Tungsten Stories: Player of the MonthMichael Van Gerwen
Here at Tungsten Stories we are starting a new ‘player of the month’ feature. We might even make it more interactive for future months and ask you, as darts fans to help us pick some of the front runners. It will not solely be based on who wins the most, but other things will be taken into consideration, for example: a player who has displayed a lot of progression, and so on. So that other players can get an equal chance that might not be within the top 16 or 32 in the world but are putting in the graft to make their way there.
Although, as previously stated, this feature will not be based entirely on who wins the most, we honestly could not start it off without Michael van Gerwen being the first winning candidate.
This is how his month has panned out. After coming fresh from a Unibet Masters win in January, February wasn’t such a shabby month for ‘MVG’ either. He won three out of a possible six UK Open Qualifiers, dominating the leaderboard of the UK Open Order of Merit ahead of the televised finals in Minehead, running from the 4th-6th March.
Michael also triumphed through a field of forty-eight players to seal the glory of the Dutch Darts Masters for a third successive year, beating Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney in his first ever PDC final, with an impressive 112.26 darting average.
The world number one is currently lingering in second place on the Betway Premier League leaderboard behind Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright. But make no mistake, he is after that first place position and is definitely putting in the work to get it after a record breaking, history making 123.40 average against a mediocre Michael Smith during night four of the Premier League in Aberdeen.
It’s only the start of the 2016 PDC darting calendar but Michael van Gerwen seems to have his sights set on dispatching anyone who gets in his way. Is it possible for him to carry out this unbelievable form for the rest of this year and will we see anymore records being broken by him? It’s going to be an exciting year for the ‘green machine’.
By Hayley Gurney