Gary Anderson toppled Phil 'the Power' Taylor in the Englishman's twentieth World Darts Championship final on Sunday, becoming just the fourth player to beat him in the biggest game of them all.
The exclusive list, filled only by the names Dennis Priestley, John Part and Raymond van Barneveld, will now feature the World number three Anderson. The Scot survived multiple Taylor revivals to take the crown in an exceptional game, in front of an appreciative crowd at the Alexandra Palace, London.
A 16-time champion of the world, Taylor rarely goes into a match as underdog, and Sunday's final was no different. However, after a slow start he found himself 3 sets to 1 down, in the first to 7 clash. Anderson, known as the 'Flying Scotsman', is renowned for his big scoring, something which put him in command in his second world final.
Taylor set up nerve-jangling finale
Taylor is never a man to roll over though and came roaring back into the match, reeling off three unanswered sets to lead for the first time in the match. But Anderson, who knocked out number one seed and reigning world Champion Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final, wasn't going to cave in against the greatest player ever to pick up the tungsten.
A runner-up to Adrian Lewis in 2011, Anderson found his scoring again in winning the next 3 sets, to move within one of that elusive first world title. But Taylor, who finished the match with a 100-plus three dart average, wasn't going to go down without a final fight. Bringing the game level again at six-six, and forcing a final set, Taylor must've been favourite to complete yet another world title for the collection at that stage.
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The Power's doubles let him down
Yet, an uncharacteristic three misses at double 16 allowed Anderson to win the first two legs of the final set, and despite missing the showman's finish on the Bull, the Scotsman wrapped up an incredible victory with double 12 in the following leg.
Afterwards, Anderson, the first Scotsman to win a world title since 1997, proclaimed Taylor as 'the best' and that he (Taylor) 'will always be the best, that makes it more special.'
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