UK Open: Michael van Gerwen beats Peter Wright in Minehead

Michael Van Gerwen Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen became the youngest PDC World Champion in 2014 when he beat Peter Wright in the final at the age of 24

Michael van Gerwen has won the UK Open title for the first time in his career, beating Peter Wright 11-5 in the final in Minehead.

The Dutchman, 25, led 6-5 before racing to victory and the £60,000 first prize with five consecutive legs.

"This is a really big tournament to win and a difficult tournament too, so I'll enjoy this," said the world number one.

Wright defeated Phil Taylor at the quarter-final stage and whitewashed Stephen Bunting in the last four.

But the colourful 44-year-old from Mendham in Suffolk was unable to clinch his first major Professional Darts Corporation title, losing to van Gerwen, who also beat him in the 2014 World Championship final.

"It's been a long weekend and I think I ran out of energy in the final, and Michael was too good," said Scotland-born Wright.

"I'm really pleased to have got to the final though and I'm getting closer to a big TV title."

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