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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN signed off in style as far as the 2018 PDC European Tour season was concerned – as the dominant Dutchman landed a 170 checkout to complete his eighth triumph of this year’s campaign.

Van Gerwen defeated James Wade 8-3 in the final of the European Darts Trophy on Sunday, having averaged over 100 in every match en route to the £25,000 title.

“I think I played a phenomenal tournament, you can only dream about a performance like this,” said Van Gerwen, who now has 28 European Tour titles to his name.

“Now I can look back on a good European Tour season for me, but I have to keep my concentration for the important tournaments coming up.

“I never get bored of winning, I want to keep going until I get to 50 European Tour titles at least!”

The world number one defeated good friend Vincent Van der Voort on Saturday, before seeing off Stephen Bunting to move into the quarter-finals.

There, he demolished Daryl Gurney 6-2 despite a 107 average from his opponent, before beating Michael Smith 7-2 to reach the decider.

The European Darts Trophy was the 13th and final European Tour event of 2018, with the leading 32 players from the European Tour Order of Merit qualifying for the European Championship in Dortmund, which will take place from October 25-28.


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