Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals
Michael van Gerwen won the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals in dramatic style on a last leg decider.
Emotional Michael van Gerwen returned to winning ways on the big stage with a dramatic 11-10 defeat of Mervyn King as he claimed the Ladbrokes Players Championship Finals title for a sixth time on Sunday night.
World number one Van Gerwen has endured over eight months without a televised title since winning the UK Open in March, but completed a brilliant weekend in Coventry by retaining the Players Championship Finals crown in a sudden-death leg.
The success sees Van Gerwen claim the Players Championship Finals title for a sixth time – a personal first which also sees him become only the second player in history, behind Phil Taylor, to win a televised event more than five times.
He was also back to his best throughout six games at the Ricoh Arena, averaging 102 for the the tournament before being visibly moved as he held the trophy aloft after a winning final of the highest quality.
“I’m proud of myself,” admitted Van Gerwen. “I’ve worked hard for this, and to come back stronger and stronger like this means a lot to me.
“Of course, it’s been a long time since I won a tournament so I’m glad I played a very nice tournament. I played well and I’m glad to have my hands back on the trophy.
“I’ve been out of form for a few months and you need to battle back. You have to fight back and I’m glad I did.”
Sunday November 29
Afternoon Session (1245 GMT)
Damon Heta 8-10 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 10-6 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 10-9 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Evening Session (1900 GMT)
Peter Wright 4-11 Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price 8-11 Michael van Gerwen
Mervyn King 10-11 Michael van Gerwen
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Third Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs
Winner – £100,000
Runner-Up – £50,000
Semi-Finalists – £25,000
Quarter-Finalists – £15,000
Third Round Losers – £10,000
Second Round Losers – £5,000
First Round Losers – £2,500
Total – £500,000