It was heartache for St Helens darts maestro Dave Chisnall as his wait for the magical major trophy in the PDC goes on at the hands of mighty Michael Van Gerwen.
Both players were in brilliant form throughout the tournament, but it was Van Gerwen who showed why he has broken sporting icon Phil Taylors legend of being world number one for 69 consecutive months.
Dave Chisnall did show sparks of his old self throughout the tournament, but it was the world number one however that took the spoils in a high quality final.
The game started with a clinical 3-0 set to Van Gerwen but Chisnall followed it with a dominant set of his own to draw the game at 1-1.
A mixture of talent and some good fortune took the Dutch man to a 4-1 set lead coming better off in some close sets.
A comeback seemed on as Chizzy came back with a brilliant set of his own but Michael Van Gerwen held his composure and put his tungsten into the middle of double six to win his 5th World Grand prix.
Chisnall looked deflated but remained optimistic in his post-match interview.
They spoke about the fact that Chisnall’s two closest cracks at the PDC major have been final defeats to Van Gerwen but he said “bring it on again”.
The St Helens man clearly isn’t disheartened and is determined to get his major in a busy schedule of major tournaments approaching.
With the World Championships approaching, both players will be full of confidence based on their weeks displays and both players will be going into the tournament as some of the top favourites.
For Dave Chisnall there is everything to pay for at the Ally Pally, as he wants to go that one closer and get over the final stage to win his first PDC Major title.
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