Phil Taylor claims fifth Grand Slam of Darts title with 16-6 win over Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor clinched his fifth Grand Slam of Darts crown as he comprehensively beat Robert Thornton 16-6 in the final.
Last Updated: 18/11/13 7:33am
Taylor did not hit the heights reached in his epic semi-final victory over Adrian Lewis earlier in the day, but did not have to as he built an early lead over Thornton which the Scot never looked like retrieving.
Indeed, having hit 14 maximums against Lewis, Taylor managed just two in the final as he finished with a three-dart average of 98, but he still had far too much for Thornton.
The Scot had the chance to get himself in front early but, having narrowly failed to take out 121 in the first leg, he then went on to miss a further eight darts at double and had to watch as Taylor eventually hit double-four to move ahead.
It would prove costly as the 16-time world champion reeled off the next four legs to reach the first interval 5-0 up, the third coming courtesy of a 121 checkout.
Thornton stopped the rot as he won the sixth leg to get on the board following the game's first maximum, but Taylor quickly regained control and took three of the next four legs to hold a commanding 8-2 lead by the second interval.
Thornton produced a 121 finish of his own to reduce the arrears slightly, but Taylor claimed the next two after hitting double-eight and then tops to pull away again.
The Scot looked set to pinch the 14th leg after a 140 left him on 36, but Taylor dealt a hammer blow to his hopes with a superb checkout of 164 to move 11-3 in front.
Thornton did then manage to win back-to-back legs for the first and only time in the contest to close the yawning gap to six legs, but Taylor found double-16 in the next to end his mini-revival.
Playing his best darts of the match, Thornton made it 12-6 as he took out 90 courtesy of two outer rings and then tops, but that would be as good as things got for the Ayrshire thrower as Taylor stepped up a gear to close out the duel.
In the end he found double-four to confirm victory and add yet another title to his stunning record and admitted afterwards he already had one eye on another world title.
"It wasn't easy. It's been very tough today, obviously the final wasn't as good a match as both semis were, but we both tried," a delighted Taylor told Sky Sports.
"I think everyone's getting ready for that, so it's going to be a tough World Championship this year."