Jose de Sousa, Joe Cullen and Peter Wright shine but Michael van Gerwen continues title drought
The Special One won back-to-back player championship titles on days two and three while Joe Cullen won the first tournament of the week before Peter Wright had the last laugh.
The Asset reflects the three title winners, but was also impressed by Gerwyn Price for his impressive performances after such a long absence and Adrian Lewis, who is part of the group of players facing a desperate charge late to qualify for the World. Matchplay.
However, how many positives could Michael van Gerwen take after his title drought continues …
José de Sousa
Jose de Sousa not only made headlines for both of his titles – after all, he got away with one of them because Ryan Searle really should have beaten him – but also because of his superb average of 127 in his very first game of the week. .
On top of that, he broke the record for most 180 in a single day with 34, eclipsing the previous mark of 32 set by Peter Wright. Imagine what he could have done if he had hit more than 2 in a 15 innings final.
He currently has an A game that rivals the best of all time and his record-breaking exploits prove it, not to mention the consistency of his performances on stage and on the floor.
As we have also seen in the Premier League, his capacity level on the triple bed 20 is better than anyone right now.
He’s also starting to pull more and more big shots, and counting errors become less of a problem with each passing week. He scores so much that he has to count less.
When he gets his count wrong, we call him on it, but despite the fact that he sometimes leaves the bad shots because he stays on 20 when he should go to 19, for example, he gets away with it often. And besides, this is only “wrong” if you miss. The darts game is incredibly flexible, and there are a number of ways you can complete it.
It’s entertaining because it approaches things differently and some people will call it “fake” because they don’t like change.
It’s no longer a surprise to see Joe fight for those Pro Tour titles and he’s really starting to play like a true number one seed with a lot of conviction.
As a former number one seed in these types of events myself, I can say for several months that you can walk into the building and say “that’s right, I win this today”. It’s great to see Joe exude that confidence and I think he surrounds himself with the right people who make him feel like a winner.
There is no pressure on him despite the number one seed as he already has two titles this season and has the mental side of his game cracked. Even after winning the opener of the week, he said: “I won the title but I didn’t even feel good”. What a feeling that must be.
Michael van gerwen
While I don’t want to keep talking about it, Michael van Gerwen is going to be heading into July without any titles to his name all year round.
He left on Wednesday without playing in the final event of the week, which means it is now his longest title drought in nine and a half years.
We do see good form from him though and he is often beaten by very good performances, but there are other players with a greater habit of winning than him.
It’s got to the point where you wonder where his next title is coming from and he will have his work cut out for him at World Matchplay next month where so many star players will be keen to try their luck in the longer format events. MVG was considered much stronger compared to the longer formats, but many others can now compete with it.
On the plus side, he averaged 106 a few times on his way to the final on Tuesday, which he lost to Jose de Sousa, and also scored a 107 the day before before losing to eventual champion Joe. Cullen.
At those times you get the feeling he thinks he’s cracked up again, but then you’ll see him throw 90s low averages and he even dove into the 80s against Alan Tabern.
Overall he has a good average compared to most, but his 97.25 on the Pro Tour this year puts him behind de Sousa (99.35), Jonny Clayton (98.66), Gerwyn Price (98 , 54) and Peter Wright (97.43) while he is several points behind his levels. from previous years.
The stats don’t lie – other players are performing better and continue to improve their level of play.
Gerwyn Price didn’t win a title but he was coming back after a long hiatus and produced enough decent performances to suggest to me that he will win a title at Coventry in the next Super Series.
He beat Jonny Clayton 7-1 with an average of 104 in the semifinals of the first event before losing to Joe Cullen in the final, then lost the next day to Luke Woodhouse with an average of 101, to Maik Kuivenhoven. with an average of 109 then to Dirk van Duijvenbode with an average of 100!
Even at the end of his races he never played badly, so don’t let the lack of titles cloud your judgment of his performance.
Let’s not forget that he hadn’t played darts competitively for three months! It shows that he worked hard behind the scenes and that these titles will return.
It’s been a weird week for Peter Wright because he started off so slow we almost forgot about him.
After winning just one game in the first two days, he then warmed up with a quarter-final run on day three, then crossed the pitch to win the final title of the week.
Peter seemed in the mood for much of the day and averaged 103 against Rob Cross in the quarterfinals, 106 against Callan Rydz in the semifinals and 109 to defeat Luke Humprhies in the final.
He likes to have the last laugh during these Super Series weeks, and just when we start to think he’s not doing so well, he’s bouncing back quickly to that premium level.
Peter now has 19 Player’s Championships in his career and you wouldn’t bet against him taking that total to 20 in Coventry next month to prepare for World Matchplay.
I was really encouraged by Adrian Lewis’s form during the Super Series and it was great to see him weigh in with fantastic 100+ averages on a consistent basis. Although he couldn’t reach a final after hitting the quarterfinals twice in the past two days, he was giving it all he had and you couldn’t fault him for effort or desire.
He’s desperate to maintain his qualifying streak for a 17th consecutive World Matchplay, but he will likely have to win a title in the upcoming Super Series in early July – or at the very least reach a final – to climb into the qualifying spots.
Adrian currently has £ 6,000 in prize money and 15 places behind Madars Razma in the final qualifying spot for Blackpool with just four events remaining, so he has his work cut out for him but he’s got some momentum.
He was using slightly smaller flights and a longer shaft that seemed to really suit him, and his darts fit so well. If he can stick to that and keep his confidence, there’s no reason he can’t reach a final in the next Super Series.
He’s hardly ever been a fighter in his career in terms of qualifying for World Matchplay, but that’s the position he’s in and we’re about to see if he’s fit to thrive in. this role.