Taylor powers to fifth Grand Slam title
Phil Taylor’s romp to a fifth Grand Slam of Darts title was as impressive as any of the various tournament wins he has managed this year, so much so that he is now odds-on with nearly every bookmaker for the forthcoming World Championships.
The Power was imperious throughout in Wolverhampton, dropping just one leg in the group stages before seeing off Gary Anderson and James Wade to set up a semi-final with Adrian Lewis which has been thrown into the discussion for the best game of all time.
Taylor triumphed 16-9, which at first does not seem overly close but when you consider Lewis averaged a shade under 111, the performance of the world number one becomes very special indeed. His win over Robert Thornton was something of a formality in the final.
As mentioned Taylor is now odds-on with the majority of bookies for success at the Alexandra Palace although Betfred are still offering EVENS on him claiming a 17th world crown, and on current form that looks like a tremendous bet.
After his stunning performances in Wolves, Lewis has come into second favourite ahead of Michael van Gerwen who he knocked out in the last 16. Jackpot is now a best price of 5/1 with Bet365 whilst MVG is behind at 13/2 with Sporting Bet.
Grand Slam finalist Thornton has come in slightly in his price for a first world title but in truth no one expects him to emerge victorious on New Year’s Day and he remains 50/1 with Sky Bet to be crowned world champion.
• Lewis can cut The Power
• Friday quarter-finals to be lengthy battles
• Lewis and MVG set for another classic
• Silverback and King can beat the odds
• Hurricane can blow away MVG
• Hankey can count out Smith
• Pipe the man to drain Thornton
• Wright, Huybrechts and Harms can upset the odds
• Lewis can end Taylor run at Grand Slam