Sixth Premier title for Taylor
Phil Taylor withstood a spirited fightback from Simon Whitlock before wrapping up a 10-7 victory in the final of the McCoys Premier League.
The 'Power' led 5-1 and 7-2 against the 'Wizard' in the best-of-19 final at London's O2 Arena on Thursday night, and looked to be cruising to a sixth Premier League title.
But the Australian - who has still to win a PDC major - roared back to trail 7-5, then watched Taylor miss three darts at 20.
Whitlock took advantage with a 76 finish, then held for 7-7 after taking out 120.
Suddenly Taylor looked vulnerable, but the night's key moment had yet to arrive.
On the Taylor throw, Whitlock just missed double 16 for a 149 checkout and Taylor took out 70 to lead again.
That was as close as Whitlock got, with Taylor hitting a 96 checkout for another break and 9-7.
On his own darts, a 73 finish was good enough for Taylor to regain the title he last held in 2010.
After completely dominating the 14 weekly rounds, Taylor was far from his best on finals night, hitting just four maximums in his two matches.
He had earlier struggled to overcome former champion James Wade 8-6 in the semi-finals, while Whitlock beat Andy Hammer by the same scoreline.
The highlight of Whitlock's win was a nine-darter from the Aussie in just the second leg of the evening's action.