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Phil Taylor wins third European Championship title

Phil Taylor
Taylor has never lost a match at the European Championships

Phil Taylor defeated Wayne Jones 11-1 to win the European Championships for a third time in Dinslaken, Germany.

The world number one, from Stoke-on-Trent, had earlier beaten Mark Walsh and Terry Jenkins to reach the final.

"I'm delighted to win another title, especially so soon after winning the World Matchplay," Taylor said.

The 49-year-old, who turns 50 on 13 August, has won the World Championship, the Premier League, the UK Open and the World Matchplay in 2010.

The 15-time world champion eased past Co Stompe and Andy Smith in the early rounds, but found things much tougher on Sunday.

Taylor fell 2-0 behind to Walsh in his quarter-final but fought back to win 10-4.

Jenkins then provided Taylor with his toughest test of the competition, with Taylor eventually prevailing 11-10 with a 12-dart finish in the deciding leg of the match.

Taylor, who collected a first prize of £50,000, has won the European Championships on each of the three occasions that it has been staged.

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28 Jul 10 |  Darts
Taylor eases to Matchplay victory
26 Jul 10 |  Darts
Taylor wins fourth UK Open title
07 Jun 10 |  Darts
Taylor wins Premier League title
25 May 10 |  Darts
Taylor powers to 15th world title
03 Jan 10 |  Darts

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