Michael van Gerwen hit an incredible nine-darter without a 180 in a crazy Players Championship event two years ago.
The 29-year-old hit a phenomenal nine darter where he produced a perfect game without scoring a 180 during a Players Championship event in February 2019.
The month of March 2019 was a tough one for the Dutch native, winning just one of four PL matches and suffering a shock defeat in the round of 64 to Mervyn King in the UK open.
None of that poor form mattered when he stepped up and won the first European Tour event of the year in Leverkusen.
Van Gerwen defeated Rob Cross in the final, averaging 104.76 as he won 8-6.
But the Dutchman’s highlight of the tournament came during his semi-final match against Mensur Suljovic.
The 29-year-old hit an even better nine darter in his match against Suljovic.
Van Gerwen left 147 after hitting 180 and 174 in his first two visits, instead of going the conventional route of T20-T17-D18, he challenged himself and went T19-Bull-D20.
While hitting this nine darter, he wrote his name in the history books as be became the first player ever to hit two nine-darters on European tour.
🚨NINE DARTER!🚨— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) March 24, 2019
"Is there anything this man cannot do on a dartboard?!"
Michael van Gerwen ends a perfect leg on double top in the semi-finals of the European Darts Open👏 pic.twitter.com/4Y6fWpGE5C
‘Mighty Mike’ said he was ‘happy’ with his performance as he ended his poor run of form.
“Everyone always thinks I am a robot but I’m not a robot and today was one of the days where I had to work really hard to win,” said Van Gerwen.
“Rob played so well in this tournament, I knew I had to perform well if I wanted to beat him and it was really tough for me.
“He was a bit unlucky at the end but I hit the big shots at the right moments so I’m happy with my performance.”
In 2021, Van Gerwen is on the other end of the tale, world number one Gerwyn Price hit a nine-darter to secure victory over the dutchman in their PL tussle.
Price began the fifth and final leg with a 177 before following that with a 180 despite dropping his dart half way through.
That left 144 to go and the ‘Iceman’ finished it off with two double 20s and a double 12. Price secured his spot in the semi-finals with a victory over the two-time world champion.