Thornton wins UK Open
'Power' pays the price for missing his doubles
Last Updated: June 11, 2012 9:28am
Robert Thornton: hit a 121 finish to win the match
Scotland's Robert Thornton shocked Phil Taylor 11-5 in the final of the Speedy Services UK Open in Bolton to win his first major title.
The 15-time world champion was attempting to win his fifth UK Open title but he had no answers to the rampant Scotsman in a one-sided final.
Taylor led 2-0 in the best-of-21 leg final but the wheels came off his challenge in the third leg as he missed 10 darts at a double and Thornton hit double one to get on the board.
The Stoke veteran steadied the ship to lead 3-2, but from there on it was almost all one-way traffic.
Thornton hit double top to break and lead 4-3, then took out 106 to lead 5-3. That quickly became 9-3 as Taylor continued to wobble on the finishes as Thornton took ruthless advantage.
Taylor did manage to win the 13th leg but Thornton continued to hold with ease and at 10-5 he hit a 121 checkout with a bullseye finish to take the title.
He also wins £40,000 and a place in the Grand Slam of Darts.
"I'm very proud," Thornton told Sky Sports. "My kids are going to be up jumping all over the place.
"To just get to the final, I was happy enough. To win it... it's just unbelievable."
Taylor added: "He caned me to be honest with you, and I think he deserved it."
Earlier, Taylor had wasted little time seeing off Denis Ovens in the semi-finals.
Taylor raced into a 7-0 lead and although Ovens briefly rallied, he closed out the match 10-2.
Thornton's semi against Dave Chisnall was a closer affair as the match went with the darts for the first five legs.
But Thornton moved 5-2 ahead and never looked likely to be caught, eventually winning 10-4.