Darts: Taylor breaks own record on way to 14th world title
Monday 05 January 2009
Phil Taylor broke his own record for a major final when producing a brilliant display to hammer Raymond van Barneveld 7-1 in the World Darts Championship and take his 14th world title in London last night.
Taylor had not won the title for three years but the result was never in doubt as he racked up a brilliant three-dart average of 109.76 at Alexandra Palace. The 48-year-old, who took advantage of some poor finishing from Van Barneveld, has now won 12 of the 16 PDC championships.
A focused Taylor began impressively, taking the first leg against the throw on his way to claiming the first set.
Taylor made his first mistake in the opening leg of the second set when he missed two chances at double 14 but Van Barneveld could not hit double eight and his rival did not let him off the hook again. Taylor made it six in a row to take a two-set lead. He then forced a decider in the third set with a 126 checkout, but it was Van Barneveld who took it after both players missed straightforward chances.
Taylor was back at his best in the fourth-set opener but his opponent checked out well to level. Two 180s helped Van Barneveld force a deciding leg, but he did not take his chance and the top seed moved 3-1 ahead.
By now it was a much closer contest and Van Barneveld won the opening two legs, but Taylor upped his game again to force another decider and a dominant leg saw him take the set against the darts.
Van Barneveld hung in to level twice in the next set, but Taylor was not to be denied as he moved to within two sets of another title.
That quickly became one as Van Barneveld again missed crucial chances. The Dutchman forced a decider in the eighth set but it was delaying the inevitable as Taylor finished off the match in emphatic style.
Taylor said: "I feel absolutely fantastic, I really do. It was a great game and obviously that score was great for me."
Van Barneveld said: "I played a computer. He's absolutely brilliant. All my congratulations to Phil. Practising 10 hours a day is not enough. But I'll be back."
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo could return against Manchester United - but it won't be like previous reunions
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: New £16m signing put through Arsenal initiation as he sings The Kooks in front of team-mates
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
New Liverpool signing Dejan Lovren forced to train with the under-21s after US visa mix-up
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...