It is raining nice finishes in the opening phase of the final. King throws 115 off the board to break the Dutchman and cashes in this break advantage thanks to a 107 finish. For the first break, Van Gerwen also makes a difference. The number one in the world produces a 146 checkout to stay in the wake of “The King”.
After the break, Van Gerwen finds a higher gear scoring. The number one in the world equalizes by finishing 94 to avoid 4-3 moments later thanks to a thirteen-starter. The Dutchman rumbles on, but four darts for a 5-3 lead are not for our fellow countryman. King benefits and equalizes. Two legs later, the Green Wrecking Ball does strike. In the Englishman’s leg, the man from Vlijmen brushes 160 off the board to get to 6-4.
King shows character after the second break and checks 81. The Englishman is waiting on tops in the twelfth leg to equalize the score, but it is Van Gerwen who hits Shanghai 20: 7-5. King does not bow and does strike moments later. The veteran is scoring better and takes two legs in a row: 7-7.
Van Gerwen seems to deliver the final blow in the sixteenth leg. King is waiting for 60 to make 8-8, but the Dutchman delivers a feat by finishing 135 through bull’s eye. “MVG” even gets three darts to get to 10-7, but fails. King comes back to the oche and clears a 126-finish to record a thirteen-darter one leg later: 9-9.
A decisive leg must settle the plea between the two fighting cocks. Both gentlemen are getting off to a moderate start. Van Gerwen is the first to find two triples in one inning and is 48 after four innings. The first three match darts go wrong, but the fourth hits!
With this victory, Michael van Gerwen wins the Players Championship Finals for the sixth time. Earlier in the evening, the man from Vlijmen was too strong for Gerwyn Price with 11-8.