Darts fans perplexed at Michael van Gerwen’s ‘worst visit to the oche on TV’
Michael van Gerwen's worst ever oche visit had John Part gasping live on Sky Sports during the Grand Slam of Darts on Tuesday evening (November 14).
The darting icon, who has won three world championships and is the second most successful player in PDC history behind Phil Taylor, was expected to cruise past Martijn Kleermaker in his final group fixture – but got off to an awful start during the opening leg.
The 34-year-old from the Netherlands stepped up needing 60 and was millimetres from busting his score after going for a single 20. He then hit a single five while going for tops to leave 35 – then hit a double three instead of a single while trying to leave 32.
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On commentary duty at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, Dan Dawson and three-time world champion Part were left scratching their heads at the appalling visit from the all-time great.
Dawson had said: "Wow, that was so close to busting his score. Michael van Gerwen very nearly ending his visit with dart one."
He added after the third awful dart: "WOAH! What a mess." As Part joined in by saying: "Woah!" Before breaking into laughter as MVG regrouped.
What's the worst visit you've ever seen during a TV tournament? Tell us in the comments section below.
Posting the clip to X, darts fan Dan asked: "The worst visit Michael van Gerwen has ever thrown on television?"
A second laughed: "That’s normal right? Right!???" A third chuckled: "Sometimes you just go up to the board and it ain't happening for you."
A fourth pointed out: "Tbf having played about a thousand of televised games, a visit where you hit one of the targets you were going for being your worst ever is a pretty good thing."
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Van Gerwen went on to win 5-4 top the group and book a last-16 contest against Damon Heta as he looks to win the competition for a fourth time and first time since 2017.
Also impressing so far have been Gerwyn Price and Ryan Searle, the latter of whom hit a stunning nine-dart finish in his group contest against Nathan Rafferty.
The highest averages of the tournament so far, in which the winner picks up £150,000, came from the aforementioned Welshman with 112.30 and 110.51.
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