Darts: Dutch world No. 1 Michael van Gerwen claims second world crown

Netherlands' Michael van Gerwen poses for a photograph with the Sid Waddell trophy after his victory in the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in north London on Jan 2, 2017.
Netherlands' Michael van Gerwen poses for a photograph with the Sid Waddell trophy after his victory in the PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace in north London on Jan 2, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - World No. 1 Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands won his second PDC World Darts Championship title with a 7-3 win over holder Gary Anderson at a sold-out Alexandra Palace on Monday.

The 27-year-old Dutchman never looked in any real danger against Scotland's Anderson during a contest that included 42 maximums of 180 - a world record for a single darts match.

"I feel absolutely over the moon. I had to find my A game," van Gerwen, nicknamed "Mighty Mike" told Sky Sports. "My average of 108 says it all - it was incredible for everyone."

An intruder who climbed on to the stage in the ninth set seemed to briefly break his concentration but the Dutchman ended a three-year wait for a second world title by hitting the bullseye to seal a comfortable victory.

World No. 2 Anderson, 46, was aiming to match Eric Bristow (1984-86) and Phil Taylor (1995-2002 and 2004-06) by becoming the third man to win three successive world titles.

"It's well deserved for Michael with the year he's had, but I've had a good three years," said Anderson. "At 2-2 I just started to drop and got punished."