MICHAEL VAN GERWEN landed a historic nine-dart finish on his way to the 888.com European Championship title on Sunday night, as he achieved the feat against Raymond van Barneveld before storming past Terry Jenkins 11-4 in the final at the RWE Sporthalle in Germany.
The world number one's amazing October continued as he claimed the £55,000 first prize and followed up his World Grand Prix triumph a fortnight ago and a Players Championship title last Sunday with victory for a third successive weekend.
Van Gerwen had seen off Justin Pipe and Brendan Dolan as he won through to Sunday's final stages, but hit top gear with a 111 average in his 10-5 quarter-final win over Dave Chisnall.
BRILLIANT Stephen Bunting enjoyed a thrilling 10-9 win over Phil Taylor in the 888.com European Championship on Saturday night, as Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Mervyn King joined him in the quarter-finals in Muelheim.
European Championship debutant Bunting recorded his first-ever victory over four-time champion Taylor as the pair enjoyed a sensational clash at the RWE Sporthalle, both averaging 102.
Bunting hit ten 180s to the Stoke legend's seven, and the St Helens man also missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish during an epic contest.
REIGNING champion Adrian Lewis was knocked out of the 888.com European Championship by Jelle Klaasen as the £250,000 tournament began in Germany on Friday, with fellow seeds Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Gary Anderson also falling by the wayside at the RWE Sporthalle.
Lewis had claimed the third major individual title of his career when he saw off Whitlock at the same venue last year to pick up the European Championship crown.
However, his hopes of retaining the title - and adding to March's UK Open triumph - were dashed with a below-par display as Dutch ace Klaasen capitalised with a 6-4 victory.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN denied James Wade a Players Championship double as he claimed a 6-2 victory over his rival in Sunday's tournament in Crawley.
Wade had picked up the £10,000 title by winning Saturday's Players Championship at The K2 Centre, and lined himself up for a memorable ProTour double by reaching the decider 24 hours later.
However, he would suffer defeat to van Gerwen for the second successive Sunday as the Dutch ace followed up last week's partypoker.com World Grand Prix triumph with another victory over the in-form world number six