Michael van Gerwen hits sensational nine-darter en route to winning UK Open

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Michael van Gerwen was at his brilliant best as he captured his third UK Open title on the weekend.

The Dutchman had gone through a slump to start off 2020 as he was winless in nine straight tournaments. He's also struggled in the Premier League.

But he ended that slump in emphatic fashion.

Van Gerwen beat Nathan Aspinall, Jason Lowe, James Wade, Rob Cross and Daryl Gurney to set up a final clash with Gerwyn Price.

He then came from 11-9 down to beat Gerwyn Price to lift his first UK Open title since 2016.

Van Gerwen was magnificent throughout the tournament. He averaged below 100 in just one of his six games.

The 30-year-old had a tournament average of 104 and he eclipsed the 110 mark twice.

His best performance, without doubt, came in the semi-final against Gurney.

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Van Gerwen was absolutely unplayable and he managed to hit a nine-darter in the sixth leg of the match.

He kicked off the first leg since the break with back-to-back 180s, before taking out 141 to achieve his seventh perfect leg of his career on TV.

Hitting a TV nine-darter is a rare feat. Only nine players have done it more than once and when they do, they usually go beserk.

But Van Gerwen is so good and has done it so many times that he doesn't even bother to celebrate much any more.

After hitting one on Sunday evening, he simply did a fist bump to his family and friends before walking back without any emotion on his face.

Van Gerwen spoke about the nine-darter, as well as his tournament as a whole, after lifting the trophy.

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"It's an incredible win and it means a lot to me to win this tournament," said Van Gerwen, per the PDC. "I've had a phenomenal tournament and the pressure was on me.

"It was a hard day for me, I had to play three Premier League players and it was not easy but I played really good darts and didn't do a lot wrong.

"The nine-darter was fantastic but with the way I was playing it was just a matter of time. That's just one leg though and I had to keep my focus.

"Gerwyn had his chances in the final but I took good advantage and I never missed a chance. That was important, so I only can be happy with this."

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