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Taylor bags third Players win

Phil Taylor won his third Cash Converters Players Championship Finals title by sweeping to a 13-6 win over outsider Kim Huybrechts.

Taylor scooped the 60,000 first prize with a brilliant display in the final at Butlins in Minehead.

The duo were locked together after sharing the first 12 legs before Taylor found another gear to run away for the win.

"It's been a tough day today," Taylor said. "Winning against Andy Hamilton was probably my greatest escape and it's been an unbelievable day to be honest.

"Kim came into the final full of confidence but I wanted to keep putting him under pressure and making him think and eventually I got on top of him.

"He's got a huge future in the game and whoever plays him in the World Championship will be scared of him now. He'll be in loads more finals in the future."

He had stared defeat in the face earlier in the day, with Andy Hamilton missing one dart to defeat him in the quarter-finals before the 15-time world champion hit back from 9-5 down for a 10-9 win.

He then swept past Simon Whitlock 11-2 in the semi-finals after pulling away in mid-game, winning the final seven legs without reply.

Taylor punished a string of missed doubles from the Australian early on as he took command, going from one-all to 8-1 ahead in double-quick time.

Huybrechts beat Justin Pipe 11-6 in their semi-final after earlier seeing off Peter Wright 10-6 in their last eight encounter.