Darts: Phil Taylor dedicates new world title to the late Sid Waddell
Published 02/01/2013 | 08:12
PHIL Taylor felt legendary commentator Sid Waddell was looking out for him as he beat Michael van Gerwen in a high-quality Ladbroke World Darts Championship final to clinch his 16th world title.
'The Power' battled back from 2-0 and 4-2 down to prevail 7-4 against the hugely talented 23-year-old, who had triumphed in their two previous meetings but came unstuck last night as his inexperience in world finals told.
The crowd chanted Waddell's name during the final and afterwards Taylor was presented with the new trophy, which has been named for the popular commentator who died from cancer last summer.
"I'm the proudest man in the world at the moment," said Taylor, who received a winner's cheque for £200,000.
"There was a 180 when the crowd were singing Sid Waddell's name and I looked up and thought he'd put that in for me.
"I'm world champion again and I'm so happy."
He added: "Sid was like a father figure to me - he was my biggest fan, Sid was. I loved him to bits. I am absolutely over the moon. I can't explain how I feel. It's the biggest night of my life."