World Matchplay: Phil Taylor beats Michael van Gerwen in final
Phil Taylor sealed a 15th World Matchplay title and his seventh in succession with victory over reigning PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen.
The 53-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent won six straight legs early on to take a 7-1 lead and eased to a 18-9 win.
Taylor, the world champion on 16 occasions, has not lost in Blackpool since a semi-final defeat in 2007.
Van Gerwen was appearing in his first Matchplay final but the Dutchman could not keep pace with Taylor's fast start.
The 25-year-old trailed 11-2 at one stage but won five out of seven legs to make it 13-7, only for Taylor to race clear again and secure victory with a 57 checkout.
Taylor hit a nine-dart finish in his second-round win over Michael Smith, the man who knocked him out of the World Championship last December, and came through a high-quality last-four tie against Gary Anderson to make it into Sunday's final.
|World Matchplay roll of honour|
|Phil Taylor||15||1995, 1997, 2000-04, 2006, 2008-14|
|Rod Harrington||2||1998, 1999|