Phil Taylor continued his remarkable record down under, as the 16 times champion of the world was crowned Sydney Darts Masters for the fourth consecutive year. Taylor would dominate Dave Chisnall in the semi-final running out a very comfortable 11-4 winner; the power averaged 102 to book his place in the final. In the other semi-final Michael van Gerwen faced Peter Wright. Van Gerwen would race into an 8-2 lead, only finishes of 121 and 156 would get Wright back to 8-4. Van Gerwen would win the match 11-6 with a 106 average, to set up a mouth-watering final with Phil Taylor.
The final was a thrilling contest, with both players averaging well over the 100 mark for the whole final. The final swung one way then the other, as both players produced moments of brilliance. Taylor lead 5-3, only for van Gerwen to roar back to lead 7-6. Taylor then produced a four leg blitz to lead 10-7, the pair would then trade legs seeing Phil Taylor over the finish line to win 11-9.
After Taylor said “This is brilliant, and I’m so happy,” said Taylor. “I thought it was a cracking final – I thought I had him and then he came back. I always get in front of him, and he seems to come back at me, but I thought ‘you’re not going to get me this time’. That’s the only way to beat Michael, by fighting and being aggressive. I’m going to pat myself on the back because it was a fantastic game. Sydney’s been great this week – it’s been fantastic at The Star, and it’s been perfect for me. I got my preparation right, and I’ve got my darts right. I’d love to play here every week! I’m going to go for it, and I’m on a high,” admitted the 56-year-old. “I’m really looking forward to Perth, and I want to carry this forward now. Michael been storming it and he’s setting the bar, but he’s in for a battle now, and I’m after him. I’m not putting myself under pressure and whoever plays me now is going to have to play well to beat me.”
Van Gerwen was dignified in defeat “Full credit to Phil; he had a fantastic tournament, and the crowd saw a great final. You can’t afford to miss against Phil in this form, and I tried to come back, but fair play to Phil because he was better than me tonight. I think I played well, but I made a couple of little mistakes and if you’re playing against Phil in this form he punishes you. I can only blame myself, and you can’t win all the time, but it hurts. Last night I played fantastic, and I feel great, and it’s been a fantastic week here, and I’ll prepare for Perth now.”
Phil Taylor 11-4 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 11-6 Peter Wright
Best of 21 legs
Phil Taylor 11-9 Michael van Gerwen
By Phill Barrs