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Five Classic World Darts Finals As Tournament Nears

Five Classic World Darts Finals as Tournament Nears

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Raymond Van Barneveld 7-6 Phil Taylor (2007)

After a sustained period of dominance in the BDO, Raymond Van Barneveld’s switch to the PDC was headline news and the giant Dutchman wasted no time in making an immediate impact. Facing the legendary Phil Taylor in 2007’s final, “Barney” conceded the first three sets, but he wouldn’t be denied as he rallied brilliantly. Needing a Sudden Death leg to settle the game, Van Barneveld held his nerve to win a first PDC crown to go with the four titles he won whilst playing at the Lakeside. It still remains the greatest game of darts ever played.

Phil Taylor 7-4 Michael Van Gerwen (2013)

Although the game’s most dominant player, Phil Taylor’s position at the top of darts’ pile had been in doubt for a couple of years as the emergence of Adrian Lewis and Michael Van Gerwen threatened to change the order. With Taylor having to watch Lewis take two consecutive crowns, he arrived at the 2013 event ready to take his title back. Many expected Van Gerwen to be too good for him and although the Dutchman took two slender leads, Taylor was able to roll back the years and take a commanding 7-4 scoreline to claim his 14th and final world championship.

Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor (2018)

One of the most shocking tournament in recent years as Rob Cross, an electrician making his World Championships debut, went all the way to glory with a number of stunning performances. After surviving six match darts against Michael Van Gerwen in the semi-final, Cross had a more comfortable night one round later as he easily beat Phil Taylor 7-2 to win his maiden world championship.

Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor (2015)

As a player who couldn’t bring his best form into the World Championship environment, Gary Anderson had a point to prove when the 2015 tournament got underway. After surviving an early round scare against Scott Kirchner, Anderson grew stronger as the competition got deeper. Facing the daunting threat of Phil Taylor in the final, Anderson played the best darts of his career as held his nerve to register a brilliant 7-6 win.

John Part 7-6 Phil Taylor (2003)

John Part’s victory over Phil Taylor at the Circus Tavern in 2003 was a result that ended a stunning period of dominance from the Stoke man. Part, himself a former world champion, had shared the Oche with Taylor on a number of occasions, but his recent contests with Taylor heading into the 2003 tournament was mediocre at best. On this night, Part played some of his best ever darts as he matched Taylor throughout before taking the crown 7-6.

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