After fifteen days of competition, world number one Michael van Gerwen was crowned PDC World Champion for the second time. The great Dutchman was untouchable from start to finish, as the field throw everything they had at van Gerwen the world number one just smiled as he ploughed through the field. The final paired the best two players on planet darts, as the then-defending champion Gary Anderson was bidding for a third consecutive world title. The dream final certainly didn’t disappoint as records were sent tumbling, between them van Gerwen and Anderson hit a staggering 42 180s in ten sets of darts, as they beat last year’s record of 34. The pair had shared the first four sets before van Gerwen went on the rampage, winning four sets on the spin and winning 15 out of 14 legs. It’s not as if you could say Anderson gave them to him, as at the time Anderson was averaging 105. Anderson won the ninth set so make the score 6-3, but the Dutchman wouldn’t be denied what some called his destiny as he won the set 3-2 with an 88 finish in the bull.
After the year Michael van Gerwen has had winning 25 ranking titles, I think it would have been a travesty if he hadn’t of won at Ally Pally. Not that I’m saying that anyone has a divine right to win, just that van Gerwen has been head and shoulders above the rest this year. It seems that every game that van Gerwen played in the record books were rewritten. In the second round, MvG beat Cristo Reyes 4-2, despite the Spaniard averaging a staggering 106.07 which at the time was the highest losing average ever. In the semi-final van Gerwen would play his Dutch nemesis Raymond van Barneveld, after Barney dumped out the sixteen times world champion Phil Taylor. The semi-final clash has been described by many as the greats game of darts ever played! It was van Gerwen who came out on top winning 6-2, but that barely scratches the surface of the match. Michael set a new record for the highest ever average at the World Championships, with a staggering 114.05 over 28 legs of darts. The madness didn’t end there as Raymond picked up an unwanted record as he averaged 109.34, which is the highest ever losing average.
I don’t think there can be any doubt that the bar has now been set an all-time high, many calling this the best World Championships ever! Now that Michael is a multiple world champion the debate will rage for years, is he now the best player ever to play the game? I think it will be hard for him to win 16 world titles although I wouldn’t rule it out, he seems to have no limits in what he can do on the oche. My own option is that Phil Taylor is the most successful player ever, but Michael van Gerwen is the best player I ever seen play the game.