Whether it was the format of having to hit a double to start or an element of complacency, the Grand Prix in Dublin delivered a whole series of extraordinary results. The seeds fell like ripe apples from a tree.
Yet the match between Robert Thornton and Phil Taylor was the best I’ve ever witnessed in this format. Both players produced darts of the highest quality. It all came down to the final leg, where Phil, uncharacteristically, let Robert in to take the tie.
Great to see “Mighty Mike” Van Gerwen take the title after coming back from 3 sets to 0 down. The young Dutchman, still only 23, is capable of quick-fire, high scoring darts and his counting and decision making is just as fast and accurate.
In the end Mervyn King had no answer to the onslaught but the £40,000 runners up cheque must be some consolation.
MVG, with his first TV major under his belt, should now have the confidence to rival the very best in all competitions. It will be fun to watch!