To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Michael van Gerwen didn't hold back when explaining why he didn’t watch Luke Littler vs Luke Humphries final

Michael van Gerwen didn't hold back when explaining why he didn’t watch Luke Littler vs Luke Humphries final

Michael van Gerwen does not watch the PDC World Darts Championship finals when he is not in them, he has revealed.

Michael van Gerwen did not watch the 2024 PDC World Darts Championship final due to a self-imposed rule.

Luke Humphries beat Luke Littler 7-4 in a thrilling final at Alexandra Palace, winning the Sid Waddell trophy for the first time in his career and taking home a whopping £500,000 prize.

16-year-old sensation Littler was runner-up in his tournament debut and after a string of incredible displays, he collects a life-changing £200,000.

Thousands watched on in attendance, with millions tuning in at home on Sky Sports.

However, Van Gerwen, the youngest ever PDC world champion, did not tune in.

The Dutchman was knocked out in the quarter-finals by Scott Williams but does not normally watch the final if he is not a participant.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

The 34-year-old would make an exception and watch periods if a compatriot is in the final, but claims he would prefer to spend time practicing and getting better.

Asked on the Happy Hour Podcast if he watches finals he is not involved in: "No chance, why? Well I never do. If someone else from Holland would be in I can probably watch a bit, not the whole game - I'll watch some live score or something.

"I'm not gonna sit behind the telly and watch, no chance. It's boring.

"In the meantime I can practice myself and get better. Next year again, another final.

"I don't really like watching it. It's not that I can't watch. I have a lot of other things to do before I'm gonna watch darts.

"I'd rather play Call of Duty on the PlayStation, play with the kids or go fishing."

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Van Gerwen is regarded as one of the best darts players of all time and has been world champion on three occasions.

Littler's final loss, which came after surrendering a 4-2 lead on sets, means Van Gerwen remains the youngest ever world champion at the age of 24 back in 2014.

Littler and Van Gerwen have never squared off but could meet for the first time if the Warrington teenager is selected for the upcoming Premier League.

Featured Image Credit: Happy Hour Podcast

Topics: Luke Littler