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Phil Taylor defends World Matchplay crown in Blackpool

Phil Taylor
Taylor has now won 11 World Matchplay titles

Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 18-12 to win his 11th World Matchplay title in Blackpool on Sunday.

Dutchman Van Barneveld managed to keep pace until Taylor made his move with the final poised at 11-9.

The Stoke-on-Trent star never led by less than four legs for the rest of the match as he clinched his third consecutive World Matchplay crown.

"The final had a bit of everything, it was a brilliant game," said the 15-time world champion from Stoke-on-Trent.

"There were times when I had to dig in and times when I was cruising."

The 49-year-old added: "I love this tournament. No matter how many times I win it, it's a tremendous feeling to get hold of this trophy."

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see also
Taylor overcomes spirited Bates
21 Jul 10 |  Darts
Taylor wins fourth UK Open title
07 Jun 10 |  Darts
Taylor wins Premier League title
25 May 10 |  Darts
Imperious Taylor wins Grand Slam
23 Nov 09 |  Darts
Taylor wins 10th Matchplay title
27 Jul 09 |  Darts
Taylor powers to Blackpool title
26 Jul 08 |  Darts

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