“Bully Boy” stops Van Gerwen
Michael Smith is crowned darts world champion for the first time
Michael Van Gerwen (33) misses his fourth world title and has to leave the trophy to Michael Smith. The Englishman wins the final of the darts world championship with 7:4.
Michael Smith is darts world champion.
Michael Smith stops the Dutch express named Michael van Gerwen and secures his first world title. With 7: 4 he defeated “Mighty Mike” and was able to put on the darts crown in his third attempt. And not only that: the Brit is the new number one in the world.
“It feels incredible,” said the newly crowned world champion immediately after the trophy was handed over. Smith also takes his hat off to his opponent, what he has achieved is incredible: “He is the best darts player in the world.”
Van Gerwen also pays tribute to Smith: “Congratulations to Michael, he deserves it. He was there when I made mistakes. And that is what distinguishes a great player.” And both are sure: “It wasn’t the last duel.”
Head-to-head goes to Smith
It’s a worthy finale for two absolute top stars. They don’t give each other anything, the leadership changes back and forth. High pace, good scores and lots of high checkouts. In contrast to the quarter and semi-finals, Van Gerwen shows unusual but decisive weaknesses in the doubles field. For his part, Smith is there when his opponent slips up.
Smith brought the difference between himself and the Dutchman at a score of 4:3. The “Bully Boy” uses another phase of weakness of his opponent and grabs the next two rounds – 6:3. But the trembling starts again, Van Gerwen has the chance to move up to 5:6. Smith fights back in the eleventh set from 0:2 and ends the final with his second match dart.
Smith brings “Ally Pally” to a boil
Probably the biggest highlight of this World Cup occurs in the second set. Smith throws the first and only 9-darter at this World Cup. So he manages to win a leg with nine arrows – less is not possible. The “Ally Pally” is upside down, the fans are going crazy.
However, this feat does not bring in any money, the PDC only pays out the bonus of 50,000 pounds (55,000 francs) after two perfect games at a World Cup. So the Englishman has the prize money of 560,000 francs for the world title. The unbelievable: Just a few seconds earlier, Van Gerwen threw his ninth arrow wide of the decisive double field. (che)