Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Unibet Melbourne Masters title. 
Picture: Tim Murdoch/PDC
Phil Taylor celebrates winning the Unibet Melbourne Masters title. Picture: Tim Murdoch/PDC

Phil Taylor wins Melbourne Masters

SIXTEEN-time world champion Phil Taylor has continued his dominance of the World Series of Darts, winning his eighth title at the Unibet Melbourne Darts Masters.

The 57-year-old defeated Peter Wright in the final 11-8 to take his seventh series win in Australia ahead of next weekend's Perth Masters.

Taylor moved to an 8-5 lead before Wright fought back to level at 8-8.

Taylor broke the Wright throw to move ahead again, however, before a 112 finish in the next leg gave him a 10-8 lead.

He sealed the title with another break of the Wright throw.

Taylor, who has only ever been beaten once in Australia began the final in nervy fashion, missing three darts in the opening leg to break the Wright throw.

"I love it over here in Australia, the crowd are brilliant and I'm loving every minute of it," Taylor said post-match.

"I've not got many tournaments left in me so I want to win as many as I can before I call it a day.

"I'm so proud to see the sport growing in this part of the world, I've been lucky enough to see it all over the years, but we never believed it would get this big.

"Barry Hearn has done such a brilliant job and here's to many more years of this sport getting bigger and bigger," added the 57-year-old.

Taylor had beaten Australian Simon Whitlock 11-4 in the semi-final earlier in the night at Hisense Arena.

Wright booked his place in the final with an 11-4 win over Daryl Gurney.

The sixth World Series of Darts event of 2017 takes place on August 25-27 at the HBF Stadium in Perth.

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