Michael van Gerwen was 4-0 behind world no. 1 Peter Wright before making a magnificent comeback to win the Player’s Championship title at Barnsley on Saturday night
Michael van Gerwen was the comeback king in Saturday’s Player’s Championship as he overcame a 4-0 deficit against Peter Wright in the final.
‘The Green Machine’ won the final Player’s Event in Niedernhausen, Germany last Sunday and dug deep into Barnsley for a second consecutive title. It was his third tournament win of the year, along with his European Tour win in March.
Van Gerwen, 32, got on at the latest after a difficult night First League event on Thursday and lost 6-2 to James Wade in the opening game. After that, the three-time world champion lamented the “amateur” conditionscomplaining that he was constantly disturbed by a cold draft.
And he faced another early out on Saturday, 5-3 against Ryan Meikle in round two before eventually winning 6-5 after surviving two missed match darts. There was also a nail-biting round of 16 with Adrian Lewis, which he again won 6-5.
Then, after making it to the semifinals against Jose de Sousa, ‘Mighty Mike’ found his best form trailing 6-3 to reel off four straight legs to victory.
And once again everything seemed to be going wrong against the rulers PDC World Champion in the final when Wright stormed to a 4-0 lead. However, Van Gerwen responded in kind, winning five legs in a row and giving ‘Snakebite’ few chances.
Wright, 52, then had a shot at the Bull for a 170 finish but he narrowly missed and the Dutchman used an 11-dart leg to open the day. He then finished 66 to move 7-4 ahead and sealed the win in the next leg with a 64 checkout.
It meant a £12,000 prize for the world No. 3 and another peak after a difficult period in which he was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after catching Covid.
“It was a tough day, I had to work really hard but in the end it paid off and once I got going I think I played some good darts,” he said Sky Sports after that. “I know Peter and when he’s throwing relaxed he’s a phenomenal player and we all know that, but when you put pressure on him and you get your chances you have to take them.
“I did that. I think I can do better, but that was enough. In the final and semi-final I had to wake up a few times! You want to make it a little easier for yourself, but winning is the most important thing.”
And he also implied his latest win showed he was starting to regain his pre-2021 form: “This is a third title this year – I’ve already won more tournaments than all of last year so that’s a good thing . ” he added.
Both finalists will now travel to Leeds on Thursday for the ninth night of the Premier League. Van Gerwen currently leads the table with Jonny Clayton on 17 points while Wright is third on 16.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/darts/michael-van-gerwen-players-championship-26623660 Michael van Gerwen makes an incredible comeback to beat Peter Wright and capture the Player's Championship title