The European Championship darts tournament from Dusseldorf started on Thursday with the event climaxing on Sunday evening. Phil Taylor should be backed to win the event at 6-4 with Ladbrokes, William Hill, Victor Chandler, Blue Square and 888sport. The critics knives were being sharpened for the world’s greatest ever player as he relinquished title after title over the last year. Taylor however stormed back to form at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens last week, never in danger of being defeated. The bookmakers had offered Taylor at 7-4 for the aforementioned Matchplay and Taylor laughed after the event “I doubt I’ll be that price again in a hurry”.
Taylor will be brimming with confidence after this huge win, having displayed unusual frailties in previous tournaments over the last year, such as chewing at the flights of his darts when feeling match pressure. There has been an influx of great younger darts vying for Taylor’s supremacy over the last few years, such as James Wade, Mark Wesbter and current World Champion Adrian Lewis nevertheless when Taylor is on his “A” game no-one can live with his three dart averages.
There’s an old adage in darts “it’s trebles for show and doubles for dough” and that cliché generally rings true. In the World Matchplay just ended, Phil Taylor had a tournament record of 74 doubles struck from a possible 134 – a 55% checkout ratio. A good gauge for a top class professional doubling well is in the 40% plus bracket. Analysing the other 31 players from the Matchplay shows only 12 dartists scoring 40% plus and no other scoring in the 50% plus bracket. Taylor is simply doubling better than any of the other top players presently, coupled with scoring powerfully and has won this tournament all three times it has been staged, the 6-4 must simply be snapped up.
TOP 5 PDC RANKED PLAYERS TOURNAMENT CHECKOUT RATIO, WORLD MATCHPLAY 2011
1. Phil Taylor 55%
2. Adrian Lewis 41%
3. James Wade 44%
4. Gary Anderson 29%
5. Simon Whitlock 39%