Any of those who harboured thoughts of the demise of Mr Philip Taylor as a contender for the main titles in the darts calendar were demolished in Bolton at the weekend as normal service was resumed at the top of the game.
Perhaps his own harshest critic, Taylor showed a steely determination and an appetite for the fray that no-one else could match to take his fifth Speedy Service UK Open Title by defeating his “Stokie” opponent, Andy Hamilton, 11 – 4 and averaging a superb 107 plus in so doing – not to mention a 167 check out.
“The Power” could have been tripped in a much earlier round but Brendan Dolan missed darts to win the contest. After this, Taylor was irresistible and even the Mighty MVG could not stem the tide and, in this game, Taylor demonstrated that he was not going to allow the new man on the block the luxury of another title in 2013.
Raymond Van Barneveld must still be agonising on the 5 match-winning darts he missed in his semi-final against Hamilton because he had an excellent tournament.
There were signs that Adrian Lewis was returning to form, particularly in his match with Wes Newton, but his progress was halted in the quarter finals by the eye-catching and eccentric hair style of Peter Wright. Peter played some superb darts in this match but had to bow out to a highly motivated Taylor by 10 – 5 in the semi final.
We are only in June and there are more big titles up for grabs. Perhaps the rumours of the demise of “the king” have been rather premature!