2017 World Grand Prix: Finals Day!

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Daryl Gurney clinched his maiden PDC major title with a thrilling deciding-set victory over former world finalist Simon Whitlock in a thrilling World Grand Prix final at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday evening. Continue reading “2017 World Grand Prix: Finals Day!”

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Whitlock: ‘I belong in the Premier League’

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Former world finalist Simon Whitlock is eyeing a Premier League return after reaching his first major final for over four years at the World Grand Prix last night.

‘The Wizard’ edged out the recent Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic in a Grand Prix classic at the Citywest Hotel on Friday evening, to reach his first major final since July 2013. Continue reading “Whitlock: ‘I belong in the Premier League’”

Record-breaking MvG brushes Anderson aside to clinch Grand Prix hat-trick!

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Michael van Gerwen produced one of the greatest double-in performances of all time as he stormed past world champion Gary Anderson to win his third World Grand Prix title in a fantastic final at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Saturday evening.

The world number one averaged 100.29, landed seven maximums and converted 43% of his attempts at double, to record an emphatic 5-2 victory to scoop the £100,000 winner’s cheque. Van Gerwen’s average was the highest ever in a World Grand Prix final, surpassing Phil Taylor’s previous best of 100.17, set in 2002.

Anderson battled valiantly, averaging 92.73 and firing in eight maximums, but ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was ultimately punished for a lacklustre start, as he suffered defeat in his maiden Grand Prix final.

‘The Green Machine’ lived up to his name as he breezed to the first set without reply, taking just 43 darts to take the lead. He fired in a maximum with just his second visit to the board, before clinching the set with a classy 14-darter.

The second set followed a similar pattern of Dutch domination. Van Gerwen missed the bull for a 161 checkout for a fourth consecutive leg, as Anderson opened his account on D5. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old from Boxtel fired back with clinical 101 checkout on D16. Continue reading “Record-breaking MvG brushes Anderson aside to clinch Grand Prix hat-trick!”

World Grand Prix Day Four: Whitlock hits sixteen perfect darts to reach the last eight!

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Michael van Gerwen remains on course for a third World Grand Prix title after he whitewashed former BDO number one James Wilson, as Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall and Daryl Gurney all sealed their spots in the quarter-finals at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday evening.

However, the performance of the night was delivered by world number one Michael van Gerwen, who averaged 97.17, landed three maximums and converted 56% of his finishing doubles to dismantle Wilson, who performed better than the scoreline indicates.

Wilson kicked off the contest in sumptuous style with a roof-raising 156 finish. He missed the bullseye to double his lead moments later, but van Gerwen fired back with a sensational 96 checkout, culminating with D18 and D20. This galvanised the Dutchman, who went to seal the first set with relative ease.

‘The Green Machine’ fired in scores of 180 and 177 in the opening leg of set two, but he almost lost the leg, as ‘Jammie Dodger’ missed tops for a 160 checkout. However, MvG pinned the same target to hold throw, before winning his fifth straight leg with a fine 14-darter.

The third leg was an extremely high-quality affair. Both men kicked of the leg with flawless 160 starts, registering five perfect darts in the process. However, the advantage of throw proved decisive for Van Gerwen, who converted 64 for a stunning 12-darter to establish a commanding two-set cushion. Continue reading “World Grand Prix Day Four: Whitlock hits sixteen perfect darts to reach the last eight!”

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