Taylor untouchable in Berlin
Phil Taylor produced a masterful display in Berlin over the Bank Holiday weekend to win the German Darts Masters, beating his great rival Michael van Gerwen 6-4 in the final.
The Power was at his best throughout the tournament, whitewashing both Magnus Caris and Michael Smith whilst he fired in averages of well over 100 to see-off Dave Chisnall, Stephen Bunting and then MVG in the final.
Van Gerwen had actually had an identical run to the final as Taylor with two 6-0 wins and two 6-3 victories but the world champion could not keep up with the world number two in the finale as the Englishman ended with an average of 107.12.
These two continue to dominate the betting across all the tournaments they compete in and despite the loss, Mighty Mike is still the favourite to win the Premier League at a best price of 5/4 with Boyle Sports. However, Taylor is now not far behind at 15/8 with Paddy Power.
It is a similar story for the World Matchplay which is the big event of the summer on the darts calendar as MVG is favourite at 9/4 with Bet Victor and the Power is just behind at 5/2 with the same company.
A notable run in Berlin came from BDO world champion Stephen Bunting who made it to the semi-finals and is beginning to make a real impression on the PDC circuit. He defeated Kirk Shepherd, Brendan Dolan and Vincent van der Voort before running into a rampant Taylor.
The Bullet is already joint fifth favourite to win the 2015 PDC World Championships at a best price of 33/1 with Betfred whilst he is 5/2 with Bet Victor to be involved in next year’s Premier League.