• Grand Slam of Darts

Supreme Taylor thrashes Anderson for fourth crown

ESPN staff
November 20, 2011
Phil Taylor put on a show to regain the title he last won in 2009 © Getty Images

Phil Taylor romped to a fourth Grand Slam of Darts title after outclassing a weary Gary Anderson 16-4 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

The 15-time world champion was in sensational form and coasted to victory in an hour, narrowly missing out on a record three-dart average record for a final in the process.

Anderson, visibly jaded after his phenomenal semi-final victory over Mark Walsh - when he won 10 of the last 11 legs to triumph, started brightly enough and a 140-checkout was a highlight en route to an early 2-1 lead. However, after an even start, Taylor stamped his authority on the match and bullseye saw him open up a 5-2 advantage.

A third break of throw saw 'The Power' go 7-2 in front and, at 8-2 down, the writing appeared on the wall for Anderson. The reigning Premier League champion raised hope of turning the showpiece into a classic by pinching the 11th leg, but his respite was short-lived as Taylor refused to yield.

Taylor was turning the final into a procession, and he finally wrapped up proceedings with his seventh leg on the trot. There was a slight feeling of anti-climax as Taylor needed five chances to land double two to take the title - meaning he missed the chance of bettering his own three-dart average record of 111.21.

However, Taylor, who finished the contest with a 109 average, was delighted to put in such a dominant display. "With Gary you've just got to put him under pressure - you've got to make him miss," he told Sky Sports. "I think Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson and James Wade are probably the best players I've seen in my whole career. I think the likes of Eric [Bristow] and Jockey [Wilson] would agree with me."

Although Anderson was dejected with his showing, he was pleased with his tournament as a whole. "I've had an A-class lesson in how to play darts," he said. "He [Taylor] was phenomenal. "But I came here not expecting to get out of the group stages. If you'd have told me I'd be in the final against Phil, I'd have laughed at you. It's been a bonus, and I've enjoyed it."

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