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."
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
Arsenal 1 Everton 1: Substitute equalises with six minutes to go
booksGeese, gorillas, grandads... and growing up
Latest in Sport
Ashes 2013/14: England’s Ashes shambles is uglier than ’06 whitewash
Sam Wallace: David Moyes is paying the price of United’s virtual abstinence from top-level transfers since 2006. Can he refire their ambition?
Arsenal 1 Everton 1 match report: Gerard Deulofeu provides late sucker punch after Mesut Ozil's opener
Gerard Deulofeu - Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
Ashes 2013-14 match report: Another woeful display sees England lose to Australia by 218 runs to go down 2-0
- 1 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 2 Turning up the voice of America
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
- 5 Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant
£80000 - £100000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior C++ De...
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C++ Server Dev...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: Leading Electronic Trading Software Ven...
£23999 - £32001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: An independent ac...