Phil Taylor won his 4th World Masters event of the year with a narrow 8-7 victory over Peter Wright. The 16 time Champions of the World took the opening two legs, immediately heaping the pressure on Wright. The relentless Wright fought back to level the scores at 2-2 before his opponent romped into a 7-2 lead with his ruthless finishing giving the Scotsman little opportunity to prevent the annihilation. With Taylor just one leg away from the trophy, Wright dropped his shoulders and played the darts we all know he can play. He hit a 121 and 129 to get the crowd back off their feet. Astonishingly, Wright broke the Taylor throw three times to draw the score level and take it to a deciding leg. ‘Snakebite had never beaten ‘The Power’ in a TV event and the latter showed all of his 25 years of experience to see off a final push from Wright who melted under the prospect of a first television title. He hit double 10 at the first time of asking to seal the deal and lift the trophy in Yokohama.
Both players had tough routes to the final with Wright having to go through Adrian Lewis, who hit 7 perfect darts in the third leg, in the quarter finals. Despite narrowly missing out on the elusive 9-dart leg, Lewis never really got out of second gear and Wright sailed past him 8-4 to set up a meeting with long time rival Michael Van Gerwen. Wright had not beaten the Dutchman in 11 attempts but put in a sensational showing to break his duck. Wright brought a conclusion to the match with a scintillating 141 checkout, which even MVG could just stand and applaud. The former Masters Quarter finalist raced into an early 3-0 lead, but lost his rhythm during the break. Van Gerwen returned firing on all cylinders, much like he did when scoring a 106 average against Stephen Bunting in his quarter final, levelling the match at 4-4. The remaining legs went with throw before the physically emotional Wright hit THAT checkout to pave his way to the final.
Taylor reached the final with victories over Gary Anderson and Raymond Van Barneveld. Barney had an atrocious time In his first round match and was evidently still feeling the effects of that poor performance as he was trounced 8-3 by a below par Taylor. His semi-final was a much more exciting affair with Anderson, who humiliated James Wade in the previous round, taking the match to a deciding leg. ‘The Flying Scotsman miscounted in leg 6, costing him a two leg lead going into the break. The duo was brutal with their double hitting from beginning to end leaving the game on a cliff-hanger of a final leg decider. Anderson threw away his advantage of throwing first with some disastrous scoring and Taylor hit double 7 to end the second breathtaking semi-final.
Results in full
Stephen Bunting 5-8 Michael Van Gerwen
Adrian Lewis 4-8 Peter Wright
Phil Taylor 8-3 Raymond Van Barneveld
Gary Anderson 8-1 James Wade
Michael Van Gerwen 7-8 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 7-8 Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor 8-7 Peter Wright