History-making Van Gerwen hits TWO nine-darters in same game en route to winning UK Open Qualifier Four!

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Michael van Gerwen created history at Coral UK Open qualifier four on Friday afternoon; becoming only the second player in darting history to register two nine-dart finishes in the same game.

The world champion achieved the remarkable feat during his third-round win over Ryan Murray, before going on to defeat Gary Anderson in the final to clinch his first Pro Tour title of the season at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan this evening.

Van Gerwen hit his first nine-darter in the fourth leg of the contest against Murray, hitting scores of 180 and 177 before converting a 144 kill. He then repeated the feat in the eighth leg to seal a 6-2 triumph; registering visits of 177 and 180 before taking out 144 once more to record his second nine-darter within the space of four legs.

‘The Green Machine’ becomes only the second player in the history of professional darts to achieve this stunning feat, following in the footsteps of Phil Taylor. The 16-time world champion recorded two nine-dart finishes in the 2010 Premier League final, where he edged out James Wade in a titanic tussle.

Van Gerwen’s moments of genius came on one of the PDC’s two live streamed boards, but the day could have been very different for the world number one. ‘Mighty Mike’ survived two missed match darts from Adam Hunt in his second-round clash, to set up what would be a history-making tussle against Scotland’s Ryan Murray.

After defeating Murray 6-2, MvG defeated Hong Kong’s Ting Chi Royden Lam by the same scoreline, before thrashing Zoran Lerchbacher 6-1. Lerchbacher secured his UK Open qualification with a fine victory over two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, but the Austrian was unable to trouble the Dutch ace.

In the last eight, Van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright for the second time within 24 hours. The world champion eased past Wright in last night’s Premier League tie and defeated Snakebite 6-3 this afternoon, to avenge his loss to the Scot in UK Open qualifier three.

‘Mighty Mike’ faced 2004 World Championship finalist Kevin Painter in the semi-finals. Painter rolled back the years to reach his first PDC ranking semi-final since July 2014; beating Daryl Gurney, Terry Jenkins, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith to reach the last four.

His last 16 victory against Van Barneveld was particularly impressive. The five-time world champion had dropped just six legs in defeating Cristo Reyes, Rowby-John Rodriguez and Vincent Kamphuis.

Nevertheless, Painter edged out Barney 6-4, winning his six legs in 11, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 13 darts respectively. However, ‘The Artist’ was unable to thwart the world number one, as Van Gerwen ran out a comprehensive 6-2 winner.

The Boxtel ace faced world number two Gary Anderson in Friday’s final, after ‘The Flying Scotsman’ reached his second UK Open qualifier in just his third Pro Tour appearance of the year. Anderson battled past Paul Rowley in his opening tie, before whitewashing Ryan Harrington to reach round-four.

The two-time world champion then overcame Justin Pipe 6-3, before dropping just three legs in defeating Rob Cross and Chris Dobey to reach the semi-finals. In the last four, the Scottish ace faced Ryan Searle, who was appearing in his maiden PDC semi-final.

Searle came through a last-leg decider against Matthew Edgar in the last 256, before recording a convincing 6-3 win over seven-time PDC ranking winner Jamie Caven to reach round-three.

He continued his fine form with victories over Andy Boulton, Chris Quantock and Darren Webster to set up a last-eight clash with Dave Chisnall. Searle stunned the St Helen’s star 6-3 to set up a semi-final clash with the two-time world champion, but Anderson prevailed 6-1 to set up a dream repeat of last month’s World Championship Final.

Van Gerwen drew first blood in the final via tops, but Anderson levelled after following up visits of 180 and 177 with a majestic 11-darter. The Dutchman regained the lead on D6, before Anderson held throw on D10 after Van Gerwen missed the bull for a spectacular 132 outshot.

The fifth leg was a dramatic affair. MvG squandered six darts at double to hold, but the Scot failed to capitalise, as the Dutchman eventually sank D1 to hold. This proved to be a turning point, as Van Gerwen secured the first break of throw moments later after following up his second maximum by pegging D16.

Both players fired in maximums in the seventh leg, but Van Gerwen converted D16 to hold throw and move to within a leg of victory. Anderson followed up a sublime visit of 171 by dispatching a 102 finish to prolong the contest at 5-3 adrift, but the world number one maintained his composure to seal the win and scoop the £10,000 winner’s cheque.

It was a magnificent day for ‘The Green Machine’, who recovered from the disappointment of last weekend’s underwhelming campaign to triumph in sensational style on Friday afternoon. This propels the world champion up to second on the UK Open Order of Merit behind Peter Wright, with just two events remaining.

However, it was a disappointing day for a number of big names. World number nine Jelle Klaasen was edged out by the veteran Terry Temple in his opening game, whilst former BDO world number one James Wilson is yet to register any prize money towards the UK Open Order of Merit after losing in round-two to former UK Open finalist Barrie Bates.

Jamie Caven suffered his fourth successive opening-round loss after losing 6-3 to eventual semi-finalist Ryan Searle. Former world champion Stephen Bunting was defeated at the first hurdle by the veteran Andy Jenkins, whilst 2007 UK Open finalist Vincent van der Voort lost out to former World-Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall.

The Coral UK Open Qualifiers continue over the weekend, with the penultimate qualifier taking place on Saturday, before the final day of action takes place on Sunday February 12th. The full list of results from today’s event can be viewed below!

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Coral UK Open Qualifier Four
Friday February 10
Preliminary Round

Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Devon Petersen 6-0 Scott Taylor
Barrie Bates 6-5 Callan Rydz
Vincent Kamphuis 6-5 Sean Ryan

First Round
Alan Norris bye
Jack Todd 6-5 Wes Newton
Dylan Duo 6-5 Steve Douglas
Steve Lennon 6-5 Michael Barnard
Stephen Bunting bye
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Ron Meulenkamp
Wayne Jones 6-3 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-5 Yuki Yamada
Dave Chisnall bye
Gary Stone 6-2 Tony Newell
James Young 6-4 Michael Huntley
Dennis Smith 6-5 Allan Candlish
Simon Whitlock bye
Adam Smith-Neale 6-1 Simon Cassidy
Mike De Decker 6-1 Shaun Griffiths
Rob Hewson 6-2 Ross Twell
Joe Cullen bye
Ricky Evans 6-3 John Michael
Jim Brown 6-3 Derek Brand
Ricky Williams 6-1 Steve Brown
Darren Webster bye
Greg Ritchie 6-4 Stephen Burton
John Crossley 6-5 James Hadjar
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-2 Wilco Vermeulen
Jelle Klaasen bye
Terry Temple 6-1 Richie Burnett
Chris Quantock 6-5 Matt Clark
Scott Dale 6-5 Keegan Brown
Jamie Caven bye
Ryan Searle 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Charlie Jackson 6-4 Jimmy Hendriks
Andy Boulton 6-1 Martyn Turner
Mark Webster bye
Kevin Dowling 6-3 Alan Tabern
Michael Rasztovits 6-2 Robert Owen
Mareno Michels 6-4 Adrian Gray
Steve Beaton bye
Rob Cross 6-5 David Pallett
Eddie Dootson 6-4 Justin Smith
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Martin Thomas
Justin Pipe bye
Mark Forman 6-3 Jason Wilson
Max Hopp 6-4 Jeff Batham
Barry Lynn 6-4 Richard North
Gary Anderson bye
Paul Rowley 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Ryan Harrington 6-5 Dyson Parody
Prakash Jiwa 6-3 Andy Hamilton
Brendan Dolan bye
Jonathan Worsley 6-1 Eikichi Nakanishi
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-2 Kurt Parry
Matt Padgett 6-5 Kelvin Hart
Mervyn King bye
Kevin McDine 6-3 Sven Groen
Ben Ward 6-5 Billy Holmes
Colin Roelofs 6-2 Andreas Hajimina
Jamie Lewis bye
Callum Loose 6-3 Andy Parsons
Chris Dobey 6-3 Madars Razma
Nathan Derry 6-5 Devon Petersen
Andrew Gilding bye
Berry van Peer 6-2 Mark Walsh
James Wilson 6-1 Mark Stephenson
Barrie Bates 6-2 Darron Brown
John Henderson bye
Bryan De Hoog 6-3 Paul Milford
Peter Hudson 6-4 Rene Eidams
Vincent Kamphuis 6-1 Jim Walker
Raymond van Barneveld bye
Cristo Reyes 6-0 Jerry Hendriks
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-0 Shane Reidy
Richie Corner 6-3 Mick Todd
Daryl Gurney bye
Willy van de Wiel 6-4 Jim Moston
Kevin Painter 6-1 Dean Stewart
Antonio Alcinas 6-4 Ryan De Vreede
Terry Jenkins bye
Mick McGowan 6-1 Par Riihonen
William O’Connor 6-5 Harry Ward
Robbie Green 6-4 Luke Humphries
Robert Thornton bye
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Terry Roach
Craig Gilchrist 6-3 Josh Payne
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-2 Sheamus Hagan
Benito van de Pas bye
Ian Lever 6-2 Matthew Dennant
Brian Woods 6-4 Dawson Muschell
Simon Stevenson 6-1 Mark Westgarth
Michael Smith bye
Ted Evetts 6-4 John Brown
Nigel Pinchen 6-1 Roger Scrivens
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Lee Bryant
Kim Huybrechts bye
Diogo Portela 6-5 Jay Foreman
Kai Fan Leung 6-0 Ronny Huybrechts
Curtis Hammond 6-0 Ray Campbell
Michael van Gerwen bye
Adam Hunt 6-3 Andrew Johnson
Ryan Murray 6-3 Sam Head
Maik Langendorf 6-3 Richard Baillie
Vincent van der Voort bye
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Aden Kirk
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-1 Joshua Richardson
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Bradley Brooks
Ian White bye
Martin Schindler 6-1 Mark Hylton
Darren Johnson 6-3 Mario Robbe
Steve West 6-4 Ryan Palmer
Adrian Lewis bye
Coni Singh Nagi 6-4 Paul Reeve
Michael Burgoine 6-4 Mark Frost
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-2 Roxy-James Rodriguez
Gerwyn Price bye
John Bowles 6-4 James Richardson
Jan Dekker 6-1 Steve McNally
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-1 Martin Lukeman
James Wade bye
Joe Murnan 6-5 Jamie Bain
Ricky Sudale 6-0 Rohit Rabadia
Christian Kist 6-2 Mark Dudbridge
Kyle Anderson bye
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Nigel Daniels
James Lane 6-4 James Hubbard
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Dave Ladley
Peter Wright bye
John Part 6-1 Joe Davis
Nick Fullwell 6-4 Arron Monk
Jon Jukes 6-4 Alan Tabern Jnr

Second Round
Alan Norris 6-4 Jack Todd
Steve Lennon 6-1 Dylan Duo
Andy Jenkins 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Wayne Jones 6-5 Dimitri van den Bergh
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Gary Stone
James Young 6-4 Dennis Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale
Rob Hewson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Ricky Evans 6-3 Joe Cullen
Ricky Williams 6-3 Jim Brown
Darren Webster 6-5 Greg Ritchie
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 John Crossley
Terry Temple 6-4 Jelle Klaasen
Chris Quantock 6-2 Scott Dale
Ryan Searle 6-3 Jamie Caven
Andy Boulton 6-4 Charlie Jackson
Mark Webster 6-1 Kevin Dowling
Mareno Michels 6-4 Michael Rasztovits
Rob Cross 6-3 Steve Beaton
Eddie Dootson 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Justin Pipe 6-5 Mark Forman
Max Hopp 6-4 Barry Lynn
Gary Anderson 6-4 Paul Rowley
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Prakash Jiwa
Jonathan Worsley 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-3 Matt Padgett
Mervyn King 6-3 Kevin McDine
Colin Roelofs 6-1 Ben Ward
Callum Loose 6-2 Jamie Lewis
Chris Dobey 6-2 Nathan Derry
Andrew Gilding 6-1 Berry van Peer
Barrie Bates 6-4 James Wilson
John Henderson 6-3 Bryan De Hoog
Vincent Kamphuis 6-4 Peter Hudson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Cristo Reyes
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Richie Corner
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Willy van de Wiel
Kevin Painter 6-3 Antonio Alcinas
Terry Jenkins 6-3 Mick McGowan
William O’Connor 6-5 Robbie Green
Robert Thornton 6-2 Ryan Meikle
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-1 Craig Gilchrist
Benito van de Pas 6-1 Ian Lever
Simon Stevenson 6-3 Brian Woods
Michael Smith 6-2 Ted Evetts
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Nigel Pinchen
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Diogo Portela
Curtis Hammond 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Adam Hunt
Ryan Murray 6-4 Maik Langendorf
Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-3 Paul Nicholson
Ian White 6-3 Martin Schindler
Darren Johnson 6-3 Steve West
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Coni Singh Nagi
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-0 Michael Burgoine
Gerwyn Price 6-4 John Bowles
Yordi Meeuwisse 6-5 Jan Dekker
James Wade 6-1 Joe Murnan
Christian Kist 6-5 Ricky Sudale
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Ronnie Baxter 6-1 James Lane
Peter Wright 6-3 John Part
Nick Fullwell 6-2 Jon Jukes

Third Round
Steve Lennon 6-5 Alan Norris
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Wayne Jones
Dave Chisnall 6-1 James Young
Rob Hewson 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Ricky Evans 6-1 Ricky Williams
Darren Webster 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Chris Quantock 6-5 Terry Temple
Ryan Searle 6-3 Andy Boulton
Mark Webster 6-0 Mareno Michels
Rob Cross 6-3 Eddie Dootson
Justin Pipe 6-4 Max Hopp
Gary Anderson 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Jeffrey De Zwaan 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
Mervyn King 6-3 Colin Roelofs
Chris Dobey 6-3 Callum Loose
Barrie Bates 6-5 Andrew Gilding
Vincent Kamphuis 6-2 John Henderson
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kevin Painter 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Terry Jenkins 6-3 William O’Connor
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-3 Robert Thornton
Benito van de Pas 6-3 Simon Stevenson
Michael Smith 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Curtis Hammond
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ryan Murray – Michael van Gerwen hits two nine-dart finishes
Ting Chi Royden Lam 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Darren Johnson 6-5 Ian White
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-4 Adrian Lewis
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Yordi Meeuwisse
Christian Kist 6-5 James Wade
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 6-2 Nick Fullwell

Fourth Round
Andy Jenkins 6-1 Steve Lennon
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Rob Hewson
Darren Webster 6-4 Ricky Evans
Ryan Searle 6-2 Chris Quantock
Rob Cross 6-5 Mark Webster
Gary Anderson 6-3 Justin Pipe
Mervyn King 6-2 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Chris Dobey 6-2 Barrie Bates
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Vincent Kamphuis
Kevin Painter 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Jeffrey De Graaf 6-5 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Ting Chi Royden Lam
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-2 Darren Johnson
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Christian Kist
Peter Wright 6-1 Ronnie Baxter

Fifth Round
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Ryan Searle 6-4 Darren Webster
Gary Anderson 6-1 Rob Cross
Chris Dobey 6-4 Mervyn King
Kevin Painter 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael Smith 6-4 Jeffrey De Graaf
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Peter Wright 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Quarter-Finals
Ryan Searle 6-3 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 6-2 Chris Dobey
Kevin Painter 6-4 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals
Gary Anderson 6-1 Ryan Searle
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Kevin Painter

Final
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Gary Anderson

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