Michael van Gerwen wins Unibet Masters after dominant final display
By Paul Prenderville
Last Updated: 01/02/16 8:42am
Michael van Gerwen warmed up for the Premier League in perfect fashion with victory at the Unibet Masters in Milton Keynes.
The Dutchman defended the title he won last year by seeing off the threat of Dave Chisnall in Sunday night's final with an 11-6 victory.
Van Gerwen's quest for a second world title ended with quarter-final defeat to Raymond van Barneveld at Alexandra Palace in December but he ensured the regular 2016 season got off to a great start by dominating Chizzy from start-to-finish.
After surviving seven match darts against Phil Taylor in the semi-final to eventually come through 11-10 against The Power, Van Gerwen was given little trouble as he swept past Chisnall into a 5-0 lead that saw the man from St Helens fail to throw a dart at a double before the break.
Despite Chisnall's improvement, Van Gerwen was able to wrap up victory and complete preparations for this week's Premier League opening fixtures in Leeds. The Dutchman starts with a clash against fellow Masters semi-finalist James Wade.
Wade was beaten by Chisnall in their last four encounter at ArenaMK earlier on Sunday, while Chisnall will start his Premier League campaign against Robert Thornton.