Taylor up and running in Dublin
World champion Phil Taylor got his PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix campaign under way with a 2-1 victory over Jamie Caven.
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'The Power' negotiated a tricky first hurdle with aplomb, averaging over 115 in the first set before Caven came roaring back in the second.
The double-in, double-out, format could have made life difficult for Taylor in the decider but he held his nerve as Caven wilted, breaking the throw with a slick 96 checkout, before holding throw to progress.
Taylor, a 10-time winner of the event, told Sky Sports afterwards: "It was a great game. I think Jamie had a possibility of winning this and his confidence was growing. Everybody seems to pull their best game out against me!"
A potential banana skin awaits Taylor in the last 16 after old foe Paul Nicholson produced the performance of the night to overcome Robert Thornton 2-1.
Thornton took the first set of a high-quality clash, but Nicholson came storming back, claiming six legs on the spin to book a second-round date with Taylor.
The upset of the night came in the final match with local hero Connie Finnan defeating Terry Jenkins 2-0.
Two-time champion James Wade and Simon Whitlock were made to sweat but, unlike Jenkins, both managed to reach the next stage.
Whitlock broke Irish hearts as Mickey Mansell was defeated 2-1 on his second World Grand Prix appearance, while Wade edged past former world champion Steve Beaton by the same scoreline.
Both Mansell and Beaton had chances to win but the pressure told and both seeds progressed.
Whitlock will face Ronnie Baxter in the next round after 'The Rocket' claimed his first win at the event since 2006 with a 2-0 win over Colin Lloyd.
Gary Anderson later rivalled Nicholson's display with a 2-0 demolition of Jelle Klaasen and he will next face Wes Newton, a 2-0 victor over the in-form Peter Wright.
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is in first-round action on Tuesday.