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Taylor takes top award

Phil Taylor has been named as the PDC Player of the Year at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner at The Dorchester on London's Park Lane.

World No 1 Taylor saw his achievement in winning five major titles during 2011 - the World Matchplay, European Championship, World Grand Prix, Championship League Darts and Grand Slam of Darts - recognised with the showpiece award.

Taylor was also voted as the PDC Fans' Player of the Year following an internet poll on the PDC's official website, as he edged out Gary Anderson and Justin Pipe as the crowd favourite.

"I'm delighted," said Taylor. "Both of these awards mean a huge amount to me because there have been so many other great players in the PDC in the past year.

"We've seen Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary Anderson all win majors and other players emerging too, so to be voted for as Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year is a massive honour. It will spur me on to try even harder in 2012."

Pipe's rise into the world's top 32, which included three PDC ProTour titles, saw him recognised by his peers with the PDPA Players' Player of the Year award.

"I've had a brilliant year and this caps it off for me," said Pipe. "To be recognised like this by my fellow players after only my second full year in the PDC is amazing."

Anderson was named as the Best PDC ProTour Player, having won seven Players Championships and UK Open Qualifiers during 2011 to claim 62,400 prize money.

Holland's Michael van Gerwen, 22, was unveiled as the PDC Young Player of the Year after winning four PDC Unicorn Youth Tour events during 2011 and reaching the last 16 of the World Championship.

Dave Chisnall's outstanding debut season in the PDC was rewarded with the Best Newcomer Award, while world champion Adrian Lewis saw his thrilling comeback from 5-1 to defeat James Wade 6-5 in the Ladbrokes World Championship semi-finals named as the PDC Televised Performance of the Year.