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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a string of dominant displays as he charged to his third World Championship glory at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day, but he wasn’t the only MODUS represented player to enjoy a wonderful worlds.

Here, we take a look back at magical moments for some of our stars at the sport’s biggest ever tournament.

There is no better place to start than the world number one, lifting the Sid Waddell trophy for the third time in his career.

Van Gerwen was particularly impressive in his semi-final win against close rival Gary Anderson, before going on to beat Michael Smith in the final.

The Dutchman averaged over 100 in every round – and has in fact averaged over the ton mark in 19 consecutive World Championship matches.

“I think I handle pressure better than any other player in the world, and that’s what makes me the best player,” said Van Gerwen, who scooped a record £500,000 for the triumph.

“Everyone knows I’ve had some difficult times this year, but this is the one everyone wants to win and I played my best game here which says a lot.

“Winning this title feels totally different to the other two, probably because there was more pressure on me to win this one

“The way I played over the last two months was not perfect, I had some bad results so going home with this title means everything to me.”

There was also an incredible run for Luke Humphries who reached the quarter-finals on just his second World Championship appearance.

The back-to-back PDC Development Tour Order of Merit winner sensationally defeated World Champion Rob Cross to reach the last eight.

Luke Humphries

Humphries had already seen off former World Champion Stephen Bunting and two-time World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh as he made a name for himself on the big stage.

Semi-finalist in the 2018 tournament Jamie Lewis enjoyed a run to the last 16 after defeating Players Champion Daryl Gurney in an Ally Pally thriller.

Keegan Brown and Vincent van der Voort were both denied last 16 spots after both being edged out 4-3 in their third round matches – both men had defeated higher-ranked opponents to reach that stage.

John Henderson and Steve West also bowed out in the last 32 of the 96-player tournament.

As with any tournament, some players were disappointed not to make it into the later stages, however MODUS remains proud and fully supportive of each and every player we represent.

2019 begins with a World Champion and we are excited to see what the year has in store for all of our brilliant talents – we’re confident of plenty of success.

Images: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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