Michael van Garwen
Michael van Garwen is a young champion darts player currently ranked as the best in the world. Born in the Netherlands in 1989, he began taking part in dart competitions by the age of 13. Progress in his career saw him win the World Masters by the time he was 17. This win combined with a 9-dart finish made van Garwen the youngest player to get both accomplishments. You can bet on Michael, but we recommend to first visit this official source to get more information about his career
Michael wasn’t always into darts. When he was younger he participated mostly in football until he reached aged 12 when he finally entered into the world of darts. In 2002, Michael finally got his breakthrough by winning many youth titles such as the Norway open, the German open the German Gold Cup, the Swedish Open as well as the Dutch National Youth Championship.
Such accomplishments saw him enter into the BDO world rankings. By the time he reached 18 years old, he had gone as high as 3rd place. In 2006, the same year that Michael van Garwen entered the BDO, he went on up to the semifinals of the Bavaria World Darts Trophy. He however failed to secure the win and lost to Martin Adams.
In the 2006 Winmau World Masters however, he came out on top and became the youngest player to ever hold the title.
It wasn’t long after this point that most people started to believe that Michael would continue on to expand his career. However, in a press conference he stated that his only interest was to remain with the BDO. With his top ranking at the Dutch Darts Federation, he would have easily joined the PDC world championships.
At the Lakeside World Title in 2007, van Garwen was expected to win. This however was not to be as he lost to Gary Robson. That evening, an announcement was made that he would be joining the Professional Darts Corporation.
Career in the Professional Darts Corporation
When Michael van Gerwen joined the PDC, he started out ranked number 88. His first competition was the Stan James Players Championship held in Gibraltar where he beat Andy Hamilton. However, he did lose to fellow Dutchman Roland Scholten.
Later at the Masters of Darts, he proved a worthy opponent when he claimed the title and beat the then 13 times world champion Phil Taylor.
What followed was a series of losses for van Gerwen. In 2007, he took part in the UK Open only to lose to Colin Osborne. He also failed to qualify for the 2007 Las Vegas Dessert Classic and when he played in the World Match Play, Michael came out short in round two courtesy of a defeat by Ronnie Baxter.
However, in the PDC world championship that took place in 2008, Michael van Gerwen went on to beat Phil Taylor, a then 13 times world champion.
Jumping to 2012, van Gerwen finally was able to reach the last 16 of the PDC World Championship. This was after beating both Mervyn King and Colin Osborne. Of the ten legs, Michael lost nine of them and then made an unforgettable comeback.
2012 was also the year that Michael van Gerwen at the PDC annual awards was made young player of the year. He also won the UK Open Qualifier. Other victories under his belt were the Players Championship Event and the World Match Play.
Fast forward to 2017 to see Michael van Gerwen reach an average of 100 in his previous four competitions. This saw him reach the semi-finals of the 2017 World Championships. While his fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld did win the first set, Michael ended the competition in a phenomenal win.
In the final of the competition, van Gerwen went on to face Gary Anderson where he took the lead and claimed the second world championship victory. This meant that all the seven PDC titles were now in his possession.
Van Gerwen’s third title was after he defeated Gary Anderson in the masters. However, Michael was unable to defend the UK Open title due to a back injury although he did defend his Premier League title.
His latest matches in 2018 were against Kist and James Wilson in the World Championship. However, he was not able to secure the win.