Michael van Gerwen retained his World Masters status with a dominant display to see off Dave Chisnall. It has often been said that a short break is a disadvantage to the player, but the Dutchman carried the momentum from his nail-biting victory over Phil Taylor into the final.
The ball continued to roll for the opening five legs, van Gerwen taking the lot. At this point Chizzy looked to be on for an embarrassing finale. It is so easy to crack in these situations. But much like he did against Robert Thornton, he heaved himself back into the contest. With the match over as a contest van Gerwen took his foot off the gas, Chizzy slowly creeping back into contention. Just when the 35-year-old looked to be gaining the impetus van Gerwen hit back, with the score now 10-5 he was within touching distance of a second Masters title. Chisnall collected a swansong leg before van Gerwen put the final nail in the coffin, and collected his second Unibet World Masters title and the £60,000 that goes with it.
It could’ve been Taylor’s first TV final since November’s Grand Slam had it not been for a crowd silencing comeback from MVG. The man from Stoke had led 9-6, two legs away from the final. Crucially, Taylor had hit his doubles throughout the contest, but his best form deserted him at the pivotal moments. Six loose double shots levelled proceedings and even with the advantage of throw, Taylor was not able to wrap up a rare appearance in a TV final.
Dave Chisnall reached the final via an impressive win over James Wade. It is important to remember he was on the brink of elimination against Robert Thornton in round one, but hauled himself back into the contest through pure grit and determination. Wade had matched ‘Chizzy’ stride by stride until the second interval, the score being five a piece. It was his superior scoring that won him the contest, 12 maximums steering into the final and setting up a meeting with the World number one.