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.

Van Gerwen denies Wright to win his second Pro Tour title in a week
Van Gerwen denies Wright to win his second Pro Tour title in a week (PDC)

“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.”

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

 

Quarter-Finals

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

 

Semi-Finals

Peter Wright 7-3 Damon Heta 

Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Jose de Sousa

 

Final

Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Peter Wright