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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN clinched his fifth successive Master title with glory in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The Dutch ace followed up last month’s World Championship triumph by winning on his next competitive outing.

The world number one defeated James Wade 11-5 in the final, with the aid of a 170 checkout.

“I’m really pleased to win this title again,” said Van Gerwen.

“James is a difficult player to play in a final because he has won a lot over the years so I was glad to get the job done.

“It’s a fantastic start to the year for me and I really feel confident of keeping it going.”

Van Gerwen had followed up Thursday’s opening victory against Jonny Clayton with an 11-5 success against Mensur Suljovic in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.

He went on to defeat Dave Chisnall 11-7 to book his place in the decider, where he eased past Wade.

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