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Taylor wins fifteenth world title

January 3, 2010

Phil Taylor claimed yet another world title - Sky Sports

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor added to his unparalleled World Championship record tonight with a 7-3 win over Simon Whitlock at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The win, Taylor’s fifteenth, meant he successfuly defended the title he won last year with a more straightforward 7-1 victory over Raymond van Barneveld.

The Australian Whitlock joined the PDC earlier this year, and made the final at his first attempt with magnificent victories over van Barneveld and James Wade.

He scored heavily throughout the tournament and hit 11 180s in the final – two more than Taylor. He also hit a respectable 41% of doubles to Taylor’s 33%, but Taylor’s heavy scoring in the 100 and 140 region did the damage – ten more 140s and five more tons than Whitlock.

Simon Whitlock pushed Taylor but it was not enough - BBC

Taylor claimed the opening set by three legs to one before Whitlock hit back to go 2-1 ahead. The Power then hit five straight sets with some high checkouts – including a 170 that led to a handshake from his opponent, who had hit them himself throughout the week.

Though Whitlock won the next leg to make it 6-3 the game was up, and Taylor claimed the title – again – with a 131 checkout.

Earlier in the evening Mark Webster came back from 8-7 down in legs to beat van Barneveld 10-8 in the 3/4 place playoff.

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