sport news Michael van Gerwen cruises to third world title as he beats Michael Smith

Michael van Gerwen wins third world title as he dominates Michael Smith at Alexandra Palace and banks £500,000 Michael van Gerwen raced into a lead and Micahel Smith could not recover  Dutchman held his nerve despite mini revival from English opponent in final   Van Gerwen's prize money in darts is now just short of £7million after win 

By Kieran Gill for MailOnline

Published: 22:15 GMT, 1 January 2019 | Updated: 22:18 GMT, 1 January 2019

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Michael van Gerwen started this tournament by having a pint thrown over him but finished it wearing the grin of a man with a £500,000 cheque after clinching his third world title.

World No 1 Van Gerwen defeated English underdog Michael Smith 7-3 at Alexandra Palace, three weeks after one boozed-up punter doused the Dutchman in beer during his walk-on.

Tuesday night's victory means Van Gerwen, a former tiler who once spruced up Dutch football legend Dennis Bergkamp’s bathroom, has now made just short of £7million in career

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