Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen (born 25 April 1989) is a Dutch professional darts player. He is a three-time PDC World Champion, having won the title in 2014, 2017, and 2019. Van Gerwen is the second most successful player in PDC history, behind Phil Taylor. He has won the most PDC Pro Tour events, winning 75 as of June 2019. He also holds the record for the highest three-dart average in a televised darts match, with 123. 40 in the 2016 Premier League.
About Michael van Gerwen in brief
Michael van Gerwen (born 25 April 1989) is a Dutch professional darts player. He is currently ranked number two in the world and is a three-time PDC World Champion, having won the title in 2014, 2017, and 2019. Van Gerwen is the second most successful player in PDC history, behind Phil Taylor. He has won the most PDC Pro Tour events, winning 75 as of June 2019. He also holds the record for the highest three-dart average in a televised darts match, with 123. 40 in the 2016 Premier League. In 2018, he became the first player to win 30 European Tour titles, beating Ian White’s previous record of 30. He played football as a defender until he was 12 and began playing darts regularly at 13. He won the 2006 World Masters and threw a televised nine- dart finish at the 2007 Masters of Darts, becoming the youngest player to do either at age 17. His early success led to speculation that he may join the other professional circuit of darts, the Professional Darts Corporation. He chose to stay with the PDC, which would have secured him a place at the top of the DDF Rankings – which he would have already committed to if he chose to play elsewhere. In October, he breaks into the world’s top 10 for the first time, having climbed to third before his 18th birthday. He reached the final of the Primus Masters Youth event at the age of 14 in 2003. In 2006, he won the German Open, German Gold Cup, Norway Open, Northern Ireland Open, Swedish Open and the Dutch National Youth Championship; which he also defended in 2006.
In 2012, he reached the semi-finals of the Bavaria World Darts Trophy in 2006 and became the youngest ever winner of the Winmau World Masters. In 2014, at the aged of 24, he was the youngest winner of PDCWorld Championship, a record he still holds today. In 2016 he won 18 tournaments in 2015 and 25 in 2016. He was awarded the Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau for his performances in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 he won Players Championship Event 3, beatingIan White 8–5 in the final. He finished the year as the second player after Phil Taylor to earn £1m on the rolling two-year Order of Merit2016 Best ProTour Player2016 PDPA Players’ Player of the Year2016 PDC Player ofThe Year 2016 Sets world record highest televised average of 123.40 in the2016 Premier League 2017 Sets highest ever average in the PDA World Championship of 114. 052017 Throws two nine-d Dart finishes in one match at the 2017 UK Open qualifiers2018 Awarded position of Knight ofThe Order ofOrange-nassau. He rose up the BDOWDF World Rankings having climbed up the ranks before his age of 18. He came within one dart of the perfect nine-Dart finish, just missing double twelve during the 2006 Winm Kaufman World Masters tournament.