Michael van Gerwen is disappointed that he failed to record the highest average ever on Tuesday evening. The number one in the world was well on his way against Ross Smith at the Grand Slam of Darts.
Van Gerwen started - in the knowledge that he was already certain of the next round - very strong in his last group duel. He had a view of the record average of 123.5 by Peter Wright, but he finished after a few less innings at more than 111.
"I heard what the record was and thought: if there is a possibility, it is now. It went well, although it could have been better. I threw two bad legs and that is a shame," said thirty-year-old Van Gerwen at RTL 7 .
In an attempt to set a record, Van Gerwen tried, among other things, to throw bullseye when he was at 50. Often darters choose to throw that score out with two arrows.
"I didn't like Smith very much, but I don't care. I do my thing and try to set up the best possible match."
"This gives a lot of satisfaction"
Wright has only held the record since last month. In Barnsley the Schot then threw Van Gerwen out of the books, which in February 2016 had set an average of 123.4.
Despite the failed attempt to regain possession of the record, Van Gerwen has confidence in the rest of the tournament. "My competitors know what I'm capable of. I can show beautiful things and 111 on average gives a lot of satisfaction. I can't complain."
The Grand Slam of Darts started on Saturday and will last until Sunday. The tournament was won last year by Gerwyn Price, who dominated Gary Anderson in a controversial final.
Van Gerwen won the prestigious tournament in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In the next round he will face Englishman Ian White.