Michael van Gerwen won a third PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.
The number one seed defeated England’s Michael Smith 7-3, taking home a cool cheque for £500,000.
Smith was made to rue a nervous start and a number of missed opportunities.
The 10th seed recovered from a 4-0 deficit to make it 4-2 but he couldn’t capitalise when Van Gerwen slipped up.
In the eighth set Smith missed a double five that would have increased the pressure on his opponent.
"I didn't get going," the 28-year-old, who earned £200,000 as the runner-up, said, per BBC Sport. "I had the chances, and I was more annoyed myself for losing those chances.
"I kept looking at the trophy and thinking it belongs to me, so I maybe I tried too much.”
Smith reacts to MvG boos
Smith had the advantage of playing in front of a home crowd and those packed inside the Alexandra Palace tried to support the Englishman when they sensed a comeback could be on.
That involved booing and whistling Van Gerwen when he stepped up to the oche to throw for the match.
But footage shows Smith trying to silence the crowd by gesturing for them to stop.
Class from Smith. He deserves plenty of respect for that.
MvG: I was nervous
Van Gerwen’s three-dart average in the final was 102.21, down on his tournament average of 103.28.
But he produced 14 maximums and the 4-0 advantage that he raced into proved too much of a gap for Smith to recover.
“I was a little bit nervous but my body was pumping and I wanted to play better - but Michael is a phenomenal player," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports, per BBC Sport. "It was a difficult match, but it doesn't matter how you win.
"He always makes it hard for me, he is a good player and one day he will lift this trophy."News Now - Sport News