Anderson claims maiden World Matchplay title defeating Suljovic in longest ever final
Gary Anderson has done it! He has claimed the darting triple crown by adding the World Matchplay to his roll of honour by defeating Mensur Suljovic in the final at the Winter Gardens.
Anderson now has the World Championship, World Matchplay and Premier League in his collection becoming one of only three players to do it. The other two of course being Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor.
It was also the longest final in history; with Mensur and Gary adding proper drama with 'The Gentle' in particular roaring back to force extra time.
This was after him going ahead at 9-7 but then missing handfuls of doubles which could have given him a huge lead .
Despite continued good scoring from the Champions League winner, it seemed to spur Anderson on as he hit the front at 17-13 up. With him seemingly on his way to the title, Suljovic hit back with a run of legs to level up to make it 17-17.
He missed darts at double to go one away after it seemed like it would be the Austrian's night.
’The Flying Scotsman’ got to 19-18 and missed a dart at the bull which bounced out and Suljovic stepped in to make it 19-19.
A poor last leg from Mensur that he had to win to force sudden death at 20-19 gave Anderson a win at the end of an enthralling final.
Click here for more information about the World Matchplay . The prize fund breakdown for this tournament can be found here.
Sunday, July 29
Gary Anderson (101.12) 21-19 (104.43) Mensur Suljovic
Best of 35 legs