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Unstoppable Michael van Gerwen claims fourth Players Championship Finals title

MVG successfully retains the trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen continued his rampant run of titles at the 2017 Players Championship Finals with an 11-2 rout of Jonny Clayton in the final to claim the trophy for the fourth time at Butlins Minehead.

The Dutchman has won the European Championship, World Series Finals and Grand Slam titles over the past month and extended his unbeaten streak to 28 matches as he scooped the £100,000 title for the third successive year.
 
Van Gerwen had come through a tricky clash with Jan Dekker in the Quarter-Finals earlier on Sunday and then pulled clear from two-all to thrash Justin Pipe 11-3 in the Semi-Finals.
 
He was equally dominant in the final against Welshman Clayton, who failed to recover from seeing Van Gerwen race into a five-leg lead before the Dutchman closed out yet another big title.
 
The world number one set the tone with two 180s in a 12-darter to open the game, and also finished 100 in leg five to move 5-0 up, with Clayton claiming two of the next three to reduce the arrears.
 
Van Gerwen, though, finished an 11-darter as he moved 8-2 up and added a 13-darter to edge towards victory before double five sealed glory for a fourth time in five years.
 
"It's been a phenomenal weekend," said Van Gerwen. "It was a great tournament, I think I played really well and I had to perform against new players round by round, so I had to keep my focus.
 
"Jonny did great to reach the final. It's a big step for him because he wasn't in the top 32, so it's a massive step for his career. Fair play to him, he did really well but I'm glad I won the final.
 
"After not being here for the UK Open [in March] I'm really glad to be back here with this trophy.
 
"I've won the last four TV tournaments so this is great for my confidence going into the World Championship - but I'll enjoy this title first."
 
Clayton had won through to his first TV final, with his career-high £40,000 in prize money moving the 43-year-old into the world's top 32 for the first time and securing him a place in the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts.
 
The Ferret showed his class by coming from 7-4 down to defeat Steve Beaton 10-8 in the Quarter-Finals before also fighting back from a 6-3 deficit to see off top seed Rob Cross 11-8 in the Last Four.
 
"You take one game at a time, and to get this far in front of this amazing crowd was awesome," said the Pontyberem ace. "I've had a brilliant weekend and the support I've had has been amazing.
 
"When you play against Michael on form like that it's really difficult, but I enjoyed the final. I'm proud of what I've achieved this weekend.
 
"It's a learning curve, my first final and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I'll take a lot out of that game."
 
Pipe's run to the Semi-Finals was his best finish in a televised ranking event for four years - since he previously reached the semis of the same event for a second time in 2013 - as he defeated Daryl Gurney 10-9 in the last eight.
 
Cross was also a semi-finalist as he continued his impressive debut year on the PDC circuit with a fine 10-6 win over leading left-hander James Wade in their quarter-final.
 

Players Championship Finals 2017 Results


Sunday November 26

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
Rob Cross 10-6 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 10-8 Steve Beaton
Justin Pipe 10-9 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Jan Dekker
 
Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Jonny Clayton 11-8 Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Justin Pipe
 
Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Jonny Clayton


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