humphries 6-3 Joe Cullen
Damon Heta 6-3 Jeff Smith
Peter Wright 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Luke Humphries
Peter Wright 7-3 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Jose de Sousa
Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Peter Wright