Dublin win makes MVG greedy for more glory
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN believes his stunning form in the World Grand Prix has set him up for the remainder of this year.
The Dutchman (right) won the £400,000 tournament in Dublin when he beat James Wade in Sunday’s final.
The World Championships are just two months away, and Van Gerwen looks the man to beat in darts’ greatest show.
He said: “I am No.1 in the world and I want to stay there for as long as possible.
“I have to deal with players like Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary Anderson.
“But I showed them what I can do in Dublin.”
Van Gerwen, 25, now has a weekend off before he returns to the oche in the European Championships that begin on October 24.
His bid for more glory starts with a first-round clash against Justin Pipe.
“I think I can do just as well in the next couple of tournaments,” added MVG.
“All that matters is winning and staying at the top.”
Wade had chances to beat Van Gerwen in a nervy final, but was relieved to be back on song after a year where he has suffered with health issues.
“There were two sets there where I had massive shots and I didn’t take them,” said Wade.
“Michael took his chances. He’s great and he’s the man to beat at the moment.
“It’s a step in the right direction for me being back in a big final, so I’ll take the positives from that.
“I’m back to where I belong, playing good darts again.”