However, he was unable to book a place in the quarter-finals after losing 9-7 to Dolan. The Irishman's opponent in the last eight will be Terry Jenkins, who overcame Paul Nicholson and James Wade on day two.
Van Gerwen will face Ian White next, but his main rival for the title appears to be Adrian Lewis, who scraped past Ronny Huybrechts before outclassing Raymond van Barneveld to book a quarter-final meeting with Mensur Suljovic.
Round four: James Wade 9-5 Kim Huybrechts, Vincent van der Voort 8-9 Christian Kist, Michael van Gerwen 9-5 Andy Hamilton, Aden Kirk 9-5 Peter Wright, Ronny Huybrechts 8-9 Adrian Lewis, Paul Nicholson 5-9 Terry Jenkins, Raymond van Barneveld 9-3 Joe Murnan, Dave Chisnall 4-9 Mervyn King, Dean Winstanley 9-6 Stephen Bunting, Alex Roy 5-9 Ian White, Nigel Heydon 7-9 Brendan Dolan, Kevin Painter 9-4 Andrew Gilding, Mensur Suljovic 9-7 Robert Thornton, Gary Anderson 9-5 David Pallett, Jamie Lewis 9-5 Simon Stevenson, Mark Webster 9-8 Paul Hogan
Round five: Brendan Dolan 9-7 Aden Kirk, Terry Jenkins 9-8 James Wade, Michael van Gerwen 9-4 Mark Webster, Adrian Lewis 9-2 Raymond van Barneveld, Mensur Suljovic 5-9 Jamie Lewis, Gary Anderson 7-9 Ian White, Mervyn King 9-6 Christian Kist, Kevin Painter 9-5 Dean Winstanley
Kevin Painter vs. Mervyn King
Terry Jenkins vs. Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis vs. Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen vs. Ian White