Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson recognised at the PDC Annual Awards
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 22/01/16 11:43am
Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson shared the prestigious PDC Player of the Year title after being announced as joint-winners on Thursday night.
For the first time since the PDC first staged its Annual Awards ceremony at The Dorchester in 2007, two players shared the top honour in recognition of their achievements throughout the past 12 months.
Scottish star Anderson won the Premier League title last May - defeating Van Gerwen in the final - before retaining the sport's biggest prize at the World Darts Championship, overcoming Adrian Lewis to secure back-to-back Alexandra Palace triumphs.
Van Gerwen, meanwhile, won an incredible 18 tournaments throughout 2015, with his victories in the UK Open, World Matchplay and Grand Slam of Darts completing his haul of the PDC's major ranking titles.
Van Gerwen was also named as the PDPA Players' Player of the Year after scooping 37 per cent of the votes by his fellow players, and received the ProTour Player of the Year award to recognise his landslide dominance of the PDC's ProTour during 2015.
Anderson, meanwhile, won the poll as PDC Fans' Player of the Year to complete an awards double on the night, which also included a special introduction for the Scot to welcome his World Championship triumph.
World No 8 Michael Smith was named as the PDC Young Player of the Year to reward his success in the past 12 months, as he won two European Tour events, reached his first major semi-final and sealed a top 10 place and a debut in the 2016 Premier League.
Alan Norris' impressive debut season on the PDC circuit, which included a Players Championship win, a run to the World Championship quarter-finals and two nine-dart legs as he rose to 37th on the Order of Merit saw him scoop the Best Newcomer Award.
Robert Thornton, meanwhile, received the Best Televised Performance award in recognition of his resilient, battling and career-defining display in the World Grand Prix final as he overcame Van Gerwen 5-4.
The glittering awards ceremony also saw the record total of 30 nine-dart finishes which were achieved during the 12-month period recognised with the presentation of commemorative gold and silver pin badges to the respective players.
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