“I didn’t give a Chance even to think about it, to beat me,” said Michael van Gerwen after the final of the Darts world championship at London’s Alexandra Palace. And totally wrong he was not with the statement. Also in the final against the Englishman Michael Smith Mighty Mike”,” never really in danger of losing the game. He won 7:3 in comparison to van Gerwens previous games-a really tight Match.
It was at this world Cup for the first Time that the Dutchman made more than a sentence. This happened but only because he eased up at the clear state of 4:0 in a similar manner to the semi – final against Gary Anderson. After a short phase of weakness van Gerwen to put back and comfortably won the third title of world champion. Only the third, one would like to think.
Van Gerwen dominated the Tour for almost five years. 39 tournaments, the 29-Year-old has played in the past season, including the world Cup, 20 of them won. In the 24-month time money list of the PDC Order of Merit, he has recorded more than twice as much prize money as the world number two, Rob Cross. No other professional plays at a consistently high level as van Gerwen hits the desired Triple, so often, targets the double fields under pressure, so sure. The balance of forces in the Darts are currently distributed pretty clear.
More money, more and more professionals
In tournaments, should be the times are actually over, in which a player in this Sport so clearly can dominate. The great Phil Taylor (career at the end of the previous year) was almost three decades, by far the best player in the world, was a 16-time world champion, a living legend. But for a long time on the Tour undistributed prize money was so low that there was next to Taylor hardly a player who could earn a living from Darts, outside of the Darts home to the UK.
Today, professionals earn more money, more tournaments are played, where players can gain experience and prize money. There are professionals from Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany, Darts is international. In the Top 50 of the world can concentrate now fully on their Sport and need to exercise in addition to Darts no profession more.
And Yes, the Tour is quite well – balanced- but just below van Gerwen. 38 different players in 2018 in the finals of each year’s growing Pro Tour. Since some years there is a tournament series for players without a tour card (Challenge Tour), and with the Development Tour Events, where only players are allowed to participate under 24 years of age.
Who can van Gerwen be dangerous?
This base shows first successes, after all, he has widened the advanced world top already. England’s Luke Humphries, 23 years old, won the Development Tour in the past two years and reached at this world Cup surprisingly in the quarter-finals. His compatriot Nathan Aspinall, 27, broke off just last spring, his training as an accountant, full concentration on professional sport – the result: He won in September 2018 in his first tournament on the Pro Tour and arrived in London’s Ally Pally, even to the semi-finals.
The 22-year-old Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan celebrated in the last season, also his breakthrough, winning a first title and beat van Gerwen twice. At the world Cup, he played no role. Other young players such as Dimitri van den Bergh, Corey Cadby and the German Max Hopp have already proven that they are not tournaments away from the can win the world Cup, to the top of the world you are but still.
Germany’s best pitcher Max Hopp plays in the top of the world, no role
Rob Cross and Michael Smith are able to prepare in the camp of the established players, the most obvious candidates, which van Gerwen problems. Cross, the sensation of the world championship of 2018, is not fulfilled in the last season, the high expectations, however. In the world Cup second round was the end for the title of defender already. A well-known Name such as Raymond van Barneveld plays in 2019, his last season. Gary Anderson, 48 years, said after his semi-final defeat, he had so much fun at the Darts.
Van Gerwens opponent in the final, Smith was considered for years as a Toptalent. The former student of Gary Anderson showed up after the final defeat disappointed, but said on stage right after the defeat, he could not promise that this was to be his last world Cup final. It should come to that, Gerwen, his opponent is likely to once again van.