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Scenes In Blackpool As Phil Taylor Turns Back Clock To Win 16th World Matchplay Title

Scenes In Blackpool As Phil Taylor Turns Back Clock To Win 16th World Matchplay Title
By PJ Browne Updated

Phil Taylor won his 16th World Matchplay title to raucous scenes in Blackpool on Sunday night.

The 56-year-old, who will retire following the 2018 World Darts Championships, destroyed Peter Wright by 10 legs in the final. During the match, he averaged 104 and hit 7 maximums.

Taylor did not take an easy route to the decider. After starting as a 20/1 outsider, he beat Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis along with Wright. That run included a 10-leg win against world champion Van Gerwen and an eight-leg win against Lewis.

Following the victory, Taylor called it a 'bonus win'. He also revealed some of the killer instinct which even in his final year he still retains.

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It's lovely, it really is and I've loved every minute of it. To win a major at my age is fantastic. I'll miss this place tremendously - I've loved it here since the first time I walked through the door.

During the final I was watching every bit of Peter's body language and he showed every sign of being a little bit tired and I wanted to keep putting him under pressure. He came back but I was playing ok and I kept him under pressure.

In what could be viewed as the ultimate compliment, Peter Wright said that he 'can't wait until Taylor retires.'

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Earlier in the evening, as he walked to the stage, Taylor received a roaring welcome.

See Also: Phil Taylor Accuses Michael Van Gerwen Of 'Ridiculous' Behaviour During World Matchplay

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