Michael van Gerwen retained his World Matchplay crown with an 18-10 drubbing of Phil Taylor at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Sunday.
The world number one continued his run of dominant performances as he averaged over 103 and hit 12 180s in a stunning defeat of the 16-time World Champion, who was also chasing his 16th World Matchplay success.
The Dutch star cruised to glory thanks to some clinical finishing and a brilliant run of six straight legs in the middle of the match.
“I’m so happy that this title is mine again,” said van Gerwen, who remains on course for a clean sweep of major titles in the 2016 season, having already picked up The Masters, UK Open and Premier League trophies.
“I felt I deserved it this week and I played especially well in the final. It is a big moment for me to beat Phil in that way at this tournament because he has an unbelievably good record in Blackpool.
“I kept my focus and did the right things at the right times and I’m over the moon to win this trophy again.”
van Gerwen lost the first leg but won the next three with the aid of three 180s, including a break of throw in the third leg, in which he took out 77 after Taylor had missed three darts at doubles.
‘The Power’ landed the bull to take the fifth leg before van Gerwen’s fourth maximum helped him restore a two leg cushion.
The next four legs went with the throw to give the world number one a 6-4 lead after he added another 180 and a 93 checkout.
That sparked a surge from the Dutch sensation, who produced finishes of 65, 110, 40, 63 and 76 to storm into an 11-4 lead, adding three more maximums in the process.
Taylor took out 75 to break but van Gerwen immediately returned the favour – only to see his opponent break again to reduce the defending champion’s lead to 12-6.
Taylor also won the next leg before ‘Mighty Mike’ landed his tenth 180 and produced a 73 finish to restore a six leg lead.
15-times World Matchplay winner Taylor won the following leg before a brilliant 180 followed by a 177 set up 24 for van Gerwen, who finished it before producing a fine 112 out-shot after his opponent had missed three darts at doubles.
Taylor broke straight back by bedding the bull to complete a 130 combination and took out 81 to reduced van Gerwen’s lead to 15-10.
He the pinned double 18 and 12th 180 helped him move one leg away from the title.
And he sealed a second consecutive triumph by finishing 50 to condemn Taylor to his first World Matchplay final defeat.
van Gerwen had seen off Jamie Caven, Kyle Anderson, Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis to reach the decider.
Fellow ZWA star Vincent van der Voort was denied a clash with his Dutch compatriot after a first round loss to Anderson.