Phil Taylor claimed glory at the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters, in association with tab.com.au, as he powered to a 10-3 victory over Michael van Gerwen in Saturday’s final at Luna Park in Sydney.

Sydney Darts Masters

Taylor was at his imperious best as he ended Australian hopes in the tournament with a sensational 10-6 semi-final win over Simon Whitlock, the world number four who never recovered from going 4-1 and 8-2 down.

Taylor averaged 109.42 in his semi-final triumph, and bettered that mark in the decider with another unstoppable performance.

Van Gerwen had powered in seven 180s and three ton-plus checkouts as he defeated Adrian Lewis 10-7 in their last four clash, but the Dutch star was unable to repeat the feat in the final.

Taylor won the game’s opening four legs to take command, punishing a missed double from van Gerwen in each, and though the world number two halved the gap with finishes of 66 and 70, he was powerless to halt another charge from the World Champion.

Taylor won the next five legs as he moved into a 9-2 lead, and though van Gerwen took out 81 to hit back, the 53-year-old took out a fine 134 checkout to seal glory in the first televised tournament to be held in Australia.

The 16-time World Champion had overcome home opposition in each of his first three games, against Kyle Anderson, Paul Nicholson and Whitlock, and ended the event with a tournament three-dart average of 107.28.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Taylor. “I felt very comfortable today but it was a tough event.

“I think Michael’s semi-final took a lot out of him because it was a tough match and he took out some unbelievable finishes. He’s a fantastic player and I knew I had to get on top of him straight away in the final, which I did.

“It’s been fantastic to come to Sydney and not just play well but to win this title. I’m trying to push the standard up and it will improve the game, and people will see unbelievable darts in the future.

“The future’s certainly bright in Australia because the crowds were fantastic, the players who qualified did well and Simon Whitlock was superb throughout the week.”

Van Gerwen, like in January’s World Championship final, was left to settle for the runners-up trophy, but gained revenge for semi-final losses to Lewis in the European Championship and World Matchplay in July with a memorable win in their last four clash.

“Phil played well in the final and deserved to win,” said van Gerwen. “I’m disappointed because I wasn’t able to repeat my form of the semi-finals but it’s been a great tournament.”

Whitlock had been aiming to crown his status as Australia’s leading player by taking the title on home soil, but said: “Phil got ahead of me early on in the semi-final and I left myself too much to do.

“I’m proud to have got this far, though, and it’s been an amazing week for me and for darts in Australia. It’s a great moment for us to have such a big event here in Sydney and hopefully this is just the start of massive things for the sport in Australia.”

The $140,000 tournament was staged in the Big Top at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park, and screened live in Australia by FOX SPORTS, as well as worldwide, and is the PDC’s second World Series of Darts event, following May’s Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters, which was won by van Gerwen.

Sydney Darts Masters Results

Final
Phil Taylor 10-3 Michael van Gerwen
Best of 19 Legs

Semi-Finals
Phil Taylor 10-6 Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Adrian Lewis
Best of 19 Legs

Match Information

Semi-Finals
Phil Taylor v Simon Whitlock
0-0 – Simon Whitlock won the bullseye and will throw first.
1-0 – Taylor lands double top for a 13-darter to secure an immediate break of throw.
2-0 – The World Champion repeats the feat by landing tops for another 13-dart finish to double his advantage.
2-1 – Whitlock opens with a 180 and finishes double ten for a 14-dart finish.
3-1 – Taylor lands double five with his third dart as he wins a third leg.
4-1 – Whitlock misses two darts at double 18, and Taylor breaks throw again on double 16.
4-2 – Whitlock breaks back when the World Champion misses a dart at tops, landing double 19 to win his second leg.
5-2 – Whitlock misses two darts at tops to reduce the gap to one leg, and Taylor finishes 50 on double 16.
6-2 – Taylor posts his first 180 of the game, and finishes an 11-darter to move four legs clear.
7-2 – Another 180 helps Taylor set up a 13-dart finish, which he completes on double 16.
8-2 – Taylor opens with a 177 and although Whitlock replies with a 180, the world number one lands tops for a ten-dart finish to move two legs from the win.
8-3 – Taylor misses one dart at tops, and Whitlock hits the same bed to finish 65 in two darts.
8-4 – Whitlock opens with a 180, and although he initially misses a dart at double 18, two missed darts at double 12 from Taylor allow him back in to finish double 18 for a 13-darter.
8-5 – Whitlock kicks off with his fifth maximum of the game, and lands double 16 to win a third successive leg.
9-5 – Taylor stems his opponent’s charge with a superb 11-darter, finishing 86 clinically to move to the brink of a place in the final.
9-6 – Taylor scores 180 and 130 in successive throws to leave 32, but he misses a dart at double 16 and two at double eight for victory, and Whitlock returns to land double nine to keep his hopes alive.
10-6 – Taylor opens with 135 and 180 – his fourth – and seals victory in style by taking out 90 with two outer bullseyes and tops – ending with a sublime 109.42 average.
Phil Taylor: “I’m delighted to be through to the final, and it was a good game to be involved it. Simon started to come back well and the crowd were behind him and he got on a roll, so I’m glad I got it finished when I did.”

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
0-0 – Michael van Gerwen wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 – van Gerwen makes a stunning start with back-to-back 180s, hitting a seventh treble 20 before his chances of a nine-darter go begging when he misses the treble 19 – but he returns to win the leg in 11 darts.
1-1 – Lewis hits a 180 before missing the bull for a 170 finish and two further darts at double eight, but van Gerwen misses two darts at double 16 to break as the Stoke ace returns to finish double two and level.
2-1 – Lewis hits a 180 to leave 116, but can only watch as van Gerwen powers in a 161 checkout.
2-2 – Lewis levels by taking out double five with his third dart.
3-2 – The pair trade 180s, with van Gerwen this time taking out 121 on the bull for another superb finish.
3-3 – Lewis again finishes double five with his third dart to square the match.
3-4 – Lewis lands a fourth 180 of the game and breaks for the first time by finishing 65 on double four.
4-4 – van Gerwen takes out another massive checkout by finishing 153 on double 18 to break back.
5-4 – van Gerwen hits a fourth maximum, and though he initially misses two darts at doubles, a miss at tops from Lewis allows him back to land double two to regain the lead.
5-5 – Lewis finishes 76 on double eight
6-5 – van Gerwen posts a 180 and returns from a missed bullseye from Lewis to land double 16 at the second time of asking.
6-6 – The pair trade 180s before Lewis finishes 100 in spectacular fashion with single 20 and two double tops.
7-6 – van Gerwen lands a seventh maximum and double ten to edge back ahead.
7-7 – Lewis posts a maximum in reply, his sixth, and hits double four to level.
8-7 – van Gerwen posts double ten to move two legs away from the final.
9-7 – Lewis hits a seventh 180, but van Gerwen takes out 85 on double seven to move to the brink of victory.
10-7 – Lewis is unable to take out 123, but his handed a reprieve when van Gerwen fails to set up a double on 85 – but the world number three misses two darts to stay in the game, at double top and ten, and van Gerwen steps in to seal his place in the decider on double ten.
Michael van Gerwen: “It was a very special game and I’m so glad that I won. We both scored heavily and it was played at a fast speed, and I’m very pleased with my finishing, especially the big checkouts like 161 and 153. But I need to forget this game now and prepare for the final.”

Final
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
0-0 – Michael van Gerwen wins the bullseye and will throw first.
1-0 – Taylor opens with 140 and 180, and though van Gerwen lands a 174, the World Champion finishes 82 for an 11-darter to break in the first leg.
2-0 – van Gerwen misses a dart at double 16 to finish 95 to break back, and Taylor doubles his lead on double eight.
3-0 – Taylor misses the bull to finish 121, but van Gerwen is unable to take out tops and allow his opponent in once more on double eight.
4-0 – van Gerwen opens with a 180, but is punished for another missed double as Taylor posts tops to win a fourth straight leg.
4-1 – van Gerwen takes out 66 on double 18 to win his first leg.
4-2 – The Dutch ace finishes 70 on double top to continue his fightback.
5-2 – Taylor opens with 140 and 180, and when van Gerwen misses three darts to finish 36, the World Champion holds throw on double eight.
6-2 – Double 16 sees Taylor restore his two-leg lead.
7-2 – Taylor lands his third 180 of the game, and completes a 13-darter on double 16.
8-2 – Taylor returns with 174 and 180, and though he is unable to complete a nine-darter, he returns to finish a 14-darter on double ten.
9-2 – van Gerwen strives to reply, but Taylor denies him a shot at a double by taking out 72 on double three to move to the brink of glory.
9-3 – van Gerwen scores his second 180 of the game, and finishes 81 on double six to claim his third leg.
10-3 – Taylor seals a brilliant victory with a superb 134 checkout to claim the Sydney Dars Masters title – averaging 109.46 in the game and 107.28 for the tournament.

Sydney Darts Masters Quarter-Final Results

Adrian Lewis 8-5 Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Clinton Bridge
Phil Taylor 8-2 Paul Nicholson
Simon Whitlock 8-1 Andy Hamilton
Best of 15 legs – first to eight

Match Information
Adrian Lewis v Wes Newton

0-0 – Adrian Lewis wins the bull and throws first
0-1 – Newton breaks in the opening leg, initially missing double 12 for a 104 finish before returning to take out double three after Lewis missed a trio of darts at double two.
1-1 – Lewis fires in the game’s first maximum before landing double top to break.
1-2 – Newton breaks again, finishing 58 on tops at the first time of asking.
2-2 – With Newton waiting on 32, Lewis takes out a brilliant 138 on double nine.
3-2 – Lewis finishes 78 on tops to hold throw for the first time in the game.
3-3 – Double ten sees Newton level.
4-3 – Lewis kicks off with a 180 and adds a 140, and though Newton fires in a maximum in reply, the two-time World Champion finishes 92 for an 11-darter.
4-4 – Lewis is punished for missed darts at double top and ten as Newton is given a reprieve to land double five.
5-4 – Lewis regains his range to edge back ahead.
6-4 – Lewis secures a potentially key break, hitting a 180 to leave 41, and when Newton is unable to finish 130, he returns to hit double 16 at the first time of asking, moving two legs clear for the first time.
6-5 – Newton hits back with a fine 104 checkout to break back.
7-5 – Lewis takes his average to above 100 with another 11-darter, scoring 140, 180 and 134 before finishing double 16 to break.
8-5 – Lewis misses the bullseye, but Newton cannot finish 123 and he returns to take out double eight to seal a fine win.

Match Stats

Adrian Lewis 8-5 Wes Newton
11 100+ 14
8 140+ 10
0 170+ 0
7 180 3
99.02 Average 97.19
138 High Finish 104
4 Breaks of Throw 3

Michael van Gerwen v Clinton Bridge
0-0 – Michael van Gerwen wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 – van Gerwen lands two 140s in the opening leg, and although he misses the bull for a 161 checkout, he returns to finish double eight for a 14-darter.
2-0 – van Gerwen breaks throw on tops to double his advantage by taking out 60 in two darts.
3-0 – The Dutch ace misses the bull for a 170 finish, but Bridge – who opened the leg with two 140s – is also off-target with three darts at doubles across two visits to allow van Gerwen back in on double four.
4-0 – The pair trade 180s, but Bridge is punished for two further misses as van Gerwen returns on double ten to move four legs up.
5-0 – van Gerwen finishes 62 on double eight to extend his advantage.
5-1 – van Gerwen kicks off with a 180, but Bridge finishes tops for a fine 13-darter to win his first leg of the contest.
6-1 – Double four sees the Dutchman regain his cushion.
7-1 – van Gerwen takes out a superb 154 checkout, finishing the combination with two treble 20s and double 17.
8-1 – The Dutch ace completes a fine performance b landing double 16.

Match Stats

M v Gerwen 8-1 Clinton Bridge
16 100+ 8
6 140+ 6
0 170+ 0
3 180 1
93.87 Average 81.97
154 High Finish 40
3 Breaks of Throw 0

Phil Taylor v Paul Nicholson
0-0 – Paul NIcholson wins the bull and throws first.
0-1 – Nicholson holds throw in the opening leg on double eight.
1-1 – Taylor levels by landing double 16 at the second time of asking.
2-1 – Taylor lands a 180 and finishes 80 in two darts on double ten to break throw and move ahead.
3-1 – The World Champion consolidates his advantage with a superb 14-darter.
3-2 – The pair trade 180s before Taylor misses darts at double 12 and six to break again, and Nicholson steps in to land double ten with his third dart to hit back.
4-2 – Taylor lands double 16 to regain his two-leg cushion.
5-2 – Taylor initially misses his chance to open up a two-leg lead, but Nicholson fails to set up a double when needing 71 – hitting 13 but missing the single 18 to leave tops – to allow the world number one back in double nine.
6-2 – Taylor takes out 84 on double 11 to move two legs away from the win.
7-2 – Nicholson opens with a 180, with Taylor powering in a 177 in reply before missing double seven to take out 93, but a pair of misses at tops from Nicholson allow him back in on double two to move to the brink of victory.
8-2 – Taylor opens with a 180 and adds two more treble 20s in his second visit, before posting double ten to complete a brilliant display, ending with an average of 108.31.

Match Stats

Phil Taylor 8-2 Paul Nicholson
19 100+ 11
4 140+ 8
2 170+ 0
3 180 2
108.31 Average 94.36
84 High Finish 40
3 Breaks of Throw 0

Simon Whitlock v Andy Hamilton
0-0 – Andy Hamilton wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 – Whitlock brings the capacity crowd to its feet by opening with a 180, and finishes double 16 to win the opening leg against the throw.
2-0 – Hamilton lands a 180, but Whitlock finishes 78 on double 12 to double his lead.
3-0 – Whitlock breaks again, punishing misses from Hamilton by landing double four.
3-1 – Hamilton opens with 180 and 140 and finishes 84 on the bull to get off the mark with a 12-darter.
4-1 – Double top sees Whitlock regain his cushion.
5-1 – The Australian continues to delight the crowd by posting double 19.
6-1 – Whitlock takes out 124 on double eight to move five legs clear.
7-1 – The Australian opens with 140 and 180 as he moves a leg away from the win.
8-1 – Double ten sees the Australian favourite progress to a semi-final with Phil Taylor.

Match Stats

Simon Whitlock 8-1 Andy Hamilton
10 100+ 7
9 140+ 3
0 170+ 0
2 180 2
99.82 Average 81.26
124 High Finish 84
5 Breaks of Throw 1

 

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