Triumphant Van Gerwen 'over the moon'
Michael van Gerwen completed a remarkable 12 months by claiming his second PDC World Championship title with a stunning 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace.
The Dutchman was in a league of his own as he came from behind to beat Anderson, who was aiming for a third world crown on the bounce, and claim a 26th title of a remarkable year.
The match, as expected, started at a frantic pace, with the two scoring heavily before Van Gerwen took out 122 in the first leg.
After taking the first set, Van Gerwen let his standards slip in the second and third, missing a succession of doubles, but a run of five successive legs took him into a 3-2 lead.
Van Gerwen's consistently heavy scoring proved too much for Anderson as he raced further ahead and closed out the match with an 85 checkout, sealing the title with a bullseye.
Anderson, who had won 17 games in a row a the Ally Pally, maintained a high standard throughout, notching 22 maximums to set a new record for the number of 180s in a single match, but he could not get near the imperious Van Gerwen.
"I feel absolutely over the moon," says Van Gerwen. "I'm a very happy man."
Anderson was full of praise for the man who has dominated 2016.
"The year that this man has had, it's been a walk in the park for him," said the Scot. "It's well deserved but I've had a good three years, the crowd has been fantastic and we've had a good couple of weeks."
As Van Gerwen closed in on the title, a man rushed the stage and grabbed the trophy - by this stage this was the only way of stopping the Dutch man from getting his hands on the trophy - but order was quickly restored.
"That was a bit sad, you always get people like that, they try to be funny," said Van Gerwen of the invader.