Imperious Van Gerwen wins Interwetten European Darts Open

Michael van Gerwen (Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

Imperious Michael van Gerwen collected a third PDC European Tour title of 2022 with a superb 8-5 win over Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday's Interwetten European Darts Open final in Leverkusen.

The Dutchman has already been victorious in Hildesheim and Graz this year - claiming the Austrian Darts Open title last weekend - and collected his 35th European Tour success in style.

Van Gerwen had seen off Daryl Gurney on Saturday, and overcame Cazoo Premier League rival Jonny Clayton in the third round to begin a superb day at the Ostermann-Arena.

He then prevailed in a decider against Dirk van Duijvenbode, who was punished for missing match darts in the last two legs of their quarter-final.

Van Gerwen gained revenge over Luke Humphries in the semi-finals for a defeat to the former World Youth Champion in the recent German Darts Grand Prix, averaging over 105 in a 7-2 win.

He then held off Van den Bergh's challenge - in the Belgian's bid for a first European Tour title - to scoop the £25,000 top prize and claim a third successive Leverkusen win.

An exciting final began as Van den Bergh broke with a 13-darter, but Van Gerwen replied in kind to level and also added an 11-darter as he moved 3-1 up.

Van den Bergh hit back to level at three-all and responded to a superb 164 checkout from Van Gerwen to take out 80 in leg eight.

Van Gerwen, though, found another gear to pull clear, hitting six perfect darts in a 12-darter in leg nine and then finding double four to move 6-4 up.

Three missed doubles allowed Van den Bergh in to win leg 11, but the Belgian then paid for missing two darts to level the tie as Van Gerwen posted double ten to restore his two-leg lead and double eight to seal the title.

"It was really hard and I'm glad I won," said Van Gerwen, who averaged 102.49 in the final.

"Dimitri is a phenomenal player, he always pushes me and he's a good player and a good guy. Sometimes he's a bit naive but I like him, and I think he's good for darts.

"The crowd today were phenomenal and I can't wish for anything more. It's always amazing in Leverkusen."

Van den Bergh ended German hopes in the event with a 6-4 third round win over Martin Schindler, and finished six doubles from seven attempts in a brilliant 6-1 quarter-final win over Josh Rock.

He was then given a bye into his first European Tour final after James Wade withdrew ahead of their semi-final through illness.

Wade had produced some superb form throughout the weekend, and defeated Jose de Sousa and Ryan Searle on Sunday.

Humphries overcame Brendan Dolan in the third round and then averaged almost 108 to see off Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals, before Van Gerwen ended his bid for a second European Tour title.

Northern Irish prospect Rock saw off Scott Williams in the third round to reach his first European Tour quarter-final, ending an impressive weekend.

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Interwetten European Darts Open
Sunday May 8
Afternoon Session

Third Round
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Luke Humphries 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-3 Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Josh Rock 6-2 Scott Williams
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Martin Schindler
James Wade 6-4 Jose de Sousa
Ryan Searle 6-5 Dave Chisnall

Evening Session 
Luke Humphries 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-1 Josh Rock
James Wade 6-5 Ryan Searle

Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Luke Humphries
Dimitri Van den Bergh Bye (James Wade withdrew through illness)

Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dimitri Van den Bergh

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Prize Fund  
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Last 32 losers: £2,000
Last 48 losers: £1,000
Total: £140,000 
NB: Seeded players who lose their last 32 match in the event will not be credited with prize money on to the Order of Merit, ProTour Order of Merit or European Tour Order of Merit, however they shall still receive full prize money payment.