Michael van Gerwen wins Players Championship title

Michael van Gerwen beat James Wade 6-4 on Saturday to win the first Players Championship title of the year.

The world No 1 claimed the 101st PDC title of his career and the £10,000 prize, averaging 103.8 in the final.

“I didn’t play my best game today,” said Van Gerwen. “The first two rounds were poor – I won both 6-0 but that doesn’t mean anything.

MVG won a breathtaking leg in last week's PL

“For the rest of the day I played okay. I am really glad I won but I did miss too many doubles in the final. It’s a long day and I am only human.”

Peter Wright fell in the second round while Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson lost in the third round. Premier League star Gerwyn Price impressed with a semi-final run.

Last 16
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Danny Noppert
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Keegan Brown
Ian White 6-1 James Wilson
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael Smith
Ryan Joyce 6-5 Michael Barnard
Ron Meulenkamp 6-4 Terry Jenkins
James Wade 6-0 John Henderson
Rob Cross 6-1 Benito van de Pas

Peter Wright refused to shake hands with Rob Cross in last week's PL

Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Dave Chisnall
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Ian White
Ryan Joyce 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
James Wade 6-5 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gerwyn Price
James Wade 6-4 Ryan Joyce

Final
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 James Wade

The 2018 Premier League heads to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin next Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action. Twelve weeks of tungsten action will continue through to the season’s conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.

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