Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen inflicts first ever whitewash on Phil Taylor on opening night of the new season

The world champion admits he was 'amazed' by the 7-0 result which took just under 14 minutes to complete and hand Taylor his first ever scoreless result

World champion Michael Van Gerwen could barely believe what had happened as he condemned Phil Taylor to a first career whitewash.

Although Van Gerwen won the world crown last month, Taylor - 16 times a world champion - remains the man to beat at any tournament.

He was obliterated by Van Gerwen on the opening night of the new Premier League season in Liverpool on Thursday, though, losing 7-0 in just under 14 minutes.

"To start the Premier League with a 7-0 win over Phil Taylor is amazing," said reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen.

"I hope I can keep up this form for the next 15 weeks."

Taylor was playing for the first time with new darts following a recent change of sponsor and Van Gerwen was keen to stress that might have been a factor.

"Phil didn't play his top game but I played really well and finished everything. I can't remember anyone beating Phil 7-0 before but he'll be back - he's a true great and he's won 16 World Championships, but it might take him a few weeks to get used to his new darts," he added.

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