Masters Hat Trick for MvG
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN’S incredible winning streak continued as he claimed a third successive Unibet Masters title with an 11-7 defeat of Gary Anderson in Milton Keynes on Sunday evening.
World number one Van Gerwen has not been defeated since mid-October, and followed up his World Championship triumph over Anderson on January 2 with victory in another final against the Scot.
The win saw Van Gerwen secure the £60,000 Masters title for a third straight year at Arena MK, as he followed up Saturday’s win over Simon Whitlock by seeing off Mensur Suljovic, Adrian Lewis and Anderson on the final day.
The Dutchman again saved his best performance for Anderson as the world’s top two met in a televised final for the seventh time inside two years. Van Gerwen opened the final with a 177 and took out 107 for the opening leg, and hit two 180s in a 12-darter to double his lead before Anderson hit back in leg three.
Finishes of 96 and 87 edged the World Champion clear before Anderson responded with checkouts of 116 and 106 either side of two 11-darters from the Dutchman.
Van Gerwen then took three of the next five to pull out to 9-6, and though Anderson took the 16th he was made to pay for missed doubles as he wasted the chance to reduce the gap to one before the top seed sealed victory with finishes of 80 and 121.
2017 Unibet Masters
Sunday January 29th
100.14 Phil Taylor 10-5 Peter Wright 94.68
106.50 Gary Anderson 10-6 Raymond van Barneveld 100.21
95.49 Robert Thornton 6-10 Adrian Lewis 104.77
107.75 Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Mensur Suljovic 103.34
102.12 Gary Anderson 11-9 Phil Taylor 98.03
101.69 Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Adrian Lewis 89.23
103.58 Gary Anderson 7-11 Michael van Gerwen 109.42
First Round – Best of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs
First Round £5,000