Michael van Gerwen adds European Darts Grand Prix to his trophy haul
Last Updated: 19/09/16 7:56am
Michael van Gerwen won his sixth European Tour title of the year as he claimed victory in the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Germany.
The world No 1, who also triumphed in Meulheim last week, eased to a 6-2 win over Peter Wright in the final.
Van Gerwen started the final in ruthless mood and, after an opening-leg hold, the 27-year-old Dutchman broke throw after Wright had just landed the first maximum of the final.
After another comfortable hold, it was in the fourth leg that Van Gerwen showed his class with a 164 finish to move 4-0 ahead.
At 5-0, Van Gerwen missed a shot at double 13 which would have given him a whitewash victory, allowing Wright to land a 101 finish on double 12 to stay alive.
Despite a break in the next leg, Wright could not keep up with Van Gerwen as he wrapped up the win on tops, finishing with an average of 105.38.
It was the 13th time in succession that the Scot had been beaten by Van Gerwen and he spoke of his admiration for the 'Green Machine' after the match.
"He's magnificent, I started slowly and you just can't do that against him," said Wright.
Van Gerwen was securing his 14th European Tour success and said: "I tried everything in my power to win this tournament. I will fight for every tournament. I had never won here so I'm delighted to win."
The day started well for Van Gerwen as he hit six 180s on his way to a 6-3 win over Steve Beaton in the third round and he followed that up with a 6-3 quarter-final victory over Gerwyn Price, which included a 170 finish.
He then went on to end Kim Huybrechts' reign as European Darts Grand Prix Champion with a crushing 6-0 win over the Belgian in the last four, averaging 107.
Wright began the day with a 6-1 defeat of Joe Cullen before seeing off James Wade 6-3 in the last eight and he then ended Raymond van Barneveld's hopes of qualifying for next month's European Championship with a 6-2 win in the semi-finals.
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