Taylor takes another title
Phil Taylor won his third Cash Converters Players Championship Finals title by sweeping to a 13-6 win over outsider Kim Huybrechts.
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Taylor scooped the £60,000 first prize with a brilliant display in the final at Butlins in Minehead, sharing the first 12 legs with the emerging Belgian before finding another gear to run away for the win.
Taylor had stared defeat in the face earlier in the day, with Andy Hamilton missing one dart to defeat him in the quarter-finals before the 15-time world champion hit back from 9-5 down for a 10-9 win.
He then swept past Simon Whitlock 11-2 in the semi-finals and pulled away in mid-game, winning the final seven legs without reply.
After beating Huybrechts, he said: "I'm chuffed to bits to have won this. It's a really tough day and to win three matches and take the title is a big challenge, so I'm over the moon.
"It's been a tough day today. Winning against Andy Hamilton was probably my greatest escape and it's been an unbelievable day to be honest.
"Kim came into the final full of confidence but I wanted to keep putting him under pressure and making him think and eventually I got on top of him.
"He's got a huge future in the game and whoever plays him in the World Championship will be scared of him now. He'll be in loads more finals in the future."
Huybrechts' run to the final earned him a £24,000 cheque as runner-up and sees him rise to 21st in the PDC Order of Merit, having won through to his maiden major final with impressive wins over Peter Wright and Justin Pipe.
"I'm really proud," said Huybrechts. "To play in my first TV final and for it to be against Phil is a dream and, at the moment, I can't ask for much more.
"I could have done better but I was a bit nervous and I didn't hit as many 180s or doubles as I did in other games and that was the difference.
"At the beginning it didn't matter to me that I was playing Phil but at a certain point you start realising that you're playing the 15-time world champion, and then you start missing some trebles and some doubles.
"It's my first year on the PDC circuit and I've had an amazing year. I've got a lot of self-confidence and I believe I can beat anyone if I play at my top level."