Borders darts professional Gary Anderson has “fire in his belly again” after picking up his fourth tour win of 2014.
After edging out Phil “The Power” Taylor 6-5 in the final of the Players Championship, he said: “Winning’s becoming a habit again this year and it’s a great habit to have.”
Anderson, from Eyemouth, won the Players Championship for a second successive Saturday to follow up his German Darts Championship and Coral UK Open Qualifier triumphs earlier in 2014 in consolidating his return to the world’s top 16.
“I’m climbing back up the rankings and I’ve got the fire in my belly again,” added Anderson, whose partner Rachel is expecting their first child next week. “I’m enjoying my darts at the moment, but I’ve knuckled down this year and I’m getting the results.”
The former Premier League Darts champion beat James Hubbard, Marc Dewsbury, Conan Whitehead, Joe Murnan, Adrian Lewis and Christian Kist before winning a high-quality 11-leg final.
Taylor broke in the opening leg, only for Anderson to level before hitting a 180 in a 13-darter. The Scot missed the bull for a 170 finish as Taylor levelled with a 13-darter of his own, and the pair traded the next two before another 13-dart finish moved Anderson 4-3 up. The pair hit 171 scores in the next before Taylor ended 146 to level, then both bagged 180s as Anderson took out double eight to lead 5-4.
Taylor finished 109 to send the game into a decider and left himself 102 in the final leg, only to see Anderson check out 104 on double 12 to complete the win and claim the £10,000 prize.