DAY ONE REVIEW

PHIL TAYLOR’S defence of the PartyPoker.net PDC US Open began successfully on Friday night as he romped into the last 16 without dropping a set at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut.

Taylor will face Colin Osborne in the Fifth Round on Saturday, having seen off Robert St Onge, Scott Cummings, Kevin Dowling and Alan Warriner-Little in the event’s early rounds.

World number one Raymond van Barneveld was dumped from the tournament in the last 32 stage, losing 3-2 to American Gary Mawson.

Mawson – who meets Ronnie Baxter on Saturday – is one of five US-based players to reach the tournament’s last 16, with Ray Carver earning a date with Wayne Mardle after his success on Friday.

David Fatum earned his debut on the televised stage by taking three 3-2 win in progressing to the last 16, where he will take on Philadelphia’s Bill Davis, and Roger Carter meets Chris Mason in another fifth round game on Saturday.

Colin Lloyd joined Taylor in failing to lose a set in his first four matches as he progressed to the fifth round, where he will meet Roland Scholten.

Mark Dudbridge will face karate expert Dave Honey, while two-time World Champion edged out Andy Jenkins to set up a clash with young gun Adrian Gray in the last 16.

World Champion John Part was a second round victim of Carter’s, while Terry Jenkins and Mervyn King also lost at that stage to Paul Lim and Garrett French respectively.

Michael van Gerwen condemned Kevin McDine to a first round loss with a straight sets victory, while Vincent van der Voort was dumped in his opener by America’s John Kuczynski, who eventually lost to Ben Burton in Round Three.

DAY TWO REVIEW

AMERICA’S Ray Carver will attempt to stop Phil Taylor’s bid for a second successive PartyPoker.net PDC US Open on Sunday.

Carver sensationally knocked world number ten Wayne Mardle from the PDC US Open on Saturday with a 3-1 triumph at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.

The Chicago-based left-hander will now take on Taylor in the quarter-finals on Sunday, following the defending champion’s 3-1 win over Colin Osborne in the last 16.

Taylor averaged 107 in a scintillating display to see off the Derby challenger, who became the first player to take a set from the 13-time World Champion in the event but could not match Taylor’s firepower.

Canadian David Fatum’s best ever run in a major tournament continued with a 3-0 win over American Bill Davis in Saturday’s opening game, with the Arizona-based player dropping just one leg in the win.

He will face Chris Mason in the quarter-finals, after the Englishman came from a set down to Roger Carter’s hopes with a 3-1 win.

Ronnie Baxter also dented home hopes in the tournament, denying Gary Mawson – who had knocked out world number one Raymond van Barneveld on Friday – a dream 45th birthday with a 3-1 victory.

Colin Lloyd set up a tasty last eight contest with Baxter following a 3-0 whitewash of Roland Scholten which included a ten-darter.

The final quarter-final sees two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley take on Mark Dudbridge, after both enjoyed straight sets victories against Adrian Gray and Dave Honey.

DAY THREE REVIEW

PHIL TAYLOR claimed the PartyPoker.net PDC US Open title for a second successive year with a 3-0 defeat of Colin Lloyd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut on Sunday evening.

Taylor retained the title with an imperious display, dropping just one set during eight matches on his way to claiming the £12,500 winner’s cheque.

After averaging 107 to see off Colin Osborne in the last 16 on Saturday, Taylor stormed past Ray Carver in the quarter-finals and then averaged 111 in defeating Dennis Priestley in the semis.

He then dropped just one leg to overcome Lloyd in the final and pick up the PDC US Open title for a second time.

“I’m delighted,” said Taylor. “My game plan was to keep my opponent under pressure in every leg. It’s a short format and I had to bash them up as fast as I could, and it worked.

“I’m fighting and I really want to win titles. I’m appreciating it more as I get older and loving everything.”

Taylor broke Lloyd’s throw immediately in the final, landing a maximum in the first leg and then punishing a missed double top from the Essex man in the next to take the set on an improvised double seven.

Double top put Taylor ahead in the second, and he doubled his lead with a clinical two-dart 70 finish after Lloyd missed two darts at double top.

Taylor led in the third before Lloyd took out a fine 130 checkout on the bullseye to get off the mark and stay in the game.

He was given one chance to take the set in the decider when Taylor missed two darts for victory, but two misses of his own on double ten gave the defending champion another opportunity, which he took to ensure victory.

Lloyd included Roland Scholten and Ronnie Baxter among his victims en route to the final, and edged out Canada’s David Fatum in a deciding leg in a tight semi-final.

“I didn’t quite perform against Phil in the final but he was very, very good in the final,” said Lloyd. “I missed a couple of shots but he was there to take them and deserved the win.

“It’s nice to get to a major final again and be playing well. I’ve had people write me off in the last year or so and it’s good to have a run like this.”

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