Michael van Gerwen hits top form in Exeter to win night four of the Premier League

The Dutchman won his first night of the revamped Premier League in style on Thursday night, first beating Jonny Clayton and Michael Smith before whitewashing Peter Wright in the final.

In what was perhaps the most dominant Premier League showing so far this season, Michael van Gerwen climbed up to second in the league table with an impresssive performance in Exeter.

The five-time Premier League winner didn't enjoy the best of seasons in 2021, and didn't get off to a flying start in the Premier League either, but the 32-year-old looked on top form on Thursday night.

Van Gerwen dropped just three legs across his three matches, and whitewashed Peter Wright 6-0 in the final. Having climbed up to second in the table, his leg difference now sits at an astonishing +18.

The win makes him the fourth different winner in the four rounds so far with Wright, Clayton and Gerwyn Price all with one to their name.

After starting the Premier League slowly, Van Gerwen said after the match that he hopes to build on this performance and gain some momentum for the season.

"It was really important, tonight I played some good darts and you can build into the rest of the Premier League, it is always hard especially when you aren't at your best," he said.

"I played well, it was good to win the night and I think there is more to come."

The Dutchman also addressed his poor form last season, but insisted there was no time for panicking, and that he always remained confident of turning it around.

"To panic is a weak sign, I am everything but I am not weak. I have been waiting for this for a long time, I know it's hard because there are so many good darts players, but you have to take your chances.

"You have to believe in your own opportunity, what anyone else thinks you have to do it yourself.

"People think it's easy to win but that is not how it is. You have to do the right thing at the right moment, week after week, throw after throw."

With Van Gerwen now just a point behind Peter Wright in the standings, the Premier League resumes on March 10 in Brighton.

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