Phil Taylor message leaves Van den Bergh emotional after tournament triumph

In-form Dimitri Van den Bergh was left overwhelmed after receiving a special message from darts icon Phil Taylor.

Van den Bergh completed a World Series of Darts double with glory in the Dutch Masters on Saturday, seeing off home favourite Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-2 in the final. Van den Bergh had won his maiden World Series title a fortnight ago in the Nordic Darts Masters at Forum Copenhagen, and he doubled his tally in style with a dominant showing at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

By winning back-to-back World Series titles, Van den Bergh joined an illustrious band of darts legends which features just three players, Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen and Taylor.

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“Woo-hoo, you can add Dimitri Van den Bergh now, that’s incredible,” the Belgian told Online Darts TV before turning to the camera.

“Thank you so much Mr Taylor. Phil Taylor, you dropped me a message after I won in Denmark. Thank you again. A player like that, a legend saying to me, ‘well done, kid’, I was like ‘wow, I’ve got a personal message off The Power, Phil Taylor', that’s incredible, so once again, thank you. I’m part of this elite group.”

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Having dropped just two legs in his first round win over Ron Meulenkamp on Friday, the Belgian averaged almost 99 in a 6-1 quarter-final romp against Jermaine Wattimena.

He then powered past UK Open champion Danny Noppert 7-2 in the semi-finals and opened up a 4-0 lead over Van Duijvenbode in the final to move half-way to victory. The Dutchman hit back in leg five, but Van den Bergh finished 72 for a 14-darter and then pinned double 18 to move 6-1 up.

Van den Bergh saw Van Duijvenbode double his tally in leg eight, despite landing two 180s in the leg, but the Belgian wrapped up proceedings in emphatic style, firing in legs of 13 and 14 darts to prevail with a 104 average.

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