Darren Webster: Win against Phil Taylor has given me a big boost for the rest of the year

Darren Webster whitewashed Phil Taylor 5-0 in the Grand Slam last night CREDIT: LAWRENCE LUSTIG/PDC

By Alex Moss
15 NOVEMBER 2016 • 2:47PM

Darren Webster says he is ‘over the moon’ after whitewashing Phil Taylor 5-0 in his final game of the SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts last night.

The Norwich-based thrower, ranked 40th on the PDC Order of Merit, could not qualify for the knockout stages of the Grand Slam after losing his opening two group games against Ian White (5-3) and Darryl Fitton (5-4) at the weekend.

But the 48-year-old pulled off arguably the biggest win of his career with a surprising whitewash victory against the 16-time world champion in their dead rubber encounter in Group D.

“I never give up ever, no matter who I play,” Webster said. “Phil was off sorts, but it’s worse playing him when he’s off sorts because you think he’s going to kick in any minute.

“I just kept steady and I’m prepared now for the Players Championship (Finals) and the World Championship with that win. I’m over the moon.

“(The win against Phil) gives you confidence. Ok, Phil normally averages 104, 108 all the time.

“I just tried to keep steady. A 95 average, I average 10, 15, 20 points higher than that on tour, but I’m starting to learn how to get it up there.

“It hasn’t been a great tournament for me, but it has in one way. It’s a big boost for me for the end of the year.”

Last night was not the first time Webster has recorded a whitewash win over Taylor. The Demoltion Man thrashed the Stoke legend 6-0 in a Players Championship event in Ireland back in 2014.

Despite the defeat, Taylor still finished top of Group D, albeit by legs difference after Darryl Fitton clinched the runners-up spot with his second win of the tournament, beating Ian White 5-4 in a nervy decider.


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