Michael van Gerwen believes that he peaked at exactly the right time on Thursday evening at the conclusion of the Premier League. De Brabander was seen as an underdog in advance, but won his seventh title in a supreme way.
“It’s great to win here in these conditions,” Van Gerwen said after the award ceremony via play. “We all know I wasn’t the favorite when I started here, but today I showed that I was absolutely the best.”
The run-up to the Premier League final night was difficult. Van Gerwen was struggling with complaints to his shoulder, while his opponents Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith have won each other in recent weeks.
“I just played two fantastic games against two guys who are in exceptional form,” said Van Gerwen. “They’ve been doing almost nothing but winning in recent weeks. But these are the nights you have to strike and I’m very glad I did.”
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Van Gerwen now only record holder: ‘I knew that’
Van Gerwen won his seventh Premier League title in London, but it still meant a lot to him. “I’m away from home for something like 16 to 17 weeks a year for this Premier League alone,” he said. “If you then win the tournament, it’s very nice.”
With seven titles (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 and 2023), Van Gerwen is now the record holder of the tournament. Until Thursday, the man from Brabant shared the record with Phil Taylor. “I knew that”, Van Gerwen answered wittily.
“I knew the record would come at some point. But it was extra nice that it could be tonight. It is a reward for the hard work I do. I am a proud man,” said Van Gerwen, who was his victory may be credited with 275,000 pounds (more than 317,000 euros).