Phil Taylor showed why he is considered the greatest player ever to grace the game with a superb 7-2 victory over world champion John Part in the final of the Paddy Power World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Part ended Taylor’s eight-year winning run at Purfleet Circus Tavern in January and also sent ‘The Power’ crashing out of the Las Vegas Desert Classic at the semi-final stage.
But Taylor, who won the inaugural UK Open in Bolton and also prevailed at the Stan James World Matchplay in Blackpool during the summer, produced an astonishing display of darts midway through the encounter to take the game away from the Canadian.
Another close finish looked on the cards when the first four sets were shared - but Taylor had other ideas. A 66 checkout followed by successful attempts at double 20 and 10 clinched Taylor the fifth set 3-0.
The Stoke ace then went into overdrive and averaged 115.62 in the sixth set to secure another whitewash. He needed just 39 darts to clinch one of the most impressive sets ever witnessed in a major tournament.
Taylor had his sights set on a magical nine-dart finish during that set but missed the chance after six perfect darts.
But the 43-year-old was still in the zone and reeled off the next six legs to move within one set of victory.
Part finally stopped the rot with a successful attempt at double 16 followed by a 112 checkout. However, Taylor nailed double 20 and 10 to level at 2-2.
The 10-time world champion then scored heavily in the fifth leg and he eventually nailed double nine to take the title.