Posted on June 9th, 2013
Phil Taylor Wins a Fifth UK Open Title With an 11-4 Defeat of Andy Hamilton
Andy Hamilton entered his 2013 UK Open final against Phil Taylor with the confidence boosting knowledge that he had won three of their last 4 meetings, twice on television and once within the past three weeks.
Despite these facts the bookies still had Taylor as the overwhelming odds on favourite – after all he had won their other 30 meetings.
The Hammer made a confident start with a hold of throw before the first 4 legs were shared. Taylor then broke the Hammer throw for the second time to ensure he led going into the break with the scoreline nicely poised at 3-2.
Taylor continued where he left off – returning from the break he took out 167 to give himself a 2 leg cushion, before a second consecutive break of throw extended the 16 times World Champions lead to 5-2.
At this point in the match The Power had registered a 110+ 3 dart match average and achieved over 50% success on doubles, a theme which continued as he left the stage 7-3 to the good at the second break.
As the final progressed Hamilton offered little resistance. Despite averaging over 100 for most of the match he was unable to convert doubles with any regularity – just 25% success on the outer segment when compared to his opponents 58%, allowing Taylor to move within 1 leg of the title at 10-4.
With 3 darts in hand to finish 32 for the match Taylor landed double 4 with his last dart to earn an 11-4 victory, the trophy, a cheque for £40k and a fifth UK Open title.
Afterwards Taylor said, “I want to dedicate this to my little Grandson who had an operation last week, I’ve proved to myself I can still win a major tournament and I’ve gone back to my old darts.”
2013 UK Open Final Results
Best of 21 legs
Phil Taylor 11 v 4 Andy Hamilton
Phil Taylor: Average – 107.04, high checkout – 167, checkout % – 57.89, 100 x 18, 140 x 15, 180 x 2
Andy Hamilton: Average – 97.95, high checkout – 140, checkout % – 25, 100 x 19, 140 x 7, 180 x 2
2013 Speedy Services UK Open Semi-Finals
Raymond van Barneveld battled back from 8-5 behind to take his semi-final meeting with Andy Hamilton to a deciding leg. The Dutchman missed 6 match darts including a bull for a 170 checkout, but it was The Hammer who held his nerve and eventually pinned D16 to book his place in the final.
Phil Taylor’s route to the final was more straightforward he took the opening leg against the throw and entered the first interval 3-2 in front of Peter Wright.
Taylor powered on and established an 8-3 lead before Snakebite hit back with a 161 checkout and break of throw, backed up with a 109 checkout and hold in the next leg to reduce the deficit to just 3 legs at 8-5 before Taylor wrapped up the match 10-5.
2013 UK Open Semi-Final Results
Best of 19 legs
Raymond van Barneveld (92.93) 9 v 10 (90.2) Andy Hamilton
Phil Taylor (106.84) 10 v 5 (97.05) Peter Wright
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