Michael van Gerwen claimed his first European Tour title in a year after winning the Belgian Open.
Van Gerwen, a beaten finalist in Germany last month, defeated Luke Humphries 8-6 in the final to enter the winners’ circle for the first time since winning the European Darts Open in May 2022.
Humphries finished with a higher average and threw more 180s than Van Gerwen, but it was the Dutchman who prevailed thanks to his finishing skills, which included a 129 checkout in the crucial 11th leg.
Van Gerwen, who now rises to second in the world behind Michael Smith, had previously beaten Gary Anderson before taking revenge on Josh Rock, the Northern Ireland youngster who beat him in Leeuwarden last week, in the semi-final.
It was the second consecutive final defeat for Humphries, the tournament’s top seed, following his loss to Dave Chisnall in Holland seven days ago.
The 28-year-old nearly achieved dart perfection in the seventh leg but missed double 12 in an attempt to set a nine-dart finish and then had to watch as Van Gerwen lifted the trophy.