Michael van Gerwen reacts to first ever early exit from Premier League Darts

Michael van Gerwen is ‘absolutely devastated’ and has apologised to his fans after being eliminated from the Premier League on Saturday night, the first time he has ever failed to reach the play-offs in the event.

The world number one needed to beat Daryl Gurney to have any chance of finishing in the top four but turned in a really poor performance, losing 8-2 with an average of 91.74.

Due to Gerwyn Price beating Gary Anderson, MVG finished his campaign sixth in the table, having finished top in all seven of his previous Premier League seasons.

Those seven campaigns have yielded five titles and two runner-up spots, and Mighty Mike admits that he has been hit hard by this season’s drop in performance.

‘Absolutely devastated with my performance this evening,’ he tweeted. ‘It wasn’t the player everyone excepts and deserves up there.

‘Credit to @Superchin180 on the victory. I wish the final 4 all the best for finals night. It’s only myself that can put things right and will do. Mike.’

‘Two years to the day I’ve just qualified in the top four of the Premier League. I’m thinking about all those things, how far I’ve come so quick. I’m just so proud of myself.’

The play-offs are set for 22 October at The O2 in London.

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