Phil Taylor says his farewell to the World Matchplay by winning another title
The 56-year-old Stoke great claimed an incredible 16th Winter Gardens triumph
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 31/07/17 1:53pm
Phil Taylor admitted his 16th - and last - World Matchplay title was a "bonus" after his produced another stunning performance to see off Peter Wright.
The 56-year-old romped to an 18-8 win over Wright at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Having stunned world No 1 Michael van Gerwen on Friday, Taylor - who is set to retire at the end of the year - produced an 11-dart leg to go 9-6 up and then won the next three against the Scottish world No 3.
Taylor won four legs in a row to move within one of victory, and after a 95 finish from Wright held his nerve on double 16.
Taylor, who averaged 104.24 in the final, said: "It's fantastic - this has capped everything off for me. It couldn't have come at a better time and it's a bonus for me, for my grandchildren, for my fans. It's lovely, it really is and I've loved every minute of it.
I'll miss this place tremendously - I've loved it here since the first time I walked through the door
"To win a major at my age is fantastic, and I've had a tough week when you look at the draw.
"I'll miss this place tremendously - I've loved it here since the first time I walked through the door. It's great to win again and it will go down in history, and I'm delighted for everyone who's supported me."
"During the final I was watching every bit of Peter's body language and he showed every sign of being a little bit tired," Taylor added. "I wanted to keep putting him under pressure.
"I was miles in front at one time and he came back, but I was playing OK and I kept him under pressure.
"I'm finished now - it's enough."
After being left in tears following the final, Wright said: "Phil is still the best in the world and he's showed that this week.
"I've watched Phil demolish other players in finals and I was on the other end of that big stick that he normally bashes everyone with - but it was a privilege in his last game here.
"I learned a lesson today and I'm grateful to be in the final. A couple of years ago I watched Michael getting beaten by Phil in the final and he was in tears, and that's how much it meant to him.
"It's exactly the same for me and I'll go back to the practice board, become better and I'll come back stronger. I'm still learning and it was great to learn off the master there in the final."
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