Phil Taylor won an all-Stoke first round clash with Andy Pearce in the PDC's UK Masters
Last Updated: March 10, 2013 2:41pm
Phil Taylor won an all-Stoke first round clash with Andy Pearce as he began the UK Masters with a 6-1 victory on Friday night.
Fellow big guns Raymond van Barneveld, Simon Whitlock, Andy Hamilton and Robert Thornton also made strong starts to the European Tour event at the Butlins Minehead Resort.
Taylor bounced back from Thursday's McCoy's Premier League Darts defeat to Gary Anderson in Nottingham with a strong performance 24 hours later in Somerset.
The world champion hit finishes of 134 and 118 in taking a 3-0 lead, and after Pearce took the fourth leg to get off the mark, Taylor stamped his authority with a ten-dart finish before going on to complete victory.
World number two Adrian Lewis joined Taylor in the last 32, but had to work harder for his victory over Dave Honey, who led 5-4 before the double world champion took the game's final two legs to edge through.
Reigning UK Open champion Thornton was the day's most impressive performer, averaging 106 in a 6-0 whitewash of fellow Scot John Henderson, and Hamilton was similarly ruthless as he swept past Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney.
Premier League leader van Barneveld dropped only one leg in an impressive opener against Germany's Tomas Seyler, while James Wade avoided a scare before seeing off Adam Hunt 6-4.
Australian Whitlock held off a fightback from Finland's Jarkko Komula before taking a 6-3 win from their clash, with 'The 'Wizard ' hitting seven perfect darts in one leg during the game but missing out on a nine-darter.
Welshman Mark Webster had earlier gone even closer to achieving a perfect leg, missing double 12 for a nine-darter in his win over Simon Craven.
First Round results
Vincent van der Voort 2-6 Tony West
Paul Nicholson 3-6 David Pallett
Kim Huybrechts 4-6 John Part
Peter Wright 0-6 Stuart Kellett
Justin Pipe 2-6 Bernd Roith
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Darren Webster
Terry Jenkins 6-1 Kevin McDine
Ian White 4-6 Arron Monk
Mervyn King 6-5 Michael Smith
Kevin Painter 6-5 Steve West
Brendan Dolan 6-1 Reece Robinson
James Hubbard 3-6 Nigel Heydon
Mark Webster 6-2 Simon Craven
Jamie Caven 6-5 Jim Walker
Richie Burnett 6-0 Michael Rasztovits
Colin Osborne 3-6 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-1 Ian Moss
Robert Thornton 6-0 John Henderson
Wes Newton 6-4 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jarkko Komula
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Dave Honey
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Tomas Seyler
Phil Taylor 6-1 Andy Pearce
Andy Hamilton 6-0 Daryl Gurney
James Wade 6-4 Adam Hunt
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Alan Tabern
Wayne Jones 6-3 Jyhan Artut
Colin Lloyd 6-3 Brian Woods
Mark Walsh 6-2 Paul Rowley
Andy Smith 6-1 Keith Rooney
Steve Beaton 4-6 Kurt Van De Rijck