Michael van Gerwen says his year is ruined after PDC World Championship exit
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 29/12/15 11:56pm
A devastated Michael van Gerwen admitted he feels all his achievements this year are for nothing after losing 4-3 to Raymond van Barneveld in a thriller at the PDC World Championship.
In an instant classic between the two Dutchmen, Van Barneveld held his nerve to take out 96 to clinch the seventh and final set and ensure his progress to the quarter-finals, after Van Gerwen had failed to finish 80.
World No 1 Van Gerwen had enjoyed a stellar 2015 with the World Matchplay and the Grand Slam of Darts among his many successes but he said afterwards those victories felt hollow after crashing in the last 16 at Alexandra Palace.
When asked about his year, Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: "It doesn't matter. I want to win this one. I want to throw all the other ones in the bin for this one.
"I didn't win this one so it hurts extra much."
Van Gerwen crashed out of the tournament with highest ever losing average at the World Championship - 105.78 - but was complimentary of his compatriot and friend Van Barneveld after his defeat.
"Raymond played well," Van Gerwen admitted. "I played okay but I missed too many shots at important moments. You cannot afford that when Raymond is playing this well.
"He has a fantastic 124 finish after a 180 to win the fifth set I think. That was a major one.
"It hurts a lot but what can you do? You need to put your feet back on the ground and go back to the practice board to make sure you are ready for next year.
"But this hurts a lot - painful."
The 16th seed Van Barneveld will now play eighth seed Michael Smith in the quarter-finals.