London - Michael van Gerwen won his third PDC World Darts Championship on Tuesday after
beating outsider Michael Smith 7-3 in an underwhelming final at
Alexandra Palace in London.
The world number one played way below the standard that has made him
the best player on the planet, but his more accurate finishing on the
last "double" dart saw him race into a four-set lead.
"Sounds good, doesn't it? Three-time world champion," said the
Dutchman who has moved clear of Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson in the
list of world champions, but still a long way back from 16-time winner
"It's the best feeling I can have, I worked so long for this. To win
this trophy is phenomenal, it's the most important thing for me."
Englishman Smith hit an unexpected 124 checkout in the final leg of
the fifth set to start a mini comeback that saw him also him win set six
3-0 and pull the deficit back to 4-2.
However Van Gerwen played his best darts of the match to win set
seven and extend his lead to three, before breaking Smith's throw in the
final leg of the following set to make a third world crown all but
Smith broke back straight in set nine to make it 6-3 but left it too
late to mount a comeback and pre-tournament favourite Van Gerwen bagged
the title in the following set.