MVG pockets a cheque for £100,000 and takes his career tally of TV titles to 40 at the ripe old age of 28!Van Gerwen, who had beaten Jan Dekker and Justin Pipe earlier on Sunday, told tv: "It's been a phenomenal weekend.JONNY BAIRSTOW is reportedly set to avoid disciplinary measures for headbutting Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft.And the England wicketkeeper insisted the event had been "blown out of all proportion" when speaking after the visitors' ten-wicket First Test defeat.Fair play to him, he did really well but I'm glad I won the final."After not being here in the UK Open I'm really glad to be back here with this trophy.I've won the last four TV tournaments so this is great for my confidence going into the World Championship - but I'll enjoy this title first."His Welsh opponent was a 250/1 no-hoper with Sky Bet at the start of the tournament having never previously reached a quarter-final at this level but he'll now go down as a talent to look out for in future events following his superb efforts this weekend, which peaked with a shock victory over top seed Rob Cross in the semi-finals.I'm proud of what I've achieved this weekend."Jonny Clayton secured a first televised final appearance and will take on defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the climax of the Players Championship Finals.
It gives Jones an important decision to make, with the head coach able to either select all four of his second-row options in Itoje, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis and Lawes as long as he selects the latter as back-row cover, or select both Underhill and Curry and give one of his quartet of locks a rest – most likely to be Itoje.
It was a great tournament, I think I played really well and I had to perform against new players round by round, so I had to keep my focus."Jonny did great to reach the final.
It's a big step for him because he wasn't in the top 32, so it's a massive step for his career.
Van Gerwen headed into this tournament having claimed the last three big televised events this season at the back in October.
The Dutchman averaged 105.5, hit five 180s and nailed 11 of his 23 darts at doubles as he gave Clayton, who was appearing in his maiden TV final, no chance to get into the match.
“Daly wasn't with us in Portugal but joined the squad on Sunday.