Phil Taylor seals a fourth European Tour title in Vienna
Last Updated: 13/06/16 6:40pm
Phil Taylor turned on the power to claim a fourth European Tour title in Vienna as he beat Michael Smith in Sunday's final.
The Power fired an impressive seven maximums and broke the throw three times as he squeezed past a resilient Smith 6-4 in a thrilling final.
After Smith claimed the opening leg, the 16-time World Champion quickly responded before breaking the throw on D10 for the first advantage.
However, Smith responded immediately to break back only for Taylor to once again return the favour at 3-2. A scrappy sixth leg went the way of Smith to square things up after Taylor uncharacteristically missed five darts for a two-leg lead.
The 26-year-old then pulled out a majestic 130 finish on the bull to claim a 4-3 advantage and move within two of victory. This only awoke the Power as he then started to play his best darts, landing an 11-darter and 12-darter to move 5-4 in front.
And Taylor clinched the victory in the tenth leg with a 32 checkout to mark a successful return to European Tour action.
It was hard work for Taylor as he reached the final, starting with a hard-fought 6-3 third round victory over Kim Huybrechts, in which he wired double-12 for a nine-darter.
He then produced a 6-2 victory over former Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting before confidently knocking out Australian Kyle Anderson who was on the hunt for his first PDC final. Anderson had knocked out world No 1 Michael van Gerwen on his way to the semi-finals.
Anderson raced into a 4-1 lead and was looking the most likely to reach the final before Taylor recovered magnificently and won three straight legs to level at 4-4. Anderson again got himself in front and missed one dart for the match, but an 11-darter from Taylor set up a decider at 5-5, which he clinched to reach the final.
Austrian Darts Open
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Terry Jenkins 6-4 Peter Wright
Michael Smith 6-5 Nigel Heydon
Phil Taylor 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Michael Smith 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Phil Taylor 6-4 Michael Smith