Michael van Gerwen has won the final of the Darts world Cup – and for the third Time, the title secured. The Dutchman defeated his British opponent Michael Smith clearly with 7:3 and secured so that after the 2014 and 2017 2019 to the title at the Alexandra Palace of London.

The 29-year-old van Gerwen, who leads since exactly five years without a break, the world ranking list, underscoring its supremacy in the Darts scene and has won in the last game of the season, his 20. Season-Title. He receives for his third world Cup success, a record-breaking prize money of £ 500,000.

32. Clash of the two finalists is a clear matter was therefore. Van Gerwen, who had delivered in the previous five games of the more than three-week tournament, never more than one sentence, took advantage of the early nervousness of his opponent, and quickly went with 4 sets to 0 lead. As soon as Smith emerged stronger after the no outstanding leader van Gerwen.

Smith gave away a good chance

In the course of the game, Smith came back into the game and stabilized its performance. After his first two set win at the 2:4 the hopes of the spectators rose to a turn. Van Gerwen, who had placed in the semi-final against his Scottish adversary Gary Anderson already be the Exception to the proof, but kept a cool head. Also, because Smith gave away multiple good chances, won the favorite with the tenth set of the victory. Against Smith who has won in his career, a major title, it was for van Gerwen of the 26. Victory.

Van Gerwen was ascended, at his first Triumph of 2014 in the final against Peter Wright to become the youngest PDC world champion. In 2017, he repeated the title win against the 19-year-older Anderson.

Van Gerwen twice won the coveted Sid Waddell trophy

thanks to the unchallenged success van Gerwen, who wears the nickname “Mighty Mike” is, in addition to the assigned legend Phil Taylor (14 titles) the only player who was able to win in the world of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), more than twice the coveted Sid Waddell Championships trophy.

the title of defender Rob Cross from England had in the 26. Edition of the PDC world championship playful through-eighth-final From an early stage all the chances to win again the world title. The German colors were represented in the 96-player field for the first time, by four players. Hope Max Hopp from Idstein was failed in the third round van Gerwen. The Straus Berger and Martin Schindler, and Robert Marijanovic from joy city were eliminated in round one, to debutant Gabriel Clemens from Honzrath was in the second round of the circuit.

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