The Power is back on
He may have disappointed at the Grand Prix but Phil Taylor is never far from a big tournament win and he showed everyone who was boss as he dominated the final stages of the Championship League to win it for a third time.
Whenever the Power fails to lift a trophy there is talk of his demise but the fact is he is still easily the most consistently successful player on the circuit even if he doesn’t win every single tournament he plays in anymore. Add the title from Crondon Park to the World Cup, Premier League, Matchplay, Euro Tour title in Germany and three floor titles and it has not been such a bad year for the world number one.
Taylor has been involved in all four finals in the history of the Championship League although after failing to win through the first three groups it looked like he might just struggle to keep up his wonderful record. This was not the case though as he put his foot on the gas in group four, winning all seven matches in the group stage, conceding just nine legs along the way and went on to soar through to victory.
His performance in the winners group was of a similar calibre as he again produced an unblemished scorecard in the league stage before whitewashing Dave Chisnall in the semis and edging out Simon Whitlock to claim the £10,000 winner’s prize.
With the Grand Slam of Darts just over a week away the Power is a best price 7/4 to retain his Wolverhampton title. This seems a great price on a man who has won it on four of the five occasions it has been played and is clearly in some good form. As far as the World Championships go the best offer is 2/1 on him to regain the title from Adrian Lewis and again this looks tempting, especially if you are to believe his former mentor Eric Bristow who is certain Taylor will win at the Alexandra Palace.
Another appearance in a final for Whitlock sees him continue his impressive run of form which has seen him lift the European Championship and Dutch Darts Masters titles in recent times. His only blemish was a first round exit at the Grand Prix, but his performances along with questions over James Wade’s mental state and Gary Anderson’s lack of form have seen the Wizard installed as third favourite for both the Grand Slam and World Championships behind Taylor and Adrian Lewis at around 12/1 for each.
Another man who showed his worth at the Championship League was Jamie Caven who has dropped off the radar a little in recent months but to not only reach the winners group but then make the semi-finals shows he is in great touch. He is still a 300/1 shout for the world title and although it is highly unlikely he will win it, he is certainly one to watch for a run to the latter stages. As is the other man in the final four in Essex Dave Chisnall who at 20/1 for the world title may well be attracting a few bets.