World Grand Prix: Phil Taylor has mixed fortunes in Dublin event
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 02/10/13 4:35pm
Highlights of Phil Taylor in the Darts World Grand Prix.
It's a case of all or nothing for Phil Taylor at the World Grand Prix in Dublin, with The Power winning ten titles in 15 years but also suffering three huge first round upsets.
Although The Power is the greatest darts player ever to grace the oche, even he loses occasionally, but no other tournament has caused him such problems early on in the event than the unique World Grand Prix.
The short format of the early rounds and the unique feature of having to start and finish on a double has thrown up some surprise results over the years - including THREE first round exits for Taylor, something unheard of in other events.
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That said, The Power is always the 'one to beat' and in the tournament's 15-year history there has never been back-to-back years without Taylor lifting the trophy.
Taylor's been to ten finals in those 15 years, and won every single one of them, with one semi-final defeat to Adrian Lewis in 2010 and a second round loss to Robert Thornton two years later in one of the best matches even seen in the event.
2001 - Kevin Painter
After winning the first three tournaments, Taylor lost for the first time in the event as The Artist sprung the first round upset. Painter was still a BDO player at the time and it was a huge shock given the fact Taylor was unbeaten in the competition, had not been beaten on TV for two years and had never before lost in the first round of a televised PDC event. The result sent shockwaves throughout the world of darts. Painter reached the quarter-finals of the event eventually won by Alan Warriner.
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2004 - Andy Callaby
Two more successful years for Taylor before he suffered arguably the upset of his career as he was dumped out in the first round by virtual unknown Callaby. The 2000/1 outsider for the tournament had the audacity to beat Taylor 2-0 in a fairytale victory that will rightly go down as one of the biggest upsets of all time. Callaby made the last eight before losing to Alan Warriner, who in turn lost in the final to champion Colin Lloyd.
2007 - Adrian Gray
Huge underdog Gray lost the first two legs of the match against the great man Taylor, but he hit back in style and the momentum helped him spring the shock of the round when becoming just the third man to beat Taylor in the tournament. A carpet-fitter by trade, Gray lost in the next round and has never really been able to find the same kind of form - James Wade won the tournament.