Michael van Gerwen culminated a season of emphatic dominance with a 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson to claim a second PDC World Championship title at Alexandra Palace on Monday night.
The runaway world number one justified his billing as the odds-on pre-tournament favourite by storming through a formidable 72-man the field to scoop the Sid Waddell Trophy and £350,000 in prize money - darts' richest ever prize.
Fresh from setting a record World Championship average of 114.05 in his Semi-Final rout of Raymond van Barneveld, the Dutch juggernaut ended Anderson's reign as back-to-back king at Ally Pally with a 108.06 average in an epic final which featured a record-breaking 42 maximums.
The Scottish ace missed two darts to take a 3-1 lead before a crucial 86 checkout sparked a blistering run from Van Gerwen, which saw the top seed take five sets in a row to take control, before going on to seal a memorable success.
"This means so much to me," said an emotional Van Gerwen, who also hit five ton-plus finishes in the final and ended the £1.65 million tournament with an overall average of 106.96. "I feel absolutely over the moon.
"I think the final was incredible for everyone and I've been fighting so hard all year for this.
"This is the most important one of the year, everyone knows that. I did what I had to do because Gary is a phenomenal player.
"I've got great support from my wife, family and all the people around me and winning this means a lot to me," he added. "Everyone said that I would have to win a second World Championship to be one of the big boys. Well I've done it now and it means everything to me."
The first four sets of the final were shared, with each going to the full five-leg distance, but Anderson's two missed set darts in the fourth set, followed by Van Gerwen's 86 finish in the decider, proved to be pivotal moments in the contest.
Van Gerwen took the fifth set 3-0 and the sixth 3-1 as he embarked upon a dominant spell, adding 3-0 and 3-1 wins of sets seven and eight to close in on the title.
Anderson edged the following set 3-2, sealing it with an 81 checkout as the pair overtook the record of 180s scored in a match - which was set in Anderson's final victory over Adrian Lewis last year - but Van Gerwen refused to be denied and finished 85 on the bullseye in the deciding leg of the tenth set to seal glory.
Following two successive World Championship successes, Anderson scooped £160,000 as runner-up as the top two seeds contested the tournament finale for the first time since the 2009 decider between Phil Taylor and Van Barneveld.
"Michael deserves it this year," admitted a gracious Anderson, whose tournament 180 tally of 71 maximums was the most ever hit in a World Championship tournament.
"The year he has had has been brilliant and if anyone was going to beat me it was going to be him. We've both had a good tournament and it's been a fantastic one for everyone to watch."
The 2017 World Championship also witnessed the record for total 180s hit, with 708 maximums being fired in to eclipse the previous best, which was set twelve months ago. A crowd of 70,000 fans attended at Alexandra Palace, with coverage screened across more than 100 countries.
Monday January 2
Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson