Michael van Gerwen retained his Coral UK Open title with a comprehensive 11-4 victory over Peter Wright in a repeat of last year’s final, at Butlins, Minehead. Van Gerwen maintained his terrific form, averaging 106.68 and hitting six maximums as he dispatched Snakebite, who once again was denied in his fourth major TV final.
Van Gerwen held throw convincingly in the opening leg with a clinical 13-darter, but Wright levelled up proceedings with a clinical 64 finish. However, this prompted a mini-surge from MvG, who pinned D12 for a 14-darter, before securing the first break of the final with a sensational 11-darter, having posted a maximum in the preceding visit.
The fifth leg was a significant turning point. ‘The Green Machine’ appeared destined to post back-to-back 11-darters; but five missed darts at double handed Wright a glorious opportunity to break back instantly. However, Snakebite spurned two darts at tops for a 54 checkout, and van Gerwen eventually converted D3 for a 4-1 cushion at the first interval.
Wright remained in touch by converting 61 on D16 in the sixth leg, but the Dutchman reclaimed his three-leg cushion with a fabulous 13-darter moments later. Wright wired the bullseye for a 161 finish in the eighth leg, but he returned to post D8 and reduce the arrears to 5-3.