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Michael van Gerwen vows not to rest on his laurels as he sets sights on further darting dominance in 2017

Van Gerwen gazes at the Sid Waddell Trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen insists he will compete in as many tournaments as possible in 2017 in a bid to continue his stranglehold on every piece of major PDC silverware. 

The Dutch superstar claimed his second World Championship title courtesy of a 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson in Monday's final, culminating a rampant season of success by landing the sport's most prestigious prize.

A winner of 26 titles during the campaign, Van Gerwen is now a staggering £1.1 million clear of Anderson at the top of the Order of Merit, but has vowed to go full-blooded in pursuit of further glory in 2017.

"It's not difficult to keep motivated, I love to win tournaments - that's what I live for," said the 27-year-old.

"I'll probably play as much as I can again this year. I just love to play darts and challenge for titles.

"I like to play in everything but sometimes it can be difficult as I have a family and friends to balance it with too.

"I had a phenomenal year winning all ranking tournaments but it cost me a lot of energy.

"I need to recharge the batteries in the next month, go on holiday with my wife, then make sure I'm ready for the Premier League."

Van Gerwen's ruthless winning streak has seen him lift every major PDC ranking title over the past 12 months, as well as setting a new world record three-dart average (123.4) and a new World Championship record average (114.05). 

MVG, however, was recently snubbed on the shortlist for Dutch Sportsman of the Year, won by Formula One driver Max Verstappen.

Having been watched by the Dutch Minister for Sport at Alexandra Palace and receiving a congratulatory phone call from Prime Minister Mark Rutte shortly after his world title triumph, Van Gerwen now hopes his achievements will help to change attitudes towards the sport in the Netherlands. 

"It's nice to get recognition from someone like him and also the Minister for Sport earlier in the tournament," he added.

"I still don't get nominated for Dutch sportsman of the year but that doesn't really matter, I showed everyone here again what I can do and winning the World Championship was most important to me.

"I worked really hard to win this and I'm really glad it paid off."


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