Michael van Gerwen recorded the highest ever televised average in the history of professional darts in his 7-1 demolition of Michael Smith in week four of the 2016 Premier League at the GE Oil and Gas Arena in Aberdeen on Thursday evening.
Van Gerwen averaged 123.40, yet he missed three clear darts at D18 for a 7-0 whitewash, which would have seen him finish with a stratospheric average of 136! It was an absolutely remarkable display from start-to-finish, and it’s the first time that any player has averaged over 120 in the history of televised darts.
‘The Green Machine’ broke Phil Taylor’s 118.66 set in 2010, when ‘The Power’ whitewashed Kevin Painter 9-0 in the UK Open fourth round. The world number one only dipped below the 130 average in the final leg of the contest, and at one stage, he was set to break Kyle Anderson’s 134.84 average, posted in a Players Championship event last year.
MvG kicked off proceedings with a brilliant 11-darter to win the opening leg, before extending his lead in the second after posting a timely maximum and taking out 60 for a 12-dart leg. The pair traded maximums in a high-quality third leg and despite a late maximum from Smith, the Dutchman surged 3-0 ahead with another 11-darter.