Van Gerwen retains UK Open crown

It was heartbreak for Peter Wright as Michael van Gerwen secured a second successive UK Open title on the Minehead stage. The flying Dutchman has had the weekend of his career. Four 170 checkouts and yet another 9-dart finish added to long list of acheivements. As for Wright, he will still be desperate to secure that illusive first major, and his search will go on as Blackpool and the World Matchplay draws closer.

It was obvious from the beginning that MVG was in the mood to retain his crown. They say that hunger for more is one of the biggest signs of a champion and that is something you cannot doubt in Michael van Gerwen. He was off to a flying start, 4-1 up at the first interval. The sensational display continued into the second mini session with the world number one clinical taking three of the five with pinpoint double hitting. It has been hard to look past ‘Mighty Mike’ since his brilliant performance in round three against Ryan Harrington. He strikes fear into every opponent, and is without doubt the best in the world today.

Of course none of this could’ve happened without a victory in the previous round. 16-time world champion stood inbetween him and another TV title. A huge grin spread across the face of Taylor as he went backstage following the first session, 4-1 to the good. But back came van Gerwen, 5-5 at the second interval. It was a special 151 checkout that crushed Taylor, he never recovered after that monumental finish in the tenth leg, and as we now know, he would go into to regain the magnificent trophy.


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