Michael van Gerwen back to winning ways with Belgian Open victory
Michael van Gerwen claimed his first European Tour title in a year after winning the Belgian Open.
Van Gerwen, who was a beaten finalist in Germany last month, overcame Luke Humphries 8-6 in the final to enter the winners’ circle for the first time since winning the European Darts Open in May 2022.
Humphries finished with a higher average and threw more 180s than Van Gerwen, but it was the Dutchman who prevailed thanks to his finishing prowess, which included a 129 checkout in the decisive 11th leg.
MvG TAKES THE TITLE! 🏆
Michael van Gerwen lifts his first European Tour title of the year, and an incredible 36th of his career, at the Belgian Darts Open!
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— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 7, 2023
Van Gerwen, who now moves up to number two in the world behind Michael Smith, had earlier beaten Gary Anderson before gaining semi-final revenge on Josh Rock, the Northern Irish youngster who beat him in Leeuwarden last week.
It was a second successive final defeat for Humphries, top seed in this tournament, following his defeat to Dave Chisnall in Holland seven days ago.
The 28-year-old almost made darting perfection in the seventh leg but missed double 12 on his attempt at a nine-dart finish and then had to watch Van Gerwen lift the trophy.