Gary Anderson won his third World Series crown of the year, edging out Michael van Gerwen 8-6 to win the Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall, in Thursday’s final.
Anderson, who won the opening two World Series events of 2016 in Dubai and Auckland, continued his impressive form to sink the world number one and claim his first ever title on Japanese soil. The world’s top two players put on a wonderful show in the final, both averaging over the 100 mark. Nevertheless, it was ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who prevailed.
Van Gerwen claimed first blood in the final, registering an early maximum and taking out 100 for the opening leg. Anderson levelled on tops, but the Dutchman regained the lead on D9, having hit a wonderful 168 in the preceding visit. The world champion was unperturbed through, drawing level at 2-2 with a clinical 70 checkout.
‘The Green Machine’ pinned D18 to edge ahead once more, but Anderson restored parity at three-apiece with a majestic 161 finish on the bull. Yet, it was Van Gerwen who held the lead at the interval, as he converted 45 on D16 for a 4-3 advantage.